Calgary Southwest

Fair Dealing: Constituent writing series of letter to MP, Stephen Harper

Kjell Wooding is a constituent of Calgary Southwest, Stephen Harper's riding, and posted the first of a series of letters on Canada day.

51'st State: It's US vs U.S. in the battle for Canadian Sovereignty

Gordon Duggan at Appropriation Art has published a comic (PDF) about Canadian Copyright revision. It is a classic battle of good vs. evil of comic proportions where the "Evil Emissaries of American Interests try to suppress the Fantastic Freedom of Expression Fighters".

The cast of characters is somehow familiar.

Evil Emissaries (Or just misinformed?): Harper, Bush, Prentice, Henderson, McTeague, Wilkins, Feinstein / Cronyn, Schwarzenegger, Glickman, Frith, Oda

Fantastic Freedom Fighters: Angus, Doctorow, Geist, Knopf, Murray, Page, McOrmond

Conservative Cabinet sworn in


The Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper (Calgary Southwest)
Prime Minister of Canada

The Honourable Maxime Bernier (Beauce)
Minister of Industry

The Honourable Beverley J. Oda (Durham)
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women

The Honourable David Emerson (Vancouver Kingsway)
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

The Honourable John Baird (Ottawa West--Nepean)
President of the Treasury Board

The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay (Central Nova)
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Holly Heffernan (Calgary Southwest, NDP) replies to questions.


I have included the NDP response to the CIPPC questions. I will ponder your extra questions. Holly Heffernan Calgary Southwest NDP Candidate.

January 10, 2006

RE: Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic Questionnaire

Attached please find the response of the New Democratic Party to your 2006 Election Survey. It is the policy of our party to respond to surveys on behalf of all New Democratic candidates.

Please note that our election platform has yet to be released. We invite you to consult our platform after it is released for more information on the issues you raise in your questionnaire.

Election 2006: Calgary Southwest

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

Incumbent information

Calgary Southwest / Calgary-Sud-Ouest
MP: Hon. Stephen Harper (Parliamentary Internet)

Letter to Hon. Stephen Harper Re: signatures for Petition for Users' Rights.

The following is the text of a snail-mail letter sent on Friday November 4.

Dear Hon. Stephen Harper,
Leader of the Official Opposition and MP for Calgary Southwest.

I met you on Thursday November 3 when you and Joy Smith met with teachers about Copyright and the needs of educators. While my wife is a teacher, I am a self employed Internet consultant who has offered to do what I can to help this cause. I have been very active in Copyright revision for the last 4 years, starting in the summer of 2001 when this round of reform was launched.

I have been coordinating a copyright related petition called the "Petition for Users' Rights". While users include the educational community, this petition is broader and seeks to protect the rights of authors-in waiting (who build upon and use the works of others), owners of communications technology (Bill C-60 regulates away many property rights), as well as the general public. I am enclosing a blank copy of our petition for you to read.

Teachers on the hill with Joy Smith and Stephen Harper

Last night I joined a group of about 15 teachers on Parliament Hill. They were invited by Joy Smith, Conservative MP for Kildonan--St. Paul, who has been an outspoken advocate of an "educational amendment" to Bill C-60.

We first met with Ms. Smith, and then were met by the Hon. Stephen Harper, leader of the Official Opposition and MP for Calgary Southwest. There was the usual shaking of hands and taking of photographs.

We were invited to visit as Ms. Smith was going to be speaking on this issue in parliament during question period as well as during adjournment proceedings. We were invited to be in the gallery during the adjournment proceedings.

Calgary - May 18th, 2005 : The Danger of Software Patents

The Calgary UNIX Users Group is hosting the following important event:

Richard Stallman from the Free Software Foundation and of the GNU Project, author of the GPL, the man who made GNU/Linux possible, will be giving a talk in Calgary.

Richard Stallman will explain how software patents obstruct software development. Software patents are patents that cover software ideas. They restrict the development of software, so that every design decision brings a risk of getting sued. Patents in other fields restrict factories, but software patents restrict every computer user. Economic research shows that they even retard progress.

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