Archive for November 13th, 2006

Oda Funding Controversy May Derail Broadcast and Copyright Policy

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) takes stock of the brewing controversy over Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda's fundraising activities. With the Hill Times running a lead story on her 2005 fundraiser and persistent questions in the House of Commons, it is becoming apparent that this issue is quickly becoming a liability for the Conservative government.  While last week's discussion focused on the now-cancelled Oda fundraiser sponsored by a CanWest lobbyist and a 2005 Corus-hosted fundraiser, further investigation into Oda's past campaign financing demonstrates that the close ties between Oda and industry lobbyists may run deeper than even Angus realized.   

According to Elections Canada data, Oda held a similar fundraiser in May 2004 – before she was even elected to the House of Commons – that attracted enormous corporate support from the broadcast industry including Alliance Atlantis, Astral, CanWest, and CHUM, as well as from more than a dozen senior executives from major broadcast and cable companies.

Once elected, the support continued.  

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November 13, 2006 5 comments Columns

Oda Funding Controversy May Derail Broadcast and Copyright Policy

Appeared in the Toronto Star on November 13, 2006 as Shameful Lobbying No Way to Make Public Policy The Canadian Association of Broadcasters, which represents Canada's major television and radio broadcasting companies, celebrated its 80th anniversary last week in Vancouver.  CAB President Glenn O'Farrell opened the organization's annual conference by […]

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November 13, 2006 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Knopf Calls for Copyright Commission

Howard Knopf has penned an op-ed that appears in this week's Hill Times.  The article highlights the dangers of the current path of copyright reform and calls for creation of a judge-led copyright commission.

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November 13, 2006 1 comment Must Reads