Post Tagged with: "Environment"

Bill C-61 Fails Green Copyright Test

The environment is obviously one of the biggest issues of the moment. The federal political parties are spending their summers trying to sell Canadians on their plans for the future, provincial governments are unveiling regulations to address waste, and local municipalities are getting into the game with increasingly sophisticated recycling programs.  As our environmental policies move far beyond establishing emissions standards or clean-up requirements, law and regulation is increasingly focused on creating incentives for business to reduce polluting activities and for consumers to adopt environmentally-friendly habits.  

Given the desire to re-orient longstanding practices, laws not traditionally considered part of the environmental file should also be examined to determine whether they are consistent with promoting "greener" behaviour.  In fact, Parliament recently passed a new law that tries to embed sustainable development into government policy.  My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) acknowledes that the notion of "green copyright" sounds odd, yet the policy choices found in Bill C-61 disappointingly run directly counter to the current emphasis on the environment.

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July 21, 2008 7 comments Columns

Government Copyright Bill Fails Green Test

Appeared in the Toronto Star on July 21, 2008 as Government Copyright Bill Fails Green Test The environment is obviously one of the biggest issues of the moment.  The federal political parties are spending their summers trying to sell Canadians on their plans for the future, provincial governments are unveiling […]

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July 21, 2008 1 comment Columns Archive

Ontario Launches Public Consultation on E-Waste Regulation

The Government of Ontario has launched a public consultation on electronic waste regulation.  Comments are due by May 9, 2008.

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April 9, 2008 2 comments Must Reads

The Race Toward Clean Cloud Computing

Imagine a world where most of the functions of our personal computers – running applications, communicating, and storing data – do not take place on those computers but rather at massive computer server farms located in remote locations and linked through high-speed networks.  This is not the stuff of science fiction but rather describes "cloud computing,"  one of the hottest Internet and computing trends and the subject of my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, Vancouver Sun, homepage version).

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February 15, 2008 8 comments Columns

The Race Toward Clean Cloud Computing

Appeared in the Toronto Star on February 11, 2008 as Our Heads Should Be In The Clouds Imagine a world where most of the functions of our personal computers – running applications, communicating, and storing data – would not take place on those computers but rather at massive computer server […]

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February 11, 2008 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive