Burnaby--New Westminster

All-candidates meeting

New west Chamber of Commerce is holding an all-candidates meeting at the Burr Theatre 6:30pm - 8:30pm Tuesday Jan 17th.

Reply to copyright questions

I received a phone message from Peter Julian, incumbant and NDP candidate.

Essentially, he reminded me of the work we've done together on this and confirmed that his stance on these issues hasn't changed.

Answers to copyright questions from candidates

I received a reply to my copyright questions from Scott Janzen, Green Party candidate :

Thank you for your interest in my campaign. Feel free to post my responses verbatim.

1. I believe that anyone who owns a computer should have complete control on which programs are installed on their machine and that all installed software should disclose any programs contained in the installation that may restrict or control the functions of the owner's computer.

2. Once any media is purchased, it is ridiculous to expect to control the way in which the media is enjoyed by the consumer. If you buy a DVD in Canada and travel to the UK, you should be able to enjoy your purchase in the UK. If you have purchased music over the years and wish to enjoy your investment on your new iPod, then you should not be restricted to do so. Any company that attempts to control its customers is doomed because we don't want to be told what to do, least of all by companies we pay to have the "priveledge" of using their product. The next "control" might be restriction of reading the newspaper in the bathroom. How far do we want to go with this?

Canada Votes 2006: Ridings of Interest

The following ridings are considered to be of special interest to our community.

Parkdale--High Park
Close race between Peggy Nash and Sarmite Sam Bulte. Ms. Bulte is a close friend of the incumbent foreign intermediaries, and possibility to become the next Heritage Minister if the Liberals form the government. She is seen by our community as one of the greatest threats to Canadian creativity, especially independents and creators using alternative methods of production, distribution and funding. Anyone with ties to this riding should do what they can to support Ms. Nash and ensure that Ms. Bulte does not win her seat.

Timmins--James Bay
Riding of independent writer, broadcaster and musician Charlie Angus. He was also the NDP Heritage critic. It is important that this independent creator, who understands the competitive issues in Copyright, is in the next parliament. He was sent signatures to the Petition for Users Rights which he offered to table for us, but this did not happen before the election was called.

Election 2006: Burnaby--New Westminster

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

Incumbent information

Burnaby–New Westminster / Burnaby–New Westminster
MP: Peter Julian (Parliamentary Internet)
NDP Shadow Cabinet: International Trade and Globalization, Persons with Disabilities, Treasury Board

TechNewsWorld: File-Sharers Fighting the Good Fight in Canada

This article by Jon Newton includes:

Canadians concerned about attempts to have Canada's Copyright Act re-written to suit the entertainment industry's desires are marshaling their efforts to make sure it doesn't happen.

Member of Parliament Peter Julian has introduced "Petition for Users Rights" signatures in Canada's Parliament. More than a thousand people have signed so far, and MPs will continue to hand in additional signatures by the batch.

Petition story has been mentioned on Slashdot..

A story called Anti-DMCA Petition in Canadian Parliament has been published on SlashDot. If you don't know why this is important, read about the SlashDot Effect

Chris Brand writes about why he launched the Petition for Users' Rights.

Chris Brand is the primary author of the Petition for Users' Rights. He wrote the following explaining his reasons for doing so in a letter to a local newspaper (Royal City Record). Also published on p2pnet.net.

By Chris Brand.

Thought you might like to know that this morning the first signatures this petition were tabled in the House of Commons.

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