Oh .ca-nada

Since we now have sta­tus as Per­ma­nent Res­i­dents of Cana­da, I thought that this week I would flex one of my new rights. It’s not one of the more dra­mat­ic ones (like the right to work for any employ­er in any field, not just my spon­sor and the line of work that my Provin­cial Nom­i­nee sta­tus lists). No, I decid­ed to do some­thing that I’ve want­ed to do ever since I knew that it was avail­able: I reg­is­tered the domain drucker.ca .

I could­n’t legal­ly reg­is­ter a .ca domain until I was a Res­i­dent because the top-lev­el-domain .ca is reg­u­lat­ed by the gov­ern­men­tal agency CIRA, which stands for Cana­di­an Inter­net Reg­is­tra­tion Author­i­ty. The choic­es avail­able from the drop-down menu at the CIRA web site for the types of peo­ple and orga­ni­za­tions that can reg­is­ter a .ca are:

  • Abo­rig­i­nal Peo­ples indige­nous to Canada
  • Cana­di­an Citizen
  • Cana­di­an Edu­ca­tion­al Institution
  • Cana­di­an Hospital
  • Cana­di­an Library Archive or Museum
  • Cana­di­an Polit­i­cal Party
  • Cana­di­an Trade Union
  • Cana­di­an Unin­cor­po­rat­ed Association
  • Cor­po­ra­tion (Cana­da or Cana­di­an province or territory)
  • Gov­ern­ment or gov­ern­ment enti­ty in Canada
  • Indi­an Band rec­og­nized by the Indi­an Act of Canada
  • Legal Rep. of a Cana­di­an Cit­i­zen or Per­ma­nent Resident
  • Offi­cial mark reg­is­tered in Canada
  • Part­ner­ship Reg­is­tered in Canada
  • Trade-mark reg­is­tered in Cana­da (by a non-Cana­di­an owner)
  • Trust estab­lished in Canada
  • (and I’m not mak­ing this up:) Her Majesty the Queen
  • Per­ma­nent Res­i­dent of Canada

There it is, so I did­n’t have to wor­ry about the RCMP com­ing to break down our doors if I reg­is­tered drucker.ca before I was a Per­ma­nent Resident.

When I told a cowork­er about this, he said ‘You mean you wait­ed until you real­ly were a Res­i­dent to do this? Dude, if I’d known, I’d have bought that domain months ago and now you’d have to buy it from me!’

It’s just ‘parked’ right now. I could nev­er get drucker.com, .org or .net, thanks to the fol­low­ers of the teach­ings of Peter Druck­er, but here in the Great White North (or rather, the Great Sog­gy West), there was still no one who cared enough to secure my last name as a Cana­di­an URL.

Is a .ca use­ful? Well, it’s more impor­tant if you’re a Cana­di­an busi­ness and want to make it clear that you ship prod­ucts to oth­ers with­out the extra duties you have to pay if it’s com­ing from the US. Thus, there is an Amazon.ca and an Apple.ca. There is also a Google.ca and a Yahoo.ca, even though they are quite ubiq­ui­tous through­out the world (and Google.cn has been in the news because of cen­sor­ship issues with the Chi­nese ver­sion of that search engine).

I intend to use it per­haps as a bet­ter place to dis­play my resumé and port­fo­lio. I’ll link to this blog from it, but now I’ll have a pret­ty log­i­cal cen­tral address for my Inter­net iden­ti­ty, such as it is.

6 Replies to “Oh .ca-nada”

  1. Hey, Con­grats on the .ca!!

    We’re hop­ing to be able to get one of our own upon gain­ing PR sta­tus … The soon­er, the bet­ter the way things are going south of the 49th.

  2. “(and I’m not mak­ing this up:) Her Majesty the Queen”

    Hey, what’s wrong with the Queen hav­ing her .ca domain? She even gets a spe­cial Cana­di­an flag dif­fer­ent from the rest of us, the Queen’s Per­son­al Cana­di­an Flag. Her flag is so per­son­al, it’ll change when King Charles takes over (who’ll then get his own King’s Per­son­al Cana­di­an Flag). So who’s to say she can’t take advan­tage of the .ca?

    Besides every­one order­ing Charles and Camil­la com­mem­o­ra­tive mer­chan­dise can all breathe a sigh of relief know­ing that prices won’t be in pounds. 😉

    (PS I like the Great Sog­gy West. Final­ly we’re back into nor­mal weather.)

  3. Good stuff. I reg­is­tered my domain name .ca because a long dis­tant cousin had already got­ten blishen.com. He does­n’t use it and want­ed $$$ for it. But then it worked out bet­ter. When you have fam­i­ly mem­bers all over the place you get to be the known Cana­di­an with the .ca site.

  4. Mak­taaq, I guess I was just sur­prised to find Her Majesty as one of the choic­es on a form. Kind of like those jokes where the guy in the ‘Infor­ma­tion’ booth tells some­one that their miss­ing socks are under the bed.

    I have to say that the Queen’s flag is…complicated look­ing. I won­der if she had a say as to what was to be on it? Come to think of it, if we could all have our own flags, what would we put on them?

    Gene, I had­n’t thought about the whole far-flung fam­i­ly aspect of this.

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