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Knowledge House launches online high school
Knowledge House Inc, Halifax, announced the launch of its latest online education program at its AGM this week. The company unveiled the details of its web-based high school, dubbed the Wellspring School. It will deliver traditional courses using a collaborative, problem-based approach. The Wellspring School is an independent high school that will offer courses in the areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics, English-language arts, technology and career-related studies. The school has begun to accept applications for its inaugural Grade 11 class which will begin this fall for students outside of Nova Scotia.

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Don Tapscott has resigned as chair and his seat on the board of directors at itemus Inc. He will, however, continue to work with the company.

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Future of commerce, content relies on open standards for Internet distribution

One of the signs of an industry maturing is a move toward open, interoperable technical standards. As the bloom fades on the IPO rose, the non-dominant players start to realize that proprietary intellectual property may not be the road to profitability. The future begins to look like a choice between open standards and a permanent role as a subsidiary of the dominant player.

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JumpTV applauds federal consultation paper on retransmission regime

JumpTV.com Canada Inc's lawyer is giving his tempered thumbs-up to a consultation paper released last week by the departments of Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada on the country's retransmission regime. The document raises several questions about how the controversial practice – which gives cablecos and satellite TV players the right to retransmit over-the-air TV signals – could be changed to reflect the increasing use of the Internet as a new distribution platform.

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Broadcasters, multimedia players must embrace R&D model to succeed: report

Players in the multimedia and interactive development field need to embrace a research and development model or risk becoming nothing more than valets to media titans elsewhere, says the author of a new report on Canada's broadband content.

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Review of copyright law could pit content producers against content providers

The federal government has launched a landmark review of Canadian copyright law that one Internet law expert worries could protect corporate interests at the expense of online users. In a consultation paper released late last week, the departments of Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada asked for comments on several broad-reaching issues, including the introduction of U.S.-style legislation that would make it tougher to distribute copyrighted material or to hack anti-piracy measures.

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Are consumers being forgotten in talks on launch of the new digital channels?

Has the CRTC lost touch with what consumers really want? The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance fears it has. The group, which represents smaller cablecos, argues that the complexity of rules associated with the carriage of Category 1 channels is seriously impeding the industry’s ability to respond to consumer demand. Allyson Townsend, legal counsel for the CCSA, presented a paper on this issue to delegates at a conference in Toronto earlier this week. In it, she argues that distributors and new digital licensees are spending too much time and resources on regulatory feuds, rather than on the highly demanding but relatively simple tasks of giving consumers the channels they want and at price points they find attractive.

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Telefilm chair Laurier LaPierre, Acadian actress Viola Léger and singer-comedian Jean Lapointe were appointed by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to the Senate.

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