Press Release

10/11/2017

OTTAWA, OCT. 11, 2017 -– Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum, is pleased to welcome Lori Turnbull as a PPF Fellow. An Associate Professor at Dalhousie University, Prof. Turnbull focuses her research on Canadian political institutions, democratic reform and the Senate expense scandal.

Prof. Turnbull's work has been published in the Canadian Public Administration journal, the Canadian Political Science Review, the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law and How Ottawa Spends. In 2011, she co-wrote Democratizing the Constitution with Peter Aucoin and Mark Jarvis, a book that won the 2011 Donner Prize and the 2012 Donald Smiley Prize.

Prof. Turnbull is co-chairing the Political Finance roundtable being held by the PPF in conjunction with Elections Canada today in Montreal.

06/16/2017

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Public Policy Forum supports new proposal to bolster quality journalism for Canadians

Ottawa, June 16, 2017 – The Public Policy Forum (PPF) welcomes a new proposal to extend and rename the longstanding Canadian Periodical Fund to provide funding to a wider array of organizations whose primary focus is creating essential, civic-function journalism that Canadians – and their democracy – rely on.

The PPF was pleased to facilitate and work with an unprecedented coalition of more than 30 news publishers, unions and other parties that came together over three meetings in April, May and June to develop the Canadian Journalism Fund (CJF).

The CJF proposal is built on principles and proposals laid out in The Shattered Mirror, the PPF’s landmark January 2017 report on news, democracy and trust in Canada. Specifically, the PPF is pleased to see that the CJF proposal supports these key principles and attributes:

  • More ‘boots on the ground’: Good journalism needs reporters engaged in original newsgathering, and the CJF proposal rewards editorial employment, not reductions.
  • Support for local and civic-function news, threatened by the severe pressures on the traditional business model for publishers, is essential to help Canadians in all regions remain democratically informed and engaged.
  • The levelling of the playing field for the creation of journalism in Canada, specifically that news publishers will also have access to support alongside those regulated by the CRTC or funded by the government and that news will not be disadvantaged vis-a-vis other forms of expression.
  • The CJF embraces a wide array of news creators, news services and digital news innovators, not only established publishers.
  • An emphasis on digital innovation as the only route to create a stable base for news.
  • The proposal commits the industry to direct Canadian Journalism Fund editorial rebates to the creation of journalism and not other corporate uses.
  • The CJF is pre-programmed, removing government discretion from who is eligible or not. Support flows based on significant and regular investment in Canadian civic journalism. Editorial independence remains core.

The PPF held three workshops, in April, May and June, that brought together in the same room a wide array of competing publishers from every region of the country, large and small publishers, digital-only publishers and union representatives.

“That such a broad coalition could be assembled and could move forward to a coherent proposal is quite an achievement,” said Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum and lead writer of the Shattered Mirror report. “Nobody desires government support for the industry, but if the deterioration of robust reporting of news vital to our democracy is to be halted, a response with the lightest possible government touch is required.”

The PPF continues to track and research the state of journalism in Canada, believing that an informed citizenry is essential for a thriving democracy.

ABOUT THE PPF

The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, Indigenous groups, labour, post-secondary institutions and NGOs to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new paths forward. For 30 years, the PPF has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information & media inquiries

Carl Neustaedter

Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
CNeustaedter@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 286
Mobile: 613.866.7210

For more information, visit www.ppforum.ca or follow us on Twitter: @ppforumca

06/12/2017

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Public Policy Forum events tackle Alberta's economy and celebrate Western leaders

The PPF hosts first Alberta Growth Forum in Calgary on June 15, followed by its annual Western Dinner, honouring four Western Canadian policy leaders and featuring Premier Rachel Notley.

OTTAWA, June 12, 2017 – The Public Policy Forum’s June 15 events will feature the insights of Alberta business and innovation leaders, including Laura Kilcrease, Brad Zumwalt and Dawn Farrell. Premier Rachel Notley will help celebrate the contributions of four Western leaders including Wood Buffalo mayor Melissa Blake, labour leader Barbara Byers, former MP Chuck Strahl and Suncor’s Steve Williams.

Alberta Growth Forum

When: June 15, 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Calgary Telus Convention Centre, 120 9th Avenue SE
Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/publicpolicyforum/

The Alberta Growth Forum will explore ideas to propel Alberta’s economy through innovation, transformation and diversification, and will identify how the province can build on its natural advantages to  build a solid economic foundation for generations to come. The lineup of accomplished and forward-thinking speakers will discuss the risks and opportunities unique to the Albertan business ecosystem:

  • Laura Kilcrease, CEO of Alberta Innovates, will share lessons for Alberta learned from more than 25 years as a business leader and venture capitalist, and from her role in transitioning the struggling economic landscape of Austin, Texas to a resilient commercial environment.
  • Brad Zumwalt, President, Zinc Ventures. For new things to emerge, grow and evolve, control won't work. Having spearheaded several thriving companies, Brad will discuss the invisible infrastructure that enables new technologies and business models to succeed in an untamed innovation climate.

Panel: Innovation, Transformation & Diversification

  • Breanne Everett, CEO, Orpyx, Governor General’s Innovation Award 2016 recipient
  • Dawn Farrell, President and Chief Executive Officer, TransAlta Corporation
  • Lorraine Mitchelmore, President and CEO, Field Upgrading, Public Policy Forum Fellow
  • Mary Moran, President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development
  • Elizabeth Cannon (MODERATOR), President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary

Western Dinner and Peter Lougheed Awards for Leadership in Public Policy

When: June 15, 2017, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Telus Spark Science Centre, 220 St. George's Drive NE
Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/publicpolicyforum/

The Peter Lougheed Awards for Leadership in Public Policy honour exceptional Western Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to public policy in their province, region and country. This year’s recipients all represent the motivation and ability to work across partisan divisions and functional silos to arrive at the best policy approaches for Canadians:

  • Melissa Blake, Mayor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • Barbara Byers, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
  • Steve Williams, President & CEO, Suncor Energy Inc.
  • Chuck Strahl, Former MP of Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, B.C. and former cabinet minister

The celebration will feature remarks from Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and other notable Western leaders.

ABOUT THE PPF

The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, Indigenous groups, labour, post-secondary institutions and NGOs to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new paths forward. For 30 years, the PPF has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information & media inquiries

Kristy Peterson

Consultant
Global Public Affairs
403.476.6923
Mobile: 403.519.4484
kpeterson@globalpublic.com

Carl Neustaedter

Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
CNeustaedter@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 286
Mobile: 613.866.7210

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabrina Ahmad

Communications Specialist
Public Policy Forum
SAhmad@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 225
Mobile: 613.853.0327

 

For more information, visit www.ppforum.ca or follow us on Twitter: @ppforumca

05/25/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Action Canada and the Public Policy Forum join forces on Your Energy Future
Introducing Your Energy Future program participants

OTTAWA, May 25, 2017 – The Public Policy Forum and Action Canada are pleased to announce the 2017-18 participants for Your Energy Future. Your Energy Future is a national youth engagement and leadership development program.

To meet the Your Energy Future participants, please visit yourenergyfuture.ca.

From June 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, Your Energy Future participants will explore the question What must Canada do as a country to prepare our industries, our communities and our people for the future of global energy policy? During the course of their fellowship, participants will undertake rigorous sector-specific learning with leaders from across the private sector, NGOs, academia and federal and provincial governments. Participants will also engage other young Canadians in discussion – online and in person – about Canada’s energy future.

Next March, Your Energy Future participants will publish their findings in a collection of reports that reflect what they heard, and present recommendations for all levels of government, communities and the private sector. 

“We received more than 100 applications from an amazing group of smart, dedicated young Canadians,” said Edward Greenspon, President and CEO, Public Policy Forum. “The trade-offs ahead are complex and the YEF participants are motivated to find the way forward.”

"The group is composed of emerging leaders from across the country, diverse backgrounds, and a broad range of sectors,” said Jaimie Boyd, Action Canada Board Member. “This diversity will allow YEF participants to reach a broad swath of young Canadians in their consultations and offer fresh ideas on Canada's energy future.

This project is made possible with funding from the Government of Canada, the Lawson Foundation and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

-30-

About Action Canada

Action Canada is Canada’s premier public policy leadership organization. Since 2003, more than 180 emerging leaders have taken part in Action Canada’s one-of-a-kind National Fellowship Program. Action Canada Fellows develop and practice advanced leadership skills through an immersive curriculum that takes them coast to coast to coast. From Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, to Nain, Labrador, to the Canadian Forces base at Alert, Nunavut, Fellows study and experience our country’s history, cultures, opportunities and challenges. Along the way, they are coached by senior Canadian leaders from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Through this powerful program, Action Canada Fellows become more effective Canadian leaders.

http://www.actioncanada.ca

About the Public Policy Forum

The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, labour, post-secondary institutions, NGOs and Indigenous groups to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new options and paths forward. For 30 years, the Public Policy Forum has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information, please visit: www.ppforum.ca and follow @ppforumca.

For more program details:

Visit www.yourenergyfuture.ca  

For media inquiries, please contact:

Sabrina Ahmad
Communications Specialist
Public Policy Forum
+1(613)-238-7858, ext. 225
sabrina.ahmad@ppforum.ca

05/19/2017

Meet Canada’s New Innovation Stars
Governor General David Johnston and Minister Bains to celebrate the 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards winners

OTTAWA, May 19, 2017 – The Public Policy Forum, in partnership with Universities Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation, is pleased to host the winners of the 2017 Governor General's Innovation Awards to share their stories of challenge and triumph. They will be joined by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Moderated by Catherine Clark, the event will be held on Wednesday, May 24, at the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards in Ottawa from 9 to 11 a.m.

This dynamic event will encourage us all to think about the collective action required for Canada to become an innovation nation. Hailing from coast to coast and working in diverse sectors, this year’s Governor General’s Innovation Awards recipients have demonstrated tremendous courage and perseverance in harnessing new technologies to improve lives and economies at home and abroad. The 2017 award recipients exemplify what Canadians are capable of when untraditional, forward thinking is coupled with relentless determination.

Each story is unique: From revolutionary digital services in language and healthcare that translate into tangible positive outcomes for millions, to radical new scientific methods and products in genetics, biology and medical equipment, these trailblazers help us better understand how we can all foster a culture of innovation. Read more about the winners here:

  • David Brown, Island View, NB
  • Marie-Odile Junker, Ottawa, ON
  • Patricia Lingley-Pottie and Patrick McGrath, Halifax, NS
  • Bonnie Mallard, Guelph, ON
  • Audra Renyi, Montreal, QC
  • Paul Santerre, Toronto, ON

About the Public Policy Forum

The PPF works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, labour, post-secondary institutions, NGOs and Indigenous groups to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, the PPF works from “inclusion to conclusion,” by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and identifying new options and paths forward. For 30 years, the PPF has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information, visit www.ppforum.ca or follow us on Twitter: @ppforumca

For any questions or media inquiries, please contact:

Sabrina Ahmad
Communications Specialist
Public Policy Forum
Sabrina.Ahmad@ppforum.ca
613-238-7858 ext. 225
Cell: 613 853 0327

04/19/2017

Canada Must Move Now to Unleash Economic Growth in the Agri-Food Sector

New report calls on federal government to create Agri-Food Growth Council

TORONTO, April 20, 2017 – Canada’s agri-food leaders want Prime Minister Trudeau to create an Agri-Food Growth Council to focus on actions that will unleash growth in the industry, according to the Canada as an Agri-Food Powerhouse report, released today by the Public Policy Forum (PPF) and the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI).

The report is a summary of roundtable discussions held in March 2017 with more than 150 agri-food stakeholders across Canada. It builds on the February 2017 report issued by the Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth which emphasized the potential for Canada to become “the trusted global leader in safe, nutritious and sustainable food for the 21st century.”

“The stakeholders we talked to made it clear – the agri-food sector needs to be a national economic priority. Establishing an Agri-Food Growth Council that reports to the centre of government and includes leaders from across the broader food system has the potential to drive this growth agenda, triage and resolve issues, and galvanize this diverse sector around a common vision,” said David McInnes, special advisor to the board and former CEO of CAPI. “We heard repeatedly that the potential for inclusive growth is enormous, especially if we put a strong emphasis on the greater societal benefits delivered by Canada’s agri-food sector, such as improved nutrition and environmental sustainability.”

The report also calls for the creation of an inter-departmental agri-food task force, to improve alignment within government and resolve priority regulatory obstacles. Following are some of the most common comments from stakeholders during the roundtable meetings:

  • The aspirational vision – being the trusted global food leader – should be the lens through which all relevant policies and strategies are assessed.
  • The responsiveness of our regulatory system should be made a comparative advantage that ensures both consumer protection and a nimbler, modernized regulatory environment. This would help encourage investment, innovation and competitiveness.
  • While export growth must be prioritized, there are also opportunities to drive significant growth domestically, particularly among small and medium enterprises. This requires swift action on internal trade barriers.
  • Delivering co-benefits – enhancing health and natural capital – is crucial to building public trust and strengthening our global food brand.

“Our trusted food brand, leading-edge technology and responsiveness to changing consumer trends put Canada in a strong position to satisfy the appetite of the world's growing middle class for high-quality food. With an empowered sector, better alignment and bold actions, Canada can seize this opportunity to be a global agri-food superpower,” said Edward Greenspon, Public Policy Forum president and CEO. “The agri-food sector can unleash significant economic growth and deliver broad societal benefits for decades to come. Now is the time to make it happen.”

Canada as an Agri-Food Powerhouse

In February 2017, the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, established by the Minister of Finance, released its second wave of recommendations, which emphasized the potential for Canada to become “the trusted global leader in safe, nutritious and sustainable food for the 21st century.” Using the Advisory Council’s report as a starting point for discussion, the PPF and CAPI partnered on a coast-to-coast consultation convening roundtables in Charlottetown, Montreal, Ottawa, Guelph, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary and Vancouver to hear from more than 150 sector leaders and stakeholders. This report is a summary of those discussions. The full report is available here.

About Public Policy Forum

The PPF works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, labour, post-secondary institutions, NGOs and Indigenous groups to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, the PPF works from “inclusion to conclusion,” by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and identifying new options and paths forward. For 30 years, the PPF has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada. For more information, visit www.ppforum.ca or follow us on Twitter: @ppforumca.

About The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute

As an independent, non-partisan policy catalyst, CAPI brings insight, evidence and balance to emerging issues. CAPI provides a neutral place to hold dialogues and generate perspectives among leaders across the food system. For more information, visit www.capi-icpa.ca or follow us on Twitter: @CdnAgriFood.

-30-

Follow us on Twitter: @ppforumca and @CdnAgriFood.

For more information or to arrange an interview with a PPF or CAPI representative, please contact:

Louise de Vynck
The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute
devynckl@capi-icpa.ca
613-759-1029

Carl Neustaedter
Public Policy Forum
Carl.Neustaedter@ppforum.ca 
613-866-7210

 

03/21/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
21 March 2017 
Ottawa, ON

Become one of Canada’s Future Energy Leaders

The Public Policy Forum and Action Canada are jointly launching a national policy engagement and leadership development program focussing on energy in all forms.

The program, called Your Energy Future, will provide 15 to 20 emerging leaders with further leadership skills, experience conducting public consultations and policy research, and opportunities for cross-Canada travel. Working together, this group of leaders will inform Canada’s mid-century targets to address climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain energy security for Canadians through a generational transition period. The group will provide recommendations that reflect the views and values of an ensemble of young Canadians who have had the opportunity to deliberate over these issues. To inform their recommendations, participants will engage with subject matter experts across industry, government and academia, and engage in broad in-person and online engagement activities with other young Canadians. 

Participants will present their findings at a national conference and release recommendations under the Public Policy Forum banner.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. PT, April 21, 2017. More information is available at www.yourenergyfuture.ca.

“Canada’s young people are the ones who will be living with the outcomes of decisions taken in the next few years. It is important that policymakers are exposed to the considered energy policy future they chart,” said Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum.

“This year’s participants will emerge equipped to help guide different aspects of Canada’s future energy issues thanks to the Public Policy Forum’s expertise on policy and Action Canada’s experience in leadership development,” said Jaimie Boyd, Action Canada Board Member.

This project is made possible with funding from the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Lawson Foundation and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

-30-

About Action Canada

Action Canada is Canada’s premier public policy leadership organization. Since 2003, more than 180 emerging leaders have taken part in Action Canada’s one-of-a-kind National Fellowship Program. Action Canada Fellows develop and practice advanced leadership skills through an immersive curriculum that takes them coast to coast to coast. From Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, to Nain, Labrador, to the Canadian Forces base at Alert, Nunavut, Fellows study and experience our country’s history, cultures, opportunities and challenges. Along the way, they are coached by senior Canadian leaders from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Through this powerful program, Action Canada Fellows become more effective Canadian leaders.

 http://www.actioncanada.ca

About the Public Policy Forum

The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, labour, post-secondary institutions, NGOs and Indigenous groups to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new options and paths forward. For 30 years, the Public Policy Forum has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information, please visit: www.ppforum.ca and follow @ppforumca.

For more information

Visit www.yourenergyfuture.ca   

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Sabrina Ahmad
Communications Specialist
Public Policy Forum
+1(613)-238-7858, ext. 225
sabrina.ahmad@ppforum.ca

02/02/2017

PPF poll: What Canadians think about news media and democracy

What do Canadians think about fake news? Do they trust the media? Do they trust social media? And do they see a connection between news and a healthy democracy?

To inform our report, The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age, the Public Policy Forum partnered with the Canadian Journalism Foundation and Earnscliffe Strategy Group to study public opinion of news and democracy. Some of the results of the poll and focus groups were included in last week’s release of The Shattered Mirror.  

Today, we are pleased to release the full Key Insights report from Earnscliffe’s Allan Gregg.

The online survey, conducted between Sept. 22 and Oct. 2, 2016, polled more than 1,500 adult Canadians in English and French and complemented the findings from six focus groups conducted to study in greater depth Canadians’ attitudes towards the media and the future of news organizations.

N.B. : Ce rapport est disponible en anglais seulement.

For more information:

At Earnscliffe

Allan Gregg: 1-888-468-6458
Doug Anderson: 613-563-4455

At Public Policy Forum

Carl Neustaedter
Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
carlneustaedter@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 286
Mobile: 613.866.7210

01/26/2017

Public Policy Forum report finds crisis in news is a growing threat to Canadian democracy

OTTAWA, Jan. 26, 2017 – A major study released today by the Public Policy Forum shines a light on the state of the news industry in Canada, revealing it is reaching a crisis point as the decline of traditional media, fragmentation of audiences and the rise of fake news pose a growing threat to the health of our democracy.

THE SHATTERED MIRROR: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age investigates the major shifts and disruptors in news and journalism – the broken business model, under-development of digital-only news providers and consolidation of digital distribution revenues by Google and Facebook.

After six months of study and discussions with close to 300 people, the report proposes a series of bold recommendations aimed at ensuring the news media and journalists continue in their role as the watchdogs over our elected representatives and public institutions and the connective tissue within our communities.

“This report is not about the journalists, with whom I feel great solidarity, but rather the role they play, and what we may be putting at risk if we are inattentive,” writes Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the PPF and the report’s author. Mr. Greenspon spent more than 30 years as a journalist before joining the PPF.

Among the 12 recommendations are proposals for a new “local mandate” for The Canadian Press, the national wire service, ensuring there are more journalistic “boots on the ground” to supplement coverage of courts, legislatures and city halls; an Indigenous journalism initiative to put more resources into communities and governments that are often overlooked; and the creation of a research institute that would examine news and democracy issues more closely, including the distribution of fake news in Canada.

The report also calls for changes to Section 19 and 19.1 of the Income Tax Act to support civic-function journalism in Canada, whether by incentivizing Canada-centred news organizations to do more reporting or, for those that don’t, creating a revenue stream to support a Future of Journalism & Democracy Fund.

Three recommendations deal with measures to modernize the CBC’s special role in Canadian news – so important now in an era where so much news is tainted. The report calls on the CBC to stop selling digital ads in order to free it from the pressures of having to “attract eyeballs.” This would reinforce the corporation’s civic-function mandate of informing Canadians.

Included in the study is exclusive public opinion research by Allan Gregg of Earnscliffe Strategy Group. He conducted focus groups and surveyed more than 1,500 adult Canadians about their perceptions of the relationship between news and democracy, their trust of journalists and their level of awareness of the disruption of the media business.

The title ‘The Shattered Mirror’ pays homage to the 1970 groundbreaking Senate report on the mass media called The Uncertain Mirror.

“Unfortunately, the state of the news media’s job in reflecting society back to itself is no longer uncertain,” Greenspon said.

The PPF study was partially funded by Canadian Heritage and ISED; the McConnell, Atkinson and Max Bell foundations, and four corporations, CN, TD Bank, Ivanhoe Properties and Clairvest Investments.

However, the findings and recommendations are the PPF’s alone.

Mr. Greenspon concludes Canada has already reached a “crunch point” in terms of the state of the news industry and its ability to fulfill its democratic responsibilities.

“This report is meant to offer insight into the state of news two decades into its existential crisis, as well as ideas for how to respond,” writes Mr. Greenspon. “We hope it will stimulate a necessary debate and necessary action, while understanding no story is ever at its end.”

The report can be downloaded by visiting shatteredmirror.ca, where the report is accompanied by videos, FAQs, a statement by PPF President Edward Greenspon and more.

Download charts and videos: The PPF has made its videos and most of the charts used in the report available for reuse at shatteredmirror.ca/media. They can be downloaded as editable vector files to be adapted to news outlets’ individual styles, or as PNGs to be embedded as images on websites or other documents.###

About the Public Policy Forum

The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, labour, post-secondary institutions, NGOs and Indigenous groups to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new options and paths forward. For 30 years, the Public Policy Forum has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information, please visit: www.ppforum.ca and follow @ppforumca.

For more information:

Carl Neustaedter
Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
T: 613-238-7858 Ext: 286
M: 613-866-7210
E: carl.neustaedter@ppforum.ca
 

 

Jane Taber
Vice President Public Affairs
NATIONAL Public Relations
T: 416-848-1450
E: jtaber@national.ca

 

 

 

01/19/2017

UPDATE: Following the release of The Shattered Mirror in January, the Public Policy Forum continues to lead the conversation on the future of news and democracy with a breakfast session on Friday, April 7, 2017 with Emily Bell, Founding Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. To register, please visit our Eventbrite page.

OTTAWA, Jan. 19, 2017 – The Public Policy Forum is releasing its major study on news media in Canada on January 26th, 2017: THE SHATTERED MIRROR: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age.

The PPF’s exhaustive study looks at the decline of the traditional media’s business model, under-development of digital-only news providers, consolidation of digital distribution revenues, the rise of fake news, and how these major shifts are affecting the health of Canadian democracy.

Its findings were informed by exclusive public opinion research conducted by Allan Gregg of Earnscliffe Strategy Group. Mr. Gregg conducted focus groups and surveyed more than 1,500 adult Canadians about their perceptions of the relationship between news and democracy, their trust of journalists and their level of awareness of the disruption of the media business.

“After six months of probing the state of the news industry and its ability to fulfil its democratic responsibilities, I can conclude that we are reaching, or perhaps have already reached, a crunch point,” writes Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the PPF, and the author of the study. “This report is meant to offer insight into the state of news two decades into its existential crisis, as well as ideas for how to respond. We hope it will stimulate a necessary debate and necessary action, while understanding no story is ever at its end.”

Visit www.shatteredmirror.ca to sign up to receive an alert of the report’s release. The report will be available to download at 11:00 am on January 26th, 2017.

Contact:

Carl Neustaedter

Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
T: 613-238-7858 Ext: 286
E: carl.neustaedter@ppforum.ca

Jane Taber

Vice President Public Affairs
NATIONAL Public Relations
T: 416-848-1450
E: jtaber@national.ca

Syndicate content