One Degree News Briefs … November 16, 2017

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Weather Network takes on ‘big boys’ Google, Facebook in quest to rake in digital ad dollars

FINANCIAL POST

People from Victoria to Torby, Nfld., are pleading with the broadcast regulator to keep The Weather Network as a channel with mandatory distribution in basic cable packages.

In a renewal process that comes every seven years, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission solicits arguments from stations and comments from the public on who should get the coveted spots.

Companies want them because they guarantee millions of dollars in revenue from TV providers. For example, The Weather Network currently gets 23 cents per subscriber per month, which adds up to almost $31 million a year given that there are 11.1 million TV subscribers across Canada.

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Mapping Canada’s war dead, house by house

GLOBALNEWS

Over the years, we have made a series of interactive maps showing the war dead of Canadian cities at the scale of individual homes (or sometimes towns.)

Stalin, a cynic, said that one man’s death is a tragedy, while that of a million is a statistic. There is a truth here, which is why we often tell the story of vast tragic events, like wars or disasters, in part from the point of view of the individual.

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Canadian ‘superscalper’ shows difficulty of fighting ticket bots in Ontario

CBC

As Ontario legislation that bans the use of ticket scalper bots works its way through the legislature, new reporting by the CBC reveals the complexity — and the stakes — of the global scalping market.

The newest face of the issue is Montrealer Julien Lavallée, revealed last week to be the man behind a multi-million dollar scalping operation capable of purchasing rafts of sought-after tickets almost simultaneously.

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“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.”

— Tony Hsieh

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