- Fair dealing being extended to education, satire, and parody use.
- Time shifting officially allowed if the work was obtained legally.
- ISPs being required to notify users that they may be infringing copyrights if the ISPs are alerted to it.
- Individual liability for damages to $20K for commercial use to $5K for non-commercial use.
- Express prohibition from breaking digital locks, even where the work was obtained legally.
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Brisette Lucas, Vice-President, Government Relations & Policy
2011 was a very interesting and busy year for government relations, and 2012 promises more of the same. Because EFC believes it is just as important to be reminded about what has happened in the past...Read More »
Federal BudgetOn March 29th, Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presented the federal budget, with a deficit of $21.1 billion. Liberal Interim Leader Bob Rae criticized the Conservative budget for moving the retirement age from 65 to 67, and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair stated that the Prime Minister was putting retirement security and primary health care in peril. Due to the Conservative majority, the opposition cannot do anything to vote down the budget. Minister Flaherty defended the budget and touted its job creation strategy. Some highlights from the federal budget include:
- 19,200 federal public sector jobs to be cut over three years.
- Production of the penny to be discontinued.
- Limits on 24-hour and 48-hour duty free exemption for cross-border shopping to increase.
- Eligibility age for Old Age Security changed from 65 to 67.
- Funding to the CBC cut by 10% over three years.
- The Governor General will pay income taxes.
- Review period for major developmental projects will be capped at 24 months, including the already in progress review for the Northern Gateway pipeline.
- $1.1 billion over the next five years on direct research and development support.
Ontario BudgetOn March 27th, Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan presented Ontario’s budget, with a deficit of $15.3 billion. Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak criticized lack of reduction of corporate income taxes, while Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called on the Liberal minority to increase taxes on those earning $500,000 a year or more. At one point, the fate of Premier McGuity`s minority government was questionable. While Hudak mentioned that every member of his caucus will vote against the Liberal budget, Horwath remained the decision-maker. On April 24th, the Liberal government was spared with the NDP making the unusual move of abstaining from the vote. This meant the budget passed 52 to 37, with each member of Liberal caucus voting in favour and each member of the Progressive Conservative caucus voting against the budget. Some highlights from Ontario’s budget include:
- A wage freeze for MPPs and other provincial civil servants.
- Mandating high-income seniors to pay more for their prescription medication.
- Implement full-day kindergarten by fall 2014.
- Corporate tax rates maintained at 11.5% until budget is balanced.
- Provincial funding for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Luminato Festival will be reduced.
- Reducing and capping Ontario’s clean energy benefit rebate eligibility level to 3,000 kilowatt hours.
- Tax increase for Ontarians earning more than $500,000 per year.
Report Indicates Key Considerations in Canadian
Consumers’ Appliance Purchasing Decisions
Canadian Appliance Manufacturers Association (CAMA) Releases Comprehensive
2012 Major Appliance Industry Trends and Facts ReportToronto, ON, April, 2012 – The Canadian Appliance Manufacturers Association (CAMA), an Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) council, has released its 2012 Major Appliance Industry Trends and Facts Report. In a tough economic climate, consumers continue to value the environment in their purchase decisions. Innovation combined with energy efficiency are drivers as the appliance sector continues bring to market new design options that are easier to use, reduce average household energy consumption and are more capable than ever before. This includes new display technologies and smart appliances, Central to this report, is data on historical unit sales, provincial sales, feature trends, and seasonality charts for seven major appliance categories: refrigerators, freezers, ranges, dishwashers, microwave ovens, laundry products, and air conditioners. This data is extracted directly from CAMA’s monthly statistical program. Featured articles highlighted in this report include energy efficiency, extended producer responsibility, packaging and paper and key trends in the service industry. Included are appliance industry statistics and trends as well as information on economic data, consumer spending, import data and U.S. statistics The 2012 Major Appliance Industry Trends and Facts Report is available for purchase in digital ($500) or print ($650) formats plus HST. To purchase the report, download an order form at http://www.electrofed.com/cama/about-us/business-data-research/ For archives of the publication, or for historical information dating back to the early 1970s, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-602-8877. CAMA is a council of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC), a national, not-for-profit industry association. EFC’s councils represent over 330 member companies that manufacture, distribute, and service electrical and electronics products in Canada; contributing over $50B to the Canadian economy and employing more than 130,000 workers in more than 1,400 facilities across the country. Learn more at http://www.electrofed.com/cama/. EFC provides a powerful nucleus around which the Canadian electrical, consumer electronics, appliance and telecommunications markets gain competitiveness in the global market through representation on issues and opportunities impacting electro-technical businesses. Visit www.electrofed.com.