Protect Canadians Against Copyright Profiteering

Write a letter to Ottawa and help stop the Canadian DMCA

Canada is soliciting input from Canadians regarding changing copyright laws. Big Media’s voice is being heard. Is yours?

My family creates copyrightable material: stories, poetry, songs and recordings thereof. With liberal copyright options (such as Creative Commons — our creations can be consumed widely whilst appropriately attributing the works to us. That’s much more useful than “all-or-nothing” laws.

We also have many friends and associates in formal arts and entertainment industries. The various attempts by Canada to deal with modern realities have only benefitted corporations and lobbyists, not artists. We have an opportunity to do something truly different, and liberalise Canada’s copyright laws. We could defy the powerful corporate slaveowners that offer chains masquerading as contracts.

We cannot stop piracy; it would be a neverending war that will never end. The only benefit is to keep citizens in fear, artists broke and bureaucrats employed. It is absolutely not worth it.

What follows is a letter written and sponsored by the Canadian Coalition for Electronic Rights. That’s the letter that you’d be encouraged to send by clicking the banner above.

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast 8.5x11 poster

Beauty and the Beast 8.5×11 poster

On December 6 at 2.30 and 7.30, and on December 7 at 2.30, the Columbia Phoenix Players will be presenting a traditional British Pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, by Bruce Gardner. Tickets are available from the Charles Bailey Theatre Box Office and are $14 for adults and $8 for children.


  • Beauty—Christine Isfeld
  • The Beast—Cameron Coe
  • The Dame, Jenny Jessop—Rory Fayant
  • The Dame’s son, Tony Treasure—Thálion Friesen
  • Marilyn and Carolyn (Beauty’s sisters, Marilyn Monroe wannabes)—Janna Detmold and Maddie Tayler-Gregg
  • John, Paul, and Ringo (Beauty’s brothers)—Spencer Crispin, Mat Laroque and AJ McKerracher
  • Philip (Beauty’s father)—Jacob Lesiuk

Directed by Bonne Friesen; Produced by Jean Wylie.

Beauty and the Beast B/W Poster
Beauty and the Beast B/W Poster