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ERDC Wednesday General Meeting Reminder, and ERDC Disbandment

Dear ERDC (Electronic-Rights Defence Committee) members and supporters,

Just a few words to remind you that the Electronic-Rights Defence Committee will meet to disband at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 6, 2016 in the downstairs meeting room of the Atwater Library, Ave. Atwater and rue Tupper, near Metro Atwater.

Refreshments will be served, and pats on the back given and received.

Please let us know if you coming, if you haven’t already.

Mary Soderstrom
President

Jack Ruttan
Secretary

Notice of the FINAL Annual General Meeting of the Electronic Rights Defence Committee

Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the last meeting of the Electronic Rights Defence Committee (ERDC) at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 6 in the downstairs meeting room of the Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater, corner Tupper, Metro Atwater.

All the Postmedia stock has been distributed, but we need to meet once more to wind things up. This means passing a resolution to disband, approving the placement of a legal notice to this end, and raising a glass together to salute our work. There also will be a small amount of money left in our independent account, so a resolution will be proposed to split it 2/3 to TWUC and 1/3 to PWAC as a very partial repayment of the seed money they gave us way back when the class action was beginning.

Please let us know if you’ll be able to attend by sending at RSVP to this address (info@erdc.ca) before Monday, April 4. There will be things to eat and drink, so we need to know how many people to plan for.

Best wishes

Jack Ruttan, Secretary
Mary Soderstrom, President

Report on the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Electronic Rights Defence Committee

April 28, 2015
The Electronic Rights Defence Committee is working slowly but surely toward distribution of the Postmedia stock it received in settlement of its class action against The Gazette and the newspaper’s various owners. Fifty-seven claims representing 7185 articles were received in the six-month period during which freelancers who wrote for The Gazette between 1985 and 2010 could file claims.

A three-person committee composed of Tracey Arial, Julie Gedeon and Mary Soderstrom will be studying the claims. When it is clear just how many shares will be available for distribution, they will prepare the necessary distribution list.

As you will remember, in the various settlements the ERDC received 189,479 shares in PostMedia and $83,210.27 in cash. The $85,090.05 the ERDC owed the Fonds d’aide aux recours collectifs for seed money and initial work has been paid off with the $83,210.27 awarded in the settlement plus $1,879.73 from the ERDC’s small independent bank account. Now lawyers Me Mireille Goulet and Sylvestre, Fafard, Painchaud must be paid $23,917.76 they are owed plus the taxes they will have to pay on the 47,370 shares they are entitled to under our agreement.

To raise the necessary cash, the ERDC Executive has authorized the sale of some of the Postmedia shares. Last fall, 17,000 shares were transferred to a broker: sales had realized $16,858.69 as of March 31, 2015. Therefore more stock must be sold–how much will depend on the going price, which as of April 28 was 1 dollar a share.

At the meeting, Chair Mary Soderstrom, Treasurer Ron Diamond, Secretary Jack Ruttan as well as Members-at-large Tracey Arial, Ann Diamond, Julie Gedeon, and Stephanie O’Hanley agreed to serve another year.

Mary Soderstrom
ERDC Chair

Jack Ruttan
ERDC Secretary

ERDC: 2015 Annual General Meeting Convocation

The Electronic Rights Defence Committee (ERDC) will hold its 2015 Annual General Meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in the offices of Sylvestre, Fafard & Painchaud, one part of our legal team. The address is 740 Atwater, Montreal.

(Just up the hill from the Lionel Groulx Metro station, and down the hill via Atwater Ave. from the Atwater Metro station.)

On the agenda will be a report on the distribution process of the Postmedia stock and money we received in the settlement of our class action against The Gazette and its various owners. The deadline for filing a claim was March 5, 2015, and we should have a good idea of the situation.

Jack Ruttan, Secretary
Mary Soderstrom, President

Electronic Rights Defence Committee Update

Hello all

The ERDC held its Annual General Meeting March 24, 2014, at which the executive committee was re-elected: the officers now are Mary Soderstrom (Chair), Jack Ruttan (Secretary), Ron Diamond (Treasurer), David Homel (Class Representative), Tracey Arial, Anne Diamond, Julie Gedeon, and Stephanie O’Hanley (Executive Members at Large).

Our lawyers Mireille Goulet and Catherine Sylvestre brought us up to speed on the legal process. We have filed the necessary paperwork leading to a hearing before Judge Eva Petras on the notice to members about the distribution, which was approved by ERDC members at a special general meeting held November 28, 2012.

(You’ll remember that it was decided the pay-out would be in stock, and based on the number of stories a free lance writer published in The Gazette between 1985 and 2010: the minutes of that meeting are attached.) Drafts of the claim form and instructions for filling it out were reviewed also.

Several resolutions, such as authorization to open a post office box, were passed to facilitate the claims process (see attached minutes of the March 24, 2014 meeting.) A three person committee charged with overseeing the claims process was appointed: the members are Tracey Arial, Julie Gedeon and Mary Soderstrom. The major new element was the decision to authorize the sale of some of the 189,479 shares of Postmedia stock we hold in trust in order to make up the shortfall between the cash we received in the settlement ($83,210.27) and what we owe our lawyers and the Fonds d’aide aux recours collectifs for advances over the course of the class action. The number of shares to be sold will depend on the share price at the time of sale.

All this must be approved by the court, but we’re getting someplace.

For the ERDC,
Mary Soderstrom, Chair,
Jack Ruttan, Secretary

http://erdc.ca/Erdc-special-Meeting-Minutes.pdf
http://erdc.ca/Minutes-AGM-24-03-2014-revised-2.pdf

Annual General Meeting Reminder, and Heather Robertson

Hello, friends of the ERDC,

This is a reminder that the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Electronic Rights Defence Committee will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Monday March 24, 2014 in the offices of Sylvestre Fafard Painchaud, 740 Atwater, Montreal (near the Lionel Groulx Metro station)

On the agenda will be election of the new executive committee and several procedural resolutions necessary to proceed to the distribution process.

You will also find below an obituary for Heather Robertson who died March 19. She is the woman who led the way in Canada. We are all in her debt.

Jack Ruttan, Secretary
Mary Soderstrom, President

Canadian writer Heather Robertson passed away this morning (March 19) on her 72nd birthday.

She was an early bestselling author of Canadian nonfiction books (Reservations Are for Indians and Salt of the Earth are two early works that found large audiences.) Early in her career, she was a very well read and controversial columnist for Maclean’s Magazine, as well as a writer of well reported and beautifully written feature stories for most of the magazines in the country. She was also a co-founder of various writers’ organizations including the Periodical Writers’ Association of Canada, and The Writer’s Union of Canada, and helped talk the Canada Council into recognizing nonfiction writing as an art form. Most recently, Heather was lead plaintiff in two electronic rights class actions, the first of which clarified who owns the electronic rights to freelance works appearing in newspapers and periodicals. Robertson 1, as it is called, went all the way to the Supreme Court and then was settled to the great benefit of Canadian periodical writers, as was Robertson II.

Her career spans a very interesting period in this country and her writing changed the way we think about ourselves.

Convocation to the 2014 ERDC Annual General Meeting

Hello everyone,

Progress toward distribution of the Electronic Rights Defence Committee’s settlement proceeds slowly: we will have more news soon.

In the meantime, please be advised that the ERDC’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, March 24, 2014 from 7-8:15 p.m. at the offices of Sylvestre Fafard Painchaud, 740 Atwater (Metro Lionel Groulx).

On the agenda will be election of officers and consideration of resolutions required for the distribution to proceed.

Best wishes

Jack Ruttan
Secretary

Mary Soderstrom
President

The Electronic Rights Defence Committee (ERDC) Annual General Meeting Agenda

The Electronic Rights Defence Committee (ERDC)
Annual General Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium
Atwater Library
1200 Atwater, Montreal

Agenda:

1. Adoption of the agenda.

2. Acceptance of minutes of previous meeting.

3. Approval of Financial statements.

4. Report from the Chair: What’s happened since March 2011

5. Report from Legal Counsel.

6. Election of New Officers:

7. Other Business.
7.a Bill C-11 (on copyright)

8. Time and Place of Next Meeting.

9. Adjournment of AGM

Please bring something to eat and/or drink so that we can share.

ERDC AGM reminder, and Google Settlement News

Dear ERDC Members, and Friends:

This is a reminder that the Electronic Rights Defence Committee’s (ERDC) Annual General Meeting will happen in 5 days. Mark it on your calendar, if you haven’t already:

The Electronic Rights Defence Committee’s (ERDC) Annual General Meeting will be held at:

7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 28, 2011
in the offices of Sylvestre Fafard Painchaud
740 Atwater
Montreal

Seeing me struggle to write down another resolution created simultaneously by 3 writers is worth the visit!

On a side note, this is important e-rights news for authors, forwarded by our Chair, Mary S.:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/46571-google-settlement-is-rejected.

Jack Ruttan, Secretary
Mary Soderstrom, President

ERDC 2011 Annual General Meeting

The Electronic Rights Defence Committee’s (ERDC) Annual General Meeting will be held at:

7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 28, 2011
in the offices of Sylvestre Fafard Painchaud
740 Atwater
Montreal

A proposed agenda will be sent out before the meeting. It will include election of the executive committee, and an update on our case, plus items to be determined closer to the date.

Jack Ruttan, Secretary
Mary Soderstrom, President

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