Government unveils Canada Interactive Fund for social media and mobile projects

The federal government is merging two web-focused funding initiatives for cultural groups into a single $37.5 million program scheduled to come online next April. The new Canada Interactive Fund (CIF) is designed primarily to help Aboriginal and ethno-cultural communities adopt new and emerging technologies such as Web 2.0 applications and mobile platforms.

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DGC urges finance committee to endorse new private sector tax incentive for film, TV, new media

The Directors’ Guild of Canada (DGC) has called on the government to create “a powerful tax incentive” to spur private investment in the film, television and new media industry. Taking the chance to add to its usual concerns—more public funding for the industry and tax credits—the DGC added the private investment tax incentive call to widen deliberations on what it says is a crucial issue that is “missing” in discussions about industry issues.

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BC firms stand to gain from merger of new media, wireless groups; Olympics also providing impetus

Organizations representing the digital media industry and the wireless industry on the west coast could be joining forces in the coming months – but according to the executive director of the Wireless Innovation Network of British Columbia (WINBC), the group’s merger with New Media BC (NMBC) is far from finalized.

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CRTC should deregulate deposit and disconnection policies for all local telephone providers

The country’s biggest cable companies have told the CRTC that it should deregulate deposit and disconnection policies in unregulated markets for all local exchange carriers (LECs), including incumbent providers. They say market forces are sufficient to ensure reasonable policies are developed, therefore eliminating the need for regulation.

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