A plan to subject more digital media, including podcasts, to CRTC oversight and regulation isn’t going to end well. We don’t have to make it easy for them.

When journalists Jen Gerson and Matt Gurney founded The Line in 2020, the range of acceptable ideas in our mainstream media had narrowed, and it took an enormous amount of guts to push back. Their must-read Canadian commentary site has since amassed a big following, offering a plethora of viewpoints on the country’s most pressing issues — plus key reporting during the trucker crisis — and has succeeded in widening the Overton window of allowable discussion. I’ve said this before: Jen and Matt showed me it was possible to take a stand for liberal values, robust debate, and open inquiry, without losing your career (or your mind!).

This July, I invited Jen on the podcast for a one-hour special on the crisis in the Canadian media. Jen’s episode was so popular with listeners, it inspired a summer-long series, talking to Canadian journalists and media observers about the moment that we find ourselves in. Jen has been a thoughtful dissenting voice on Canada’s new Internet legislation; I’m thrilled to reprint one of her powerful essays today, on Bill C-11 and podcasters, at a pivotal point for independent media in this country.

— TH

Having recorded such roaring success in its attempts to fix the Internet to date — she wrote, after watching a Line post disappear into the abyss of Meta thanks to C-18 — our dear regulator, the CRTC, has decided that the best way to get over one bad bill is to get under another. In this case, C-11, which is now demanding that podcasts, among other online undertakings, register with the government for the purpose of coming regulation.

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