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End of 2017 saw Stingray, Birch Hill reinvigorate lobby efforts

Media | 01/17/2018 4:39 pm EST

Stingray Digital Group Inc. and Birch Hill Equity Partners ramped up their lobbying in December, with both submitting their first communications reports for the year in the last weeks of 2017. Birch Hill, an investment firm whose partners include Groupe Maskatel LP, which was acquired this month by BCE Inc., saw its first lobby activity in a year and a half, filing five communications reports with officials at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). Representatives reached out to with Parvinder Sachdeva, policy advisor at Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains’ office, as...

Copyright Board considers changes to become ‘more efficient’

Media | 02/18/2015 10:09 pm EST

The Copyright Board of Canada has produced a report outlining a number of changes it is considering in order to make its processes "more efficient and more productive." Recommendations included in a working document posted on its website include: improving the way it communicates proposed tariffs; requiring collectives that represent rights holders and those affected by proposed tariffs to provide better explanations of their positions earlier in the process; and streamlining the activity surrounding questioning, or "interrogatories," between the various parties that takes place in advance of hearings. A separate letter from board CEO Claude Majeau to various...