May I suggest that you send your message, exactly as written, to the Mayor of
the City of Edmonton.
Robert Boynton wrote:
> Recently, I wrote an email to the Edmonton Cemeteries asking for a lookup
> for an individuals burial record. I was looking for the Burial record of
> someone who owns mineral rights in Alberta and were last known to live in
> I received an email in return from Tim McCargar stating that I needed to pay
> them $10.00 for this search.
> I wrote back to them stating that I had done research all over North America
> at cemeteries and I had never been asked for money before. I ask who
> instituted this and he said it was he himself and I could call him.
> Tim McCargar: (780) 496-6981 Director of the City of Edmonton Heritage
> Facilities. tim.mccargar@...
> Personally, I find this a disguting state of affairs.
> This is a money grab by an institution that has a monopoly on what is
> considered every where else to be, PUBLIC INFORMATION.
> This act of charging for public information flies in the face of all the
> people in North America Volunteering their time to provide information about
> our ancestry.
> Millions of hours were spent recording events like the Ellis Island
> Immigration, the Alberta Census Index, Cemetery indexes all over North
> America, including many in Calgary and all across Alberta, the CPR Land
> Aquisitions at the Glenbow, the list of acts of generosity of volunteers
> goes on and on.
> I, myself spent a year volunteering on the Genealogy Helplist for Calgary
> when it first came out.
> Myself, I cannot see the justification for charging for this information,
> can you?
> Rob Boynton
William A. Campbell
Calgary, Alberta, Canada