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iPoliticsINTEL Presents: Modernizing Canada’s Copyright Act
Join iPolitics on June 12th for a panel discussion on the modernization of the Copyright Act. There is no registration fee, but advanced registration is required. Moderated by iPolitics Publisher and Editor-in-Chief James Baxter, the panel will feature experts including:
Michael Geist (Professor of Law, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law)
Barry Fong (Lawyer at Osler with expertise in complex issues of copyright law)
Andrés del Castillo (r+d creative, Musician)
WHEN: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: iPolitics Office
17 York Street, Ottawa, ON
For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ipoliticsintel-presents-modernizing-canadas-copyright-act-tickets-46804010054
Annual Report of the Commissioner of Lobbying
The Commissioner of Lobbying Canada, Nancy Bélanger, tabled her 2017-18 Annual Report. The report covers the period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, and is the first Annual Report from Commissioner Bélanger since her appointment on December 30, 2017.
You can find the Commissioner’s Annual Report here: https://lobbycanada.gc.ca/eic/site/012.nsf/eng/01462.html
Signature Event Featuring Adama Iwu
The Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) proudly featured an exclusive event with TIME Person of the Year and “Silence Breaker”, Adama Iwu, together with Canada’s Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, the Honourable Patty Hajdu.
Adama is head of government relations for VISA in the western United States and joined us to tell her story about battling harassment and the opportunities for a positive path forward.
Minister Hajdu is the sponsor of Bill C-65 – legislation currently in front of Parliament which is aimed at curbing workplace harassment and misconduct.
Vassy Kapelos, an award-winning journalist and host of the CBC’s flagship daily political program, Power & Politics, moderated the conversation and subsequent Q&A.
A special thank you to our event sponsors.
Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists for British Columbia News Release
The Province of British Columbia announced today that an amendment to the Lobbyists Registration Act will come into force on May 1, 2018. For more information please visit https://www.lobbyistsregistrar.bc.ca/publications/news/
Update from the Office of the Integrity Commissioner
For Ontario lobbyists, an important update from the Office of the Integrity Commissioner: Guidance for Lobbyists on Political Activity. Read more here http://www.oico.on.ca/home/lobbyists-registration/guidance-for-lobbyists-on-political-activity.
Prime Minister nominates new federal Lobbying Commissioner
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the nomination of Nancy Bélanger as the next Commissioner of Lobbying.
Ms. Bélanger currently serves as Deputy Commissioner, Legal Services and Public Affairs, with the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada. Her legal career with the federal Public Service spans more than two decades, including six years as General Counsel for the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. In the past decade, she has served in the offices of two Agents of Parliament. In 2007, she joined the senior management team as General Counsel at the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. In July 2013, she became General Counsel and Director of Legal Services for the Office of the Information Commissioner, a position she held until August 2017 when she became Deputy Commissioner, Legal Services and Public Affairs.
Ms. Bélanger’s nomination will need to be approved by both the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada. She is being nominated for a term of seven years.
GRIC has had a productive working relationship with Commissioner Karen Shepherd over the years, which we have greatly appreciated. We look forward to pursuing the same with Ms. Bélanger following approval of her nomination by Parliament.
We will continue to keep GRIC members updated as the nomination process unfolds.
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Update from the Office of the Integrity Commissioner
For Ontario lobbyists, an important update from the Office of the Integrity Commissioner (OIC): Guidance for Lobbyists on Gifts & Benefits.
Lobbyists should be cautious about offering a gift to or paying for a meal for a public office holder. Offering a gift or benefit may lead to the individual being placed in a real or potential conflict of interest, either at the time or in the future. If that happens, a lobbyist could be found to be non-compliant with the Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998.
The OIC has prepared a resource to assist lobbyists on the issue of gifts. Read more here http://www.oico.on.ca/home/lobbyists-registration/resources/guidance—gifts
Submission to the Treasury Board Secretariat
On October 29, 2017, the Treasury Board Secretariat wrapped up their consultation on the Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management.
The Government Relations Institute of Canada took this opportunity to reiterate our view that there should be improved regulatory alignment between the Conflict of Interest Act and the Lobbying Act, to ensure clarity and address ongoing confusion.
You can find our submission posted at http://open.canada.ca/en/appendices
GRIC Lunch & Learn – Navigating NAFTA
Thank you to everyone who joined us for some insightful remarks on the dynamics around the current negotiation process and challenges that lie ahead for all three countries. Our expert panelists were the Hon. James Moore, member of Minister Freeland’s recently announced NAFTA Advisory Council, H.E. Dionisio Pérez Jácome, Ambassador of Mexico to Canada, Maryscott (Scotty) Greenwood, CEO, Canadian American Business Council and Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg reporter on Parliament Hill, who moderated the discussion.
We gratefully acknowledge and thank our event sponsors for their support.
Back to Parliament Networking Event
Thank you to everyone for helping us kick off the fall with a Government Relations Institute of Canada networking event as we begin the parliamentary session. Mark your calendars for our next event, Navigating NAFTA on October 5th!
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