Blog Controversy in Canada
Although there has been an interesting occurance taking place in a Montreal courtroom which some believe could possibly take down Canada’s minority Liberal Government, what’s more important (to Nic ‘N’ Cher) is that blogging has unexpectedly stepped into the spotlight.
If any of you are familiar with Canadian politics then you will have heard of Adscam. For those of you that haven’t, it’s the latest scandal plaging Paul Martin’s Government involving allegations of corruption and money laundering. What makes this story so interesting to us is that the presiding Judge, Mr. Justice John Gomery has imposed a publication ban which involves any type of reporting on the investigation including, you guessed it, BLOGS! In this case though, the Canadian blogger’s loss is an American’s gain….
The New York Times, and The American Spectator printed articles on a bloke named Edward Morrissey, a Minneapolis resident and avid blogger. On his website, Captain’s Quarters, Ed has been posting about these corruption and money laundering allegations despite the ban. Being a generally law abiding nation, Canadians are not blogging on the subject. However, they are reading……..StepForth Search Engine Inc. reveals that Ed’s site is now receiving 400,000 clicks a day! Not to mention receiving animated comments from Canadian supporters and polite non supporters. There have even been some crys for ‘Capitain Ed for Prime Minister!’ Needless to say, he has done his friends over the boarder a valuable service.
Judge Gomery has partially lifted the ban and although it is done only after he can assess the value of the witness testimony himself, it is implied that this procedure will remain throughout the investigation.
The power of the Blog has not been ignored, in fact, it has been heard loud and clear. By Judge Gomery recognising Blogs in his albeit, unconstitutional, publication ban, Blogging has hit the main stage. Hopefully, the Canadian government will recognise that evolving technology and the internet have created an open information forum, and adjust their outdated laws accordingly. That is, if they still insist on regulating a Canadian’s right to know, (to know about what their corrupt government is doing with their tax dollars).
Nic ‘N’ Cher think it should only be a matter of time before the term ‘Blog’ is documented in the Charter. Freedom of speech anyone?