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ACTA: Negotiations May Be Done, But Debate Continues

Next week, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage will begin hearings on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.  The hearing are long overdue as many other countries have held hearings or other consultations on the agreement.  The ACTA hearings come just as the issue heats up around the world: An ACTA analysis […]

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January 28, 2011 2 comments News

Van Loan: Canada Supports Release of the ACTA Text

A spokesperson for International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan has confirmed yet again the Canadian position on ACTA: "Canada supports the release of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement text at the earliest possible opportunity. Canada cannot release the negotiating text until there is consensus to do so among the [ACTA] partners."

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March 17, 2010 3 comments Must Reads

Van Loan on ACTA

International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan's office has responded to NDP MP Charlie Angus' public letter on ACTA.  According to the Wire Report, Van Loan says that "ACTA would comply with Canadian law" and that "before acceding to any agreement, our government would need to be fully satisfied that it […]

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January 28, 2010 13 comments Must Reads

NDP MP Charlie Angus Demands ACTA Answers

NDP MP Charlie Angus used the launch of the ACTA talks in Mexico to issue a four-page letter to International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan demanding answers on ACTA.  The letter challenges the government's secretive approach on ACTA and delves into a wide range of substantive issues including the prospect […]

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January 27, 2010 4 comments News

Ten Players Who Will Shape Tech Law and Policy in 2010

Predictions about future technology law and policy developments are always fraught with uncertainty, yet identifying the key players is a somewhat easier chore.  Although Parliament is not scheduled to resume until March, my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) tracks ten who are likely to lead the way in Canada in the coming year.

Tony Clement, federal Industry Minister.  From anti-spam legislation to the national copyright consultation, Clement demonstrated a keen interest in technology issues during his first year as industry minister.  2010 should be no different, with privacy reform legislation, a new copyright bill, and rules for another wireless spectrum auction all on the agenda.  To top it off, Clement has sent strong signals that he wants to forge ahead with a long-overdue national digital strategy.

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January 4, 2010 7 comments Columns