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Les Rechan has been named COO of Cognos. Rechan most recently held the position of senior VP and global general manager, CRM strategy, at Oracle. He brings with him more than 20 years of industry experience including senior positions at Seibel Systems, and IBM. At Cognos, he will be responsible for leading the company’s worldwide sales, services and marketing operations. "Les has a superb track record and reputation in the enterprise software industry, including extensive experience with a broad range of enterprise applications serving large, global clients," said Cognos president and CEO Rob Ashe in a news release welcoming Rechan.

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Nortel networking technology being deployed in Australia
Silk Telecom, a telecommunications provider formed from the telecom interests of three Australian electricity distribution companies, is building an advanced optical network in Australia using high-capacity networking technology form Nortel Networks. The network will support high-speed services for Silk’s enterprise customers in regional Victoria and South Australia. The Nortel common photonic layer platform will provide the capacity for Ethernet, Internet and voice, and will ensure Silk has the additional bandwidth capacity to support new services down the road. "With its CPL platform, Nortel has provided us with the flexibility to do this cost-effectively, enabling us to balance the cost of transmission with the bandwidth we need for our regional customers," said Simon Perkins, CEO of Silk Telecom in a news release.

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Barrett appeals to Cabinet CRTC ruling on deferral accounts

Barrett Xplore Inc. (BXI) wants the federal Cabinet to stay parts of the CRTC’s controversial decision to allow incumbent telephone companies to use deferral account money to roll out high-speed networks. The Woodstock NB-based company says the commission’s determination to allow ILECs to use the funds to extend broadband into rural and remote regions will do more harm than good.

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Lawful access bill to be re-introduced into Parliament

Getting tough on crime is one of the new Conservative Party of Canada’s key priorities for this session of Parliament.With this in mind, the government has decided to get the ball rolling again on lawful access. Bill C-74 was introduced last fall, but died on the order table when Parliament was prorogued in November 2005.

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CCR Editorial

The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.
 

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Documentaries gaining momentum, Telefilm’s Clarkson tells policy summit

Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board recently held a Documentary Policy Summit on May 1 in Toronto. At the event, Telefilm Canada executive director Wayne Clarkson pointed to numerous successes in Canadian documentary film production within the last year, but also cautioned that the recent election might dampen longer-term plans. Excerpts from Clarkson’s speech appear below.

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The Canadian Film and Television Production Association has named Barbara Whitmer the director of member services and outreach. Whitmer brings previous experience in developing and enhancing membership and member services from her work with the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the Sierra Club of Canada and the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation. She also holds a Ph. D. from the University of Toronto. In her new role, Whitmer will work closely with the CFTPA’s member services committee to manage and implement existing services as well as develop and launch new member services.
The CFTPA has also appointed Mario Mota to senior director, broadcast relations and research. Mota’s responsibilities will include the development and implementation of the CFTPA policy and research plan for all CFTPA broadcast relations activities. He most recently was the VP broadcast/media research at Decima Research. Prior to that, he held the position of director of policy and regulatory affairs at the Specialty and Premium Television Association, and director of specialty and pay television at the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.

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