BushHarper.com is a website created by the Liberals to expose how similar Bush and Harper is. Great! Except that it’s poorly executed.
All that’s on the site is a picture of Harper and Bush shaking their dirty hands and two YouTube videos. The potential for this site is great and it would have been so much better had they created a website that totally believed that Bush and Harper are indeed running for office. If they put up more content than just two videos the site could be something that goes viral in Canada. Still, the videos have a good number of views since they were uploaded on Oct. 1 with 18,514 and 9,439 views respectively.
The videos also play as attack ads against Harper and are blatantly supporting the Liberals. Had the videos been all about the “good” things that the two neo-cons have done it would have more effect. It could attack the very root of what’s wrong their policies. But I guess by doing that the Liberals would also be criticizing their own stances albeit indirectly. We can’t forget that Jean ChrÃ©tien and Paul Martin were the ones who helped set the stage for neoconservatives in Canada.
Here are the videos from the site:
On the economy:
On foreign policy:
Originally posted on my personal blog, AdamClare.com.
Canadians that are not in favour of the neo-conservative Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper are using Facebook to help oust him. It’s become an issue that Elections Canada had to look into facebook groups and they ended up concluding that, yes, the facebook groups are legal.
The groups in question are easily accessible through facebook and seem to be pretty active.
Pair Vote (Swap) – Canada Election 2008 is the place to partner with someone else to try to coordinate the best voting option based on your respective locations.
Similarly, Anti-Harper Vote Swap Canada provides the same service.
Click here for an example of how this vote-swapping works.
It leaves me to wonder why the people behind Vote for Climate don’t have a facebook page.
The Department of Culture is looking to have a positive impact on the current Canadian federal election. You can help them by joining their facebook group and, of course, by volunteering.
We are the Department of Culture, a growing community of Canadian citizens who are artists, arts professionals and cultural workers concerned about ensuring the social and cultural health and prosperity of our nation in the face of a Federal Government that is aggressively undermining the values that define Canada.
We are you: the painters, architects, dancers, writers, actors, designers, filmmakers, sculptors, performers, photographers, ceramicists, directors, curators, musicians, archivists, fashion designers, producers, weavers, choreographers, editors, librarians . . .
WHAT WE STAND FOR:
The Department of Culture was founded on the following objectives to:
ENCOURAGE A MULTIDIMENSIONAL VISION OF CULTURE that emphasizes living interactions between the artistic, cultural, social, political and economic aspects of society.
PROMOTE A VIEW OF CITIZENSHIP in which all Canadians are active participants in the creation of culture rather than simply as passive receivers of it.
ENSURE THAT GOVERNMENTS, AGENCIES AND INSTITUTIONS ARE ACCOUNTABLE for their social and cultural agendas.
SUPPORT THE CREATIVE AGENCY OF ARTISTS to make political change through all forms of artistic production.
You can do it! More information can be found here.
From Michael Geist:
“Tens of thousands of Canadians have spoken out against Bill C-61 over the past month. In addition to the letters, MP meetings, and town halls, many have created mashups, videos, comics, posters, photos, and other creative art to express their disappointment and concern with Industry Minister Jim Prentice’s plan for copyright in Canada. To build on this creativity, the Fair Copyright for Canada group is launching a new YouTube video competition. C-61 in 61 Seconds invites everyone to post a video – whether rant, mashup, or something new – on the copyright bill.”
Variety is reporting on a study that concludes that the average TV viewer age is now 50. Old people watch TV, young people interact on the internet I guess.
In Canada, the Conservative federal government is “updating” the copyright laws and part of their insane plan is basically to make anyone under 50 a criminal. Here’s a summary of the backwards bill.
-There is a $500 statutory damage minimum for possession of a single file freed from crippling DRM. With some audiobooks each CD has 99 tracks. Thatâ€™s $49,500 for one CD. WTF!?
-Any circumvention of DRM, even on files youâ€™ve owned for decades, files youâ€™ve purchased, been given as a gift, or inherited, will be deemed a violation and subject you to a $500 statutory damage minimum (per file). WTF!?
-It will be illegal to transfer DRMâ€™d files to your own iPod or portable media player (you canâ€™t strip-out the forced ads out of DVD that you own either). WTF!?
Here’s a Q&A session in parliament:
Facebook users delayed the bill before and on Thursday morning it is time for protests to grow even louder.Â Minister of Industry Jim Prentice and the Minister of Canadian Heritage JosÃ©e Verner want to lock up all data and destroy the very soul of the internet – sharing and collaboration. They obviously need to readÂ Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business and go back to their other oppressive activities:
The government is ready to introduce controversial new copyright legislation that experts believe will introduce harsh new restrictions on downloading, copying songs to CDs and music players, unlocking cellphones and time-shifting of television shows.
Minister of Industry Jim Prentice and the Minister of Canadian Heritage JosÃ©e Verner will unveil the bill to amend the Copyright Act on Thursday at 10:45 a.m. ET with brief statements, followed by a question-and-answer session with the media.
Another example of an old media player trying to act like a new media company can be found at CTV’s MyNews. It’s an attempt at citizen journalism and based on the calibre of journalism coming out of CTV I’m sure that citizens will fair much better. On their site they say:
Have you seen news happening?
Do you have a video or image(s) of something that should be seen on our CTV Newscasts?
It can be breaking news like a fire or accident or something eye-catching like a late spring storm or a celebrity sighting.
We are looking for the best in citizen journalism to enhance CTV’s own newsgathering efforts.
Wireless spectrum auction
WirelessNorth.ca is covering the wireless spectrum auction happening in Canada. The amount the auction has raised is staggering at $1.8 billion. The auction is not exciting because as any Canadian can imagine there already is little competition over our airwaves. It looks like there won’t be a new player in town anytime soon 😦
Now in to itâ€™s second week and 14th round of bidding, Canadaâ€™s AWS auction has hit 1.8Billion and is not showing immediate signs of slowing down. 68 licences received bids last round, actually up from the 40-50 bids of the last round. Thus far industry Canadaâ€™s decision to set aside new spectrum appears to have anything but discourage a handsome return on this auction.
Another week and another accusation that Facebook destroys people’s privacy. However, this accusation could end up changing Facebook in Canada. The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), run out of the University of Ottawa, has filed a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada that outlines 22 problems with Facebook.
The complaint that CIPPIC sent in lists the points succinctly:
We submit that Facebook is violating Principles 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, and 4.8 of PIPEDA,
Schedule 1 by failing to:
â€¢ Identify all the purposes for which it collects Usersâ€™ personal information (Principle 4.2);
â€¢ Obtain informed consent from Users and non-Users to all uses and disclosures of their
personal information (Principle 4.3);
â€¢ Allow Users to use its service without consenting to supply unnecessary personal
information (Principle 4.3.3);
â€¢ Obtain express consent to share Usersâ€™ sensitive information (Principle 4.3.6);
â€¢ Allow Users who have deactivated their accounts to easily withdraw consent to share
information (Principle 4.3.8);
â€¢ Limit the collection of personal information to that which is necessary for its stated
purposes (Principle 4.4);
â€¢ Be upfront about its advertisersâ€™ use of personal information and the level of Usersâ€™
control over their privacy settings (Principle 4.4.2);
â€¢ Destroy personal information of Users who terminate their use of Facebook services
â€¢ Safeguard Usersâ€™ personal information from unauthorized access (Principle 4.7); and
â€¢ Explain policies and procedures on the range of personal information that is disclosed to
third party advertisers and application developers (Principle 4.8).
Ars Technica has an article summarizing CIPPIC’s stance:
CIPPIC points out a number of other violations that have raised the eyebrows of users for some time now. Facebook fails to disclose why every third-party Facebook application must have access to every bit of a user’s personal data (this is something that annoys me, personally), and requires the submission of a user’s date of birth upon registration even though there are no age guidelines for using the service. Facebook also fails to obtain express consent to share users’ personal information by making all information partially public by default (users can change privacy settings after saving the information first). The same goes for photographs uploaded by the user, or photos uploaded and tagged by others that then show up on the user’s profile by defaultâ€”whether they like it or not.
Read the report from CIPPIC (PDF)
MP Charlie Angus (who was in a punk band) loves net neutrality so much that he has submitted a bill in Ottawa to ensure that Canadians will be able to pass information through the interwebtubes without concern. What I find interesting is that the bill is a private-member bill and not one submitted by a party. Let’s hope it passes!
Ars Technica has an article on Angus and net neutrality in Canada.
Charlie Angus, who represents Timmins and James Bay, launched his bill one day after 300 people showed up in Ottawa to protest the issue. “You are citizens of a digital realm and you have rights,” Angus told the crowd, according to the CBC. The crowd then chanted, “Whose net? Our net!” As a slogan, this leaves something to be desired, but it does get the point across.
The debate has been sparked in large part by recent revelations about traffic-shaping by Bell Canada, shaping that has allegedly reduced the speed of many P2P sessions by 90 percent. It applies even to ISPs who resell wholesale access from Bell, and these ISPs have brought Canadian regulators into the battle over the issue
Angus wants Parliament to debate the topic, and his brief bill amends Canada’s Telecommunications Act to prohibit various forms of discrimination. P2Pnet hosts a copy of the text, which outlaws “network management practices that favour, degrade or prioritise any content, application or service is transmitted over a broadband network based on its source, ownership or destination.” Reasonable network management is still allowed, and ISPs are explicitly allowed to charge different prices for different levels of bandwidth.
Michael Geist blog: Last month I wrote about the pressure to adopt “graduated response,” a policy that is better described as “three strikes and you’re out” for ISP subscribers.Â While Canada has yet to take a public position on the issue, a new French document cites Canada as an example of a country that is negotiating an ISP three strikes policy.