Archive for August, 2007

Verner’s Challenge

The recent decision to shift Bev Oda out of the Canadian Heritage portfolio was one of the cabinet shuffle's worst kept secrets.  While the current conventional wisdom is that Oda's replacement – Quebec City MP Josée Verner – will be a stronger voice for culture around the cabinet table, my technology law column this week (Toronto Star version, homepage version) argues that a change in Minister may not be enough. While Oda had her shortcomings, the reality may be that the problem lies less with the identity of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and more with the department itself.

Few doubt the importance of the cultural sector from both an economic and social policy perspective, yet that status is not reflected in the Department of Canadian Heritage, which has gradually morphed primarily into a granting agency for various cultural initiatives. Increased funding for festivals, films, museums, and other culture industry programs may be worthwhile, however, the problem with the grant approach is that it has locked Canadian Heritage into the status quo at a time of dramatic change.

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August 27, 2007 6 comments Columns

Spectrum Auction Delay?

Deirdre McMurdy reports that "industry buzz" on the forthcoming spectrum auction would delay release of the rules to December 2007 with the auction to follow in May 2008.

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August 27, 2007 1 comment Must Reads

Canadian Heritage Must Face Up To New Digital Reality

Appeared in the Toronto Star on August 26, 2007 as Time to Rethink Canadian Heritage's Mandate The recent decision to shift Bev Oda out of the Canadian Heritage portfolio was one of the cabinet shuffle's worst kept secrets.  Oda was labeled by many commentators as a weak Minister – the […]

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August 27, 2007 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

A Nation of Outlaws

Stephen Mihm in the Boston Globe on "what's happening halfway around the world [in China] may be disturbing, even disgraceful, but it's hardly foreign. A century and a half ago, another fast-growing nation had a reputation for sacrificing standards to its pursuit of profit, and it was the United States."

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August 26, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Wired on the E-stonia Takedown

Wired features a blow-by-blow account on last spring's e-attack on Estonia.

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August 26, 2007 2 comments Must Reads