Canadian Topo Map Update: CBC Coverage
It’s not online, and I don’t have a URL to refer to, but on CBC Ottawa’s local TV news last night, they had a long feature on the federal government’s decision to get out of the business of producing paper topo maps. If you’ve been following this story, there wasn’t much new: they had interviews with the Centre for Topographic Information’s acting director, John Dawson, and World of Maps president Brad Green, who’s been campaigning against the decision.
One wrinkle that I don’t recall being emphasized before was the idea that the government would provide digital data; the private sector would produce the paper maps if there was demand for them. Green’s counter-argument was that there were many regions — in the north in particular — for which accurate topo maps are essential but not financially viable.