As part of its commemoration project celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the CRTC has recognized 23 men and women who helped shape the Canadian communications system

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As part of its commemoration project celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the CRTC has recognized 23 men and women who helped shape the Canadian communications system, by giving their names to the commission’s meeting rooms. These individuals are: Israel “Izzy” Asper, Henri Audet, John Bassett, Alexander Graham Bell, Nancy Devine (former CRTC employee), Reginald Fessenden, Barbara Frum, Harold Greenberg, Matthew Halton, Foster Hewitt, Judith Jasmin, Jonah Kelly, Jose Kusugak, René Lecavalier, John Lombardi, Marcel Masse, J-Alphonse Ouimet, Marcel Ouimet, Ted Rogers, Jean-Louis Roux, Jeanne Sauvé, Graham Spry, and Réal Therrien. At the same time, the Agora at the CRTC’s National Headquarters has been named in honour of Pierre Juneau, the CRTC’s first chairman.

Cision’s 2017 State of the Media Report has found as public trust in media falls, more journalists are choosing accuracy over speed. Ninety-one per cent of total respondents (83% of Canadian respondents) believe the media industry is less trusted than it was just three years ago. Ninety-two per cent of reporters surveyed said being right is more important than being first, up four per cent from 2016. The report also found journalists are less trusting of social media with only 44 per cent finding it a reliable source of information, down seven per cent from 2016.

Tom Power

Tom Power of CBC Radio’s q, will host the 2017 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards presented by SOCAN, on April 1 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. The private industry ceremony will see 34 JUNO Awards given out, the 2017 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award presented to Bell Media president Randy Lennox and the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award handed to Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Ex-Calgary TV producer Neil Chandran has been arrested in the U.S. on fraud charges.  Chandran was banned from trading in Alberta securities in 2015 and is now accused of grand larceny, forgery and securities fraud in New York State related to an alleged scheme to steal from investors in a business selling 3D computer tablets. Chandran’s media production business employed up to 100 people and produced programs, including Energy TV, which aired on Global TV Calgary and Edmonton,

Université de Québec à Montréal and its School of Management, Tourisme Montréal and the City of Montréal are launching MT Lab, the first incubator in North America dedicated to tourism, culture and entertainment. MT Lab has a mission to host fledgling entrepreneurs from Quebec, Canada and abroad in the tourism, transport, festivals, culture, hotel, restaurant and entertainment sectors. A call for applications from young businesses runs until May 5 with plans to host start-ups in digital technology, artificial intelligence, fintech, virtual/augmented reality and usage innovation.