Monday, May 30, 2011

Are Saskatoonians Uninterested In Saving Their CBC Stations?

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As previously announced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Saskatoon along with Moncton, New Brunswick, London, Ontario, and Lethbridge, Alberta are going to be losing CBC televison stations (Both English and French) on August 31st.  It is mandatory in these cities for television stations to turn off existing analog transmitters and start up digital transmitters or go off the air forever.  Minority language over the air broadcasting is also scheduled to get deep cuts as French language stations in English Canada and English language CBC stations in Quebec will cut to static. 

Many in affected communites are taking action to keep CBC available for free to all viewers.  Protest rallies have already taken place in London and Moncton.  Municipal politicians are lobbying CBC executives and federal politicans to get digital transmitters built rather than the planned end of over the air broadcasting by the CBC when August draws a close. 

Although there is activity in affected communites, in Saskatoon however there has not been any rallies, no lobbying federal politicans, there hasn't even been a single mention in the media about the digital TV transition or that CBC television will soon get the ax.  While it may seem that there is a slim chance  to save the over the air broadcast from CBC stations in the affected communities, if Saskatoonians don't do anything to try to save their local CBC station, then they won't get get anything when trying to turn on CBC television on September 1st.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

CPCC Demands Right To Pick Canadian Pockets Even Further

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The Canadian Private Copying Collective, the non government agency that makes Canadians pay 21 cents every time they burn CD's is asking the Copyright Board to charge a levy on the memory cards that Canadians use in their digital cameras and distribute the money raised to the recording industry. 

While memory cards are often used in cell phones that can play MP3 files, the majority of memory cards are used in digital cameras, devices used for the creation of intellectual property.  Even though memory cards can be used to store music files even those that are bought and paid for legally, USB flash drives are more often used to copy music between computers, the CPCC proposal does not mention USB flash drives just memory cards. 

This isn't the first time that the CPCC proposed charging a levy on memory cards.  About five years ago after the CPCC's levy on iPods and other MP3 players was dumped into the grave by the federal appeal court the CPCC sought to have levies charged on blank DVD's and memory cards.  Now that the Copyright Board is now comprised by more Conservative leaning bureaucrats, the Canadian Private Copying Collective will most likely be sent packing, as they should be for good.