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Heritage, CANARIE officials defend record of French on Internet as important priority

News | 04/08/2002 4:00 am EDT
Officials at Canadian Heritage and CANARIE Inc. are quietly defending their record for emphasizing new French cultural content online after a report was issued late last month that was seen to be highly critical of the federal government for failing to act on the issue. The report, French on the Internet: Key to the Canadian Identity and the Knowledge Economy, singled out CANARIE’s new Applied Research in Multimedia (ARIM) fund for its lack of criteria mandating French content, though the report’s author says special mention in the report of Heritage’s new Canadian Culture Online Program should be welcomed as a strong endorsement for the department’s policies.

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