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Canada touts wins on copyright, culture in TPP deal

Media | 01/24/2018 3:17 pm EST

The Canadian government announced Tuesday it has reached an agreement with 10 other countries taking part in the negotiations of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). It said it had achieved concessions on issues including intellectual property and cultural protection in the agreement formerly known as the TPP. The news followed a meeting in Tokyo earlier this week, and a years-long negotiation process that began under the previous Conservative government and saw the United States withdraw from the agreement a year ago. “On culture,...

Trump withdraws from TPP

Media | 01/23/2017 10:16 pm EST

The United States is officially withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, after president Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday. Advocacy group OpenMedia said in a press release following the announcement that Canada should also reject the deal. In Canada, the agreement has also come under criticism by former BlackBerry Inc. CEO Jim Balsillie. Among other stipulations, the TPP would extend copyright terms in Canada....

Freeland says ball in E.U.’s court as future of CETA remains uncertain

telecom | 10/24/2016 9:03 pm EDT

Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland told reporters Monday that the decision last week to end discussions with the European Union over the Canada-European Union...

Copyright-term extension bill introduced

Media | 06/20/2016 8:59 pm EDT

A private members’ bill introduced on the last day of Parliament’s session seeks to extend the current copyright terms for authors and composers, from 50 years after their death to 70 years. Peter Van Loan, the...

Cyber security not built into trade agreements: negotiator

telecom | 05/19/2016 8:22 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Don’t look to international trade agreements to keep digital trade secure, participants of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s International Trade Day event were...

Liberal MPs, staff create ‘think tank’ for digital issues

Media | 05/17/2016 7:59 pm EDT

OTTAWA — It wasn’t a hard sell for David Graham to recruit Liberal colleagues for a new Parliament Hill research body. “[I said] ‘I want to talk about digital issues....

Canada won’t see another company like RIM under TPP: Balsillie

Media | 05/05/2016 9:59 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Former BlackBerry Ltd. co-CEO Jim Balsillie doubled down on his dire warnings against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and what he calls its failure to support Canadian innovators. “There will never be a large Canadian tech company again under TPP. Period,” Balsillie told members of Parliament Thursday morning during an appearance in front of the House of Commons standing committee on international trade. Balsillie’s testimony was part of the committee’s public consultation on the trade agreement, which is still to be ratified....