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[d@DCC] New Federal Hansard Search option: Copyright not hot topic the last year in parliament, but our petitions are 1/4.
From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
I often go to the "Debates" homepage for the federal House of Commons at: http://www2.parl.gc.ca/housechamberbusiness/ChamberSittings.aspx?View=H&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=39&Ses=1 I recently noticed that there is a "Search and browse the Debates by subject" option. If I key in "copyright" there are currently only 8 results for this parliamentary session in the house, in sorted by date: (Note: there are more hits if you include committees). http://www2.parl.gc.ca/housechamberbusiness/ChamberPublicationIndexSearch.aspx?retKeyword=copyright Here they are in chronological order: (2006/4/11) Hon. Mauril Bélanger (Ottawa—Vanier, Lib.): - As the Liberal Heritage Critic he was "inviting" the government to table a copyright act. He also claimed that, "the act must reflect our international commitments under the international conventions our country has ratified." which the current act already does (IE: Canada has not ratified the controversial 1996 WIPO treaties, nor should we). While there have been constituents who have spoken with him, he has not yet been willing to meet with me on this issue. I was previously a constituent, and I've gone so far as to have my MP forward him a letter on my behalf requesting a meeting. (2006/4/24) Mr. Maka Kotto (Saint-Lambert, BQ): - talks about International Book and Copyright Day, and the need for Canada Council funding. Mr. Kotto is the Bloc's Heritage Critic. (2006/4/25) Mr. James Rajotte (Edmonton—Leduc, CPC): - Tables the first batch of our petitions in the new parliament. We already received the government "reply" to this batch. (2006/4/26) Mr. Maka Kotto (Saint-Lambert, BQ): - acknowledges World Intellectual Property Day. (2006/9/20) Mr. Maka Kotto (Saint-Lambert, BQ): - suggests "Copyright Act has been obsolete for ten years.". I agree, but I've come to learn that I disagree with Mr. Kotto as to what policy direction would modernize the act rather than moving backwards in time. (2006/10/20) Hon. John McCallum (Markham—Unionville, Lib.): - Search engine seemed to have guessed wrong that any talk about Bill C-36 was talk about the copyright act. Not a good assumption given each government starts their bills at C-1. (2006/11/2) Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP): - tabling a batch of our petitions. (2006/11/9) Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP): - Talking about the fundraising sources for the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and how she seems to be getting a lot of money from intermediary industry groups and not listening to actual creators. It is expected that parliament will adjourn until Jan. 29 later today. This means that it is unlikely anything more will be said about copyright this year (although, I will look). It may be that the Conservatives recognize how controversial and contentious copyright is and want to try to delay it as much as possible, after a future election if they can manage it. Things are only delayed, as committee meetings as recent as November 7 have the Industry Minister stating an intention to table a copyright bill as soon as they can. The longer things are delayed, the better for us as it provides more opportunity to educate MPs on the issues. This needs everyones help to try to reach their MPs. We need to remain engaged, and not get complacent. One way we have been reaching MPs is through our petitions. You will notice that 2 of the 7 mentions of copyright in the house are in relation to our petition. We are in close contact with Mr. Angus, who as an independent creator himself understands our issues well. MPs hear (or read in Hansard or the indexes) about our position on the issue, and the MPs tabling them are able to read what we have written quite closely before tabling. We need to reach the other two opposition critics for Heritage, who are also the vice-chairs of Heritage Committee, so that they are more aware of the wider issues and constituencies. While I will continue to work on meeting with Mr. Bélanger (different riding, but same city), it will require a strong French speaking person from Québéc in order to reach Mr. Kotto. Map of the riding of Saint-Lambert (Quebec): http://www.elections.ca/scripts/pss/Map.aspx?L=E&ED=24065&EV=99&EV_TYPE=6&PC=&Prov=BC&MapID=&QID=-1&PageID=13 The following are the most critical members to reach, who will likely form the committee to study any bill tabled. Mr. Angus (Heritage cmtee) and Mr. Rajotte (Chair of Industry cmtee) have tabled petitions and are thus aware of us: Members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC) http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteeList.aspx?Lang=1&PARLSES=391&JNT=0&SELID=e18_&COM=10467 Members of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteeList.aspx?Lang=1&PARLSES=391&JNT=0&SELID=e18_&COM=10476 Note: Art Hanger, who has the batch of Calgary-area signatures to be tabled in the new year, is an Associate member of Heritage and Industry committees. Thanks. -- Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/> Please help us tell the Canadian Parliament to protect our property rights as owners of Information Technology. Sign the petition! http://www.digital-copyright.ca/petition/ict/ "The government, lobbied by legacy copyright holders and hardware manufacturers, can pry my camcorder, computer, home theatre, or portable media player from my cold dead hands!" _______________________________________________ Discuss mailing list Discuss@list.digital-copyright.ca http://list.digital-copyright.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
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