Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Support Zak Muscovitch for CIRA Board Member

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I am reposting this letter of support for Zak Muscovitch to become a CIRA board member. If you own a .ca domain or are interested in .ca domains, please go ahead and read. The DOAC is the Domain Owners Association of Canada.

I myself just registered today to become a CIRA member and intend on voting for Zak. Though I don't know him personally, I've exchanged a few emails with him over the years and have read about his work on behalf of protecting domainers interests. If I needed a lawyer to represent me for domains, Zak would be at the top of my list to contact.


Letter from Frank Michlick:

Dear DOAC Member, dear people interested in the DOAC,

The DOAC needs your help urgently. CIRA Board elections are underway. The only way that the interests of domain name owners can be effectively heard at CIRA is to have a person on the Board. Many of you know or are familiar with Zak Muscovitch, a domain name lawyer, who has represented domainers for over the past 10 years. Zak has resigned from involvement with the DOAC in order to run for a directorship. Zak Muscovitch is seeking a seat on the Board and we can count on him to ensure that our voice is heard loud and clear. We would therefore encourage you to show your support and vote for Zak. DOAC fully endorses Zak's candidacy and we hope that we can count on your support as well.

In order to show your support and vote however, you must be a CIRA member. Many of you have CIRA logins as .ca owners, BUT THAT IS NOT THE SAME THING AS BEING A CIRA MEMBER. Becoming a CIRA member involves a separate application. You can become a CIRA member by registering here:

PLEASE NOTE THAT CIRA HAS BEEN VERY SLOW IN PROCESSING MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATIONS, SO PLEASE ACT NOW TO REGISTER, WITHOUT DELAY. It will take you five minutes and we suggest you scan and upload your ID rather than use the I.D. guarantor option, since we believe that your registration will be processed sooner this way. If you have a domain under a corporation and/or personal domain names, you may be eligible for a number of votes.

To be included on the Final Members' Slate, Member Nominees must receive the support of at least 20 CIRA Members. Members will be able to Show Support from August 26, 2010 at noon (ET) until 6:00 p.m. (ET) on September 9, 2010.

Voting will take place between September 22 and 29, 2010. Results will be posted on CIRA's web site on October 6, 2010. Voting can be done online or at the CIRA Annual General Meeting. You can register to attend the Annual General Meeting here:

We will follow up with you several times to make sure that you have registered to become a member and to vote.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the below DOAC executives.

Rick Silver,
Harold Simpkins,
Jeffrey Behrendt,
Larry Franschman,
Peter Maxymych,
Frank Michlick,

You can contact Zak Muscovitch at

We welcome your continued support and involvement in the DOAC, which is at its beginning stages. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us with questions or to become more involved. We wil be holding an annual meeting in conjunction with DomainConvergence ( ) in Montreal, September 23-24, 2010.

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who you think could be interested - more information about the DOAC can be found at .

Yours truly,

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

August 18 .CA domains in TBR

I haven't done this in a while, but I thought I'd review the list of .ca domains that dropped in today's TBR and pick out some of the better ones. By 'better ones', I mean domains that have good keywords or are catchy terms that I could see being used for a website. Some are also just three letter domains, which make good acronyms.

My top picks from today are: (good for a wood pellets site) ('candies' in french) (Brazil, Russia, India, China) (think Willy Wonka) (for Disney World)

On a side note, I tried (unsuccessfully) to get three of these domains today. One of them was, I think it could be used for a website that deals with wood pellets and pellet stoves, used to heat homes. The second I tried for was - I actually used to own this domain, having registered it back in 2000, but I let in drop in the early 2000's during the internet 'bust'. The third domain I am in auction for so I will keep that one to myself for now.

Did you grab anything that dropped today?


Thursday, August 5, 2010

YP Goes for Digital Growth - Print Directories Not Dead

Some interesting news today from Yellow Media Inc., owner of the Yellow Pages phone directories. It seems like they are expanding their efforts in web advertising and internet, and will add website building to their offerings. The company is also still profitable after earning $79.9 million in its latest quarter.

Following are some interesting parts of the article and some statements from the CEO Marc Tellier:

"The growth in digital products should be able to offset print pressure or traditional product pressure that we might have next year."

Tellier said he expects about 25 per cent growth in digital revenues in 2011.

Yellow Media already helps businesses that have websites improve their rankings with search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing and drive traffic to their sites, he said.

The addition of website building would essentially make the company a one-stop destination for small and medium-sized business for all of their digital needs, including email marketing, ratings and reviews for businesses, video production and search engine marketing.

But Tellier noted print directories aren't dead.

"The print Yellow Pages directory is still present in more than 90 per cent of households."

Yellow Pages owns and operates some of Canada's leading properties and publications such as Yellow Pages directories and websites such as,, Auto Trader(.ca), Home Trader(.ca), and

The Yellow Pages Income Fund (TSX: YLO-UN.TO) reported that its profit was down 31.6 per cent from a year-ago as it continues to transition from a publisher of paper directories to an online-focused information provider.

Revenues edged higher to $420.4 million from $417.5 million.

Click here to read the full article.