Timmins--James Bay

Meeting with Charlie Angus.. and the Fundraiser

I didn't make it to Toronto on March 22 for Mr. Angus' fund-raiser, but I did get to meet with him on the 20'th in his parliamentary office. Reading Ted Schmidt's BLOG post "Charlie Angus for P.M." about the fund-raiser, it sounds like it was great.

Met 3 MPs in one day?

Today was a very interesting day. I had meetings with Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins -- James Bay, NDP) and Hon. Hedy Fry (Vancouver Center, Liberal). Both meetings went very well, and I will write more details later.

Keep an independent artist on the Hill! Musical Fundraiser in Toronto for Charlie Angus, MP

Charlie Angus is the member of parliament for Timmins--James Bay, Heritage Critic for the NDP, and an independent musician. It is critically important for the future of creativity in Canada that this independent artist be returned to the hill. If you are near (or can get to) Toronto on March 22, please attend this fundraiser.

The following is the notice I was sent:

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Heritage Minister Bev Oda replies to letter about orphaned works.

The following is a letter from Bev Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women. It is dated March 13, 2007, in reply to a letter sent February 2, 2007.

Dear Mr. McOrmond:

Thank you for your correspondence of February 2, 2007, co-addressed to various Members of Parliament, regarding copyright reform in Canada.

I appreciate your further advising me of your views and have carefully noted your comments with respect to this matter. Please be assured that Department of Canadian Heritage are aware of and are monitoring the ongoing study of the orphan works issue in the United States of America.

NDP challenges CRTC over media concentration

A press release from the NDP:

Wed 7 Mar 2007

TIMMINS – The Canadian public continues to be shortchanged by the CRTC regarding the serious threats posed by mega-media concentration. NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) declared today that the proposed hearings over the CTVGlobemedia / CHUM merger do nothing to address the structural threats facing Canada’s broadcast universe from media concentration.

Charlie Angus on the Digital Divide

Jon Newton of p2pnet has posted the text Charlie Angus' speech recently given at Ottawa University.

And yet, when I was first elected in 2004, I found that, on Parliament Hill, the potential of the internet wasn't being celebrated, it was being denounced.

For example, during one of the first meetings I had on copyright a lobbyist informed me that the Internet was little more than a 'highway of stolen goods and child pornography that goes into the bedroom of every kid in this country.'

Charlie Angus at the University of Ottawa

I was privileged to be invited by the University of Ottawa Technology Law program to the most recent Torys Speaker Series talk by Member of Parliament Charlie Angus. Mr. Angus is an independent musician and the Heritage critic for the NDP.

As anticipated, the talk was inspiring, and I only managed to write a few things down for notes. I noticed that a recording was made by the TechLaw folks, and this might be added to one of their Audio Blogs in the future.

Solving the problems around Orphaned Works and copyright terms

The following is a letter that I sent to key members of parliament.

Dear Bev Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Ms Christina Keeper, Liberal Heritage Critic,
M. Maka Kotto, Bloc Heritage Critic,
Mr. Charlie Angus, NDP Heritage Critic,
Mr. David McGuinty, MP for my riding of Ottawa South,

While I often write members of parliament about harmful proposals which take the right to control information technology away from their owners, there are other Copyright related issues which we should also be addressing.

HDTV a threat to Canadian culture, critics warn

There is an interesting perspective put forward by critics of HDTV in a CBC article. I am not a fan of HDTV, but it is because these technologies are being locked down with "DRM" which makes them incapable of being operated by their owners in ways not "allowed" by their manufacturers, and made deliberately less interoperable with competative content or other technologies.

Also in the article:

But while the two Calgary professors are worried the technology represents a threat, NDP heritage critic Charlie Angus thinks Canada should be concerned about the alternative.

"If we don't look at the move to HD, then none of our programming will be sellable," Angus told CBC Arts Online.

"We won't be in the game."

Conservative Minister stalling on renewal of Television Fund bad news for industry

A page on the NDP website includes:

“Today the President of the Treasury Board flatly denied that any of the cheques for the cancelled Oda fundraiser were cashed. The NDP plans to follow up on this matter and find out whether or not the cheques were cashed or cancelled. Given that the Minister has completely frozen out the artistic community in terms of broadcast and copyright issues, we would at least see which lobbyists have her ear,” said Angus.

See it in the Hansard.

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