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'The Power of Culture in Contemporary Society', a speech delivered by the Director of the Canada Council for the Arts, Dr Shirley Thomson, in Paris on February 28, has been recently made available online.
A new survey by Pricewaterhouse Coopers says that the worldwide entertainment and media sector is at the beginning of a rally that will see spending of US$1.4 trillion by 2006.
The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), one of the agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO), came into force in January 1995. Already, GATS places constraints on the ability of sovereign governments to implement cultural policies and programs. Proposals in a new round of liberalisation talks and the comprehensive negotiating agenda adopted by the WTO, can only bring further restrictions on governmental measures that support domestic cultural expressions and ensure cultural diversity.
Booksellers are calling on Sheila Copps, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, to block the expansion of Amazon.com into the Canadian market, warning their businesses will be devastated if the U.S. online giant sets up a domestic distribution arm.
Canadian literature is making its presence felt in the world's most populous country this week, as a result of the visit of five well-known Canadian writers to China on a delegation led by the Canada Council for the Arts.