Here is an example of local. This is a French-language paper delivered to everybody weekly in my area. The local English paper has met its demise, and as a result it gets two pages in the middle. Those are three articles translated from French into English and, you will notice, rather poorly so. I am not criticizing the French-language publication, but the fact is the demise of the local media. The coverage in the news has become quite difficult. Outside of Montreal this is becoming the rule rather than the exception.
How do we replace that? We talked a bit about some of the multimedia models.
Into the second part, what that needs.... I'll give you an example. One of the Magdalen Islands, Grosse-Île, has about 700 anglophones, who lost their weekly newspaper five years ago. They have been trying to find a way to collaborate with the local French-language paper and with the local French-language community radio station, and also to provide their seniors with a publication and those kinds of things. They have a business plan and a model. It's all ready to go; they just don't have any competent personnel who can run it.
That's what we talk about with this fund. Is there a way to take a young journalist out of Concordia University, put them down in the Magdalen Islands for a year, give them an internship and some experience, and ship them back? They are trained a little bit, and it gives the community some expertise, some element so they can get these things going forward.
Lastly, with regard to the Internet, I live an hour southwest of Montreal, and when something starts in Montreal we get it where I live in about 10 years. The further east, north, or west you go, the more difficult it gets.
Canadian federal governments, of all political stripes—not the NDP, of course, but the other ones—have made commitments to rural broadband repeatedly over the last 20 years, and nothing has really substantially happened. The commitment in the latest budget would be a good idea if we could get that in there and expand rural Internet, because it is quite essential to all kinds of economic development, especially media delivery.