Heritage Minister Oda addresses the Banff World Television Festival

A Toronto Star article by Vinay Menon includes:

At 4:30 yesterday, Bev Oda, minister of Canadian heritage, addressed the delegates.

She discussed how technology is reshaping the broadcast industry. She said the CRTC will study these changes and compile a comprehensive report, due Dec. 14, that will help create future policy.

Before the speech, some delegates expected to hear Oda say something — possibly ominous — about the CBC. Instead, she said this:

"Regarding our public broadcaster, as the minister of Canadian heritage, let me assure you that this government does support CBC/Radio Canada ... it will remain Canada's official broadcaster in both official languages."

This generated the first (and only) applause. The rest of her speech could be boiled down to this quote: "The status quo is not good enough."

Canadian Federation of Students: Open Letter to Ministers Oda and Bernier

The Canadian Federation of Students have made public their letter to Ministers Oda and Bernier about copyright.

It discusses a number of key areas:

  1. Legal Protection for Technological Protection Measures (TPMs) and Digital Rights Management (DRM)
  2. Internet Service Provider (ISP) Liability – “notice and takedown” vs. “notice and notice”:
  3. Fair Dealing
  4. Digital Interlibrary Loan and Distance Learning
  5. Statutory Damages

Music coalition a wake-up call on copyright law – NDP

NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) says the emergence of the star-studded Canadian Music Creators Coalition (CMCC) is a welcome addition to the long simmering war over copyright legislation. The Coalition is in Ottawa to meet with Industry Minister Maxime Bernier and Heritage Minister Bev Oda.

Read full release on NDP website...

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CMCC Comes to Ottawa

Micheal Geist writes:

The Canadian Press is reporting that several musicians from the Canadian Music Creators Coalition, including Steven Page, Andrew Cash, and Brendan Canning, are in Ottawa today meeting with senior government officials.  The report says the musicians met with Industry Minister Maxime Bernier and Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda and were also to meet with NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus, Bloc Quebecois Heritage Critic Maka Kotto and Liberal Heritage Critic Mauril Belanger.

Unfair promotion of vendor products by the CRTC

Mathieu Allard, Saint Boniface constituent and NDP candidate in recent election, wrote the following to the Heritage Minister and his MP. I have also written about this important issue, and hope others will write letters to their elected representatives.

The Honourable Beverley J. Oda
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women

CC The Honourable Raymond Simard

Dear Minister,

I am bringing this issue to your attention as the CRTC reports to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

On page : http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/help.htm

France backs down on flat-fee plan for file-sharing

This CBC Arts article includes:

France has cut a controversial clause from its copyright bill that would have allowed unlimited file-sharing for a flat monthly fee.
Canada's Heritage Minister Bev Oda is under pressure from the same lobby groups to upgrade Canada's copyright law.

It is unlikely that the flat monthly fee will be seen in Canada in the short term. This is not a radical proposal by any stretch of the imagination, given the existing private copying regime. It would be a simple extension of the "private copying" regime that applies a levy on blank media to non-commercial distribution of music on the Internet. It is also similar to the existing regime used for music on broadcast radio.

The Conservative party which currently forms the government have already indicated that they will "eliminate the levy on blank recording materials" and thus are unlikely to extend the regime.

The NDP’s Four Point Plan for A Better CBC

This SooNews Wire article includes:

Charlie Angus, NDP Heritage Critic, outlines NDP policy approach to relations with new Conservative government on CBC and Canadian broadcasting policy issues, including CBC governance, local/regional programming, foreign ownership limits, and English-Canadian drama.

See also: Globe and Mail: CBC needs ‘critical mass' of drama, president says by Victoria Ahearn, Canadian Press

Ontario's Bev Oda named new heritage minister

This CBC Arts article includes:

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Oda intially worked as a teacher but in the 1970s switched career tracks to broadcasting, taking a position at TV Ontario.

Toronto Star's Martin Knelman wrote an article including:

Stephen Harper named Bev Oda, the Tory MP for Durham, the new heritage minister. Oda happens to be the first Japanese Canadian ever elected to Parliament.

Even more significant is that for the first time in history, this country has a heritage minister who reflects the rich diversity of its arts milieu.

Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze at CBC

This Toronto Star article by Antonia Zerbisias includes this comment about newly sworn in Heritage Minister Bev Oda.

After all, the rumoured candidate is Heritage critic Bev Oda, a veteran broadcaster and CRTC commissioner, with close ties to the private industry. Indeed, like Sarmite (Sam) Bulte, the Liberal MP who lost in Parkdale-High Park, Oda's prior campaign contributions have come from industry bigwigs who, in 2004, held a $250-a-pop fundraiser for her. (The details for 2005 are not yet in.)

Conservative Cabinet sworn in

From: http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/cabinet.asp.

The Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper (Calgary Southwest)
Prime Minister of Canada

The Honourable Maxime Bernier (Beauce)
Minister of Industry

The Honourable Beverley J. Oda (Durham)
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women

The Honourable David Emerson (Vancouver Kingsway)
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

The Honourable John Baird (Ottawa West--Nepean)
President of the Treasury Board

The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay (Central Nova)
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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