The year ends much as it began with a sense that while everything has changed more stays the same. The debate around Bill C-32 continues - with little obvious progress from the outside looking in. Moore and Clement held a press conference where again the "iPod tax" was used to generate media and public attention. They claim they speak for consumers. Yet I have not met anyone who begrudges paying creators for their work - nor for that matter do the Consumers Association, PIAC and the Union des Consommateurs. Artists are also consumers and users of content. Perhaps the theory is that i
On November 2, 2010 Bill C-32 went to 2nd reading in the House of Commons. When asked a direct question by Carole Lavallee of the BQ about the difference between a tax and a levy the Minister replied: "I would say that we are trying to be fair to people, and that means being fair to consumers.
Having read Samuel Trosow's work for sometime I read with interest his analysis of the educational provisions. He makes an extremely valuable point about the conservative risk averse analysis that appears to operate at many educational institutions.