Jon Newton Returning to P2PNet

By Jon Newton 6/27/11

A regular voice on MP3 Newswire, we are glad to see that Jon is recovering from his health issues. We wish him and his family the very best, particularly with the stress of a new business under the spector of a coming ruling in the Canadian Supreme Court; Wayne Crookes, et al. v. Jon Newton ---Editor

Greetings all, this is to say after nine years of non-stop publication, two heart attacks, quadruple bypass surgery and a stroke, I’m now out of hospital, minus a few bits ‘n’ pieces and plus a few new ones… well, not new exactly – recycled would be more accurate. And thank all of you who sent me good wishes and thoughts and. This is to tell you where I’m at right now.

Dr Lyn Fedoruk, one of Canada’s best cardiac surgeons, did the bypass during which she took a vein from my right leg and hooked it up directly to my aorta to improve the blood flow to my heart. Unfortunately, I had the stroke while I was on the operating table, as a calcified spot on my aortic arch broke off and made their way into various parts of my brain.

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Next I got an infection in my chest bone, which had been split to allow access to my heart, and my doctors told me it was nearly catastrophic. I could have died.

Meanwhile, we’re trying to pinpoint exactly where the damage in my brain occured and what it affects. The most obvious injury caused what they call “left neglect”. I can’t see much on my left which means I’m now partially blind and when I was in downtown Victoria over the past weekend a Harley-Davidson motorcycle turned left into a parking lot and nearly ran me down. I guess I’ll have to get a white stick so drivers can see me, either that or make one of those emergency-type waistcoasts with brightly flashing lights

My left neglect also makes it very difficult for me to see the left hand side of the computer screen which is a real pain when I try to write and type. This is one of the reasons I haven’t started back on p2pnet. Though, I initially tried to jump in with both feet, trying to navigate WordPress and compose articles. But I found it impossible.

All of this creates intense frustration and so I’ve now decided to allow myself a couple of weeks off to marshall my resources.

The two things that worried me the most while I was spinning my wheels in hospital, were:

1) My wife Liz had to single handedly manage our embryo hot sauce business; and,

2) The Supreme Court justices hadn’t yet ruled on the Wayne Crookes hyperlinks defamation case.

For those who don’t know the case yet, Crookes wants the threads which bind the World Wide Web, cut. And he wants Marshall Rothstein, Rosalie Silberman Abella, Louise Charron, Thomas A. Cromwell, Marie Deschamps, William Ian Corneil Binnie, Beverley McLachlin, Louis LeBel, and Morris J. Fish to wield the knife. They’re the members of the Supreme Court of Canada, the “final court of appeal, the last judicial resort for all litigants, whether individuals or governments”, it says, declaring, “Its jurisdiction embraces both the civil law of the province of Quebec and the common law of the other provinces and territories.”

During the hearing on December 7, 2010, Justice Louise Charron told Crookes’ lawyer:

“It seems to me that if we accept the position you’re putting forth [Crookes' lawyer] , then no one should ever hyperlink. Maybe I’m a chicken, but I would not dare create a hyperlink because there might be some defamatory material, and I’ll be stuck defending myself in court, and I cannot afford it. We’re sentencing the hyperlink to death, it seems to me.”

The justices word is law. Literally.

They, and they alone, will soon have the mind-boggling responsibility of deciding whether or not Canada will be thrown back to the communication dark ages when the dissemination of information and news was almost entirely in the hands of corporate providers.

Subsequently, Dr. Michael Geist, University of Ottawa law professor and sometime p2pnet contributor, wrote this in the Toronto Star:

“Given the widespread use of links in emails, web pages, Facebook updates and Twitter postings, the prospect of being held legally responsible for the content on the page being linked to could have a chilling effect on Internet speech.”

I was recently told, there’s nothing yet from the Supreme Court of Canada. Meanwhile, Justices Binnie and Charron have both announced their retirement at the end of August, so one could expect to see a judgment by then, although technically they can be on a judgment up to 6 months after that. So a resolution is hopefully coming soon.

We, Jon and Liz, have quoted liberally from other p2pnet articles. And, while the words are Jon’s, they were keyed in by Liz.

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Jon Newton is the editor-emeritas of and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.

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