Ottawa says not much it can do to stem fake news in Canada

The federal government doesn't believe it can do much on its own to stem the growing tide of fake news in Canada.

That's according to briefing notes prepared for federal Heritage Minister Melanie Joly and obtained by The Canadian Press through an access-to-information request.

They highlight that the government recognizes fake news could threaten Canada's democratic institutions, but there's not much they can do to stop it.

The government's inability to decide for Canadians what should and shouldn't be considered fake news is one reason it can't take direct action.

The briefing notes were prepared in November by deputy Heritage minister Graham Flack.