By this bill it is sought to amend two sections of the Copyright Act which refer only to musical works. Hon. members will recall that the Canadian Performing Right Society exercises authority under the statute to issue licences and to collect fees in compensation for the use of
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music which the society claims to control. As a matter of fact it assumes control of between two and three million titles. It assumes control of almost everything that is on the air, and when, an applicant for a licence suggests to the society that it should give him a list of the titles to which it claims control, it simply replies with a statement that the society does not have to furnish such a list and that the applicant can get the information by going to the copyright office in Ottawa. This is not a very satisfactory response to an applicant in, we will say, Saskatoon or Prince Rupert or some far distant community, and the purpose of one of the amendments is to require the Canadian Performing Right Society to furnish to each applicant a list, certified to by the Secretary of State, showing that the society is in actual possesion or control of the titles to music in respect of which it attempts to collect a fee.
As to the other amendment, under the tariff just revised by the copyright appeal board the various broadcasting stations throughout the dominion will pay to the Canadian Performing Right Society the sum of $70,000, which covers fees for receiving sets known as domestic receiving sets. I assume that to mean that they are receiving sets in private homes. But there is a special licence and special fee required from stores, skating rinks, lodge halls, hotels, restaurants, cabarets and like places; this speacial fee is fixed at a minimum of five dollars, with accumulations and conditions making gradual increases to a maximum which is uncertain. These establishments contend that, in view of the fact that the broadcasting stations pay such generous licence fees to the performing right society, a second tax by way of a special radio license fee is unjust. The second amendment therefore seeks to exempt stores, skating rinks, hotels, restaurants and such small establishments from a second radio tax.
1. Representative export rates on bacon (carlots) from Edmonton, Alberta, to Liverpool, England: Route-Rail to seaboard, conference steamship lines beyond. Rates-Via Halifax and Saint John, 185-0 cents per 100 lbs.; via Montreal, Navigation closed. Rates quoted are through rates for regular shipments and do not include charges for refrigerator or other occasional services.
1. Under agreements between the dominion government and the provincial governments drawn under authority of the Old Age Pensions Act as amended, the dominion pays 75 per cent of the net amount paid out for pensions by each province which has signed an agreement.
2. No. An agreement with the province of Quebec was signed on August 13, 1936. Later the province of Quebec amended its legislation and these amendments will make necessary a new agreement with the province before any payments may be made by the dominion.
3. Answered by No. 2.
4. Officials of the dominion government will examine all papers and documents relating to the province's expenditure of the moneys granted by parliament for the payment of Old Age Pensions.
1. There is no record of Welsh coal imported into Canada as distinguished from other coal from the United Kingdom.
2. No: though from time to time statements of the South Wales trade recovery and expansion committee have been noted in the press.
3. Question of policy.
4. There were no imports of coal from Russia during the year ended December 31, 1936.
5. The report has not yet been received, but will be tabled following its receipt.
6. Ten coal companies in the province of Quebec were convicted in trials following the investigation made in 1933 under the Combines Investigation Act.
7. No. In the statement issued by the official Soviet Russian news agency on the lifting of the embargo on the importation into Canada of certain Soviet products, it was stated that "Soyuzgleexport (the AllUnion Coal Export and Import Corporation) has no intention to ship coal for consumption in the maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island."
8. No record of shipments of Nova Scotia and other coal from the maritime provinces to the head of the lakes during the past three years.