Canadian Topo Maps Aftermath

Via Maps-L, a letter in the Dec. 4 issue of The Hill Times, a weekly newspaper covering the Canadian government, from Heather McAdam of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives argues that while paper topographic maps have been saved, much still remains to be done: “It is ironic that at a time when we can almost instantaneously update satellite imagery of our country, over half of the Canadian topographic maps are now more than 20 years old. … While Minister Lunn’s decision has protected our printed maps, his decision must be only the first step toward reinstating Canada’s reputation as a leader in mapping.”

Also, a gratuitously self-congratulatory statement in the House of Commons by government backbencher Pierre Lemieux on November 28.

Previously: Gary Lunn Responds; Breaking: Canadian Topo Map Decision Reversed!; A Letter to Gary Lunn; Maps for Canadians: Lobbying for Paper Topo Maps; Canadian Topo Map Update: CCA Conference Items; Paper Maps: Doomed in Canada, But Not Elsewhere?; Canadian Topo Map Update: CBC Coverage; Canadian Topo Map Update: Globe and Mail Coverage; Canadian Government Abandoning Paper Topo Maps?