Kitchener - Conestoga

Bill C-11 house debate day 5

On November 24, 2011 we had the fifth time when the House of Commons debated Bill C-11 (at Second Reading).

The debate ended with the speaker asking if the house is ready to vote on the amendment. This vote was deferred until Monday at the end of government orders.

I believe the amendment is the one brought by Hon. Geoff Regan (Halifax West, Lib.) on the first day of debate which read:

That the motion be amended by deleting all of the words after the word “That” and submitting the following:

“this House declines to give second reading to Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, because it fails to:

(a) uphold the rights of consumers to choose how to enjoy the content that they purchase through overly-restrictive digital lock provisions;

(b) include a clear and strict test for “fair dealing” for education purposes; and

(c) provide any transitional funding to help artists adapt to the loss of revenue streams that the Bill would cause.

Given the Conservatives have a majority this amendment will fail the vote, but it is interesting to see what the focus from the Liberals have been.

Copyright past, copyright present, copyright future, and election 2008

On October 1'st I was invited by the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) and the Waterloo Students for the Information Commons (WSIC) to the University of Waterloo to give a talk on Copyright and Bill C-61. The outline for this message is the same as for the talk: some copyright history, what has recently changed, what would be a good policy response, and what has the actual response been. I'll then end talking about the current federal general election.

The slides and recording of the talk are available online.

Read the rest of this entry on IT World Canada's blog »

It’s the candidates, not the parties

P2pnet editor Jon Newton has decided to come out in support of a specific party, namely the NDP, as the party people should support if the issues we cover on p2pnet are important to you. While I agree with some of the specific candidates he mentions, such as Timmins–James Bay candidate and NDP digital spokesperson Charlie Angus, and Vancouver Centre candidate Michael Byers, I believe it’s the candidates we need to concentrate on, and not the parties.

Read full article on p2pnet.

Wednesday, October 1: Bill C-61 & Copyright Law in Canada

Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) and the Waterloo Students for the Information Commons (WSIC) are hosting me for a talk on Bill C-61 and Copyright Law in Canada this Wednesday, October 1. See details via, Facebook, YaHoo.

The slides and recording of the talk are available online.

The 57 Ridings that can Change Election's Outcome

Hill Times journalists Abbas Rana, Simon Doyle and Harris MacLeod have assembled a list of 57 ridings in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec, where the parties won or lost by a margin of about five per cent or less in the last federal election. This is a superset of what Michael Geist called the Copyright MPs which won their riding by 10 percent or less in the last election and their riding is home to a university.

Election 2006: Kitchener--Conestoga

Election 2006: Please add comments to discuss riding specific activities, links to candidate information, etc.

Incumbent information

Kitchener–Conestoga / Kitchener–Conestoga
MP: Lynn Myers (Parliamentary Internet)

CIPPIC replies: Kitchener--Conestoga Green Party candidate

Received June 15:

;:I am afraid that I do not have enough time or knowledge to give this questionnaire the response it deserves.

;:Thank you for your interest.
;:Kris Stapleton

The following was received June 17:

;:I have familiarized myself with the Green Party policy on open source software. The passage below is for posting.
;:Thank you,
;:Kris Stapleton

;:Green Party Policy - Open Source Software

;:In this era of increasing technology dependence, both in business and in daily life, software has become a vital economic resource. Software applications must be trustworthy, reliable and easy to use. The Open Source Movement is emerging as a competitive rival to privately developed and marketed software, producing programs of equal or better reliability and security.

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