The Globe and Mail ran a piece this morning about a Joe Volpe parody website that was taken down almost immediately, which the article attributed in part to CIRA. This generated a lot of email, particularly since I am on the CIRA board. CIRA has just released a statement clarifying that there was no contact between Volpe and CIRA, that the removal of the site had nothing to do its content, and that the takedown occurred at the request of the registrar because the registrant failed to meet Canadian Presence Requirements. As the release rightly notes, "CIRA does not deal withe website content."
Update: The website has now been mirrored and is back online. I should add that I’ve received email correspondence that suggests that the registrant was advised that the site was indeed taken down by the registrar (not CIRA) due to content concerns.
Update II: Youthforvolpe.ca has been re-registered and is back online. Stephen Taylor has posted the same emails that I received, which suggest that the registrar cited defamation and discrimination as the reasons for suspending the domain name registration. Those emails were forwarded by the person who claims to the registrant. Note that it is impossible to know whether they have are edited versions of those originally sent by the registrar.