On 12-01-26 03:18 PM, Fabian Rodriguez wrote:
> Hi all
> I took the liberty to contact the FSF and ask guidance / information on
> how to best go about this. I've been told to ask Mr. Richard Stallman
> directly, which I did. I am awaiting a response and have made him aware
> of the "Hello" thread in this list.
I got a partial answer and am gathering other suggestions in some IRC
discussions. Several facts/ideas emerge, mainly:
- - If FSF Canada is non-profit, it can't participate in political
activities - it's the law for charities here in Canada. Can someone
provide a reference for this ?
- - FSF Canada could be an administrative entity only, getting donations
shared with FSF in Boston, funding local projects/organizations and
providing resources for them. Is it worth the administrative effort ?
- - Is it desirable to have the FSF "banner" or should we just form or
band around an existing Canadian organization ? I thought CLUE (CAOS,
for Canadian Association for Open Source) ? would be it but last time I
checked my membership went away and haven't heard back from it/lost
interest. Last activity on cluecan.ca seems to be around 2008.
On 12-01-24 07:20 AM, Russell McOrmond wrote:
> CLUE exists http://cluecan.ca , but they are also more of an "open
source" organisation (Focus is on the non-political engineering benefits
Right. Do you think CLUE can go beyond being just "pragmatic" about this
? I understand the vocabulary to get government and industry interested
in these issues is different, but we need to go beyond the practical,
economical aspects of using FLOSS.
> I believe we need to have an organisation that isn't shy about the
political aspects, and is willing to organise the necessary political
campaigns in Canada. CLUE is also needing new volunteers, as not much
has been happening beyond my volunteer policy work.
> If you want to take donations that can help fund software projects or
do campaigns, like what the GNU project and the FSF is able to do in the
USA and elsewhere in the world, then an organization is needed. If we
want these donations to be charitable, even more paperwork/formality is
So we need to work around this "limitation". There's tons of work to do
that has nothing to do with direct political involvement, so I think
FSF.ca could be that, but I don't see volunteers lining up.
We also need to make it less confusing for potential volunteers to find
us and work with us.