This corporate training firm from Quebec may have to pay 11 million

OTTAWA — The CRTC has issued its first fine under Canada’s anti-spam law.Quebec-based Compu-Finder has 30 days to contest the CRTC’s ruling or a face a penalty of $1.1 million.The CRTC alleges the company has sent commercial emails to consumers without their consent and did not allow recipients to unsubscribe from the mailings.The emails typically promoted corporate training courses.The first phase of Canada’s anti-spam legislation covering unsolicited emails kicked in last summer.A second phase involving computer programs came into effect in January.Red Tape Week: Anti-spam legislation, regulating paper size, ban on PVC chairs top CFIB’s worst red-tape regulationsWelcome to the world of crowd-sourced regulation read more

First draft of new Afghan constitution to be ready by March UN

According to a spokesman for the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), once that draft is completed, wide consultations with civil society and experts in all 32 provinces as well as among Afghans in other countries will follow. A final draft is expected to be ready by October, and will be submitted to the Constitutional Loya Jirga for adoption as stipulated in the Bonn Agreement of 2001.In a press briefing from Kabul yesterday, Afghan Vice-President Naematullah Shahrani, Chairman of the Constitutional Drafting Commission, called on representatives of the international community for donor support, noting that the Commission’s budget of $2.8 million does not include the future Loya Jirga. He also announced that President Hamid Karzai is working on the establishment of the Constitutional Commission, which will absorb the Drafting Commission.Mr. Shahrani said that the future constitution would be based on Islamic principles, Afghan legal traditions as well as international norms and standards. “Hopefully,” he said, “the new constitution will move the country away from isolation and show the world that Afghanistan wants to be integrated into the international community.”The Constitutional Drafting Commission was inaugurated on 3 November. Its membership consists of nine legal scholars and jurists. UNAMA, with the support of UNDP, will be responsible for coordinating technical and financial inputs to this process. read more