Yesterday I reblogged 33 other bloggers posts here, even though they are probably not free culture. Although I try to keep Canadian politics in the Whoa! Canada blog, limiting political articles on this blog to issues around copyright and free culture, Bill C-51 has crossed the line. This law the Harper Government is planning to pass, (maybe today, probably this week) in the face of strong opposition from a clear majority of Canadians, will certainly have a devastating effect on Canadian Culture. The removal of free speech protections will cause a massive chilling effect ~ self censorship ~ on all Canadian culture.
Some brave souls will continue to publish their art, just as the stubborn ones did in the early days of the Third Reich. I realize many of you will think this hyperbole, but the parallels between then and now are striking. I can tell you that I am not a brave soul, that’s why I am doing everything I can to stop this now. I don’t want to see Canadian civil rights undermined to the point of meaninglessness, not just for myself, but for my family, and all the generations that will come after.
But if my little voice, in concert with all the other Canadian voices goes unheeded, although it will surely break my heart, I will continue to do as I always have; I will continue to follow the law.
But it isn’t law yet, so today I will share and reshare as much as I can manage. Because I care. Because it matters.