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Industry Technology Communications subcommittee

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Here are some possible platform ideas

Encouraging new local business.
Export development.
Technology partnerships canada
Science and research councils
Networked centres of excellence
Media Concentration
Corporate Responsbility for Social Justice - Domestically and Internationally
Corporate Responsibility for the environment - Domestically and Internationally
Corporate Responsbility for Sustainability
Mergers and Acquisitions
"Open Source" computer operating systems and applications as the standards
Paperless Government
Connecting all pharmacies to a centralized database so prescriptions are not duplicated and also to check for "conflicting prescriptions"


See ITC 2005: Principles? for a listing of guiding principles that will guide plank development.

Responsibilites of the Committee

To develop platform in the following areas:


Do antitrust?, corporate governance, Arbitration Act? belong here? - Roy Ho


Commercial advertising is a tool used by businesses both large and small. While the Green Party knows that advertising is necessary for business, we also realize that there must be limits to the scope of advertising.

Ecological Design

Ecological design refers to all stages of conception and implementation, cradle to grave. ED is also referred to as 'Green Design' and stems from the basic ecological engineering questions, "What for? and How?"

  • See Platform Plank 2005 - Ecological Design? for a suggested version of this plank.

Media Concentration

A healthy democracy requires a strong and independent media. How do we ensure that our private media remains strong, questioning, and representative of a diversity of viewpoints?

Science and Technology

Our economy requires the use and creation of technologies. Through regulation, allocation of research funding, recognizing certain rights, and developing specific targetted technology the government can direct the

'The direction of research should be towards non-violence rather than violence, towards an harmonious cooperation with nature rather than a warfare against nature; towards the noiseless, low-energy, elegant, and economical solutions normally applied in nature rather than the noisy, high-energy, brutal, wasteful, and clumsy solutions of our present-day sciences.' (quote from the book SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL - ECONOMICS AS IF PEOPLE MATTERED, author E.F. Schumacher)

"Monopolies on Information"

Everyone has the ability to copy information with no loss of fidelity. Cheap home electronics mean that we can share it like never before. How do we protect the livelihoods of those who produce information, while respecting the rights of those who want to view it? There are three mechanisms, each of which basically provides a monopoly on information:
  • patent including design patent? and process patent? which offers a time-limited exclusive right to some instructional capital - usually 17 years. Improvements must be filed as a separate patent and do not allow extensions on the original patent.
  • trademark including service mark?s which invoke some social capital or trust/recognition/reputation, and which can be infinitely renewed - this represents the brand or identity but does not carry any instructions
  • copyright? including architectural copyright? which is used for less innovative instructions (like manuals or training courses) but also for highly creative and original works - the Heritage Arts Culture subcommittee addresses these latter individual capital or creative capital? concerns. Copyright terms last from 50 to 95 years after the death of the creator.

The term "intellectual property" is sometimes used to describe all three of these mechanisms. This is unwise as it obscures the fact that a monopoly is being granted on information, the instruments are more different than similar, and each protects a quite different type of capital asset. Furthermore it seems to imply that there is such a thing as "intellectual capital" which is doubtful.


Corporate Governance

Corporations are second only to governments in their scope and power. They wield tremendous money and influence, while providing meaningful work to many. Government has the responsibility to ensure that economic entities (be their corporations, co-ops, guild?s, union?s, consortia?, small businesses, industry group?s or others), respect our environment, culture, and communities, while continuing to provide jobs. See eco-syndicalism for one such approach.

Committee members

See individual committee pages.

Committee Listserve

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  • Please note that some work has already been done in the area of Media Concentration. Please see Media Concentration.

2004 Platform

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