While change is always a risk, not changing is ultimately deadly. So we should welcome the the Heritage Minister's announcement of a policy review of broadcasting and digital industries.    (Melanie Joly, above)

As always, the basic question is whether the Toronto cultural troglodytes will succeed in poisoning the Internet with a requirement to licence websites, instead of adapting to an unlicensed creative commons.

Broadcasting has not been looked at since the last version of the Broadcasting Act was passed in 1991. In that time the protected, licenced,  government-sanctioned system of cross subsidies, artificial scarcities, and economic rents has been under increasingly effective competition from fully Internet platforms.

The Heritage Minister said:

...she is willing to change laws such as the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act, modify the mandates of the CRTC and the CBC, and create new laws or agencies, as needed.

“I look at it this way: ‘If there was no model in place, what model would we create? And given the existing model in place, how do we transform our tools – both regulatory and legislative – to develop this new model?’” Ms. Joly said.

That's the spirit! Mme. Joly is 37 years old, the same age as my oldest kid, so I am hoping for the best, meaning a more Internet-centric view of how culture is propagated these days.

Here are my guesses as to the positions to be adopted by various groups:

It should be fun. I am sharpening my weapons already.