Trinity - Spadina

Bill C-11 house debate day 4

On November 22, 2011 we had the fourth time when the House of Commons debated Bill C-11 (at Second Reading).

I am glad that Ms. Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands, GP) included discussion of the constitutional questions raised by Bill C-11.

The problems are in two areas, and I will refer to the first. Briefly, it is constitutional. The constitutional problem is simple to describe. Copyright is clearly an area of federal jurisdiction, whereas property rights are provincial. To the extent that we have intruded into property rights, we have a problem. This has been described in a learned article published by professors Crowne-Mohammed and Rozenszajn, both from the University of Windsor, in the Journal of Information, Law and Technology in which the authors describe the problem this way:

The DRM provisions of Bill C-61 represent a poorly veiled attempt by the Government to strengthen the contractual rights available to copyright owners, in the guise of copyright reform and the implementation of Canada's international obligations.

Let us de-link them. Let us protect the rights and protect copyright reform without acceding to pressure from U.S. interests, which want to have excessively restrictive controls in the form of digital locks. That is setting aside the constitutional issue.

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.

Where does Cory Doctorow vote?

With Scam Bulte claiming that her opponents are foreign, such as Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing who has been instrumental in exposing her during this election, we should ask: where does science fiction author Cory Doctorow vote?

His bio states that he "was born in Toronto, Canada, on July 17, 1971. I lived there until I was 29, with the exception of brief stints in Baja California, Mexico and northern Costa Rica.".

Where in Toronto? He was blogging about Bulte just prior to the June 28, 2004 election, where he also noted that "I've cast my absentee ballot, for Olivia Chow". Olivia Chow was running in the riding of Trinity - Spadina, losing by only 805 votes. On the South-Western corner of this riding is Bulte's past riding of Parkdale High-Park. He may not be voting in Bulte's riding, but he is a science fiction author with Canadian citizenship that votes in an adjacent riding.

With Bulte having such close friends salaried by large transnational corporations headquartered in the USA and Europe, I suspect she isn't quite sure of what the concept of "foreign" really is.

Use Google to search BoingBoing for: Bulte to find the many times this author has written about this closed minded and excessively biased (hopefully outgoing) MP.

Can't afford the Copyright Cartel's big banquet? Join Online Rights Canada for a Balanced Meal instead!

Public interest group Online Rights Canada is hosting a Balanced Meal event to coincide with the big-money/big-copyright/big-media lobbiests event for Sam Bulte.

If politicians take tens of thousands of dollars from the industries they regulate, are independent artists, educators, librarians and the general public really going to get a fair shake? So come out on Thursday, have a bite to eat, and find out how regular Canadians can get a seat at the copyright reform table.

Covered by: p2pnet

Olivia Chow (Trinity - Spadina, NDP)

Ms. Chow's campaign office sent a copy of the NDP response to CIPPIC.

Sam Goldstein (Trinity - Spadina, Conservative)

I thought Micheal Geist's column in the Star a day or so ago was excellent on Internet Issues.

Toronto area Election Debate: Poverty at Home and Abroad

Celebrated author and UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis, journalists Linda McQuaig and John Stackhouse, and anti-poverty activist Josephine Grey will query party representatives on their plans to Make Poverty History through policies of foreign aid, trade, debt and child poverty in Canada. Please read earlier articles about the connection between PCT and poverty issues.

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery
100 Queens Park
Queens Park Entrance
January 12, 2006
6:45 PM
Free, seats will be distributed on a first come
first served basis.

To reserve tickets contact info at or call 416.967.1611 ext 221.

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