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Canada Dashboard Digest | Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, Feb. 26, 2021 Related reading: Big fines included in Canada's newly proposed national privacy bill

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There is a hodgepodge of things to cover this week:

We still have a few spots left for the CIPP/C training course held March 22, 24, 29 and 31. We divide the virtual live course into bite-size segments so that none of us gets video-fatigue. If you want to enroll, visit the IAPP website for more information.

The Canadian Advisory Board met virtually over Zoom this past week. We have a stellar cast this year, and I’m looking forward to working with them to improve things for IAPP Canada. I’m hopeful we might be tasking the board with some heavy lifting in the fall when we will hopefully be programming a live and in-person Symposium for the following spring.

Speaking of the Symposium, of course, we can’t meet in person this year. That, however, is not going to stop us from going ahead with two important components of that conference. First, Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien has confirmed with us he will deliver his Annual Address to the profession on LinkedIn Live at the end of May. And, second, we have also planned the Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture, which will be delivered by University of Washington School of Law Professor Ryan Calo. Ryan knew Ian, and his areas of expertise are cyber law, privacy and robotics. I’m definitely going to tune in for these two events — from the safety of my home office.

Rumor has it Bill C-11 remains in legislative limbo with still no foreseeable path to get to Committee. If you have a way of telling your MP this is important legislation that needs to be debated and eventually passed, use it now. I’m tired of using this space to rant about the need for privacy reform and how it is depressing that our politicians don’t prioritize it.

Speaking of privacy reform, read up on the article below where the British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioner Michael McEvoy used some strong language during his legislative appearance to ask for major reforms to the B.C. PIPA. Let’s hope someone out there is listening.

And lastly, in the hockey world, the Tkachuk brothers met against each other last night. I was cheering for Brady! (I’m adding this last bit because earlier, I asked my kids what I should write about this week, and they said the Senators — while they don’t win very often, they are a fun and exciting bunch to watch this year.) No privacy link whatsoever.

Have a good, healthy and safe weekend, everyone.

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