Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream Who are the key Ministers responsible for our digital future over the next 4 years?

It’s three months to the day since Canada’s election officially started – and today, after a gruelling 11-week campaign and 2-week transition period, Canada finally has a new Prime Minister.

Justin Trudeau was officially sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister earlier this morning. He also named his new Cabinet – 31 Ministers who’ll be responsible for guiding Canada’s ship of state over the coming years.

CBC News has the full list of Canada’s new Cabinet Ministers. Here at OpenMedia, we were watching closely to see who’ll be in charge of the key government departments responsible for our digital future.

(Read more…) Daily Dot: What does a new government mean for Canada’s Internet?

Our own Josh Tabish and Laura Tribe tell us what to expect from the new government on Canada’s digital policy. 

Article by Josh Tabish and Laura Tribe for The Daily Dot

Monday night’s results are clear: Canada now has a Liberal majority government. So what does that mean for the future of the Internet in Canada?

read more The votes are in! Now here’s what’s next…

Well, what a night that was! Like many of you, the OpenMedia team was up late watching the results roll in, and working out what it all means for our digital future.

This morning as the dust is settling, the overall result is clear. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have swept to a majority government, meaning they’ll be able to govern without the support of any of the other parties.

read more Geist: Real Change on Digital Policy May Take Time Under New Liberal Government

The election is finally over, and your OpenMedia team is looking forward to working with the new government on our Internet issues. This is a big opportunity for change, join us in the fight for a better digital future!

Article by Michael Geist

read more This Monday, let’s get out the vote! Here’s all you need to know

It’s finally here! After the longest campaign in Canadian history, it’s time to cast your vote.

This election, the stakes couldn’t be higher on protecting your rights to privacy and free expression, closing the digital divide, and protecting our digital future. It could decide our Internet freedom for generations. If enough people get out to vote we’ll have a real chance to put our crowdsourced action plan into law.

read more VancityBuzz: 18 awesome early voter photos from Instagram

It might surprise you, but people vote when they think everyone else is voting. 

This election is the most important Internet users have ever faced. The stakes couldn’t be higher for affordable Internet access, online privacy, and free expression. Don’t miss out, make sure your voice is heard!

Article by VancityBuzz

A record number of people voted in the advance polls this past weekend.

read more Revealed: Which party gets the worst grade for digital policies on affordable access, online privacy, and free expression?


As digital rights issues including the TPP and Bill C-51 continue to play major election role, OpenMedia publishes crowdsourced report card assessing the leading parties on policy priorities shaped by over 250,000 Canadians

October 8, 2015 – Days after the announcement of a major Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, and with Bill C-51 and mass surveillance continuing to spark controversy, many Canadians are asking which party is best placed to secure Canada’s digital future. The non-partisan digital rights group OpenMedia set out to answer that question, by assessing how the parties measure up against policy priorities crowdsourced, with the (Read more…) How big is Big Telecom? Just how concentrated is the Canadian media landscape?

So, just how big is Big Telecom? 

Our friends at the Canadian Media Concentration Research Project, led by Carleton University Professor (and OpenMedia friend) Dwayne Winseck, have sought to answer exactly that question.

In a new blog post they ask:

Ever wonder who the main companies are that make up and shape the media, telecoms and internet landscape in Canada? Who owns what?

Where do Google, Facebook and Netflix – the new internet giants — fit alongside other companies that have long had a towering presence across key sectors of the media and telecoms industries in Canada: Bell, Rogers, (Read more…) Your feedback made this possible: stay tuned for our Election Report Cards next week!

Well, the calendar has just flipped over to October, which can only mean one thing: we’re just under three weeks from an election that’s going to be absolutely crucial for our digital future.

There’s no doubt this election represents a crossroads for Canada’s Internet. There’s so much on the line: repealing Bill C-51, ending mass surveillance, lowering our ridiculous cell phone and Internet bills, and standing up to TPP Internet censorship and copyright abuse.

That’s why, a few weeks back, we asked you, our community, to let us know how you think the parties are doing when it comes to (Read more…) Geist: Make universal, affordable broadband an election issue.

Less than 3 weeks away from the election, and still no mention of universal, affordable broadband Internet access…Why are political parties silent on this issue?

Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star

The long election campaign of 2015 has featured a myriad of daily policy announcements as the three largest political parties vie for attention and votes. From targeted tax cuts to new spending promises, political leaders have focused on education, child care, defence, the environment and more.

read more Toronto Star: Bridging Toronto’s real digital divide

It turns out more choice = more savings in Canada’s broadband Internet market. But there’s a catch – the digital divide isn’t just rural/remote vs. urban anymore. Check out how over 70% of people in Canada’s largest city are being left behind when it comes to super-fast fibre Internet. And be sure to demand fast, affordable, world-class Internet for 100% of Canadians at

Article by Peter Nowak for the Toronto Star

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CuriosityCat: If the “hole” in the Liberal 4-year Plan is not $6.5 billion, then explain how big it is

The presentation of the Liberal plan leaves something to be desired, with the Conservatives blethering about a $6.5 billion hole that will be filled with tax increases on the middle class and on seniors, and the NDP just going on about everything in general. Here’s one explanation in Macleans of the incredible shrinking hole – down from the Harper dead cat on the (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: If the “hole” in the Liberal 4-year Plan is not $6.5 billion, then explain how big it is

CuriosityCat: Quick summary of the Liberal 4-year Plan

So what is in the Liberal spending plan? You can find the plan itself at this site. The plan is well-written, with a clear explanation of the principles that underlie it, a good layout of the major expenditure and revenue items, and a comparison of the different governance values that drive the Liberal plan with those drivers of the NDP and Conservative plans. This (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Quick summary of the Liberal 4-year Plan Big Telecom could slip new slow lane powers into a U.S. bill that has nothing to do with the Internet

A few days ago, OpenMedia helped our campaign partners at Demand Progress add the names of thousands of Internet users to a historic legal defense of the Net Neutrality rules that are currently being challenged in court by Big Telecom in the U.S.

As you may recall, the rules being challenged are the ones we worked together to win earlier in the year, alongside a broad-based network of business, civil rights organizations, Internet freedom groups, and — most important of all — millions of everyday Internet users.

read more Candidates are being flooded with our emails, and it’s working!

It’s election time! And your OpenMedia team has been working very hard to make sure Canadians have a direct and easy way to demand candidates from all parties speak up for the Internet we love and deserve. That’s why we’ve launched a handy tool for you to tell your candidates to become a pro-Internet leader and support our action plan crowdsourced by more than 250,000 Canadians. And guess what? It’s working!

Yesterday morning, Green Party leader Elizabeth May was the first party leader to endorse our pro-Internet action plan. And for the past 24 hours, we’ve been hearing from candidates (Read more…) Elizabeth May becomes first party leader to endorse OpenMedia’s pro-Internet Action Plan

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Digital rights group is calling on all political parties and candidates to endorse pro-Internet plan crowdsourced from over 250,000 Canadians

September 15, 2015 – Green Party leader Elizabeth May has become the first party leader to endorse OpenMedia’s crowdsourced pro-Internet action plan. In an open letter to OpenMedia published this morning, Ms. May promised to completely repeal Bill C-51, end mass surveillance, and ensure all Canadians have affordable access to the Internet.

OpenMedia is now calling on all political parties and candidates to endorse the proposals set out in its plan, which was crowdsourced from over (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Forum Poll: More Canadians believe Liberal economic plan is the best

Despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars to promote their Action Plan, most Canadians (52%) do not think Harper’s economic plan is successful. Less than 1 in 4 think it is a success.

That’s bad news if you are running to be the next government, with your ads saying your leader is “not perfect”. It seems most Canadians (52%) agree that your economic plan is also “not perfect.” But things get even worse when you ask Canadians about which political party’s economic plan is the best for the country, as Forum just did. Turns out most Canadians think Justin (Read more…) Over 250,000 people shape action plan to save the Internet


Digital rights group OpenMedia releases comprehensive election platform packed with ideas crowdsourced from Canadians

August 27, 2015 – It’s as if the entire city of London Ontario banded together to save the Internet. Shaped by more than 250,000 people and launching today, Canada’s Digital Future is a crowd-sourced election platform packed with ideas from everyday citizens. It’s an initiative of digital rights group Openmedia, which is urging people to consider Canada’s digital future when casting their vote this election.

While OpenMedia won’t be endorsing any political party, it does plan to meet the main parties and report back (Read more…) Globe & Mail: Bell’s new fibre service comes with a super-high price tag attached

In Sandy, Oregon residents pay just US $60 a month (about $80 Canadian) for symmetrical gigabit fibre Internet. Here in Canada, telecom giant Bell is charging $150 for a service with capped upload speeds. If you’ve had enough, speak out at today.

Article by Shane Dingman for The Globe and Mail

Until recently there weren’t a lot of options in Canada if you wanted gigabit Internet speeds at your house. A few small towns, such as Olds, Alta., rolled out municipal broadband, and several companies have launched pilot projects in condominium buildings.    But as of (Read more…) Geist: Isn’t it time we gave Canada’s Net Neutrality protections some teeth?

Canada’s telecom giants are continuing to over-promise and under-deliver when it comes to speed and connectivity. Isn’t it time we started penalizing ISPs who flout the rules?   Article by Prof. Michael Geist   Canada’s net neutrality rules, which require Internet providers to disclose how they manage their networks and to treat content in an equal manner, were established in 2009. The policy is administered by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which releases quarterly reports on the number of complaints it receives and whether any have been escalated to enforcement actions.

read more In a win for Canadians, CRTC promises fair rules to increase independent choice and affordability for fiber Internet access


New rules ensure that Canadians will be able to access an affordable range of services from a variety of providers outside Canada’s telecom giants

July 22, 2015 – A major ruling today from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) signals a significant step forward for Canadians’ ability to access affordable Internet options independent of Canada’s large telecom providers, says

In late 2014, OpenMedia delivered crowdsourced input from over 30,000 Canadians as part of the hearing that informed today’s decision–and is claiming victory.

The ruling is the first step towards ensuring small independent ISPs are able (Read more…) We are hosting a Social Media Town Hall Q&A on the state of Canada’s Internet. Join us!

As you may have heard, OpenMedia has been collaborating with experts at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) to launch a new open source Internet Performance Test that will help us better understand Canada’s Internet. By using the tool, you’ll help build a wealth of knowledge that researchers, policy-makers, and everyday Internet users can use to help build a better Internet.

To get the word out, we’ve assembled a team of all-star Internet experts and advocates to talk with you about the new tool, and the future of the net. Together, we’re hosting a Social Media Town Hall Q&A on (Read more…) Federal Court of Appeal allows Bell Mobility to challenge university student, single mother, seniors’ organization and others in court over recent CRTC ruling on Mobile TV


April 2, 2015 – Today’s the Federal Court of Appeal announced that Bell Mobility will be allowed to challenge a recent CRTC decision prohibiting the telecom giant from making competing apps and services more expensive. The decision means that Bell could potentially seek legal costs from university student Ben Klass, a single mother, and a senior citizens’ organization, amongst other respondents, if they have their say in court.

Responding to the news, OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had this to say:

“After over a year of unpaid hard work from citizens to convince policy-makers that Bell should (Read more…) Canadian group plays pivotal role in Historic Win for Internet, as U.S. FCC announces strong new rules to save Net Neutrality

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Year-long campaign ends in victory, after massive global coalition unites to stop telecom conglomerates’ plan to force millions of websites into an Internet slow lane.

February 26, 2015 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has just announced strong new Net Neutrality rules. Experts say the new rules will entrench net neutrality and prevent telecom conglomerates from creating ‘slow lanes’ on the Internet.

The rules came after a massive, year-long grassroots campaign involving over 5 million people from across Canada, the U.S. and the globe. The campaign was organized by an inspiring coalition of open Internet (Read more…) Messages from Internet users to be beamed on Giant Jumbotron outside U.S. FCC, in run-up to crucial Net Neutrality decision with major implications for Canada


Vancouver-based Internet freedom group OpenMedia, with support from diverse coalition, including Daily Kos, Tumblr, Fark, The Center for Media Justice, Roots Action, and The Nation, to park giant Jumbotron outside FCC headquarters and stream thousands of messages and images from citizens

February 18, 2015 – Internet users have a new way to ensure their voice is heard, in the run-up to the U.S. FCC’s crucial Net Neutrality decision next week. Internet freedom group OpenMedia, backed by a huge coalition including Daily Kos, Roots Action, The Nation, Tumblr, and others, will park a giant Jumbotron opposite FCC headquarters. (Read more…)