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Feds need much bolder vision, commitment to digital economy

More a pamphlet than a substantive vision and strategy, the government’s report seems rooted in the present rather than looking to the future. It is devoid of big ideas and largely ignores the next big wave in the digital economy, what Cisco calls ‘the Internet of Everything.’

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Signed, sealed, delivered: Industry Minister James Moore finally delivered the government’s Digital Canada 150 report last month. Sadly, the wait wasn’t worth it, writes David Crane.

TORONTO—On May 10, 2010, then-industry minister Tony Clement, at the Canada 3.0 Conference in Stratford, Ont., launched a public consultation, with a fast two-month deadline, to develop “an action plan for regaining Canada’s leadership as a digital economy.” Nearly four years later, on April 4, 2014 at an event in Waterloo, Ont., Industry Minister James Moore finally delivered with the government’s Digital Canada 150 report.

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Feds need much bolder vision, commitment to digital economy

More a pamphlet than a substantive vision and strategy, the government’s report seems rooted in the present rather than looking to the future. It is devoid of big ideas and largely ignores the next big wave in the digital economy, what Cisco calls ‘the Internet of Everything.’

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Signed, sealed, delivered: Industry Minister James Moore finally delivered the government’s Digital Canada 150 report last month. Sadly, the wait wasn’t worth it, writes David Crane.

TORONTO—On May 10, 2010, then-industry minister Tony Clement, at the Canada 3.0 Conference in Stratford, Ont., launched a public consultation, with a fast two-month deadline, to develop “an action plan for regaining Canada’s leadership as a digital economy.” Nearly four years later, on April 4, 2014 at an event in Waterloo, Ont., Industry Minister James Moore finally delivered with the government’s Digital Canada 150 report.

  

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

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