News

  • - 2011-02-17 -

    Canada's federal, provincial and territorial Information and Privacy Commissioners are calling for nominations for the Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award, which will honour and recognize the efforts of individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional contribution to Access to Information, transparency, and accountability in Canada. The award also honours and commemorates its eponymous Commissioners, John Grace, former Information Commissioner of Canada, and Marcel Pépin, president and founder of the Commission d'accèss à l'information du Québec.

    The inaugural award will be presented during the International Conference of Information Commissioners which will be held in Ottawa on October 4-5, 2011. Future awards will be presented annually during Right to Know week.

    More details on the nomination process and requirements are available here (FR). The submission form is here (FR).

  • - 2011-01-28 -

    All law students, including graduate, are encouraged to apply to join us as part of our Summer Internship Program. The program offers students a unique opportunity to work with CIPPIC lawyers on cutting edge issues in law & technology. Remuneration is in the form of a C$6000 stipend.


    APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 18, 2011, 5pm EST

    More details here (FR)

  • - 2011-01-23 -
    CIPPIC has provided comments on a draft Privacy Commissioner document intended to address emerging privacy issues such as online tracking, identity management and cloud computing. The final report will incorporate the results of a consultation process initiated by the OPC and reflecting the views of myriad stakeholders on issues raised by emerging technologies.
  • - 2011-01-11 -
    CIPPIC has joined the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and other consumer protection groups in calling on the CRTC to create a Canadian Broadcasting Participation Fund, which will allow Canadians to participate in Broadcasting proceedings in order to ensure their views are heard. Currently, there is no mechanism for funding such participation, which is often beyond the resources of many Canadians and organizations representing them. Yet, particularly in light of increasing convergence between broadcasting and new media, many broadcasting decisions can impact significantly on individual Canadians. The CRTC requires those such as BCE who are taking control of a major broadcasting entity such as CTV to devote a percentage of the value of their purchase to furthering the greater public benefit. CIPPIC and others have suggested that a portion of these benefits be allocated to funding public participation in future broadcasting consultations and proceedings.
  • - 2011-01-04 -

    Help shape the future of the Internet by applying to join the Canadian Internet Registry Authority (CIRA) 2011 Nomination Committee. The Nomination Committee will help determine the makeup of CIRA's Board of Directors, which is responsible for defining the strategic direction of .CA and contributes to Canadian Internet policy.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 21, 2011

  • - 2010-12-23 -

    The Copyright Board has granted Access Copyright's controversial application for an interim tariff in the post-secondary educational institution tariff proceeding.  The Board's reasons for granting the application will follow.  The proposed interim tariff is based on Access Copyright's older licensing agreement, and includes an optional schedule of digital permissions. The Board will accept comments on the proposed interim tariff's wording until January 21, 2011.

  • - 2010-12-23 -

    The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave SOCAN v. Bell, in which the Copyright Board and Federal Court of Appeal had agreed that consumer "previews" of 30 second music clips were fair dealing since they amounted to consumer research.

  • - 2010-12-10 -

    CIPPIC has filed a submission on behalf of the Canadian Association of Teachers and the Canadian Federation of Students responding to Access Copyright's application for an interim tariff in the Access Copyright Post-Secondary Tariff matter before the Copyright Board.

  • - 2010-12-10 -

    The Google Policy Fellowship sponsors students to work on the important  Internet and technology policy issues of our time, including censorship, digitization, privacy, broadband access, spectrum, copyright, open government, and more. The host organizations provide students with  hands-on experience and substantive opportunities in research, policy and legislative analysis, gassroots organization, and issue campaign management.

    2011 Fellows will receive a stipend of $7500 for 10 weeks of work, contingent upon reviews from their host organizations. Please review the frequently asked questions and program information, and contact policyfellowship@google.com with any additional questions.

  • - 2010-12-03 -

    Catch CIPPIC's Director, David Fewer, as he discusses pressing issues in law & technology with Nora Young on CBC's Spark.  Discussions include Canada's most recent attempt to update its Copyright Laws and an upcoming Supreme Court of Canada hearing (in which CIPPIC is intervening) that will decide whether someone can be sued for merely hyperlinking to a webpage containing defamatory materials.