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Positive movement on Marrakesh Treaty by Canadian Government

CULC/CBUC and other interested organizations, including CELA, has noted that the Government has introduced (on April 24th) a bill that will make amendments to the Copyright Act to allow Canada to accede to and implement the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. This treaty fosters, on a global basis, equitable access to published works, and as such, aligns with the values upheld by our member libraries, and sister organizations and libraries.

Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Copyright Act (access to copyrighted works or other subject-matter for persons with perceptual disabilities),” sponsored by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, received First Reading in the House this morning, and is expected to take a few months to work its way through Parliament.

It's #WorldBookDay and we should be celebrating. Instead we are fighting on behalf of 1 in 10 Canadians with print disabilities. Please RT to help us convince @CQualtro and @cafreeland not to cut $4 million in funding for #accessible books 3 million Canadians rely on. #cdnpoli

The Government of Canada is cutting funding for accessible book production in Canada by $1 million each year until it is fully eliminated in 2015, resulting in fewer books, less choice, less service for our users. Help us stop the cuts! #cdnpoli #AccessibleBooksMatter #a11y

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