From left to right,Jennifer Maruno, the Honourable Karina Gould, Daniel,her assistant, Sylvia McNicoll and Jennifer Mook-Sang.

This is our second trip to the Honourable Karina Gould since she’s been elected. We wanted to respectfully request that our government address the suggestions that the House of Commons Standing Committee on Heritage submitted in March of 2019.

Four months may not seem a long time to wait for some kind of reaction but of course The Canadian Copyright Modernization Act has been in place and affecting all artists since 2011. By 2012 schools were deciding tariffs were optional. It’s been almost seven years of missing these fees that schools are required to pay in order to cover incidental copying and downloading.

Purchasing of books by schools is down by 43%, Canadian book purchases in general are down by 30%.

Can publishing survive? What if Canada loses its cultural voice? What if our kids study immigration with American texts?

On a brighter related note, Hon. Karina Gould has agreed to participate in a reading encouragement contest where children submit ballots for every Canadian book they’ve read for the chance to be Burlington’s MP for a day! Stay tuned.


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