For Immediate Release
January 5, 2007

Canadian Regulators Seek Comment on Proposed Policy for Revoking a Cease Trade Order

Calgary - The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is seeking comments from the public on proposed National Policy 12-202 Revocation of a Compliance-related Cease Trade Order. The CSA developed this policy to harmonize and streamline the process to revoke or vary a Cease Trade Order.

The policy applies in all jurisdictions and outlines what issuers, security-holders or other parties must do to apply for a partial or full revocation of a compliance-related Cease Trade Order. A Securities Commission issues a Cease Trade Order to halt trading in company shares for a predetermined or an indefinite period of time.

“Stakeholders told us different policies and practices in various jurisdictions make the current system confusing,” said Jean St-Gelais, Chair of the CSA and President & Chief Executive Officer of the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec). “The proposed policy aims to address these concerns by harmonizing and streamlining the process.”

The proposed CSA National Policy 12-202 Revocation of a Compliance-related Cease Trade Order is available on various CSA members’ websites.

The comment period is open from January 5, 2007 to March 6, 2007.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

For more information:

Tamera Van Brunt
Alberta Securities Commission
403-297-2664

Ainsley Cunningham
Manitoba Securities Commission
204-945-4733

Frédéric Alberro
Autorité des marchés financiers
514-940-2176
Jane Gillies
New Brunswick Securities Commission
506 643-7745

Andrew Poon
British Columbia Securities Commission
604-899-6880

Nicholas A. Pittas
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
902-424-6859

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington
Ontario Securities Commission
416-593-2361
Barbara Shourounis
Saskatchewan Financial Service Commission
306-787-5842