Google Street View finally comes to Canada


After much delay, possibly due to government meddling, Google Street View finally went live in select Canadian cities last week! Most of the GTA is covered, along with Kitchener/Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Calgary and Vancouver. This likely ensures coverage for a majority of Canada’s population, if only a very small minority of its geographical area.

This is a welcome move, since street view has been available for our neighbours to the south for the past two years.


Bill C-61 gets a reading: Are DMCA-style laws coming to Canada?

This Thursday, Minister Prentice tabled Bill C-61, otherwise known as “Canadian DMCA”. This move was widely expected as well as the contents of the bill. Though there have been provisions added for some “fair use”, the details reveal DMCA-style rules that may leave consumers in legal limbo when it comes to making personal copies. In fact, these rules are even more stringent than the US DMCA, and for a bill that’s been paraded as “Made in Canada”, there’s been a frighteningly small amount of feedback that the Federal Government has taken from its citizens. Add to this the rumours that Prentice met with “U.S. trade representatives and entertainment industry lobbyists to discuss the legislation,” and you have to wonder just who wrote this bill.