C-11, the online streaming act is now law. Senators voted 52- 16 on the version that the House of Commons passed last month. Royal Assent was given Thursday evening.
One of the main concerns of this bill is that its language is vague. Some online producers are unsure if their material will be affected by the new rules. Updating the definition of 'Canadian content' will likely be assigned to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as they will be the regulatory body who will dictate how this new law will be executed. It is expected that stakeholders will be able to participate in public consultations regarding the implementation and enforcement of C-11. It may be some time before C-11's policy changes take effect. The Conservative government has also stated that they will repeal C-11 if they win the next election.
There are those that would say this is the beginning of the deterioration of freedom of speech in Canada. Others would argue that it is the creeping of another notch towards the erosion of our freedoms. When you stay in this echo chamber, only fear can result. It is best to spend more time in a different echo chamber. Stay in a place where you are able to hear what God is saying. Remember He is sovereign . None of this surprises Him. He is not pacing back and forth in Heaven wondering how this happened. Let's stay in the echo chamber of His throne room. This is where faith lives.
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Pray that the interpretation of the new law by the CRTC will remain fair and impartial.
Pray that there will not be government overreach due to this new law.
Pray that the freedoms of Canadians will remain intact.