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Billy Talent
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    Billy Talent

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    Dead Silence

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    Warner Music Canada

Government Announces Intent to Send Bill C-56, the Combating Counterfeit Products Act, to Committee this Parliamentary Session

Peter Van Loan, The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons announced on October 17, 2013 that the government intends to send Bill C-56, the Combating Counterfeit Products Act, to committee this Parliamentary session.
"Counterfeit goods hurt our economy, undermine innovation, and undermine the integrity of Canadian brands, and they threaten the health and safety of Canadians on occasion," said Mr Van Leon during Government Orders.

Bill C-11 Passes 3rd Reading in House of Commons and Heads to the Senate

In a vote of 158 - 135 Bill C-11 was passed at 3rd reading in the House of Commons late on June 18, 2012 and quickly moved to the Senate of Canada for 1st reading.  2nd reading in the Senate is scheduled to take place on June 20, 2012.  The Senate Standing Committee on Banking Trade and Commerce has jurisdiction over the Bill.

The official government news release on the passage of 3rd reading can be found here.

Bill C-11 to Return for End of 3rd Reading Before House Rises

Peter Van Loan, The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons announced on June 7, 2012 that Bill C-11, The Copyright Modernization Act, will return to the House no later than June 18 in order to complete 3rd reading. 

"The House will also finish third reading of Bill C-11, the copyright modernization act. The bill is a vital tool to unlock the potential of our creative and digital economy. It is time that elected parliamentarians should have their say on its passage once and for all. I would like to see that vote happen no later than Monday, June 18."

Ahead of it are several other bills identified as priorities of the government including the budget implementation bill which has generated a great deal of debate.  C-11 must complete 3rd reading before it can be sent to the Senate for consideration.

G8 Leaders affirm the significance of high standards for IPR protection and enforcement

Leaders of the Group of Eight met at Camp David on May 18 and 19, 2012 to address major global economic and political challenges, declaring the imperative to promote growth and jobs. 

Regarding intellectual property, the Leaders declared: "Given the importance of intellectual property rights (IPR) to stimulating job and economic growth, we affirm the significance of high standards for IPR protection and enforcement, including through international legal instruments and mutual assistance agreements, as well as through government procurement processes, private-sector voluntary codes of best practices, and enhanced customs cooperation, while promoting the free flow of information. To protect public health and consumer safety, we also commit to exchange information on rogue internet pharmacy sites in accordance with national law and share best practices on combating counterfeit medical products."

3rd Reading of Copyright Reform Bill Set to Begin

Bill C-11 returns to the House of Commons May 14, 2012 for Report Stage and 3rd Reading.  A number of proposed amendments will be considered at the Report Stage.  Proceedings are live streamed.

Review of Canada's Intellectual Property Regime

The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology began a review on May 10, 2012 of Canada's intellectual property regime.  The Committee is chaired by M.P. David Sweet

Copyright Reform Bill Returns to House of Commons

Bill C-11, The Copyright Modernization Act, emerged from the special legislative committee stage on March 15, 2012 in a report to the House of Commons.  The committee, Chaired by MP Glenn Thibeault, approved a number of amendments put forward by government members of the committee. 

Bill C-11 Moves to Legislative Committee

In a vote of 148 to 115, Bill C-11, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act, passed 2nd reading to move to a legislative committee for review.  The committee membership was determined last fall.  Chairing the committee is Sudbury MP Glenn Thibeault (NDP).  Other NDP members on the committee are Charlie Angus, Andrew Cash, Pierre Nantel and Tyrone Benskin.  Conservative members are Scott Armstrong, Peter Braid, Paul Calandra, Dean Del Mastro, Mike Lake, Phil McColeman and the Hon. Rob Moore.  The Liberal member is the Hon. Geoff Regan. 

Music Canada supports the move to the legislative committee for review, as do many other organizations including IATSE, an International Union that represents members employed in the stagecraft, motion picture and television production, and trade show industries throughout the United States, its Territories, and Canada, and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.

Government reintroduces copyright reform bill

On September 29, 2011 Industry Minister Christian Paradis and Heritage Minister James Moore reintroduced The Copyright Modernization Act.  The bill will follow through on the work done in relation to Bill C-32 which died on the Order Paper when a Federal Election was called in March. 

At the time of the announcement, Industry Minister Christian Paradis stated that "any technical fixes needed to meet our objectives" will be addressed. 

The government release states that the bill gives creators and copyright owners the tools to protect their work and to grow their businesses using new and innovative business models.  Music Canada welcomed the announcement.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper outlines fall priorities to Conservative Caucus

The Prime Minister addressed his caucus on Thursday, September 8th, in preparation for the return of Parliament on September 19th.  Not surprisingly, the CBC is reporting that the economy is the number one priority.  Recent reports have quoted Finance Minister Jim Flaherty as expressing concern about the gap in retail prices between Canada and the US despite a consistently strong Canadian dollar.  Other Conservative priorities including a crime bill and the elimination of the gun registry, both frequently referenced during the May election campaign.

Heritage Minister James Moore has confirmed separately to the Canadian Press that copyright reform will be reintroduced with the expectation of passing it by Christmas.  The bill will be referred to a legislative committee, as was its predecessor that died when the government dissolved and an election was called, but Moore says they hope to pick up where they left off.

CBC report on government priorities
Canadian Press report on copyright reform

Fall Elections get underway

The Ontario election officially got underway today after months of pre-election electioneering.  Some story in PEI where the fixed election date is said to have inspired months of campaigning.  And in Manitoba, the election campaign officially began yesterday.  Meanwhile, in Newfoundland and Labrador, the writ hasn't yet dropped but the campaigning has already begun. 

The dates for the fall elections are:  PEI - October 3rd; Manitoba - October 4th; Ontario - October 6th; Newfoundland and Labrador - October 11th.

PEI Election story
Ontario Election underway
Manitoba campaign begins
Newfoundland and Labrador still in pre-writ period

Jack Layton dies at 61

News that Jack Layton has died after a battle with cancer has been greeted with shock throughout the country.  His wife Olivia Chow made a statement today, August 22nd, that Layton died this morning while surrounded by family. 

About two months after Layton led the Federal NDP to the largest victory in their history during the May 2nd election, Layton announced he was taking a leave of absence as Leader of the Official Opposition to fight a new incidence of cancer.  MP Nycole Turmel assumed the role of interim leader. 

CBC News has the story.

Toronto's Cultural Action Plan Endorsed by City Council

Toronto City Council has endorsed the findings and recommendations of Creative Capital Gains: An Action Plan for Toronto. 

According to a press release,
"the report identifies areas for new and renewed investment and support by the City of Toronto, along with 33 action recommendations that will assist in achieving the goals. The focus areas include:
  • Ensuring a supply of affordable, sustainable cultural space
  • Ensuring access and opportunity for cultural participation to all citizens, regardless of age, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, geography or socioeconomic status
  • Supporting the development of creative clusters and emerging cultural scenes to capitalize on their potential as generators of jobs and economic growth
  • Promoting Toronto's cultural institutions, festivals and other assets to enhance the city's position as a Creative City regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Keeping pace with international competitors by making a firm commitment to sustain Toronto's cultural sector and position Toronto as a leading, globally competitive Creative Capital."

Federal Cabinet Announced

On Wednesday, May 18 Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his first majority cabinet.  Of the two ministers who were shepherding copyright reform through the last parliament, James Moore remains Heritage Minister while Tony Clement moves from Industry to Treasury Board.  Christian Paradis assumes the role of Industry Minister.  Also of interest is the appointment of Ed Fast as International Trade Minister.  Here is a complete list of the cabinet and analysis provided by the Globe and Mail's Steven Chase and Jane Taber.

Bill C-32 Dies on the Order Paper

For the third time in as many tries, copyright reform has failed to materialize in Canada.  With the fall of the government and launch of a federal election, all legislation in development died on the order paper, including Bill C-32, The Copyright Modernization Act.  Globe and Mail reporter Barrie McKenna reflects on the difficulty of achieving reform in Canada.

"It shouldn’t take 14 years to do copyright reform. Even three years seems unreasonably long."

Copyright Reform Legislation Introduced

On June 2, 2010 the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-32, The Copyright Modernization Act. 

The Government’s stated intent with the bill is to “modernize Canadian copyright law for the digital age while protecting and creating jobs, promoting innovation and attracting new investment to Canada,” and to give “creators and copyright owners the tools to protect their work and grow their business models.”