Fwd: [Caglist] Canada Map Office closure

Scott Mitchell Scott_Mitchell at carleton.ca
Wed Sep 27 19:49:28 EDT 2006

If you, like me, have received multiple copies of this, my apologies,  
but it's an urgent appeal of interest to many of us.


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Scott Mitchell <smitch at connect.carleton.ca>
> Date: 27 September 2006 17:09:21 GMT-04:00
> To: GEOG 4008 <geog4008 at cemml.carleton.ca>
> Subject: Fwd: [Caglist] Canada Map Office closure
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Dan Smith <smith at uvic.ca>
>> Date: 27 September 2006 11:20:17 GMT-04:00
>> To: caglist at lists.uvic.ca
>> Cc: Heather_McAdam at carleton.ca
>> Subject: [Caglist] Canada Map Office closure
>> 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 at Carleton.ca
>> Phone: 520-2600 ext. 8924
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>>   Dan Smith <smith at uvic.ca>
>>   CAGLIST Moderator
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