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Read this. It is good to see that the Canadian federal government seems committed to the cloud. The fact that they seem to have moved beyond strategizing and roadmaps to actual deployment of cloud based services is a good thing, and ought to bode well as they move forward. The government’s existing IT infrastructure would seem to resemble a tangled nightmare and a move to cloud based computing should result in significant cost savings and productivity increases across the board. If they get it right…

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I read with interest an article in the National Post today. The headline reads “Canadians can afford high cable fees: CRTC. Regulator finds Canadians absorb higher cable fees without complaint.” The article goes on to state that the average cable bill has risen by almost 50% since 2002 and that “Such results do no seem to suggest a significant withdrawal of demand for television services when consumers are faced with rate increases.”

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Canada’s foreign ownership regulations have long been criticized as being too restrictive. The Telecom Act of 1996 makes the case clear:

“For the purposes of subsection (1), a corporation is Canadian-owned and controlled if

(a) not less than eighty per cent of the members of the board of directors of the corporation are individual Canadians;

(b) Canadians beneficially own, directly or indirectly, in the aggregate and otherwise than by way of security only, not less than eighty per cent of the corporation’s voting shares issued and outstanding; and

(c) the corporation is not otherwise controlled by persons that are not Canadians.”

Critics claim that the end result has been a paucity of foreign investment when compared to countries that have liberalized foreign ownership regulations and the knock on effect being less capital investment.

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I wonder how far Stephen Harper managed to get with his free trade agenda at the America’s summit…unfortunately I think he has more work to do at home than abroad since he made the decision to prorogue parliament in December of 2008. The Colombia thing is disappointing – there a number of interesting opportunities to be found and I think it is ultimately bad for Colombia.

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