[d at DCC] Minister Oda at Meeting of OAS Ministers of Culture in Montreal November 13 - 15.
russell at flora.ca
Mon Nov 13 17:26:57 EST 2006
Interesting press release, given all the controversy over Oda's close
ties with the incumbent broadcast industry. The optics are that she
won't be very balanced in how she handles the telecom and copyright
files she jointly works on with the Industry Minister.
Canada's New Government Hosts the Third Inter-American Meeting of
Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities of the
Organization of American States
"MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 13, 2006) - Canada will host the
Third Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest
Appropriate Authorities of the Organization of American States from
November 13 to 15, 2006 in Montreal, Quebec. The Honourable Beverley J.
Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, will chair the
This again brings up the need to have stronger activism in Quebec.
In this Minority Government, Quebec is seen as critically important for
all the parties. How the copyright and telecom policy issues are
perceived in Quebec will be critical to what happens Canada-wide.
The Quebec government seems to have policy people strong on things
like FLOSS, but don't seem to push this understanding of one form of
peer production/peer distribution to other forms of creativity. Are the
different activist groups in Quebec sharing information on these issues?
The Bloc has thus far articulated a "if some copyright is good, more
is better" type of rhetoric. Are there people communicating with Bloc
MPs to modernize their thinking on this?
P.S. If people havent' been following the Oda fundraising scandal,
please look at the http://digital-copyright.ca BLOG which includes a
number of articles -- including one from Michael Geist in the Toronto
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
Please help us tell the Canadian Parliament to protect our property
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"The government, lobbied by legacy copyright holders and hardware
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