Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC)

Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights : Twenty-First Session

The Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) is not the Canadian parliamentary committee that will be studying Bill C-32. It would be great if Canada did have a SCCR, as this would allow parliamentarians to properly study issues, as well as create and pass more sensible bills than we have seen thus far. It might also mean that there would be a group of 12 parliamentarians that would be watching what is happening at WIPO, helping to direct our negotiators there. We currently have an unworkable split between the standing committees of Heritage (CHPC), Industry (INDU), and International Trade (CIIT).

Among other things, this group of 12 parliamentarians would be tasked with knowing what has previously happened at WIPO and WTO/TRIPS, and wouldn't be so easily manipulated by special interest lawyers trying to pull the wool over their eyes.

SCCR is a standing committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and it twenty-first meeting has been in Geneva, Switzerland from November 8, 2010 to November 12, 2010.

Heritage committee to study vertical integration

The minutes of the Heritage Committee meeting of Thursday, October 21, 2010 includes the tabling/debate and approval of the following motion tabled by Charlie Angus:

That given the dramatic ownership changes in the private television sector and the increasing move towards digital, mobile and next-generation viewing platforms that the Heritage committee examine: 1) the implications of increasing vertical integration between large content providers and ISP-mobile phone carriers; 2) the role and viability of small and independant television broadcasters; 3) the role of the CBC in an increasingly changed media viewing landscape; 4) the role of the CRTC in ensuring diversity of voices in a changing media landscape and; 5) the role of the Canada Media Fund and other funding mechanisms in ensuring the success of new programming on next generation media platforms.

I believe the committee must become aware of real-world "technical measures" alleged to protect copyright, which are in fact a less understood form of vertical integration.

No C-32 committee until the fall.

A message from Industry Minister Tony Clement (@TonyClement_MP on Twitter) has indicated that there will be no C-32 special committee struck until the fall. ( says, "The House of Commons is adjourned until Monday, September 20, 2010")

This should not be taken as meaning we should all take the summer off, but that we have time to ensure that all 308 MPs have an idea of why Copyright is so controversial, and that is not about "creators on one hand, and consumers on the other". My experience over the last near decade is that the debate is largely between different creators, since many of the proposals put forward by some are aimed at their competitors and not infringers.

Election 2008: Past members of Heritage committee

  • Gary Schellenberger (Perth—Wellington, Conservative, Chair) re-elected
  • Maria Mourani (Ahuntsic, Bloc, co-chair) re-elected
  • Andy Scott (Liberal, co-chair) did not run
  • Jim Abbott (Kootenay—Columbia, Conservative) re-elected
  • Michael D. Chong (Wellington—Halton Hills, Conservative) re-elected
  • Dean Del Mastro (Peterborough, Conservative) re-elected
  • Denis Coderre (Bourassa, Liberal) re-elected
  • Ed Fast (Abbotsford, Consrvative) re-elected
  • Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Liberal) re-elected
  • Luc Malo (Verchères—Les Patriotes, Bloc) re-elected
  • Bill Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP) re-elected
  • Francis Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis, Liberal) re-elected

Minutes of special meeting on cuts to arts program posted

The minutes and transcript from the special August 26, 2008 to "discuss the recent cancelling of federal cultural financial assistance programs" are online.

This meeting was held when everyone pretty much knew an election would be called. This should be read as an election debate on federal government funding of cultural programs from some key politicians running for re-election. While Copyright wasn't on the agenda, it did get discussed.

No more political fundraisers for lobbyists

From this weeks Hill Times:

"Canada's federal Lobbyists Registrar Michael Nelson has delivered a stern warning to federal lobbyists, saying that they "place themselves in jeopardy" of breaching the Lobbyists Code of Conduct if they are both registered to lobby and working on political fundraising or electoral campaigns."

Hon. Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Liberal) on Copyright and "Intellectual property"

I try to stay non-partisan on this issue. I do not know if the words of Hon. Hedy Fry represent the thinking of the Heritage Committee or the Liberal Party of Canada. I believe it is incumbent on all Canadian citizens to talk to their MPs and ask them if these words reflect their own thinking. I guess I have to reveal my hope that politicians which have such antiquated ideas about the knowledge economy will either retire on their own or otherwise replaced with younger, more experienced politicians.

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage demands copyright bill

The members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage have tabled a report where they make the following statement:

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage recommends that the Government Bill entitled “An Act to amend the Copyright Act” for which notice was given on December 7th 2007, once introduced and read a first time, be referred to a Special Joint Committee made up of members or associate members of the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage and of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology before second reading.

Current members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC)

(Note: This is out of date. New committee not yet formed).

Copyright policy is the joint responsibility of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Industry. Two committees of the House of Commons are therefore the key members who are most likely to be studying this topic and related bills.

Members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC)

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