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Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2009 12:30:23 +0000
From: marc garrett <>
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Subject: [NetBehaviour] A huffy Canada shuts down 'Yes Men'.

A huffy Canada shuts down 'Yes Men'.

Stung by a satire at the Copenhagen climate conference, Canada's
government has shut down two parody Web sites criticizing the Great
White North's glacial policy on global warming.

In the process, however, it has taken down 4,500 other Web sites that
had nothing to do with the prank played two weeks ago at the global
climate summit.

The two "offending" sites, developed by "Yes Men" pranksters, announced
that Canada would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 40 percent
from 1990 levels, and 80 percent by the year 2050.

The "announcement" came as Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government
was privately circulating a plan to permit a 165 percent INCREASE in
emissions from Alberta's huge, dirty oil sands project.

The two Web sites, "" and "" are "directly
connected to a hoax which misleads people into believing that the
Government of Canada will take certain actions in relation to
environmental matters," Mike Landreville from Environment Canada wrote
in an e-mail to the German Internet Service Provider (ISP) Serveloft.

"We trust you appreciate the importance of avoiding confusion among the
public concerning Canadian governmental affairs and that you will assist
us in preventing this hoax from spreading further."

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