LETTER: A Canadians-only web portal one alternative to Facebook

Dear editor,

So Facebook has been sharing our profiles. I am not personally surprised, and I have an alternative communications plan for Canadians.

Let’s build a Canadians-only web portal. It would combine the best attributes of Facebook, YouTube and Google Earth, and be just for Canadians.

Nations have always had borders in physical space. Why not have a border in cyberspace? The worldwide web would still be “worldwide” – meaning it would remain a global operation. But here in Canada we could use National Resources Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada map data, as well as data from local groups such as Project Watershed and the Tsolum River Restoration Society, to create a map-driven site where people could interact around everyday themes, as well as relate to the environment in a brand new way.

As I see it, there are two ways we can employ mapped spatial data. One is the traditional GIS where one zooms in and out along a continuum. The other is what I call the “polygon-oriented database,” where the physical boundaries of elements such as watersheds, lakes and features are preserved in their entirety. The former is like a ramp, the latter like a set of stairs. Or, the former is like the business economy, the latter like democratic governance. Both complimentary, and, indeed, necessary. So we can post video and text of business and environmental themes, and events such as town hall meetings, and tie it all together in a big shiny new digital map of Canada.

How to keep it Canadian? One suggestion would be to require a SIN to initially register.

Call it the “Canadian Communities Mapping Network,” a futuristic version of the CBC.

Let’s do this, and take a stand for Canadian democracy, sovereignty, and sustainability.

Alan C. Ashcroft,


Just Posted

Comox Valley Chamber looks back on recent achievements

Chamber of Commerce Week Feb. 18-22

What to do on Family Day in the Comox Valley

Looking for something to do this Family Day? Here are some suggestions:Courtenay… Continue reading

Deported Courtenay man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

Len Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017

Highland Secondary student wins Horatio Alger scholarship

Jenna Leggett grew up on Read Island where there was no electricity and no roads to her home

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

Steelhead LNG stops work on Kwispaa LNG project near Bamfield

Huu-ay-aht First Nations ‘deeply disappointed; Steelhead says funding is the problem

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

Most Read