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Toronto's First DemoCamp A Success

_This article is by guest contributor Leila Boujnane._
How many people does it take to impact the software development community in Toronto: one! Just one angry David Crow! He was the initial instigator of TorCamp and Monday night’s DemoCamp was part II. Organized by Albert Lai from Bubbleshare and hosted at the BubbleLabs, it was a blast. Vive the unconference!
The meeting room was crowded, folks were excited about demo-ing their applications/stuff. Simple rules: you have 10-15 minutes to demo, you can field questions as you demo or leave them to the end, you can ask for help, constructive criticism or simply feedback. No PowerPoint.
Some great demos:

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Observed: Canada's Most Influential Online Service Turns Ten

There were no official announcements made, which is a shame, but last week Canada’s most influential online service celebrated its tenth anniversary.
On the morning of November 29, 1995, at simultaneous press conferences in Toronto and Montreal, the Sympatico Internet service was announced.
Although the Sympatico signup software kit was intended to go on sale the following day, some curious and keen Canadians showed up at Bell stores on the 29th asking for the software and were able to purchase it 24-hours ahead of time. (By the way, you can often tell who some of the very first Sympatico members are by their email addresses. Some of them were lucky enough to be able to create accounts using just their first names, such as john@ as opposed to john.smith2000@.)
Original Sympatico Homepage
Backed by a (somewhat unruly and definitely ungainly) consortium made up of most, but not all, of Canada’s 10+ regional telcos at the time, Sympatico would go on to become Canada’s largest and most well-known consumer Internet service provider with millions of subscribers. The Website, later to be christened a “portal,” grew and grew to become Canada’s number one Internet media property, with over 15 million unique visitors a month.

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Do Not Call Legislation Passes In Canada

The “CMA”: sent notice to members last night announcing that the National Do-not-call service was now law:
bq.. Legislation that mandates the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to set up a national do-not-call service has been passed by both Houses of Parliament and has received royal assent from the Governor General. This is a major victory for the Canadian Marketing Association, which has since 2001 been a strong proponent of a national DNC service that applies to anyone who uses the telephone to market goods and services.
CMA successfully lobbied for an exemption in the legislation for calls to existing customers. Equally important, the legislation includes the CMA definition for “existing business relationship”. Among other exemptions, the legislation also allows for calls made by or on behalf of a “registered charity” as per the federal Income Tax Act definition.
The CRTC is expected to soon initiate the consultation process necessary for formulating more detailed regulations. This process will allow CMA to address some outstanding concerns with the CRTC, including a clear exemption for business-to-business calls.
Based on CRTC estimates, we expect the national do-not-call service to be in operation in the summer or fall of 2007.
p. “This Globe & Mail article”: about the final flurry of legislation before the government fell ends with a very funny bit on the DNC:

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