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The online streaming bill will generate at least $1 billion a year for Canada‘s creative sector, including Indigenous programs, Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez told a committee of MPs on Monday.

Rodriguez disclosed the figure before the House of Commons heritage committee, which is studying a bill updating broadcasting laws and applying them to streaming services such as Netflix and Disney Plus.

Rodriguez said some of the money would go toward supporting productions by Indigenous and minority communities, as well as French productions from Quebec.

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The Heritage Department originally said the online streaming bill would generate around $830 million a year by making streaming services fund Canadian creative work, as traditional broadcasters do now.

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Rodriguez said the sum would exceed $1 billion because— since his department made its original calculation— more people have subscribed to streaming platforms, such as Netflix.

More platforms, including Disney Plus, have also come to Canada and they have become more and more popular during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said some of the funds would support diverse programming, including in French.

“We will want to be able to hear more diverse voices. We want to hear Indigenous voices more. Maybe we can do it with a mandatory provision. Maybe we can find other ways to do so— and looking at official languages as well, and perhaps other languages,” he said.

“The money will go toward these objectives and it will be upwards of $1 billion a year.”

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The minister said “strengthening provisions to help Indigenous Peoples and racialized Canadians” in the bill was one of the “great ideas” he had heard discussed in committee.

MPs heard that the bill would also put an onus on some platforms to carry channels like OutTV, which screens LBGTQ shows and movies.

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At an earlier hearing of the committee, OutTV said some of the big foreign streaming platforms had refused to carry the channel and had told them there would not be a demand, which OutTV disputed.

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Peter Julian, the NDP heritage critic, who highlighted the issue of OutTV at the committee, said the $1 billion a year was a “significant sum.”


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Kevin Waugh, a Tory committee member, expressed surprise it was so large and asked for further details of how it had been calculated.

Thomas Owen Ripley, associate assistant deputy minister at Canadian Heritage, said some of the $1 billion could be used to support Canadian productions including dramas, documentaries and children’s programs.

Ripley said that “just over $900 million” a year would come from “expenditure requirements” in the bill making streaming platforms such as Netflix spend a certain percentage of their revenue on Canadian productions, as traditional broadcasters do now.

He said traditional Canadian broadcasters currently spend just under $3 billion a year on Canadian programs, which includes news.

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Ripley said Netflix already has a “huge amount of production activity” in Canada, but “most of it would not currently qualify as a Canadian program,” under the current definition.

“Part of the impetus behind this bill is to get them to do more on the Canadian side,” Ripley said, including involving more “Canadian creatives” and telling “more Canadian stories.”

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Rodriguez has said he will ask the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the country’s broadcasting regulator, to modernize the definition of what would qualify as Canadian content, including a film or TV show, after the bill has passed.

The minister, in often tense exchanges with Conservative MPs, reiterated his assertion that the online streaming bill will not affect people who upload videos to YouTube.

Rodriguez said the CRTC had “zero” interest in regulating millions of people’s posts.

The minister said the bill would not cover user-generated content and would only cover commercial material. When the bill was launched, Rodriguez said this could include a professional video streamed on Spotify that also appears on YouTube.

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Rodriguez faced persistent questions from Conservative MPs about the definition of “commercial” content with Rachael Thomas, MP for Lethbridge, repeatedly demanding he put a figure on it.

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“What’s the revenue threshold? Who’s in, who’s out?” she demanded, accusing the minister of failing to answer her questions.

Rodriguez’s appearance is the second at the committee. Last week, he was forced to leave before being given a chance to speak while Tory and Liberal MPs argued about procedural issues, accusing one another of delaying tactics.

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While I have my speculations that the crown has several meanings, Dave Free explained to Vogue that the crown is “a godly representation of hood philosophies told from a digestible youthful lens.” On the other hand, Kendrick personally stated after a recent performance of “Savior” that the song was his favorite because it speaks on imperfections. And he wears the crown as a personal reminder. “They judge you, they judge Christ,” Kendrick said. You see? Multiple meanings!

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Sir David Attenborough is going green. Very green.

The legendary English broadcaster, biologist, natural historian and author, at age 96, is travelling the globe in the latest BBC Earth landmark series, The Green Planet, to explore Earth’s biodiversity and the secret life of plants.

Filmed in 27 countries over four years, the five-part documentary marks the first time Attenborough has returned to filming the world of plants since his 1995 series, The Private Life of Plants.

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The Green Planet even includes stops in Canada, where he takes a closer look at maple trees waking from hibernation and lodgepole pines being attacked by mountain pine beetles.

Attenborough shared his thoughts on the series with Global News, and outlined some of the most astonishing plants featured on the show.

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Can you tell us a little bit about filming this brand new BBC Earth series, The Green Planet?

David Attenborough: In a sense, the series itself is slow-growing, like plants. We started [filming] a long time ago, before COVID. And so I was dashing around interesting places, in California and so on, in a way that hasn’t been possible for the last two years. So I appear in all these different parts of the world quite frequently, more than any other [series], for some time.


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In your travels on the series, you interacted with lots of plants. Are there any plants that really stuck in your mind?

One of the really great, profoundly moving experiences was to go to the giant sequoias in California, these enormous trees. It’s not an accident that there’s a cathedral-like feeling when you go amongst them. They are immense things, some of the tallest ones are enormous. But what this program did was to use another of the inventions that you might think had very little to do with plants, technical inventions, that changed natural history photography in the past 10-20 years — drones. When you see the final sequence in the programs and [the camera] suddenly rises above the tree tops. and you see these giants. It’s a marvellous sequence.

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I heard you had a very scary encounter with a cactus during filming, didn’t you?

Yes! The cholla really is a physical danger. There are very dense spines in rosettes, so they point in all directions. And if you just brush against it, the spines are like spicules of glass, I mean they are that sharp and they go into you and you really have trouble getting them out! So that is a really dangerous plant.

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Can you talk to us about the water lilies in Pantanal, Brazil?

Water lilies are extremely aggressive. And their battleground is the surface of the lake and the surface of the water, so it’s a very narrow battle. The Giant Water Lily, which produces leaves famously that can hold a small baby, has a bud that comes up loaded with prickles. And it comes up into the surface and starts expanding, with these spikes pushing everything else out of the way. And in the end the lake ends up as just solid Giant Water Lilies butting up against one another, with no room for anything else at all. It’s one of the most empire building aggressive plants there is. Everybody says how wonderful it is, but nobody says how murderous it is.

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Anybody who takes a walk probably sees more plants than you see animals, so why do you think people have not been as engaged with plants as they have been with animals?

Because they apparently just sit there being a plant. You could either take them or leave them or you could dig them up, or throw them aside. They don’t react, they don’t resent it, they just die. We don’t engage with plants enough.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

‘The Green Planet’ premieres Wednesday, July 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on BBC Earth, and on the BBC Earth Prime Video channel in Canada.

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Miss Independent! Sofia Vergara, 49, was simply sizzling as she celebrated the Fourth Of July 2022 at home in new Instagram photos. The Colombian-born beauty looked red hot while rocking a sexy crimson tube top and white pants in honor of the holiday.

It looked like the Modern Family star was making the most of her day at home, where she was joined by son Manolo, 30, and her beloved dog Baguette. Husband Joe Manganiello, 45, appeared to be elsewhere, not seen in any of the photos.

Clearly embracing the spirit of the holiday, Sofia looked patriotic and chic wearing a red tube top with breezy white pants, which were by swimwear brand Vitamin A. The strapless bikini top and low-slung pants worked together perfectly, showing off her flat, tan abs, toned shoulders, and hourglass curves in a mirror selfie. Keeping cool, Sofia accessorized with a 90s-inspired choker before heading outside and popping some sunglasses on.

A closeup also offered fans a look at her glowing skin and full glam. The America’s Got Talent judge had her caramel-streaked hair down long and smooth to frame her face. She leaned in to reveal glossy brown lips, shimmering chocolate eyeshadow, and strong eyebrows.

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Sofia Vergara sizzled in a red top in her 4th Of July selifes. Here, she stuns in another scalett look during the kick-off of ‘America’s Got Talent’s 17th season on Apr. 20, 2022. (Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock)

It was time for some fun, so Sofia went outside to play around in the pool. She smiled while soaking in the sun, then later hopped onto an inflatable pool toy for some more fun.

While the Hot Pursuit actress played, her son Manolo was hard at work in the kitchen. Another photo showed him tending to a tray of hand-baked donuts. Looking like a kitchen pro, he donned a flour-dusted apron as he ferried the confections away. It seemed like a sweet family day, with the next shots showing Manolo cuddling up to Sofia’s pet Chihuahua Bagette.

Back in 2014, Sofia talked about what it took for her to get her US citizenship. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! she admitted, “It took me a lot of time to get my residence even though I was working here for a long time. But it was fun and I got all my questions perfect.”


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