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(formerly Stop Usage Based Billing) 10028 signatures

Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on November 3, 2009

No Usage Based Billing

No Usage Based Billing

dissolve the crtc website

dissolve the crtc website

Wooo hoo!!! Great Job folks!

Even though Minister James Moore agreed to deliver the petition to The House Of Commons when it hit 10,000, it ain’t over ’til it’s over. I’d suggest keeping those signatures coming, and coming and coming…

dissolve the crtc signature count

dissolve the crtc signature count

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Keep signing and getting more people to sign… the more the merrier!

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7 Responses to “ 10028 signatures”

  1. Devil's Advocate said

    Well, personally, I’m not surprised by the media blackout. Have you noticed how many issues “the People” have brought up in the last few decades that have been severely or totally suppressed by the Mainstream?

    “The People” aren’t part of the plan being carried out by those who actually run this planet. (To some, that statement may sound like something out of Orwell novel. To those, I say, it’s time to educate themselves before labelling me a “conspiracy nutjob”!)

    The Canadian Government has been selling us out to the New World Order (NWO) for quite some time now. They’ve been using the backs of our Constitution and Charter as scribble paper during their secretive meetings with the NWO – composed of all the “elite” central banking families that think they actually “own” the world – in order to discuss replacing sovereign governments with their own “administrative staff”.

    That’s how we arrived at NAFTA some time back, and where the idea of SPP came from. All these “trade groups” we have now (like ACTA, WTO, WIPO, FTR, etc.) exist to CIRCUMVENT and BYPASS the sovereign government processes, and write the rules for themselves.

    They want to scrap national borders and join countries into “unions” (in case anyone’s missed it, we already have the European Union), which will eventually be joined to form a “one-world government”.

    Right now, their most active front is ACTA, which most of us are aware of, but know very little about. That’s the way they want it: Everyone run by a faceless corporation, who answers only to their shareholders, behind closed doors, governed only by “the bottom line”, where the People have absolutely no voice.

    I’m telling you, we all must have fallen asleep one day and failed to wake up, according to how much progress has been made by these psychopaths.

    • Laurel L. Russwurm said

      Sadly I agree with most of what you say. And I’m a classic case of a citizen who hasn’t been paying attention. I took 15 years off to raise a kid (the best kid in the world, no less) and look what happens.

      There’s so much happening its impossible to keep up. We can only do what we can do.

      That ACTA stuff scares the daylights out of me too, precisely because of the secrecy. I have a big problem with paternalistic governments deciding what is right for us.

      Prime Minister Diefenbaker removed Canada’s ability to be the clear leader in technology in the 1950s when he eradicated the Avro Arrow.

      Canadians are determined, We’re smart and funny and good at technology and generally all around nice guys. But we have a seriously flawed political system and most of us believe what Governments say

      We badly need electoral reform, but we’ll never get it until everyone comes out to vote. All of the disaffected people need to vote. We can’t afford to be disaffected.

      Canadians need to stop voting “strategically” (I mean really, has that ever worked for anyone beyond the party suggesting it? And after they’re elected we gave them a “clear mandate”.)

      We need to stop believing polls (which can be slanted to produce the precise result you want. Why do we vote if polls are accurate. They are just a tiny sampling done to create advertising soundbites. And scare us into doing what THEY want. If I wanted to do a poll that advocated corporate welfare, I’d do it by polling Bay Street.)

      The biggest crock we’ve been sold is the insane idea that minority government is bad. It’s the ONLY reason Canada hasn’t folded to all of the external pressure on spyware Copyright and ACTA. Yet. If we had a majority government all the wailing and gnashing of Canadian teeth would not have helped.

      • Devil's Advocate said

        Perhaps a petition to dissolve Parliament in favour of a movement toward a “de-centralized” government…..?

        I know, I need more coffee!

      • Laurel : I agree wholeheartedly that electoral reform is needed and that minority governments can be a great thing. But I find it strange you think people must “stop voting strategically”. The fact is that until we have proportional system of voting the only rational way to vote is strategically. If you vote you must consider the chances of your vote counting, the goal must be to maximally influence the makeup of parliament, and you cannot do that if you vote for a candidate who has no chance of winning. I agree polls are overread these days but its a just a statistical fact that some candidate can win and others can’t. Strategic voting is simply acknowledging that when making your decision. You may still choose to vote for your favourite candidate to show support or help with their funding but you certainly should not ignore pertitent information about whether your vote will count.

        As for not voting at all, I used to also proclaim loudly that everyone should vote no matter what, but then I met some very committed people, active in society and reform who choose not to vote because they simply will not add legitmacy to a broken system. I have learned to accept and even respect that stance although not voting for any other reason (‘polticians are all crooks’, ‘I was busy’, ‘it doesn’t change anything’) still make me seeth.

        sorry I don’t actually have an opinion about the main article topic 🙂

      • Laurel L. Russwurm said

        Mark, since you are someone who posts internet comments as well as having your own blog you obviously have a personal stake in the internet. This means you should have an opinion about this issue. This blog exists to inform people about Usage Based Billing because the media has been dreadfully quiet about it, meaning most Canadians won’t know until they are hit with the first obscene bill. The implementation of usage based billing will have a serious impact not only on wired Canadians, but on the Canadian economy as a whole.

        As far as “strategic voting” goes, I’ve seen that every time anyone tells me to vote strategically they are actually trying to get me to vote for the candidate they want elected. It is not possible to know what the best way to vote “strategically” is until after every vote is cast, and by that time it is too late.

        The only “statistical facts” about who can or can not win are available until after an election. No one who hasn’t rigged the system can tell me which candidate has “no chance of winning”. Tell that to Harry S. Truman. The newspapers were on the street proclaiming his inability to secure re-election when he had in fact won.

        For many years I dutifully went to the voting station and asked for my ballot, then explained that I was “declining to vote.” More than once I had to explain it, and basically the election worker has someplace to write it down. This way the vote is counted as a vote “against”. This is not the same as not going to the polls and “spoiling” a vote (which can be interpreted as vandalism and dismissed), or staying home and not voting (which can be interpreted as apathy and dismissed).

        It was a good idea but it doesn’t help. Not voting at all doesn’t help fix a broken system, it only adds to the problem, because the people who you did not vote for get elected and proclaim that they have a mandate to do what you’d rather they didn’t.

        Of course voters must consider the chances of their vote counting. This is precisely why casting your vote in aid of someone else’s strategy is wrong.

  2. Devil's Advocate said

    I’m interested to know what they can actually do with this.
    (Did I sign it?! Oh yeah!! I was one of the earlier ones.)

    Does it have any teeth attached to it that would result in it being taken seriously?

    • Laurel L. Russwurm said

      We’ll have to wait and see. I still think people need to keep on signing and trying to spread the word to help other people know about it regardless of hitting 10,000. I know I have been watching the site as a barometer of how many people know about UBB or any of the associated ailments. (I wouldn’t be surprised to find a computer tucked into a corner in parliament hill tuned to all day long to keep track of the signature count. (The federal government has a budget… I don’t, I have to manually check 😉

      I don’t know if it will succeed in dissolving the CRTC (although the KvF Interview certainly put the nails in the coffin of the existing CRTC to my way of thinking) but if the Minister does follow through and take it to the House of Commons that means it will at the least get public scrutiny. It is incredible that this many people have learned enough to sign the petition about this issue in a near total media blackout. Dissolvethecrtc has shed a lot of light on all these interelated issues and more importantly given Canadians a voice. (Something that our politicians increasingly don’t do.) No matter what happens, it can only be good for consumers.

      When I first got sucked into this issue I was amazed at all the different reasons, longstanding ones too, that so many people commenting on the CBC online site had for hating the CRTC.

      To keep up on where the petition goes I’ve just recently found dissolvethecrtc on Twitter. If you sign up you’ll be notified when stuff happens, or you can just check the site every now and again. I’m sure they’ll keep us informed. (I like Identica better myself, I prefer it because of the groups and notices and you can link it to Twitter, but for all its faults Twitter seems to be where people go.

      Certainly the CRTC cannot be allowed to remain in existance as is. The stakes are too high to have the internet controlled by people who don’t even understand net neutrality, or worse can’t define the rules they are making. A botch job here could irreversibly damage our economy. Not acceptable.

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