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    May 7, 2018
    If you are a CREATOR - a visual artist, writer, editor or translator - please lend your support to ACCESS COPYRIGHT ! Whether you are a Creator with much experience or just starting out, please come out to the formal hearings and public, open-mic sessions for the statutory review of the Copyright Act in 5 cities across Canada this coming week from May 7 to 11, 2018. I will be there at the Winnipeg Hearings this Thursday in Winnipeg. Please see the schedule for hearings in the different cities below.


    This is what it's all about. Most of this information has been gathered from the Access Copyright website, newsletters and email messages I received as an AFFILIATE OF ACCESS COPYRIGHT. Access Copyright is a collective voice for creators and publishers in Canada. As a non-profit, national organization, it represent tens of thousands of Canadian writers, visual artists and publishers, and their works. Through agreements with sister organizations around the world, Access Copyright also represents the works of hundreds of thousands of foreign creators and publishers. This rich repertoire of content is highly valued, by educators, students, researchers, corporate employees and others who need to copy and share content. Access Copyright licenses the copying of this repertoire to educational institutions, businesses, governments and others. The proceeds gathered when content is copied, remixed and shared are passed along to the copyright-holders. These investments help to ensure the continued creation of new and innovative works.


    The addition of “education” as a fair dealing exception to Canada’s Copyright Act in 2012 has led the majority of Canadian universities, colleges and school boards outside Quebec to adopt “fair dealing” content use guidelines that set out the education sector’s interpretation of what can be copied without compensation to creators or publishers. A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) - engaged by Access Copyright to conduct an independent economic assessment of the impacts of the education sector’s “fair dealing” guidelines on the Canadian market for educational content - determined that the education sector's "fair dealing" guidelines have already significantly harmed the educational publishing industry in Canada and that the negative impacts are expected to continue. The guidelines and weak market are expected to cause educational publishers to reduce their investments in Canada; meaning fewer Canadian titles and less content variety. The guidelines also significantly lower incentives for creators to create content for the educational publishing market.


    This week is our opportunity to show our support for Access Copyright and attend in person the formal hearings and public, open-mic sessions hosted by The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. The Committee invites individuals and organizations from all industries and sectors, experts and non experts alike, to participate in these events. To participate, individuals must register on location: arrive 30 minutes in advance and bring a piece of identification. Participants will be given two minutes to express their views. The Committee will hear participants until the session runs out of time.


    These sessions are a critical opportunity for you to speak directly in front of committee members conducting the critical Copyright Act review to share your personal story of how you have been impacted by 2012 amendments to the Act.


    Open-Mic Schedule

    Monday, May 7 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
    1919 Upper Water Street
    Room: Nova Scotia AB

    Tuesday, May 8 – Montreal, Quebec
    Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Delta Hotels by Marriott
    475 Président-Kennedy Avenue
    Room: Opus

    Wednesday, May 9 – Toronto, Ontario
    Time:7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Courtyard by Marriott
    475 Yonge Street
    Room: Courtyard Hall AB

    Thursday, May 10 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Radisson by Canada Inns
    288 Portage Avenue
    Room: Ambassador A

    Friday, May 11 – Vancouver, British Columbia
    Time: 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
    Location: Coastal Coal Harbour Hotel
    1180 West Hastings Street
    Room: Coal Harbour


    If you are not in a city where the Committee will be traveling, there are still many ways to get involved.

    Visit IValueCanadianStories.ca to send a letter to the members of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage who are collectively responsible for the current Copyright Act review.
    Share on social media using the hashtags #IValueCdnStories #CreativeCanada #ValueGap #INDU #cdnpoli
    Encourage your friends to get involved too.
    Prepare a written submission (maximum length of 2,000 words) to indu@parl.gc.ca

    Every action you are able to take will make a difference !!!


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    May 16, 2015
    Finally, the Ontario Book Tour begins!

    This Tuesday, May 19, I start the tour with a presentation in Dryden, ON. During this book tour, I will be visiting select communities and cities in Ontario to make presentations and book signings of my recent book 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario' by Turnstone Press. You can preview a few images from the book from past blog postings. Clicking on the image above will allow you to connect on other links.


    The various events will include some traditional book signings as well as some illustrated presentations. The presentations at the various camera clubs should be 'open' for non-members also - at the very least, you can be my personal guest! See the list below for an event taking place near you.


    I am looking forward to meeting many of you along the way - friends, family, photographers, naturalists, and anyone interested in beautiful images from the great province of Ontario!


    Tuesday, May 19 7:00pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at Dryden Camera Club
    Lutheran Church (175 Cecil Ave)
    Dryden, Ontario

    Wednesday, May 20 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    Book Signing at Chapters (797 Memorial Drive)
    Thunder Bay, Ontario


    Wednesday, May 20 7:00pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at 'Imagetrekkers Photography Club'
    Waverley Library (285 Red River Road)
    Thunder Bay, Ontario


    Thursday, May 21 4:00 - 6:00 pm
    Book Signing at Coles
    Cambrian Mall (44 Great Northern Road)
    Sault Ste Marie, Ontario


    Saturday, May 23 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Book Signing at Costco (1465 Kingsway)
    Sudbury, Ontario


    Sunday, May 24 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Book Signing at Chapters (1425 Kingsway Road)
    Sudbury, Ontario


    Sunday, May 24
    6:00 pm Walkabout with Gerard Courtin and 'Friends of Lake Laurentian'
    7:00 pm Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Friends of Lake Laurentian'
    Laurentian Conservation Area Nature Chalet (2309 South Bay Rd.)
    Sudbury, Ontario


    Tuesday, May 26 7:30 pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Trillium Photographic Club'
    East Plains United Church, Peart Hall
    375 Plains Road East
    Burlington, Ontario


    Thursday, May 28 7:00 pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Grand River Imaging and Photographic Society' GRIPS
    Kitchener East Presbyterian Church
    10 Zeller Drive
    Kitchener, Ontario


    Saturday, May 30 Noon to 3:00 pm
    Book Signing at Indigo (Bay and Bloor)
    55 Bloor Street West
    Toronto, Ontario


    Sunday, May 31 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    Book Signing at Chapters
    South Keys Shopping Centre
    2210 Bank Street
    Ottawa, Ontario


    Tuesday, June 2 7 pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'RA Photo Club'
    Clark Hall, RA Centre
    2451 Riverside Drive,
    Ottawa, Ontario
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    April 11, 2015
    This coming July 10-26, 2015, the city of Toronto in ONTARIO, Canada will host the 2015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES. In addition, the city will also host the PARAPAN AM GAMES from August 7-15, 2015. Together, TORONTO and ONTARIO will welcome visitors, tourists and delegates from all over the world as well as from various parts of Canada. The World will be focusing their sights on ONTARIO this coming summer.


    ‘Mike Grandmaison’s ONTARIO’ recently released book will make an exceptional souvenir for anyone looking for a fine memento or gift of their travels to ONTARIO.


    “From the ancient mineral deposits of the northern Canadian Shield to the fertile farmlands of the South, Ontario offers a myriad of spectacular landscape that acclaimed photographer Mike Grandmaison expertly captures. His wide-ranging lens covers Ontario’s vast and varied terrain, teeming with plant and wildlife.


    Beyond the photographs, Dr. Gerard Courtin provides expert essays on Ontario’s flora, fauna, and geology. Grandmaison’s anecdotes and composition insights in the Stories Behind the Photographs are a fascinating glimpse into the conditions and circumstances surrounding his work.


    A vision of riotous colour, grace, and beauty –‘ Mike Grandmaison’s Ontario’.


    "Mike Grandmaison's Ontario is my Ontario. Every image in this collection takes me to a place I know, a place I've seen a thousand times, and yet a place I'm seeing as if for the first time. It's the Ontario I see when I close my eyes. Except for an occasional silo or lighthouse, it's the Ontario that has been here for 10,000 years, and now, thanks to these superb photographs, will remain with us for a long time to come." - Wayne Grady


    The book may be purchased singly at many fine book stores throughout the province of Ontario and beyond or online. If multiple copies are required, the publisher Turnstone Press can offer a volume discount as well as fulfill your order quickly and efficiently.

    Mike Grandmaison's Ontario will make a wonderful keepsake for years to come.
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