[kag] Re: [Fwd: [CivicAccess-discuss] paper topographic maps - under threat!]

  • From: "Lloyd Baker" <binrat@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <kag@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <geoqueont@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 12:45:08 -0400

That kinda bites, I have used paper maps on many occasions to plot the best way 
into a cache.  I have also used them to find a site for new caches.

I also wonder how this will affect the military.  I have seen printed digital 
maps and hate them, the colour is way off and hard to read, not to mention the 
ink bleeds in the rain.  Map-Tack helps but water eventually leaks between the 

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Gordon Campbell 
  To: kag@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ; geoqueont@xxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 12:33 PM
  Subject: [kag] [Fwd: [CivicAccess-discuss] paper topographic maps - under 

  This dropped into my inbox this morning.

  -------- Original Message -------- Subject:  [CivicAccess-discuss] paper 
topographic maps - under threat! 
        Date:  Wed, 27 Sep 2006 11:39:40 -0400 
        From:  Tracey P. Lauriault <tlauriau@xxxxxxxx> 
        Reply-To:  civicaccess discuss <civicaccess-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
        To:  CivicAccess-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Hi gang!
While we mostly operate in a digital world, we often go for a hike and well 
gadgets do not always cut it!  The issue here is not only the discontinuation 
but also the reduction in the quality of the dig maps!


As of January 2007, Natural Resources Canada will discontinue the 
printing of paper topographic maps and will close the Canada Map 
Office. Our government wants to get out of the business of producing maps.

Many Canadians place a priority on the paper map service the 
Government currently provides. Natural Resources Canada's digital 
mapping policy will effectively cut off access to the majority of 
Canadians. However, our politicians see this issue as a minor one. 
ACMLA, which represents both the public and research communities, 
would like to convince them otherwise. This policy will have an 
enormous impact on the Canadian public and our map users. The 
Minister of Natural Resources has a responsibility to listen to our 
point of view. This is not a minor policy amendment but a major 
change that has implications not just for map librarians but for the 
ordinary Canadian who is looking for a map for their cottage or who 
wants to go snowmobiling or hiking. Canada can be a vast and 
unforgiving country without a map in hand.

How you can help: This is a political issue and we must get the 
message out to as many Canadians and organizations as soon as 
possible. An independent website has been set up to lobby and inform 
Canadians. ACMLA asks its members to support this initiative by 
sending emails to inform associations, university departments, 
schools, individuals, etc. of the Government of Canada's decision to 
abandon printing paper topographic maps. Let your M.P. and your 
Minister of Natural Resources know what their constituents think of 
this decision.

Support Access to Maps for Canadians mapsforcanadians.ca

Heather McAdam
GIS Coordinator
Maps, Data and Government Information Centre
Carleton University Library
Email: Heather_McAdam@xxxxxxxxxxx
Phone: 520-2600 ext. 8924

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