Bill C-32 legislative committee has been struck.

A report from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs lists the 11 members of the new Legislative Committee on Bill C-32 as follows:

Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP)
Kelly Block (Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, Conservative)
Sylvie Boucher (Beauport—Limoilou, Conservative)
Peter Braid (Kitchener—Waterloo, Conservative)
Serge Cardin (Sherbrooke, Bloc Québécois)
Dean Del Mastro (Peterborough, Conservative)
Marc Garneau (Westmount—Ville-Marie, Liberal)
Mike Lake (Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont, Conservative)
Carole Lavallée (Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert, Bloc Québécois)
Dan McTeague (Pickering—Scarborough East, Liberal)
Pablo Rodriguez (Honoré-Mercier, Liberal)

Addition (via twitter): Gordon Brown (Leeds—Grenville, Conservative) has been named Chair

Election 2008: Past members of Heritage committee

  • Gary Schellenberger (Perth—Wellington, Conservative, Chair) re-elected
  • Maria Mourani (Ahuntsic, Bloc, co-chair) re-elected
  • Andy Scott (Liberal, co-chair) did not run
  • Jim Abbott (Kootenay—Columbia, Conservative) re-elected
  • Michael D. Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills, Conservative) re-elected
  • Dean Del Mastro (Peterborough, Conservative) re-elected
  • Denis Coderre (Bourassa, Liberal) re-elected
  • Ed Fast (Abbotsford, Consrvative) re-elected
  • Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Liberal) re-elected
  • Luc Malo (Verchères—Les Patriotes, Bloc) re-elected
  • Bill Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP) re-elected
  • Francis Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis, Liberal) re-elected

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.

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.

Michael Geist: The Copyright MPs

Michael Geist has identified a group of 27 MPs (nine percent of all MPs) who share two key attributes - they won their riding by 10 percent or less in the last election and their riding is home to a university. The combination is important since it is these MPs - not the very safe Jim Prentice - who will face the consequences of the Prentice bill that will harm a generation well versed in digital technologies, social networks, and the Internet.

Current members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC)

(Note: This is out of date. New committee not yet formed).

Copyright policy is the joint responsibility of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Industry. Two committees of the House of Commons are therefore the key members who are most likely to be studying this topic and related bills.

Members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC)

Brent Wood (Peterborough, Green Party of Canada): constituent letter reply

(A reply to a constituent, posted with permission)

Hi Trevor - this is an excellent question. I've been interested in copyright law since I was young. I recall having a 90 minute discussion on this with the University librarian at the the University of Guelph when I was an undergraduate English student. Personally, as a musician, I was schooled in approaches to coypright by my favourite musical artists - in fact, probably the two best American dance bands of the 1970s- the Grateful Dead and Parliament/Funkadelic. The Dead allowed free taping of all their shows, which ended up spreading their fame far and wide and bringing more and more people to the fold, and we now have a nearly-perfect record of their work as a result. George Clinton, leader of P-Funk, saw the drive to collage-music in hiphop and instead of sueing hiphop artists who sampled his sounds and riffs, he put out a CD called "Sample Some of Dis, Sample Some of DAT". Hiphop reworkings of his music have led to a continual popularity for the band since they stopped putting out new material, and their original work is still a consistent seller 30 years later. My favourite art-form is collage - musical, textual and visual. These would not be possible under restricted copying privileges. If we buy a piece of information, we must have the right to manipulate the material in which that information is embodied, even if we do not have the right to reproduce it for the purposes of sale.

Brent Wood
Candidate, Peterborough Green Party of Canada

Election 2006: Peterborough

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

Incumbent information

Peterborough / Peterborough
MP: Hon. Peter Adams (Parliamentary Internet)

Election 2004: Peterborough

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