Ottawa West--Nepean

Bill C-59 debate complete (about an hour and 10 mins), bill passed.

It is now 17:00 and the debate is complete. (Hansard transcript now available) A total of 10 people spoke, including the Justice Minister (Hon. Rob Nicholson), and the Justice critics for the Liberals (Hon. Marlene Jennings), Bloc (Réal Ménard) and NDP (Joe Comartin).

Media reports wrong: John Baird is the Ottawa Light Rail Killer

I wrote the following letter to the editor this morning in reply to an article by Lee Greenberg of The Ottawa Citizen.

I am getting more and more frustrated by how the media is reporting the Ottawa Light Rail issue. In Thursday's paper Lee Greenberg seemed to be suggesting that it was the City council that killed the project, when in reality it was John Baird who killed the project by refusing to sign the contribution agreement.

While Mr. Baird is costing Ottawa taxpayers huge amounts of money in court fees and the delay in modernizing our transportation system, the Conservatives are pumping money into Toronto. If the media was reporting the Ottawa rail issue property, people would realize the hypocrisy of these pre-election photo opportunities.

John Baird, Light Rail Killer

A personal post, not related to Copyright -- I have decided that since this is the BLOG I most often publish to that I will use this BLOG even when what I have to say isn't technology law/policy related.

I live in Ottawa South, the riding of the Liberal's newly appointed Environment critic David McGuinty. My city Councillor is Clive Doucet. I don't have a drivers license for largely political reasons, and am a fan of publicly subsidized public transit (and an opponent to publicly subsidized private transit).

An article in The Tyee by Laura Drake discusses the politics behind the Light Rail plan, and its recent failure. While the Charelli plan wasn't my favourite of the options available, I am embarrassed that Ottawa is the Nations capital and yet we don't have efficient (economically and environmentally) public transit. The bus system is a disaster, and even though I have lived here for more than 19 years I still find it easier to get around in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

Conservative Cabinet sworn in


The Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper (Calgary Southwest)
Prime Minister of Canada

The Honourable Maxime Bernier (Beauce)
Minister of Industry

The Honourable Beverley J. Oda (Durham)
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women

The Honourable David Emerson (Vancouver Kingsway)
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

The Honourable John Baird (Ottawa West--Nepean)
President of the Treasury Board

The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay (Central Nova)
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Response from Neil Adair

Neil Adair has responsed to my letter. Reprinted with his permission.

Thanks for the questions. I have previously replied to the CIPPIC

Copyright and patent law has got way out of hand and now actively
stifles innovation. That was not its' purpose when first instituted,
quite the opposite.

Although it is not in our 2006 platform we do have a policy to institute
open source software and open standards in government should we be elected.
I use Linux myself and all the GPC websites are on LAMP. It's an area
where it's easy to practice wh

Letter to candidates

Inspired by Russell's form letter posting, I sent a letter to the candidates in my riding.

I am a technology professional working in the Ottawa area. Technology issues are amongst my concerns in this election. Though these issues are not the only ones which concern me, they are rarely understood by or discussed in popular media to the same extent as taxes or health care.

Copyright law, and the changes proposed in Bill C-60, are of concern to me. While copyright is most often described as a balance between the interests of creators and the interests of users, the debate has been dominated by special interest industry lobby groups representing intermediaries.

Neil Adair (Ottawa West--Nepean, Green Party)

Russell McOrmond - Digital Copyright Canada forum wrote:

Do you agree that Copyright should be primarily handled by Industry rather than Heritage, and would you be willing to offer a similar pledge to the above listing Industry rather than Heritage?


* A recent government bill C-60 proposed legal protection for technical measures that claim to be used to protect copyright. Many of these technical measures are indistinguishable from SpyWare and other malware which circumvents the security of personal computers.

Would you support a bill to modernize Canadian law to provide legal protection *from* technical measures used to circumvent computer security, circumvent privacy, circumvent competition, as well as other important public policy?

Discussing Technology policy issues in Ottawa during election.

Are you interested in meeting with people who are both politically active and interested in technology issues? People that will be talking about copyright, software patents, and other such issues during the election? If you are in the Ottawa area, come join us at the weekly GOSLING gaggle.

We meet some time after 16:30 each Friday at the The Black Bear Pub @ Albert and Bay.

Election 2006: Ottawa West--Nepean

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

Incumbent information

Ottawa West–Nepean / Ottawa-Ouest–Nepean
MP: Marlene Catterall (Parliamentary Internet)

Chair of Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC)

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