By David Nickle Toronto.com Mon., April 29, 2019 Failed mayoral candidate and alt-right commentator Faith Goldy will have to undergo a compliance audit for her 2018 campaign fundraising. Toronto’s Compliance Audit Committee voted to require the audit at its Monday meeting, following a request by Evan Balgord to look into Goldy’s campaign expenses in 2018, when she unsuccessfully ran to unseat Toronto Mayor John Tory in the municipal election. Balgord, Executive Director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network and a former staffer of Mayor Tory’s, argued in his application that an Oct. 25 YouTube video by Goldy allegedly soliciting funds for a legal battle with Bell Media over a refusal to run her campaign advertisements may have contravened the Municipal Elections Act. Goldy told the committee there was no wrongdoing and that her campaign finances have been reviewed by an independent auditor. Under the Act, only Ontario residents may contribute to a … [Read more...] about Alt-right failed mayoral candidate Faith Goldy will face compliance audit
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By David Lepofsky Opinion Mon., April 29, 2019 When it comes to ensuring accessibility for 5 million Canadians with disabilities, Canada lags far behind the U.S., which passed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act 29 years ago. Canadians with disabilities still face far too many barriers in air travel, cable TV services, and when dealing with the federal government. For example, as a blind traveller, I’ve faced these barriers. I dread returning to Canadian airspace. It’s great that the Trudeau government promised in the last election to enact a national accessibility law. However Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act that the House of Commons passed last fall, is much weaker than what we people with disabilities need. The bill is strong on good intentions, but weak on implementation. We’re calling on the Senate to strengthen it. The bill is called “An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada” for people with disabilities. Yet, it … [Read more...] about Liberals failing to strengthen disability laws as promised
By Tara Deschamps Special to the Star Mon., April 29, 2019 New European rules that will make tech firms liable for copyright violations on their platforms have been both lauded by musicians and artists and lambasted by those who champion intellectual freedom. But one thing that’s not in dispute is that similar rules won’t be coming to Canada any time soon, experts say. The copyright directive, endorsed by 19 European countries in mid-April, will compel companies such as Google and Facebook to ensure copyrighted content — everything from music and films to news and books — isn’t posted on their platforms without a creator’s permission. Some tech firms may have to acquire licences to host such material. The EU’s 28 member states now have two years to adopt the rules and create their own policies. The reforms have been touted as a way to rein in powerful tech firms and restore revenues to creative industries, often paid fractions … [Read more...] about Canada likely won’t copycat EU copyright rules, experts say. So what’s next?