Publication Year


The Garden Invaded

From: The Tangled Garden


Developments in key Canadian creative industries (eg. television, film, newspapers) during Stephen Harper’s Conservative era (2006 to 2015); how the digital media produced a drastic decline of traditional media in Canada, especially television and newspapers; how American digital giants, specifically Netflix, Google and Facebook, gained a huge role in the Canadian media market with little pushback from industry or governement.


Richard Stursberg

Richard Stursberg is a leading expert on Canadian media and culture, and an experienced cultural executive. He has served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Culture and Broadcasting in the federal government, president of the Canadian Cable Television Association, President of Starchoice and Cancom, chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, executive director of Telefilm Canada, and head of English language services at the CBC. He has been a board member of the Canadian Film Centre and the Banff Television Festival. His book on his experience at the CBC, The Tower of Babble, was named one of the best books of 2012 by the Globe and Mail. He currently advises various Canadian media companies and sits on the boards of Hollywood Suite and Digital Media at the Crossroads. He lectures at the Ryerson/York graduate program on media policy and is the President of PEN Canada. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.