Ottawa - Vanier

Bill C-11 house debate day 9

On February 10, 2012 we had the 9th time when the House of Commons debated Bill C-11 (at Second Reading). The previous debate day was February 8, 2012.

This was the last day of debate before the bill is sent to committee at second reading. In some ways we have returned to the same position we were a little less than a year ago when the government fell in March 2011. In other ways it appears that the general public, who will be greatly impacted by this bill, are far more engaged than they were at that time.

Tories skip all-party meeting on arts and culture

An Xtra article by Dale Smith and CBC news wrote about a town hall hosted by Vote Culture at the University of Ottawa on Sep 24.

If the Conservative Party is proud of their divisive diversion of money from Arts to Sport, why are they not speaking about it more often? Has anyone seen this mentioned as part of their platform?

Minutes of special meeting on cuts to arts program posted

The minutes and transcript from the special August 26, 2008 to "discuss the recent cancelling of federal cultural financial assistance programs" are online.

This meeting was held when everyone pretty much knew an election would be called. This should be read as an election debate on federal government funding of cultural programs from some key politicians running for re-election. While Copyright wasn't on the agenda, it did get discussed.

Mauril Bélanger's speech in May at Net Neutrality rally

With election fever in the air, I wanted to get out the speech (PDF from their office) Mauril Bélanger gave on May 27, 2008 at the rally on the hill for Network Neutrality.

Impressions of the Net Neutrality Rally.

Most of the speakers said what I would have expected them to say, as someone who had been hearing from these organizations for quite some time. Their message at the microphone was consistent with their messages on their websites and other speeches.

It was the politicians that offered something to think about.

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Denis Coderre replaces Mauril Bélanger in Heritage Committee

The shadow cabinet shuffle has also meant changes in the committee membership. Mr Bélanger is not only no longer the critic, but also no longer a member of Heritage Cmtee. According to his committee information page he is currently only a member of the Liason committee.

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion Announces Critic Shuffle

A Liberal party media release details the critic shuffle.

Specific to our areas of policy, Denis Coderre (Bourassa) becomes the Liberal Critic for Canadian Heritage, la Francophonie and Official Languages. This replaces L'hon. Mauril Bélanger (Ottawa Vanier). This change returns us to the most common situation where Heritage Ministers and critics primarily come from Quebec, something I mention each time I'm talking to fellow activists.

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage demands copyright bill

The members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage have tabled a report where they make the following statement:

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage recommends that the Government Bill entitled “An Act to amend the Copyright Act” for which notice was given on December 7th 2007, once introduced and read a first time, be referred to a Special Joint Committee made up of members or associate members of the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage and of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology before second reading.

Ottawa-Vanier Green Party Candidate positions on tech issues

Julien Lamarche is a candidate to nominations for the Green Party of Canada in Ottawa-Vanier, and posted some information on his candidacy.

I have known Julien for many years. He's someone that has a technical background, and has spent time thinking about how governments regulate technology as well as how technology regulates our lives. Techies in this riding should help him get these issues onto the agenda during the upcoming federal election.

The consensus seems to be that an election will be happening soon, with three confidence issues soon: crime (c-2 ultimatum to Senate), budget, and Afghanistan (motion to yet again extend combat mission).

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