Rogers Communications Inc. is advocating no change to Canada's current rules limiting foreign direct investment in telecommunications – the only large communications service provider to support the status quo.
The Border (CBC, Mondays at 9 pm), a White Pine Pictures series, dramatizes the issues of the Canada-US border. In keeping with the crime-solving theme of the show, the interactive components produced by Stitch Media, invite the players to participate in simulation border-related crime solving using tools of surveillance and decryption.
The Canadian Television Fund today launched its new website celebrating the best in Canadian TV. http://www.ctf-fct.ca/ provides updates on dramas, documentaries, kids' shows and variety and performing arts programs, as well as detailed information on CTF funding activities and governance. "The new website tells the CTF story by showcasing the many achievements of CTF-funded programming," said Valerie Creighton, president of the CTF. "Along with providing materials to producers to access our funding and information to broadcasters on envelope allocations, the site also ensures that contributors, government, and the Canadian public have current updates on the CTF's performance in meeting our evolving mandate." The website also includes a section highlighting newly-financed productions and returning seasons of audience favorites. The launch of the site comes four days before hearings into the CTF Task Force Report begin at the CRTC.
Intellectual property licensing firm Pachira IP has names Chuck Donohoe as its chief intellectual property officer effective immediately. He will be responsible for developing, brokering and licensing strategies for the company's clients, which includes semiconductor and microelectronic innovations firms. Pachira IP is an Ottawa-based company.
Intrinsyc Software International Inc. has named Philip Ladouceur to its board of directors. Ladouceur brings to CFO and CEO experience in the software and telecommunications industry, including positions at Rogers Communications Inc., Bell Canada International, MetroNet Communications, FutureLink Corp. and Datawire Communication Networks. He is president and managing director of Mardale Investments Ltd.
The CRTC announced this week that Vidéotron ltée's proposed method of disconnecting an ILEC network interconnection device, or NID, wasn't unreasonable and in turn denied an application by Bell Canada regarding the Quebec-based cableco's practice.
NovAtel Inc. has been awarded part of a nearly $670,000 contract from the Canadian Space Agency to establish sites in Canada to monitor the Galileo GIOVE test satellites. Galileo is the European Union's global navigation satellite system. The work includes a parallel cooperative effort to integrate the NovAtel Galileo Test Receiver (GTR), developed for the CSA, into the GIOVE-A Galileo Experimental Sensor Station (GESS), to upgrade the GTR capabilities and to field these GESS stations in Canada.
Industry Canada's chief financial officer, Kevin Lindsey, has been appointed interim assistant deputy minister for spectrum, information, technologies and telecommunications on an interim basis at the department. He replaces Michael Binder who recently moved to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission as president/CEO, also on an interim basis.