Thursday, April 2, 2015
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DIGITAL DEMOCRACY
CRTC, Competition Bureau enforcement of Canadian Anti-Spam Law picks up steam

According to Spamhaus’ Register of Known Spamming Organizations, five of the top 100 spamming organizations responsible for 80 per cent of spam worldwide are based in Canada.


  
Why the vertically integrated TV giants are the CRTC’s hidden target

Why the focus on vertically-integrated companies rather than on Netflix?


  
Tory Anti-Terrorism Bill ‘an unprecedented undermining of Canadian privacy protection’

The PM is fast-tracking a bill that represents the biggest-ever reduction in public sector privacy protection and even blocking the privacy commissioner of Canada from appearing before the committee.


  
Behind the scenes of Ontario government’s campaign for a Netflix tax

According to documents obtained under the Access to Information Act and reported here for the first time, Ontario government officials spent months developing its submission in support of a Netflix tax.


  
Why Bell’s targeted ad approach falls short on privacy protection

From Bell’s perspective, the targeted advertising approach, which it calls RAP or Relevant Ads Program, does not involve the collection of additional information and the company allows users to opt-out of this use of their information if they so choose.


  
No fast or slow lanes: CRTC upholds net neutrality rules

Canada has an even stronger net neutrality framework that better safeguards new innovative services and that will leave U.S. net neutrality advocates looking North with envy.


  
What open government hides

Unfortunately, ignoring issues such as access to information and genuine efforts to incorporate public input into policies means that, for now, open government is most notable for what it hides.


  
End of online anonymity? Ontario Police and Conservative Senator support mandatory identification reforms

OPP officer Scott Naylor likened internet access to obtaining a driver’s licence or a marriage licence, noting that we provide identification for many different activities, yet there is no requirement to identify yourself when using the internet.


  
Third-parties to be required to file expenses, contributions

To uphold and reinvigorate the spirit of elections financing law, Elections Canada must begin to seriously review its current 'old media' defined terms of political advertising and campaigning.


  
Echo chamber strategy of political communication

Party strategists and insiders are seeking to define bloggers as members of the media, while at the same time reducing access to politicians and government information.


  
Dion swiftboated by 'The Shrug' picture

  
First-person politics: Netroots to take on political establishment

As Ottawa finally starts to move to an issue-based political debate, future elections will likely see a new crop of net activists moving beyond parody, symbolic and first-person politics.


  
Politics in danger of becoming increasingly image-driven

One could argue that Ottawa is in danger of becoming increasingly image-driven and with the current crop of leaders an emergent image-politics is a frighteningly dull prospect.


  
Leaders take note, knives come out in cyberspace: Web is the new political DEW Line

For Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion, a leader whose first name might more aptly be changed to 'embattled,' the blogosphere serves as an early warning of things to come.


  
New digital networks challenge old party networks: U.S. primaries take to net

There are lessons to be learned from the use of new media platforms and technologies south of the border in this most interesting primary season.


  
Facebook struggles to accommodate political networking

Mixing high school friends, siblings and great aunts with party press secretaries, Garth Turner, and John Baird, might not be the best mix.


  
Canadian political blogosphere undergoes transition

Recent changes in each of the parties' respective partisan blogs' networks suggest that there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for incorporating bloggers into partisan politics or campaigning.


  
Internet campaigning: the new normal

The PMO and other party leaders have played down such campaign preparations in the past, reminding Canadians of the 'new normal' in Ottawa: governing-as-campaigning.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Saturday, April 4, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
A preview of Parliamentary precinct renos March 30, 2015

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An artist's rendering of what the outside of the Sir John A. Macdonald building will look like when construction is complete. A new addition has been built, connected to the main heritage space by a glass atrium. Public Works says work wraps up this month, aside from a few finishing touches.
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A cut-away view at the glass-walled atrium that will connect the historic Sir John A. Macdonald building space, formerly the Old Bank of Montreal building, to its annex addition.
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An artist's rendering of the interior of the Sir John A. Macdonald building's historic space, which used to house bank tellers and will soon host special Parliamentary events.
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A look at the multi-purpose room space that will be located in the new addition to the Sir John A. Macdonald building.
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A digital overhead shot of the West Block as it will look after construction. The building’s courtyard is topped by a glass-domed roof.
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The temporary House Chamber will be in an infill inside West Block’s courtyard, but MPs will be able to access the space without stepping outside, as the entire courtyard will be topped with a glass-domed roof.
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An artist’s rendering of the inside of the temporary House Chamber to be located in West Block’s courtyard.
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A rendering of a lobby area to be located near the West Block’s temporary House Chamber.
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The House of Commons is set to add 30 new MPs after this year's election, meaning 30 new seats are needed in the Chamber. Pictured is a prototype of the new seating arrangement, which will be installed in the current Chamber after this year's election. West Block's temporary House Chamber will accommodate all 338 MPs.
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A prototype of the new seating arrangement was set up in the House Chamber last year for some MPs to test out. Having theatre-style seats in the back two rows of the Chamber will allow 30 more MPs to sit in the current House Chamber.
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A blueprint of plans for the West Block, including the temporary House Chamber, which will be converted to committee space when renovations to Centre Block are complete. Workers have to dig down about two storeys to build up a foundation to support this new addition.
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West Block will have fully renovated committee rooms once complete, similar in appearance to this rendering.
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A view of part of the Wellington Building’s lobby, set to include a green wall.
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An artist’s drawing of a common space to be located in the Wellington Building.
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An example of what the Wellington Building’s committee rooms will look like, of which there will be 10 total.

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