Canadian Regulators to Host XBRL Panel Discussion

    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - On September 24, 2008, representatives from the
Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) will hold a free information session
for industry participants and members of the media on the increasing use and
importance of XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language).
    The information session will feature expert speakers from the CSA and the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) who will discuss recent
proposals by the SEC for the mandatory use of XBRL, as well as the move to
XBRL in Canada.
    "As a business reporting language, XBRL will make it easier for investors
and analysts to analyze financial information from a large number of different
companies," said James Turner, Vice-Chair, Ontario Securities Commission. "The
CSA is supportive of XBRL and is hosting this event to help the Canadian
marketplace gain a greater understanding of this exciting technology."


    -  James Turner, Vice-Chair, Ontario Securities Commission

    -  David Blaszkowsky, Director, Office of Interactive Disclosure, SEC

    -  Peter Grant, Chief Information Officer, British Columbia Securities

    -  Gerald Trites and Wasim Thaha, XBRL Canada

    -  Cameron McInnis, Chief Accountant (Acting), Ontario Securities

    Event Information:

    -  Wednesday, September 24, 2008 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the
       Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building (222 Bremner Blvd)
       Room 714

    There is no charge to attend this event. For registration, please go to, or call Joanne Platsis at the Ontario Securities
Commission at 416-593-8222.
    Those unable to attend are invited to listen or view the event live from
the CSA website

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries: Laurie Gillett, Ontario
Securities Commission, (416) 595-8913; Barbara Shourounis, Saskatchewan
Financial Services Commission, (306) 787-5842; Christian Barrette, Autorité
des marchés financiers, (514) 940-2176; Andrew Poon, British Columbia
Securities Commission, (604) 899-6880; Natalie MacLellan, Nova Scotia
Securities Commission, (902) 424-8586; Mark Dickey, Alberta Securities
Commission, (403) 297-4481; Ainsley Cunningham, Manitoba Securities
Commission, (204) 945-4733; Wendy Connors-Beckett, New Brunswick Securities
Commission, (506) 643-7745; Marc Gallant, Prince Edward Island, Office of the
Attorney General, (902) 368-4552; Doug Connolly, Financial Services Regulation
Division, Newfoundland and Labrador, (709) 729-2594; Louis Arki, Nunavut
Securities Registry, (867) 975-6587; Donn MacDougall, Securities Registry,
Northwest Territories, (867) 920-8984; Fred Pretorius, Yukon Securities
Office, (867) 667-5225

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