The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has just announced it will increase funding for local television! Plus, cable and satellite companies will have to contribute a small part of their revenue (1.5%) to the 'Local Programming Improvement Fund'. The channels will also have to increase their local programming. It does appear though that cable bills will rise about $1 a month. Info is here, and here, and a video summary here.
I've already blogged about the issue: part 1, and part 2. As with any issue, there's two points of view, but I'm still sitting in the 'save local tv' corner. I'm a thrifty-el-cheapo but wouldn't mind paying and extra $1 every month as long as my local news is safe.
So in my opinion, this is good news.