Friday, December 7, 2012

Our Government Cares …


Having watched this today :

I find it inconceivable that our government can do what they did this week.

Canadian Conservative govt guts protections for 99+% of waterways, spare handful of lakes with high-cost cottages

David says, "Canada used to have 2.5 million protected lakes and other bodies of water. After recent Conservative Omnibus bills, we're down to 97. 87 of which are located in Conservative ridings (rich cottage country).

From BoingBoing

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Our Government once again Shows its true colors

Conservatives defeat bill to get lifesaving generic drugs to developing world

“The Conservative government has defeated an effort to reform Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime despite support from international medical groups and the drug industry. The bill would have made cheap generic versions of lifesaving drugs available to the world’s poor but the government says it would violate Canada’s trade obligations.”

Full Story: Globe and Mail

Thursday, November 22, 2012

World without copyright? Prepare for mind blowing

In a great article today, AUTHOR PETER NOWAK writes:

“House Republicans in the United States last week released a report on copyright that was amazing in its understanding of the topic, but also mind-blowing. It was so forward-thinking, the party’s study committee had no choice but to retract it the very next day, likely because of pressure from frothing-mad copyright lobbyists.


There’s little doubt current industries would be massively shaken up, but as the Republican report suggests, that may not be a bad thing because entirely new ones could arise. Individual creators would certainly be far more empowered – imagine if anyone was free to legally create and sell their own Star Wars movie? That definitely would result in a far more competitive market for such films, and we probably would have been spared the crime on humanity that was Jar Jar Binks.”

The complete article is here: WordsByNowak

Thursday, October 18, 2012

CRTC denies Bell’s bid to take over Astral; finds deal to be counter to public interest

Once again you have made a difference here in Canada. This is a major win for Canadians.

“October 18, 2012 – Today the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) listened to Canadians and denied Bell’s proposed Bell’s takeover over of Astral.

The Commission announced at a stakeholder lock-up today that Bell had not proven that this deal would benefit the broadcasting system or be in the public interest.”

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Canadian Government finances deadly operation to the tune of $58 million

I think the first product made at the Mine should be a set of commemorative dishware for all the Conservative MP’s to eat from. They could show their REAL support by eating off those dishes for the next few years. That way they will be their own first victims!


From the National Post, by Kelly McParland

“Quebec asbestos loan throws health threats to the wind”

“On Friday the Quebec government revealed it would lend $58 million to the Jeffrey Mine, the country’s last operating asbestos mine. Mine officials say the money is enough to keep it operating for 20 years. One of the more astonishing aspects of the loan — and Quebec’s apparent determination to prop up the beleaguered industry — is the number of opponents it has to defy to do so.

Other than the mine owners and the small town of Asbestos itself, the industry has few friends. Ottawa has long known of the health risks it carries. It is banned in more than 40 countries and its use in Canada is severely restricted. The World Health Organization says all types of asbestos “cause asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer” and there is no safe threshold of exposure. The Canadian Cancer Society says Quebec’s support for the industry runs counter to global efforts to defeat the disease. The Rotterdam Convention, an international treaty set up to control hazardous materials, has been trying for years to add it to its list of dangerous substances.”

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Now or Never on Canadian Copyright

From Michael Geist:

Closing Time on C-11: Help Stop the Final Push for SOPA-Style Reforms & Efforts to Gut Fair Dealing

Thursday March 08, 2012

The long road of Canadian copyright reform is nearing an end as the Bill C-11 committee concluded hearing from witnesses yesterday and indicated that it will begin a "clause-by-clause" review of the bill starting on Monday. While there will still be some additional opportunities for debate - third reading in the House of Commons, Senate review - the reality is that next week's discussion will largely determine the future of Canadian copyright law.

For the thousands of Canadians that have participated in consultations and sent letters to their MPs, there is reason for concern. On one side, there are the major copyright lobby groups who have put forward a dizzying array of demands that would overhaul Bill C-11. As I described it in a post yesterday:

The net effect of the music industry demands represents more than a stunning overhaul of Bill C-11 as it is effectively calling for a radical reform of the Internet in Canada. Taken together, the proposals would require Internet providers to block access to foreign sites, take down content without court oversight, and disclose subscriber information without a warrant. On top of those demands, the industry also wants individuals to face unlimited statutory damages and pay a new iPod tax. If that were not enough, it also wants an expanded enabler provision that is so broadly defined as potentially capture social networking sites and search engines.

On the other side, there are groups such as Access Copyright that are calling on their members to urge the government and committee MPs to undo the Supreme Court of Canada's CCH decision on fair dealing.

Yesterday, it sent out a "call to action" that urges emails be sent to local MPs plus all members of the Bill C-11 committee calling for additional fair dealing changes that overturns the Supreme Court of Canada's CCH decision by establishing a new test to determine the scope of fair dealing.

While many of these demands are clearly far beyond "technical amendments" and should be ruled out of order, the last minute push must be met by Canadians who favour a balanced approach to copyright reform that retains the best of Bill C-11 and makes some modest changes to digital locks, the one remaining area of concern. My message to the MPs focuses on three simple principles:

1.   No SOPA-style amendments. That means no website blocking, no warrantless disclosure of subscriber information, no expanded enabler provision, no unlimited statutory damages, no iPod tax, and no content takedowns.

2.   Maintain the fair dealing balance found in C-11 by expanding the provision to include education, parody, and satire and relying on the Supreme Court's six-factor test to ensure that the dealing is fair.

3.   Amend the digital lock rules by following the Canadian Library Association's recommended change linking circumvention to actual copyright infringement.

The message is going to my local MP, the Ministers and to Bill C-11 committee members:

(single email to the Ministers and committee members)

The final committee stage starts Monday. Make sure the MPs hear your voice as they discuss amendments to the bill.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Other Shoe Drops: Music Reps Want SOPA-Style Website Blocking Added To Copyright Bill

The Other Shoe Drops: Music Reps Want SOPA-Style Website Blocking Added To Copyright Bill: The Bill
C-11 committee

conducts its final witness hearing on copyright reform today and not a
moment too soon. Based on the demands from music industry witnesses
this week, shutting down the Internet must surely be coming next. The
week started with the Canadian Independent Music Association seeking changes to
enabler provision
that would create liability risk for social
networking sites, search
engines, blogging platforms, video sites, and many other websites
featuring third party contributions. It also called for a new iPod tax,
an extension in the term
of copyright, a removal of protections for user generated content,
parody, and satire, as well as an unlimited
statutory damage awards
and a content takedown system with no court
oversight. CIMA was followed by ADISQ, which wants its own lawful access

that would require Internet providers to disclose subscriber
information without court oversight based on allegations of
infringement (the attack on fair dealing is covered in a separate post).

Yesterday the Canadian Music Publishers Association added to the demand
list by pulling out the SOPA playbook and calling for website blocking
provisions. Implausibly describing the demand as a "technical
amendment", the CMPA argued that Internet providers take an active role
in shaping the Internet traffic on their systems and therefore it wants
to "create a positive obligation for service providers to prevent the
use of their services to infringe copyright by offshore sites." If the
actual wording is as broad as the proposal (the CMPA acknowledged that
it has an alternate, more limited version), this would open the door to
thousands of legitimate sites. The CMPA admitted that the proposal
bears a similarity to SOPA and PIPA, but argued that it was narrower
than the controversial U.S. bills. While that may technically be true - SOPA
envisioned DNS blocking and targeting advertising and payment networks
- the website blocking provisions look a lot like the legislation
that sparked massive public protest.

The net effect of the music industry demands represents more than a
stunning overhaul of Bill C-11 as it is effectively calling for a
radical reform of the Internet in Canada. Taken together, the proposals
would require Internet providers to block access to foreign sites, take
down content without court oversight, and disclose subscriber
information without a warrant. On top of those demands, the industry
also wants individuals to face unlimited statutory damages and pay a
new iPod tax. It also wants an expanded
enabler provision that is so broadly defined as potentially capture
social networking sites and search engines.

When Bill C-32 was first introduced, Canadian Heritage Minister James
Moore famously characterized opponents as radical
As the hearing on the bill nears its conclusion, it has become apparent
that the only radical extremism are music industry proposals that are so over-the-top that they have managed to make the digital lock rules look tame by comparison (which may have been the
intent). For Canadian concerned with copyright and the Internet, this
really is the final call as the bill will go to clause-by-clause review
next week.  Tell your MP and members
of the C-11 committee

to reject the industry's extreme demands and to ensure that the bill is
balanced by adding the Canadian Library Association's suggested
technical amendment
to digital locks.

Saturday, February 11, 2012


“Today is the day of global protest against ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a copyright treaty negotiated in secret (even parliaments and other legislatures weren't allowed to see the the working drafts), and which many governments (include the American government) are planning to adopt without legislative approval or debate. ACTA represents a wish-list of legislative gifts to the entertainment industry, and will seriously undermine legitimate users of the Internet. It imposes criminal sanctions -- with jail time -- for people who violate copyright, including remixers and other legitimate artists and creators. ACTA requires governments to shut down legitimate websites whose users "aid and abet" copyright infringement, creating a regime of fear and censorship for sites that accept comments and other media from users and curtailing discussion and debate in order to maximize entertainment industry profits.”


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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Stop The Cell Phone Squeeze

On the eve of a critical new wireless spectrum auction, we have reports that the Big Three cell phone giants (who already control almost 94% of the market) are trying to trick the government into shutting independent competitors out of the market. They’re trying to block competitors from being able to use essential wireless spectrum. These giant phone companies are going so far as to use high-priced lobbyists and one is even using a fake grassroots campaign.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Help us keep Canada for Canadians

From Michael Geist:

“Canada celebrated New Year's Day this year by welcoming the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Carl Jung into the public domain just as European countries were celebrating the arrival of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, 20 years after both entered the Canadian public domain. Canada's term of copyright meets the international standard of life of the author plus 50 years, which has now become a competitive advantage when compared to the United States, Australia, and Europe, which have copyright terms that extend an additional 20 years (without any evidence of additional public benefits).

In an interesting coincidence, the Canadian government filed notice of a public consultation on December 31, 2011 on the possible Canadian entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, trade talks that could result in an extension in the term of copyright that would mean nothing new would enter the Canadian public domain until 2032 or beyond. The TPP covers a wide range of issues, but its intellectual property rules as contemplated by leaked U.S. drafts would extend the term of copyright, require even stricter digital lock rules, restrict trade in parallel imports, and increase various infringement penalties. As I noted last month, if Canada were to ratify the TPP, it would require another copyright bill to undo much of what the government is about to enact with Bill C-11.”  


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