Archive for October 23rd, 2008

Government Should Shuffle Ministries and Ministers

According to several media reports, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will unveil his new cabinet sometime in the next week. The big question revolves around the vacancy at Foreign Affairs, with either Industry Minister Jim Prentice or Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon seen as the likely replacement (if Prentice goes to Foreign Affairs, some speculate that Cannon will take over at Industry). While the identity of the Industry Minister – whether new or old – matters a great deal to those following issues such as copyright, telecom, and privacy, the government should consider something much more proactive. 

The not-so-secret reality of the Industry Minister portfolio is that it is simply far too large to give all the issues under its mandate the necessary attention.  Manufacturing, automotive, telecom, foreign investment, competition, consumer affairs, intellectual property, scientific research and dozens of other issues all fall under the same umbrella. While this was the intention back in the early 1990s when Industry Canada was formed as a "super Ministry" that merged Consumer and Corporate Affairs with Communications, this experiment has failed.  With so many issues demanding attention, it should come as little surprise that many issues either fall under the radar screen or take months to be addressed. 

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October 23, 2008 5 comments News

Court Awards $50,000 in Damages Over Net Postings

A Canadian court has ordered an Edmonton man to pay anti-hate fighter Richard Warman $50,000 in damages arising from a series of defamatory Internet postings.

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October 23, 2008 2 comments Must Reads

Survey Says Ten Percent of Online Canadian Shoppers Hit By ID Theft

A new Ipsos Reid survey claims that ten percent of Canadian online shoppers have reported experiencing ID theft.

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October 23, 2008 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Post-Election C-61 Coverage

VueWeekly in Edmonton covers C-61 in advance of a talk I'm giving there this week, while the Gauntlet in Calgary laments the lack of attention on copyright during the campaign.

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October 23, 2008 1 comment Must Reads

Australia to Introduce Resale Royalty Right

Lawfont reports that the Australian government has announced plans to introduce a new resale royalty right for visual art.

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October 23, 2008 3 comments Must Reads