Timmins--James Bay

Reminder: 4th Annual Keeping an Artist on the Hill Fundraiser

I wanted to send out a reminder that next Wednesday is the 4th Annual Keeping an Artist on the Hill Fundraiser, which will be held at the Supermarket Nightclub in Toronto (Augusta near Spadina and College). Even if you are not able to attend the fundraiser, there is an online form to donate to Charlie's campaign -- and you get quite a bit of your donation back as a tax credit.

Angus: 3-step approach needed for effective copyright legislation

Charlie Angus outlines a 3-step approach which includes debate in the house on the WIPO treaties, more recent consultations with Canadians, and legislation that addresses the reality of technological innovation.

I strongly agree.

Angus: Debate WIPO agreement before introducing new Copyright bill

A press release from Charlie Angus (Timmins James Bay) stated that the Conservative government should open a debate on the 1996 WIPO treaties before tabling implementing legislation. Given how much confusion there is both within Canada and worldwide about the meaning of key language in these treaties, this seems to be a critical first step.

Parliamentary week in review: December 10-14

Previous review: December 3 - 7

The House stands adjourned until Monday, January 28, at 11:00 a.m.

Copyright amendments cause Internet stir for government

A Canadian Press article discusses the possible delay in tabling the Copyright bill.

Prentice told the House that the government has an obligation to bring in a copyright bill to implement the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO's) Internet treaties that Canada signed onto in 1997.

Mr. Prentice should stop trying to pass the buck with this misinformation. Canada is under absolutely no obligation to implement or ratify these treaties.

Charlie Angus asks question of Jim Prentice on Copyright.

Charlie Angus (Timmins--James Bay) asked a question of the Minister of Industry in question period. See slice from Mycelium. Official transcript available via Hansard tomorrow.

Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP) :
Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Industry clearly does not understand the issue of copyright because he has refused to meet with key Canadian stakeholders.

Parliamentary week in review: Nov 19-23, Nov 26-30

Previous reviews: Nov 13-16, Oct 29-Nov2.

Nothing interesting to report for the week of November 19-23.

November 27, 2007

A motion was moved that the first report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, tabled on Wednesday, November 21, 2007, be concurred in. This suggested that changes to the Broadcasting Policy for Canada or the Canadian Telecommunications Policy be first put before the House through the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for its consideration.

What You Need to Know About Canadian Music and Musicians

An article on the Fresh Coffee BLOG includes:

Ontario bred Grievous Angels is certainly one of the most interesting country acts to come along in recent years. Blending new beats, along the lines of the country-pop sounds of Keith Urban and the Dixie Chicks, with the twangy sounds of early 1970s country music. Unfortunately, their once promising career appears to have stalled with the entry of singer Charlie Angus into the political arena having been elected to Parliament in 2004. It is hoped that once Mr. Angus has served his term that he will return to making music once again, however, at this time that prospect remains uncertain.

Macleans: MPs: They're just like us

A Macleans article John Geddes follows up to the second annual Maclean’s survey of MPs. Featured are Bill Blaikie as overall winner, Michael Ignatieff as best public speaker, Joe Comartin as most-knowledgeable MP, and Charlie Angus as MP who does the best job for his local constituency.

It is important for out community to recognize politicians as being people like us, so that our community will feel more willing to offer our help to MPs in understanding technology issues (which most people don't understand as well as we do), rather than being upset at them for seeking to pass bills which would harm Canadian creativity and innovation.

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