Monday, October 18, 2004   NAD Centre strengthens video game programThe National Animation and Design Centre (NAD Centre), Montreal, has updated its design and 3D animation for video games course in response to the identified need to allow students more time to produce their projects. The training has been extended by eight weeks to 48, beginning with the winter 2005 program. Tuition fees will increase, as a result, from $15,750 to $21,500 for Canadian students, and from $18,750 to $21,500 for foreign students. The course will also now include a new macro scriptwriting class with Maxscript and Softimage|XSI.Court rules database is not a newspaperThe Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that, for copyright purposes, an online database of news articles is not the same as a newspaper. The ruling was made in the case of Globe and Mail freelancer Heather Robertson versus The Globe and Mail. Robertson has argued that she should be compensated for the use of her articles in electronic form in various databases. Canadian NEW MEDIA will have further details in its upcoming issue.IBDG asset sale to ResponseTV approvedThe CRTC has approved an application by ResponseTV Inc. to acquire from IBDG Inc. the assets of the English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking approved in Broadcasting Decision 2002-343. The channel will continue to operate under the same terms and conditions as in the original licence, and will remain under the ultimate control of Beverly Milligan (CNM, Jan. 16/02 & Nov. 15/01). The licence is set to expire on August 31, 2009.Inuit featured in new Library and Archives siteA trilingual web product called Project Naming has been launched by the Library and Archives of Canada. The site and searchable database comprise images and stories and an exploration of the history of the Inuit people. The project is the result of collaboration between Library and Archives Canada, the Nunavut Sivuniksavut Training Program and the Government of Nunavut Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (CLEY). Funding was provided through CLEY, and money for the web site made available by the Memory Fund of the Canadian Culture Online Program.24/7 Canada selected as TheScore.ca media sales rep24/7 Canada Inc. has inked an exclusive web advertising representation agreement with TheScore.ca. The Score provides sports coverage to 5.4 million Canadian homes. The win by 24/7 follows on the heels of recent agreements with AskMen.com, ICQ and Lycos, as well as a renewal of its YellowPages.ca deal.House of Commons committees announcedMembership in the House of Commons’ committees was announced last week, with some significant shakeups in the two bodies of most interest to new media players, the Standing Committee on Industry, Natural Resources, Science and Technology, and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. The heritage committee will be comprised of: Charlie Angus, Gord Brown, Sarmite Bulte, Marlene Catterall, Wajid Khan, Maka Kotto, Mark Lemay, Deepak Obhrai, Pablo Rodriguez, Gary Schellenberger, Scott Simms and Merv Tweed. The industry committee will be comprised of Serge Cardin, Michael Chong, Denis Coderre, Paul Crête, John Duncan, Brian Masse, Lynn Myers, Jerry Pickard, Andy Savoy, Werner Schmidt, Brent St. Denis and Bradley Trost.McGuinty government announces child porn and Internet predator planThe Ontario government announced October 13 that it is developing a strategy to deal with Internet crimes against children, in cooperation with the Ontario Provincial Police and Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. The strategy will be put into action early next year, and has $5 million in funding to allow it to launch. Full details are available at http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2004/13/c9612.html.Puretracks launches in U.S.Moontaxi Media Inc. has launched its Puretracks.com music retail site in the United States. Tracks will now be available for sale to Americans using Windows Media Player 10 and delivered in 192 Kbps Windows Media Audio format. Additional features include the ability to buy CDs and to listen to streaming, commercial-free radio stations.