Banking, Trade and Commerce – June 26, 2012 (Part 2 of 3)

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Banking, Trade and Commerce – June 26, 2012 (Part 2 of 3)

Senators finished hearing from various stakeholder organizations on the government’s copyright reform legislation.

The first panel focused on the concerns of Canada’s arts and cultural community. Brigitte Doucet (Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec) Joanne Deer (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)), and Warren Sheffer (copryright lawyer) testified.

Committee members then heard from groups working on behalf of blind or partially sighted Canadians. Canadian National Institute for the Blind representatives Georgina Blanas, Kevin Burns and Sam Fulton; John Fisher and Suzanne Hitchon from the Visual Education Centre; and Marc Workman with the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians presented their concerns on Bill C-11.

The meeting finished with testimony from Roanie Levy (Access Copyright), and Merilyn Simonds and Marian Hebb (Writers’ Union of Canada).

UPDATE: Bill C-11 received royal assent on June 29.