Bruce Stanton, M.P. Announces Natural Health Products and Copyright Town Hall Meetings in August
July 11, 2008

In response to the high level of interest on the subjects of the proposed legislative changes affecting Natural Health Products and Copyright Law, M.P. Bruce Stanton will be hosting a series of town hall meetings later this summer.

This will be an opportunity for the public to discuss their questions, concerns and suggestions regarding the recently introduced legislation on Natural Health Products (Bill C-51) and Copyright reform (Bill C-61). Bruce will compile a report of the comments, and present them to the Minister of Health (Natural Health Products) and Minister of Industry (Copyright) for their consideration as Parliament debates this legislation later this fall.

August 7th – Natural Health Products
Victoria Harbour – Oakwood Community Centre (290 Park St.)

August 21st – Natural Health Products
Oro-Medonte Council Chambers – Municipal Office (148 Line 7 South, Oro)

August 28th – Copyright Reform
Coldwater – Royal Canadian Legion Branch 270 (2 Michael Anne Dr.)

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact Bruce Stanton’s constituency office at:
(705) 527-7654 – Midland; (705) 327-0513 - Orillia

Background Information:

Bill C-51 – An Act to Amend the Food and Drugs Act:

This enactment amends the Food and Drugs Act to modernize the regulatory system for foods and therapeutic products, to strengthen the oversight of the benefits and risks of therapeutic products throughout their life cycle, to support effective compliance and enforcement actions and to enable a greater transparency and openness of the regulatory system.

*Note: Following a review of comments received after the introduction of C-51, the Minister of Health announced a series of amendments to the legislation.

Available here

Amendments to C-51:

Bill C-61 – An Act to Amend the Copyright Act:

This enactment amends the Copyright Act in order to
(a) update the rights and protections of copyright owners to better address the Internet, in line with international standards;
(b) clarify the liability of Internet service providers;
(c) permit certain uses for educational and research purposes of Internet and other digital technologies to facilitate technology-enhanced learning, inter-library loans, the delivery of educational material and access to publicly available material on the Internet;
(d) permit certain uses of copyright material for private purposes; and
(e) amend provisions of the Act relating to photographs to give photographers the same rights as other creators.

Available here