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Searching for Bev Oda

The Globe and Mail's Lawrence Martin on Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda, noting that she has had so little effect, she might as well not exist. Update: Politics Watch ranks Oda as the third most "under-performing" minister, trailing only Industry Minister Bernier and Michael Fortier.

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December 26, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

Canadian Heritage and Canadian Artists

In May of this year, Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda delivered the keynote address to the Professional Writers Association of Canada.  Oda acknowledged that "that freelance writers are one of the groups most concerned with Canada’s copyright policy."  While Oda's appearance at the PWAC event might be seen as evidence that she is sympathetic with the concerns of Canadian writers, action speaks louder than words.  Last week, Oda released her response to a Senate report on the Canadians news media.  One of the Senate recommendations dealt specifically with copyright and freelance writers:

That the Minister of Canadian Heritage examine whether there is any abuse of author's rights in the requirements imposed by universal contracts and, if so, explore amendments to the Copyright Act.

Oda's response?

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December 6, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

Oda and Angus Spar over Fundraising

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda and NDP Critic Charlie Angus were back sparring over fundraising yesterday during Question Period in the House of Commons.  The exchange – in which Oda tries to make Angus' support the issue – went as follows: Angus: Given the regulatory free ride the broadcasters already […]

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December 1, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

Oda Back on the Hotseat over Fundraising

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda's fundraising activities were back in the spotlight yesterday in the House of Commons as NDP Heritage critic Charlie Angus expressed concern that Oda's fundraising activities may have played a role in the government's decision to delay the renewal of an important television development fund.  Angus asked whether, in light of funding from the broadcast industry, is the delay "a case of he who pays the piper is calling her tune?"  Oda responded:

Mr. Speaker, the government supports the production industry and our broadcasting industry. We understand the importance of the television fund and the role it plays. The fund is being processed in consideration. We want to ensure that the money will be used and that it provides value for the dollars.

Given that non-answer, Angus then asked Treasury Board President John Baird whether "first, the cheques for last week's cancelled fundraiser collected in cash? Second, would he give us a list of who gave those cheques so we can at least know who is helping to write the broadcast and copyright policy in our country?"

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November 24, 2006 2 comments News

Page Responds to Oda Communications Director

Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies has responded to Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda's Communication Director Chishom Pothier, who cited a meeting with Page as evidence that the Oda is open to meeting with all stakeholder interests.  Responds Page: We welcomed the opportunity to work with this current government on […]

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November 20, 2006 2 comments News