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NDP MP Charmaine Borg Raises Concerns Over Watered Down Anti-Spam Regulations

NDP MP Charmaine Borg, the party’s digital issues critic, has written to Industry Minister Christian Paradis to express concern over the draft anti-spam regulations, noting that they appear to circumvent the will of Parliament. The letter cites testimony from Industry Canada officials in 2010, who told the Industry Committee “what the legislation is trying to do is not allow a third party to give express or implied consent on behalf of another person.”  Yet despite that position, the department has now proposed a third party referral exception.  Borg notes:

After defending their decision to exclude a third party referral exception from the bill, Industry Canada officials, two-years later, introduced the very same exception into the regulations. Yet it was the text of Bill C-28 – explicitly excluding a third-party referral exception – that received multi-partisan support in the House, Industry Committee and the Senate.  It appears that in the intervening two years since Bill C-28 received Royal Assent, Industry Canada has decided to regulate around the will of Parliament.

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February 13, 2013 4 comments News

NDP Calls for Removal of Patent Provisions from CETA

The NDP has called on the government to remove the patent reform provisions from the Canada – EU Trade Agreement, noting the provisions could add billions in additional health care costs. Earlier this month, I wrote about the concerns with the CETA patent provisions.

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August 24, 2012 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

The Results are In: Online Voting Still Too Risky

The recent New Democratic Party convention in Toronto may have done more than just select Thomas Mulcair as the party’s new leader.  My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that it may have also buried the prospect of online voting in Canada for the foreseeable future. While Internet-based voting supporters have consistently maintained that the technology is safe and secure, the NDP’s experience – in which a denial of service attack resulted in long delays and inaccessible websites – demonstrates that turning to Internet voting in an election involving millions of voters would be irresponsible and risky.

As voter turnout has steadily declined in recent years, Elections Canada has focused on increasing participation by studying Internet-based voting alternatives. The appeal of online voting is obvious. Canadians bank online, take education courses online, watch movies online, share their life experiences through social networks online, and access government information and services online. Given the integral role the Internet plays in our daily lives, why not vote online as well?

The NDP experience provides a compelling answer.

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April 3, 2012 30 comments Columns

The Results are In: Online Voting Still Too Risky

Appeared in the Toronto Star on April 1, 2012 as Internet Voting Carries Risk As Shown By NDP Experience The recent New Democratic Party convention in Toronto may have done more than just select Thomas Mulcair as the party’s new leader.  It may have also buried the prospect of online […]

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April 2, 2012 1 comment Columns Archive

NDP on the Wikileaks Canadian Copyright Cables

The NDP issued a release yesterday criticizing the government on the revelations found in the Wikileaks cables involving Canada and copyright. The party said the cables paint “an alarming picture.”

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September 7, 2011 1 comment Must Reads