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Canadian Census controversy continues
Saturday, May 13 2006 @ 07:54 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,460
General News From Newsforge:

Linux User Groups (LUG) and Canadian elected officials are responding to the news that the Canadian online census forms block free software users from participating. Last week's story helped uncover the fact that the software used for the online census seems to violate several government policies and treaties.

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Canadian online census discriminates against FOSS
Monday, May 08 2006 @ 05:36 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,144
General News From Newsforge:

In 2006, Canadians can fill out their census forms online for the first time -- but not if they use GNU/Linux, or are free software advocates who prefer not to install a proprietary version of Java.

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Canadian Music Stars Fight Against DRM
Wednesday, April 26 2006 @ 08:22 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 4,001
Justice Picked up from /.:

"Some of Canada's best known musicians, including Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlin, Sum 41, and Barenaked Ladies, have formed a new copyright coalition. The artists say in a press release that they oppose file sharing lawsuits, the use of DRM, and DMCA-style legislation and that they want record labels to stop claiming that they represent their views."

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Sésamath 5 - A first textbook of mathematics under free licence
Tuesday, March 28 2006 @ 01:04 AM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 3,779

Sésamath association proposes a textbook of mathematics for the class of 5th pennies free, free downloadable licence on Internet and which will be sold in May 2006 pennies format paper approximately ten euros in partnership with the Génération5 editor.

Purchasing and Open Source Projects
Thursday, March 23 2006 @ 07:31 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,069
General News An interesting discussion going on at the CanOpenER Mailing Lists:

Well it's fiscal year end again, and we're all doing the mad dance to spend the last of our budget so we don't get axed next year (what a stupid system, but that's not the topic for today). How do you go about "purchasing" an open source product?

I'll give a particular example: we've been using pdfcreator to solve a thorny issue for a number of months now. It's an open source success story: a free program works better (for our use case) than the ones we paid several thousand dollars for. Three cheers for us, and for the taxpayer. Now how do we spread that benefit to the developers who created the fine program (well, collection of programs) that allows us to do so much with so little?

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Calgary Linux User Group presents LinuxFest 2006
Saturday, February 25 2006 @ 12:13 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,309
General News

Once again CLUG takes a leadership role by bringing Linux and Open Source Software to the Community. Interested in presenting? Read on...

Report on Hamilton, Canada LUG Special Session on SCO v. IBM
Friday, February 03 2006 @ 01:30 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,117
General News From Groklaw:

Groklaw's John Macdonald attended the Hamilton Linux User Group's special session on the SCO v. IBM litigation last night, which featured Peter Salus, Robert Young and Ren Bucholz as speakers. John was kind enough to send us a report, and the best news is that there will be a video and audio feed eventually. Peter told me a little about the event too. He says about 30% of the audience said they'd heard about the event from Groklaw. John says at least a quarter from where he was sitting, so a number of you went. If anyone has more details, feel free to let us know in your comments.

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Canadian election candidate takes stand for FOSS
Thursday, January 19 2006 @ 08:04 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,553
Open Source From Newsforge:

Free and open source software (FOSS) is not a major issue in the Canadian election scheduled for January 23. None of the major political parties -- the Liberals, Conservatives, New Democratic Party (NDP), or Bloc Québécois -- has taken a position on FOSS. The up and coming Green Party is rumored to be announcing a FOSS platform shortly, but even that may be only be token support, considering that the Green Party Web site includes downloads of current policy in Microsoft Word format. The only candidate for a major party who is openly advocating FOSS is Mathieu Allard, the young NDP candidate for the Francophone riding of Saint Boniface in Manitoba. Recently, I talked to him about his advocacy and the role that FOSS plays in his campaign.

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Green Party election platform to include support for open source
Monday, January 09 2006 @ 05:15 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,920
Open Source From IT Business:

It may be excluded from Monday night’s national leadership debates, but the Green Party of Canada is about to release a more detailed platform that will reiterate its support for open source software adoption in the public sector.

The party will include its stance on open source software in a section called “technology and culture” that will be among several mini-platforms it will publish within the next two weeks, a spokesman said. In its platform for the 2004 election, the Green Party set itself apart by promising that, if elected, it would require federal agencies to initiate transitions to open source operating systems and productivity software. It also said it would make technology that has been developed at public expense a publicly owned resource.

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Sony Hit With Canadian Class Action Suits
Saturday, January 07 2006 @ 11:12 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,686
Justice From the webpage of Michael Geist

With Sony slated to appear in a New York courtroom on Friday to seek approval for its class action settlement for the rootkit fiasco, its Canadian arm is now facing several Canadian class action suits. The Merchant Law Firm, based in Calgary, launched class action suits in both the Ontario and B.C. courts yesterday (Ontario brief, B.C. brief). This follows a less-publicized class action launched in Quebec against Sony last November. All of these cases arise from the rootkit issue. The briefs make for interesting reading as the Canadian cases raise a long list of legal issues including the violation of Canadian privacy law, breach of contract, violation of the Competition Act, and a host of tort claims.

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