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.

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