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

  • From: "Gordon Dewis" <gordon@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <geoqueont@xxxxxxxx>, <kag@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 07:16:03 -0400

I heard on the CBC news this morning that the Canada Map Office will not be
closing.  The backlash from the map user community, which includes the
various deposit libraries across the country, was overwhelming. :)

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

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  <mailto:tlauriau@xxxxxxxx> <tlauriau@xxxxxxxx>

Reply-To:       civicaccess discuss
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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