Knight’s Code Has Arrived

February 25th, 2018

Early this morning, we published the the Canadian Electrical Code.  Right now, as you read this, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is having a fit.

The electrical Code is Canada’s electrical law.  The Code is amended every three years, and 2018 is a new Code year.

The CSA is responsible for drafting Canada’s electrical laws (and hundreds of other Federal and provincial laws) and, as regular readers know, they’ve been claiming to privately own every piece of legislation that they’ve drafted, amended or lobbied for. 

In fact, our quoting from electrical law is what got CSA so upset in the first place.  Back in 2012, they filed a lawsuit alleging copyright violation.  Well, we defended.  Six years later though, and thanks to CSA’s seemingly endless delays, we’re still stuck in the legal process.

We can’t just stop regular business while the process unfolds, and neither can they.  For it’s part, the CSA continues to publish the Code in defiance of our registered copyright.  That, and we’ve tried to publish the Code in 2012 and 2015 already, so this is indeed a regular business activity for us.

That said, CSA seems to think that laws should only apply when it pleases them, and should be ignored when it doesn’t.  Queen’s Printer Copyright law is a case in point.  The CSA has never attributed Code copyright to Queen’s Printer, though the law unambiguously requires it.  Conversely, our compliance with Queen’s Printer Copyright has been derided by CSA is inappropriate and even illegal.  Think about that;  complying with law is illegal?  Yet we’ve gone through six years of legal hell for the high crime of lawful conduct.  Sort of makes a mockery of the whole judicial process.

In these six years, the CSA’s done everything they could think of to stop our use of public law.  In 2015, for example, they sought an injunction to prevent us from publishing the 2015 Code.  They won that, by the way, due to some incredibly murky dealings.  You may recall that Ruling; it’s known as Manson’s Law.

Manson’s Ruling, that legislation is privately owned, is what’s being reviewed at the Federal Court of Appeal on March 1st.  It’s the timing though, that’s been the challenge.

Late last year, the Federal Court Ruled that CSA was violating Canada’s public review laws.  They ignored the Ruling, of course.  Their flaunting of public review law meant that we were first able to access the text of electrical legislation only after it had been passed into law, being in early January.  That meant that we had to start amending our publications after CSA had released their own books in competition with us.  So yes, it’s been a frenetic couple of months.

Releasing our publication of electrical law before the end of February was a huge job, it was the fastest that we could format everything, get the digital versions developed, and get the books printed.  We absolutely had to release before the March 1st hearing however, so as not to bounce the Court. 

The CSA is in a corner on Code release, hence their fit.  They know that we’re entirely within our rights to release the Code because Manson’s 2015 injunction specified that only the 2015 Code was affected, so the 2018 Code is fair game.  Further, they know that Alberta’s Queen’s Printer Copyright remains in force by decision of the Province, no matter what Manson’s Ruling says.  The bottom line is that the Province of Alberta passed the 2018 Code into law using Queen’s Printer Copyright.  And as publishers in Alberta, we’re bound under that law. 

Our Code is also annotated, like Martin’s Code, Tremear’s Code, Golds Code, etc.  The release of Knight’s Code is no different.  The Court has also noted that CSA sought no injunction on our Commercial & Industrial guidebook, because that book’s extensive quotations from law are all annotated.  Annotation then, has already been argued by CSA as negating their copyright claims.

They backed themselves into quite a corner, folks.  Oh, and one more thing…..

We have partnered with Members of Parliament for the release of Knight’s Code.  We’ve sent some boxes of Knight’s Code to some MPs, and they’ve agreed to distribute promotional copies of electrical law for free to whomever requests one.  It seems that actual legislators aren’t keen on CSA’s claim that legislation is privately owned.

MP’s know very well the number of lobbyists lobbying in Parliament for every change in law imaginable.  And these lobbyists all privately own the legislation they lobbied for?  Really

Well, the MP’s have a few boxes of books.  If you want a copy of Knight’s Code for free, you can get one at the offices of the MPs listed at the bottom of the article (until they run out of books, obviously).

You know, the irony throughout this saga is that CSA’s had no end of opportunity to resolve it, they just haven’t bothered.  There’s an amazing sense of entitlement over there.

So here’s where we’ve landed;  Electrical law is now available in both print and digital formats from PS Knight Co (that’s us), Knight’s Code complies with Queen’s Printer law whereas CSA’s Code is in breach, we’re allowed to release by decision of the Province, we’re allowed to release 2018 by the 2015 Injunctive, the CSA’s already agreed that we can release due to annotation, and MP’s are happily distributing free copies.  And given that CSA’s strategy is to bleed us financially, and given that every electrician in the Country needs to know electrical law, with Knight’s Code we’ve got a good shot at survival. 

Knight’s Code is one-third the cost of CSA’s Code; we price honestly.  You can see it here.  Tell your friends.

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Free copies of Knight’s Canadian Electrical Code are available at the following locations:

Hon. Maxime Bernier, MP
Ottawa Parliamentary Office
House of Commons, Ottawa, ON
Tel.613.992.8053

Arnold Viersen, MP   - [APRIL 11 - OUT OF STOCK]
Constituency Office
5124 - 50th Street
Barrhead, AB
Tel.800.667.8450

Arnold Viersen, MP   - [APRIL 11 - OUT OF STOCK]
Ottawa Parliamentary Office
House of Commons, Ottawa, ON
Tel.613.996.1783

Tom Kmiec, MP   - [MAY 7 - OUT OF STOCK]
Constituency Office
2784 Glenmore Trail SE, Suite 1220
Calgary AB
Tel.403.974.1285

Tom Kmiec, MP   - [MAY 7 - OUT OF STOCK]
Ottawa Parliamentary Office
House of Commons, Ottawa, ON
Tel.613.992.0846

Larry Maguire, MP   - [MAY 14 - OUT OF STOCK]
Constituency Office
658 - 10th Street, Unit B
Brandon, MB
Tel.204.726.7600

Larry Maguire, MP   - [MAY 14 - OUT OF STOCK]
Ottawa Parliamentary Office
House of Commons, Ottawa, ON
Tel.613.995.9372

Len Webber, MP
Constituency Office
2020 - 10th Street NW
Calgary AB
Tel.403.220.0888