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The British Columbia Institute of Technology has named event organizer Julia Blockberger as its new chair. She is the first woman to chair the school’s board of governors. First appointed to BCIT’s board in 1998, she was most recently vice-chair and head of several key board committees.

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Recordable DVD to overtake CD-RW sales by 2004, says IDC
Market analyst IDC says consumers will buy far more DVD-ROMs than CD-ROMs by 2004. Current sales are less than US$2 billion and more than US$3 billion, respectively, of manufacturers’ revenues. In 2004, DVD-ROM units will generate almost US$4 billion vesus only US$400,000 for CD-ROM drives. Higher storage densities and richer multimedia possibilities are being cited as evidence for the claim.

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Museum professionals want greater access to Internet and targeted information

Museum professionals are ahead of Canadians in adopting new Internet technologies, according to a new study of the sector by Canadian Heritage. In a report published last month by Wendy Thomas of the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), 93 per cent of respondents to a 1998 survey had used the Internet, and 36 per cent had used the ‘Net two years before that. As Thomas notes in her summary, that’s well ahead of the 37 per cent of Canadians in general who could claim the same. Despite the high usage rate, problems remain finding suitable content and in having broad access to Internet access at the desktop.

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BCE promises to narrow divide between old and new media with benefits package

BCE Inc is offering to spend $61 million on new media content, training and research as part of its $2.3-billion bid to buy CTV Inc. Canada’s broadcast regulator requires a so-called "benefits package" whenever a broadcast licensee changes owners. On July 17, Canada’s largest corporation filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Tele-communications Commission (CRTC) seeking approval of the takeover.

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Private and public sectors feeling pressure to deliver trustmarks by Christmas

A broadly-based working group of consumer, government and private sector representatives is working to implement a "seal-of-seals" program later this year to certify ecom sites (CNM, July 12/00). Canadian consumers have repeatedly demonstrated their lack of trust in electronic transactions, a situation which costs online retailers millions of dollars every year in potential sales.

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Open top-level national domain names to free-trade or risk backlash, says Tucows

A prominent communications lawyer is calling for free-trade in top-level Internet domain names, warning that restrictive Canadian policies will trigger trade retaliation for domestic companies working abroad.

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Potential IMAX sale subject to foreign investment rules says Canadian Heritage

Any potential sale of Imax Corp to a foreign company won’t go ahead without the approval of the foreign investment branch of Canadian Heritage, says the country’s top review official. The Toronto company announced July 13 that it was looking at "strategic alternatives" including the sale or merger of the company in an effort to bolster its languishing stock price.

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Interquest files for bankruptcy protection during two-week restructuring period

A former high-flying celebrity among new media companies is devoting the next two weeks to getting its financial house in order after filing for bankruptcy protection July 19. After nearly a year, Montreal-based Interquest Inc was unable to complete an announced reverse takeover of Alberta junior capital pool company Prairie Fire Oil and Gas, denying it access to much-needed expansion and acquisition capital, or its intended purchase of Point-Net Communications Inc, an R&D-intensive company located in Montreal’s Cité de Multimédia (CNM, Aug. 25/00).

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