160 Years of the Canada Gazette — page 8
The Canada Gazette
continues to evolve
Opportunities to optimize emerging technology continue to push the Canada Gazette toward a new edge in electronic communications and e-democracy.
The Directorate aspires to give official status to the PDF Internet version and publish the printed copy of the Canada Gazette simultaneously with the official on-line version. One day, citizens wishing to send their comments to a responsible department on proposed regulations might be able to do so through a direct hyperlink function from within the proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette. Currently, interested persons wanting to comment are invited to do so by sending their comments directly to the appropriate departmental contact person named in the notice.
A more advanced search engine on the Canada Gazette Web site would greatly improve the search capabilities. In addition, the Directorate will monitor advances in adaptive technologies and work with the disability community and experts in the field of assistive devices and information technology to include the tables, graphics, equations and chemical formulae (which are presently removed because they cannot be converted) to the alternate format.
These changes continue to broaden the spectrum of government communications in an increasingly sophisticated world, where access to Government is available at the touch of a button.
Some advances have more to do with a little ingenuity than with complex technology. A distribution box, similar to those used for daily newspapers, is located at a convenient bus stop on Parliament Hill. This innovation makes the Canada Gazette as available to passers-by as any other newspaper.
Canada continues to evolve as a nation respected around the world. With the rapid pace of technological innovation, advances in the fields of medicine, and lessons learned daily about our earth, the history books studied by schoolchildren will someday chronicle the present day as a time of growth and change. There is certain assurance that the Canada Gazette will have played an important role.
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