Canada Votes 2006

The Canadian federal election is called for January 23, 2006.

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.

Canadian MP auto-contact site

This p2pnet article explains the 3 steps for sendinging messages to your candidates from this website.



p2p news / p2pnet: January 23, the date of the Canadian election, is close and we need to ensure that whoever's elected on Monday is aware that Digital Copyright and Internet issues are vitally important to constituents.

We also want to make sure candidates are able to easily contact people in their own constituencies to learn more.

I want to make it easy for people to send letters to their member of parliament. So I've set up an automated tool on Digital-copyright.ca.

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

Canadian Democracy in the Age of Blogging: Anatomy of a Campaign Controversy

This article by Toronto lawyer Rob Hyndman discusses some of the politically liberating aspects of online tools such as BLOGS, and the fact that individual citizens can now actively participate in campaigns.

As the issue of Liberal MP Sarmite Bulte’s campaign fundraiser gained attention recently, it rapidly became obvious that blogging and related technologies can have a significant effect on democracy in Canada.

Bill Siksay (Burnaby - Douglas, New Democratic Party)

RE: Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic Questionnaire

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

I would also invite you to consult our platform at www.ndp.ca for more information on the issues you raise in your questionnaire.

Thank you for your interest in the views of the New Democratic Party on the critical issues facing Canadians.

I appreciate your efforts to help voters make an informed decision on voting day.

Sincerely,
Bill Siksay, MP
Burnaby-Douglas

Mathieu Péron (Nickel Belt, Progressive Canadian Party)

Sorry I haven't gotten back to you sooner. I have been preparing for a couple debates.

Here are my answers for your questions & the CIPPIC ones are attached in the rtf file I'm sending you.

Do you agree that Copyright should be primarily handled by Industry rather than Heritage, and would you be willing to offer a similar pledge to the above listing Industry rather than Heritage?

Yes

* A recent government bill C-60 proposed legal protection for technical measures that claim to be used to protect copyright. Many of these technical measures are indistinguishable from SpyWare and other malware which circumvents the security of personal computers.

Canadian science fiction author Cory Doctorow referenced in Macleans article on Bulte scandal

Canadian (born in Toronto) science fiction author Cory Doctorow posts a BLOG article talking about a Macleans article about the Bulte scandal that references him.

In supporting stricter copyright laws, Bulte has taken a stand on a highly divisive issue among computer users and artists, groups that make up a significant constituency in her riding. Indeed, one of boingboing's editors, the novelist Cory Doctorow, happens to be a former resident. The attention that blog has given to the fundraising story is one of the reasons the issue has gained such momentum, not only in Canada but internationally. "Her legislative history is an attempt to import the worst elements of the American copyright system to Canada," said Doctorow, who now lives in London, England. "I don't know that she's been bought, I just know that it looks pretty dirty."

Copyright debate gets dirty

The very Orwellian double-speak named "Creators' Copyright Coalition" have a BLOG posting where they claim that the opposition to Bulte's policies are coming from US groups or from "the academic apologists for piracy". See Howard Knopf's comments.

Given their strong opposition to alternative methods of development, distribution and funding of creativity, I find it ironic that they are using the GPL licensed WordPress software for their BLOG. I suspect the extremists in this coalition would call Richard Stallman, the origional author of the GNU General Public License (GPL), a "pirate" and be so out of touch with reality as to believe it.

Canadian Media Guild Says 'Election Campaign Silent on Future of CBC'

An article in Broadcaster Magazine offers some insight to what the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, BLOC and Green Party have to say about the CBC.

The Guild has asked all candidates across the country whether they support an increase to the CBC's parliamentary funding of 1 cent per day per Canadian to pay for increased local and regional programming. The Guild sent a questionnaire to all candidates from the Liberal Party, the Conservative Party, the NDP, the Bloc Québécois and the Green Party. So far, we have received more than 80 responses.

Vote Arts 2006: The Canadian Arts Coalition:

The Canadian Arts Coalition created a Vote Arts 2006 site to promote a single proposal: "To increase, by $5 dollars per Canadian, funding to the arts delivered through the Canada Council."

I support this proposal.

I do so with the following clarification: Some of the members of the Arts Coalition are also proponents of unbalancing copyright to favour specific incumbent intermediaries over creators and audiences. While I do not agree with these views, I do strongly believe that all levels of governments should have programs to support the arts. I am involved in copyright to protect the interests of creators, including people like myself, from the very proposals promoted by some of the Arts Coalition members.

The direct funding of the arts by government can be targeted at creators directly and benefit Canadian creativity far better than changes in copyright which have recently tended to favour third party special interests.

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