Government report contemplates life without newspapers in Canada

There’s been plenty of hand-wringing of late about the precarious state of the newspaper industry not only here in Canada, but around the world, and the federal government has taken notice. A recent internal government report prepared by Heritage Canada bureaucrats and obtained under the Access to Information Act not only itemized the options available to politicians should they decide to intervene – a “policy toolkit” – but presented scenarios of what the country would look like if Canada’s biggest newspaper publishers went out of business.

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Here are a few of the highlights:

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The report contains several “Company Spotlights” pertaining to the country’s biggest media companies.

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Obviously some of the doomsday scenarios here would never come to pass, but bureaucrats list off some options for government interventions here.

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If you’d like to download and read the full report, you can do so by clicking here.

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