Russell McOrmond's blog

Canadian Web filtering foreign policy ‘hypocritical’

An ITWorld Canada article by Kathleen Lau includes some quotes from an interview I did with her.

“In other words, exactly the same things that we would be highly critical of if the Chinese government were doing it,” said McOrmond of the proposed legislative changes. “I think there’s a very subjective, almost hypocritical way that we are treating the issue.”

As for the technology—Web content filtering—McOrmond said there are, like anything, as many beneficial applications for it as there are distasteful ones.

Choosing Our Future starts with allowing choice (City of Ottawa consult)

The City of Ottawa sent me a request to participate in a consultation on sustainability. While hitting delete I changed my mind and decided to submit feedback via their site explaining why I wasn't participating: their choice of what to highlight as a potential prize for participating.

Major label lobby group CRIA's dishonest name change

I offered the following as a comment to a Billboard article by Karen Bliss discussing CRIA's name change to "Music Canada".


Seems to be an ongoing thing where the more controvercial a group becomes, the more likely they are to change their name. There is also a desire by some organizations to change their name as part of a lobbying effort to confuse people as to what roll the specific organization actually plays.

Re: CRTC 2011-344: Fact-finding exercise on the over-the-top programming services

I am making an informal submission to the CRTC as part of their so-called "Fact-finding exercise on the over-the-top programming services in the Canadian broadcasting system". I authored on Google Docs (Document URL, HTML version).

The general message is a repeat of ones I have made elsewhere: With digital convergence we need to modernize regulation towards treating all services built on top of the raw data networks fairly. I discussed what I felt were the correct and incorrect scenarios to apply CANCON related regulations and cross-subsidies. I also discussed the need to mandate vendor neutral interoperable communications standards.

Included below is an HTML version of the submission

Who is the Candice Hoeppner for information technology owners?

I have sent a form letter to all Conservative MPs, and a derived letter to all NDP MP's asking the above question.

Thus far I haven't heard anything from Conservative MPs other than some acknowledging receipt.

I have received better response from the Official Opposition NDP. Jack Layton's staffer let me know that "MP Charlie Angus will continue on in his role as critic for digital issues". A few moments ago I received a voice call from Peter Stoffer himself to let me know to contact Charlie. Another MP staffer is looking into setting up an in-person meeting with a newly elected MP.

Today is World IPv6 Day

Today is World IPv6 Day. I had plans to have this site IPv6 ready by today, but this didn't manage to happen. I do hope all the worldwide tests go well, and we can soon move forward.

I still plan to be IPv6 enabled by the end of the summer, even if I didn't manage to meet this deadline on my volunteer services.

Update: Great auto-responder at @IPv6fail.

Semi-new cabinet

The new cabinet has been announced (CBC, pm.gc.ca). The key members of cabinet for technology law are as follows:

Christian Paradis (Mégantic--L'Érable), the previous Minister of Natural Resources, is now the Minister of Industry.

Ed Fast (Abbotsford), who was one of the MPs in the C-32 committee, is the Minister of International Trade.

James Moore (Port Moody--Westwood--Port Coquitlam) remains the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Gary Goodyear (Cambridge) remains the Minister of State (Science and Technology).

Advice to an NDP official opposition on Copyright

While I’ve not being asked yet, I thought I would offer the new NDP official opposition some advice that I believe is consistent with their stated values. I offered some advice for the Conservative majority government, and I hope the NDP will take those suggestions into account as well. I am available to meet with any caucus member to discuss this area of policy more.

Members of the new Official Opposition caucus had a press conference today where they discussed their arts and culture platform for the coming Parliament. The speakers included Charlie Angus (Timmins--James Bay), Tyrone Benskin (Jeanne-Le Ber), Andrew Cash (Davenport), and Pierre Nantel (Longueuil - Pierre-Boucher). I didn’t have a chance to view the press conference yet (I haven’t found an archive online), but have read the press release.

Science and Technology minister

A Hill Times article discussing the new cabinet included the following:

Insiders said last week as well that Industry Canada may be split into two departments, one focused on innovation and science and technology and the other remaining Industry, making way for a full Science and Technology minister, rather than a secretary of state

My first thought: about time.

2011 election Judicial Recounts

It is interesting to watch the Judicial Recounts on some of the very close ridings.

Preliminary results predicted the re-election of Bernard Généreux (Conservative) in Montmagny--L'Islet--Kamouraska--Rivière-du-Loup, but the final results are bringing François Lapointe (NDP) into the house.

There are 3 other recounts in process.

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