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With the Summer Olympics in Barcelona now a memory, more attention can be focussed on the 15th Commonwealth Games in Victoria in August 1994.CBC has been selected the host broadcaster for the Games, and has won the Canadian broadcast rights to...

With the Summer Olympics in Barcelona now a memory, more attention can be focussed on the 15th Commonwealth Games in Victoria in August 1994.

CBC has been selected the host broadcaster for the Games, and has won the Canadian broadcast rights to the event, joining the bbc in Britain, tvnz in New Zealand and Australia’s Network Ten as broadcast rights holders.

CBC-TV’s $18-million contract calls for it to provide the basic broadcast feeds to all international networks which buy the rights to broadcast the Games to Commonwealth countries.

Daily Games coverage will be distributed to rights holders from the International Broadcast Centre, to be set up on the campus of the University of Victoria, close to Centennial Stadium and the Athletes’ Village.

The state broadcaster will provide 92 hours of live tv coverage of the 15th Games in English, and 72 hours of live tv programming in French, as well as extensive radio coverage.

- Elsewhere on the Commonwealth Games front, what would such an international event be without a mascot?

In 1994, from Australia to Zimbabwe an estimated 300 million tv viewers will meet Klee Wyck, a young female Orca (killer whale) closely identified with Canada’s West Coast.

Klee Wyck means ‘Laughing One’ in Chinook, the name natives gave Emily Carr, the renowned B.C. painter and writer.

The baby whale will appear at parades, festivals, sports events, the ferry between Victoria and Vancouver, and no doubt on thousands of label pins and souvenirs.

And for anyone interested in donning an Orca suit for a couple of weeks, the Victoria Commonwealth Games Society is recruiting volunteers to be Klee Wyck and her unnamed, unidentified companion.

- Southam Electronic Publishing and Thomson-owned Carswell, the publisher of legal reference materials, have inked a deal that makes Southam’s flagship service, Infomart Online, available to Carswell subscribers.

Among Infomart Online’s suite of electronic research products is Infomart Law Online, containing the full text judgments and summary databases prepared by Canada Law Book and Western Legal Publications.

In turn, Infomart Online will now offer its subscribers access to Carswell’s electronic research services including Canadian Law Online and Canadian Tax Online.

Southam and Carswell – formerly Thomson Professional Publishing Canada – will introduce links between the respective product lines by this fall.

Infomart Online began in 1986 and offers its subscribers more than 70 Canadian current affairs and business databases and a computer gateway to u.s. databases offered by DataTimes and Dow Jones.

Meanwhile, Southam has been busy divesting its graphics holdings.

On Aug. 12, the company sold the assets of Holladay-Tyler Printing of Glenn Dale, m.d. to First Printing of Stamford, Conn.

The day before, Southam announced it was selling its business forms and specialty printing group to Maclean Hunter.

The Southam sudsidiary operates 11 plants in Canada, primarily under the names Southam Paragon Graphics and Multiple Business Forms.

In the u.s., the subsidiary, based in Cincinnati, is known as Bedinghaus Business Communications.

Data Business Forms, a Maclean Hunter subsidiary based in Brampton, Ont., near Toronto, is buying the Canadian business, while Transkrit of Brewster, n.y., also a Maclean subsidiary, is buying the u.s. business.

The transaction is expected to close Aug. 31.

- Tapscan Canada has introduced a new dimension to rpmscan, its computerized consumer tracking system for the radio industry.

With the addition of a mapping component, rpmscan now enables users to generate maps of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

The maps, which are delineated by postal code, can be used to show geographically where, and in what concentrations, various consumers are located.