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Tina Van Dusen, EVP and COO of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters has won the Robertson-Surette Vision Award for her outstanding leadership in human resources initiatives at the CAB. She was tapped for the prize for her measures at the CAB resulting in increased employee morale and workplace performance, and which allowed employees to participate in decisions affecting their work lives.

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CNM Short Takes

Trade office urges U.S. Congress to start legislating privacy
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has moved from several years of recommending industry self-regulation on privacy to calling for federal legislation on the issue. The commission has asked Congress to enact privacy legislation similar to that recently passed by the Canadian federal government.

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New content provider mum on plans to offer short documentaries on web

Blackholetv.com has been cruising the streets of downtown Ottawa advertising its Internet start-up, but company executives are reluctant to say more until they launch an even newer website. CEO Jay Litkey wouldn't divulge details of his newest venture, but the page currently on line at www.blackholetv.com suggests the company will be featuring original documentary shorts with a music, sports and lifestyle focus.

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Corporate shakeups continue at Salter Street Films’ new media subsidiary

Salter Street Films Ltd appears to have shelved plans to publicly trade its new media division – at least for the time being. Following several quarters of disappointing financial results and last November's collapse of a reverse takeover deal (CNM, December 23/99), the Halifax-based production house has decided to up its ownership in Salter New Media Ltd (SNM) from 38.7 per cent to 98 per cent. The company also announced May 18 that it was spinning off a new company (1391408 Ontario Inc) that will use auction technology from SNM's Bargoon.com web site to develop a new business-to-business application.

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CAB set to invite pure play new media companies into association ranks this fall

Canada's largest lobby group for private broadcasters may begin inviting new media companies to join their organization, including those with no formal affiliation with conventional television. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) passed a resolution May 12 to create a new membership class and a new outreach program to exploit potential ties between new and old media. A final vote on the issue will be put to CAB members for approval at the association's AGM later this year in Calgary.

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News and sports programming to drive high-speed Internet in short term

AOL Canada has taken an important first step in its bid to offer high-speed Internet access, but its president cautions that more market studies and investments are required before companies should expect to make money from broadband web services. On May 16, AOL Canada became the first Internet service provider to secure third-party access to a cable operator's coaxial network. The three-month trial with Regional Cablesystems Inc will see AOL's customers in Sturgeon Fall ON initially receiving enhanced multimedia content and features, migrating later to full broadband programming offered through AOL Plus.

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New Media Business Alliance promises targeted voice for private sector

A group of Ontario entrepreneurs is creating a new lobby group to work with the provincial government on funding and incentive programs for digital media. To be officially announced in about a month, the New Media Business Alliance (NMBA) has been overseen by a steering committee chaired by Oberon Interactive Productions president Luda Tovey. Industry veteran Maxim Engel and McLelland & Stewart's George Goodwin have also been involved in the start-up of the new group.

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IMPAC rep refutes claim that its national new media association is “in limbo”

The general manager of the Interactive Multimedia Producers Association of Canada (IMPAC) is dismissing suggestions that the fledgling association is losing momentum just nine months after its formation. Responding to recent comments made by a former executive of the group, Claude Dugas says IMPAC's low public profile should not be construed as an association in limbo (CNM, May 18/00). Rather he explains that the group's executive committee is working behind the scenes with both government and industry to develop a national agenda for digital media. Building a national association is part of that exercise, he adds.

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