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Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean / Ottawa-Ouest - Nepean (Via Parl.gc.ca)
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).
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.
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.
The Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper (Calgary Southwest)
The Honourable Maxime Bernier (Beauce)
The Honourable Beverley J. Oda (Durham)
The Honourable David Emerson (Vancouver Kingsway)
The Honourable John Baird (Ottawa West--Nepean)
The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay (Central Nova)
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
Although it is not in our 2006 platform we do have a policy to institute
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.
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.
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