Canadian domain name aficionados and Albertan politicos of all stripes have had a chuckle over the edstelmach.ca story the last few days. In case you missed it, popular Alberta blogger Dave Cournoyer (who blogs at daveberta.ca) was threatened by lawyers for Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, who were agitated that Cournoyer had registered the edstelmach.ca domain name.
Stelmach’s lawyer, a specialist in family and criminal injury issues, claimed that Cournoyer had registered the name in “bad faith” (which would open up a claim under CIRA’s Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy) and also accused Cournoyer of “misappropriating” Stelmach’s personality, which led Cournoyer to quip: “I’m not sure where Ed Stelmach’s personality is, but I certainly didn’t take it.”
However, in a development under the heading “turnabout is fairplay”, on Wednesday the domain daveberta.com was purchased by Calgary-based financial advisor Andrea Kirby. For a brief period on Thursday, the daveberta.com site was directed to the Wikipedia page for weasels.