@davidakin Unlike Mr. Mulcair, I did not intimidate the officer. Unlike Mr. Mulcair, I received a ticket. I immediately paid the ticket. Ctd— Eve Adams (@MPEveAdams) June 18, 2013
@davidakin At no time did I identify myself as a Member of Parliament and since I do not wear an MP pin, I could not have pointed to a pin.— Eve Adams (@MPEveAdams) June 18, 2013
MPs should not be driving, they should be walking, biking, or taking the OC Transpo.
I love the way Parliament Hill security is now apparently leaking against unpopular MPs. This town isn't (Read more…)
Some really excellent criticism of wide swaths of the MSM, from… Gawker???
Let’s be honest: Edward Snowden (pictured), the man who made a calculated decision to risk everything he has in order to reveal the NSA’s secret spying program, did something heroic. You don’t have to believe Edward Snowden himself is a grand hero, or a larger-than-life figure. But if you are a journalist— someone who works constantly to shed light on the workings of the government, with the belief that news is good for the public— you have to acknowledge that Edward Snowden did something quite admirable. If (Read more…)
Telus is abandoning its acquisition agreement with Mobilicity less than a week after Industry Minister Paradis blocked the company’s attempt to acquire Mobilicity’s spectrum – a highly valuable public asset which enables cell phones to communicate. Telus is refusing to comment on whether it plans to make a second bid for Mobilicity in February, when the ban on Big Telecom acquiring spectrum set aside for new entrants ends.
The Verizon phone taps, to Yahoo, Google, Skype, and more all owned by the US Government. These were things suspected by many (thanks to WikiLeaks), and now confirmed by the intentional whistle-blowing leak from the NSA. The man who told on his criminally misbehaving government? A 29 year old who didn’t want to live in such a fake society that says it’s all about protection of civil liberty, while violating that trust as a fact of daily business.
«Good Guy Edward Snowden» seems to be already a meme. He’s a hero. #istandwithedwardsnowden http://t.co/MIMLHF32LC— Frederic Jacobs (@FredericJacobs) June 09, (Read more…)
Here’s Arielle with your update:
Watch Arielle’s video update to hear this week’s news. This week the CRTC released the new Code of Conduct for cellphone providers, and Industry Minister Paradis said he would block Telus from taking over Mobilicity. There is still more work to be done, add your voice at DemandChoice.ca.
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- The OpenMedia.ca Team
Steve Anderson, OpenMedia.ca’s Executive Director, has had a busy week! Here he is on CBC to briefly talk about the CRTC’s new Code of Conduct and its implications for Canadian consumers moving forward.
OpenMedia.ca welcomes the new Code as a step in the right direction, although several important issues remain unaddressed. It is important to keep the momentum going in order to ensure real choice and affordability in Canada’s cell phone market.
The call was brief, about 15 minutes, and I didn’t get clear answers to many of the questions posed, but here are my notes from the meeting.
Paradis started by saying that today he sent a clear message to the market. He said he hopes they “smell the coffee”, which seemed to indicate that the government intends for spectrum assets set aside for new independent, affordable mobile services should remain set aside.
Paradis affirmed that they will not permit the take over of new entrant spectrum before the 5 year term limit, or after if it creates “undue concentration”. I (Read more…)
More good news! Yesterday your OpenMedia.ca team was raising your voice in media outlets across the country noting that the new rules for cell phone customers are a positive step forward for Canadians but not enough to fully fix our broken telecom market.
When we took to the airwaves we called on the government to do its part and stop coddling Big Telecom. It looks like they felt the heat from the media and Canadians speaking out relentlessly over recent months at http://demandchoice.ca and now the Industry Minister has responded to our campaign. This morning Industry Minister Paradis (Read more…)
OpenMedia.ca commends Industry Minister response to citizen campaign for choice and affordability in cell phone market, calls for more clarity
June 4, 2013 – OpenMedia.ca is welcoming today’s government announcement that it will continue to set aside valuable wireless spectrum for new entrants – a decision that should help level the playing friend for independent providers and large incumbent telecom conglomerates. However the citizen group says Canadians want to see more clarity from the Minister regarding Rogers’ plan to obtain spectrum set aside for new independent mobile services for Canadians. The Rogers plan breaks Industry Canada (Read more…)
New Code a starting point that begins to addresses citizen concerns on broken cell phone market
OpenMedia.ca is welcoming the CRTC’s publication of its new Code of Conduct for Canadian cell phone providers. The new Code addresses restrictive three year contracts while leaving some work to do in other areas.
New Code a starting point that begins to addresses citizen concerns on broken cell phone market
June 3, 2013 – OpenMedia.ca is welcoming the CRTC’s publication of its new Code of Conduct for Canadian cell phone providers. The new Code addresses restrictive three year contracts while leaving some work to do in other areas.
OpenMedia.ca says that Canadians will welcome new rules stipulating that cell phone users can exit their contracts after two years without penalty, even if they have signed up for a longer term. Under the new Code, cell phone users can also unlock (Read more…)
The Ontario Superior Court has given the green light to the acquisition of Mobilicity by TELUS. Now, the decision about whether Canada upholds its own rules on the transfer of spectrum licenses is firmly in the hands of Minister Paradis.
Tell Paradis to enforce the government’s own rules regarding the transfer of spectrum licenses at: DemandChoice.ca
Article by Luann LaSalle of The Canadian Press:
Industry Canada may let its current rules apply when it comes to the sale of Mobilicity to avoid having the small, struggling carrier swallowed up by Telus, some telecom analysts predicted on Monday.
Why it is that customers get charged to make changes to their accounts over the phone but not for making the same changes by themselves online? According to a customer service agent working for one of the Big Three cell phone companies—Bell, Telus, and Rogers—it’s “because then we are doing the work for you.”
It’s no secret that Canada’s cell phone carriers dole out some of the most expensive rates for some of the worst service service in the industrialized world, and that Canadians suffer systemic mistreatment at the
We at OpenMedia.ca have been working hard to ensure your voices are heard as the CRTC works to develop national rules to protect cell phone users.
If we’re successful this Code of Conduct could play a big role in increasing cell phone providers’ transparency, curbing certain price-gouging practices, and dialing back the all-too-common punitive long-term cell phone service contracts. As only three large companies continue to control 94% of Canada’s wireless market, the CRTC rules could
Good news on the RoboCon front: A team of talented, non-political-party-aligned Canadians is working to notify masses of people of the piles of evidence detailing the largest election fraud scheme in Canadian history.
There are piles of evidence. I’ve collected some of the most important bits here for you to listen to, or look through.
“The Conservative Party can say absolutely definitively it has no role in any of this.” – Stephen Harper, PM, in the House of Commons, 2012. Now it’s 2013, and Conservative campaign worker Michael Sona is charged with illegal robocalling.
Guelph was Ground (Read more…)
People who attended Occupy Regina in 2011 and early 2012, will remember meeting Stella Rogers. Regrettably, Stella passed away this February in B.C. Stella rose to fame by fearlessly introducing herself to everyone at the Victoria Park camp site, and staying involved in working on “homeless” issues in the months after. She was interviewed on CBC Radio, when a generous donor offered to pay a few months rent to assist people who Occupy Regina had been helping before the City and Police evicted the protesters and the homeless they’d been helping.
I last saw her in the Summer of (Read more…)
By: BC Civil Liberties Association | Press Release: OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada will be hearing arguments on March 27, 2013 in R. v. Vu. The Court will look at whether a search warrant for documents can also allow the search and seizure of personal computers and mobile phones [...]
The post Supreme Court hears laptops and cell phones search and seizure case appeared first on The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis.
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The other day I wrote a piece about cell phone reception, dead spots, and the controversy that can swirl around these things.
I later learned that Director Giles had come out swinging at a ‘Electoral Area Services Meeting’ as she had done some time back, against such a proposal citing health risks and the unpleasant aesthetics of the towers.
Soon shoppers will be able to call home on their cell phones from Country Grocer!
Well that was then but surprise, surprise a change of heart and an endorsement for a smaller tower to be installed behind Rona’s Hardware
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Apple is infamous for making hardware that only they can easily support or provide accessories and repairs for. This irritates long-standing Apple customers who’ve bought into the latest round of iJunk, the iPad Mini and iPhone 5, because the charge port has changed to yet another type, and matches neither Androids or previous Apple phones and iPods (nor Blackberries which use the Android micro-USB standard).
Besides designing their hardware with Apple-specific, unique ports, they also write software designed to keep competing software off of them. To remove this software, or break it, is known as “jailbreaking” an iPhone. The latest
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How do you show that a crime of statistics, like election fraud robocalls, is effective? Several ways. The Conservatives who benefited from the crime want ordinary citizens to come up with protected phone records that show victims were robocalled, play recorded examples of the crime, provide names of people who didn’t vote because they were misled, and once you fill all of those requirements, you have to prove you didn’t ever donate to a Liberal, or do a silly dance.
The Shaw ITO has a technician who confirms that multiple identical off-hours calls were received by complainants' phone
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One of the oddest things about death is that there’s no way to reach that person by their usual phone number. We can call people in Antarctica, in space, in Tehran, on the toilet, or flying through the air. We can’t call people on the phone after they are passed on, however. It’s just another unfortunate, gut-wrenching reality when it comes to death. The feeling of being apart when they aren’t here, that used to be resolved through phoning, just wasn’t solved by Bell and probably never will be by anyone else.
My Grandma, who was 95 [and I need
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Have you committed a crime? No? You’re still in a police database somewhere. It’s not supposed to happen according to our laws, and according to American law, but it’s happening and it’s called TRAPWIRE. 9/11 is often the excuse used, but it’s actually simply the state using its latest tech toys in the most obvious way possible, which is why Orwell wrote fiction about it. It didn’t take a whole lot of imagination to dream up a world where our every move is government monitored. Yet you can expect that crime will not be eliminated in such a world.
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Originally appeared on BackoftheBook.ca
How can I write this without sounding, well, paranoid? I believe the RCMP is watching too many people, and abusing its resources. There are plenty of signs this is taking place, and it worries me. The police should not be monitoring Canadians without having a reasonable suspicion that criminal acts are imminent or are taking place. It is not a valid reason to pay police to watch all activists, especially ones who peacefully oppose prevailing political governance. Are we not a society free to disagree with our government?
Here’s an incomplete, but startling, list of
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Read lots more by Brandon Laraby who has a roundup of links, Curiosity Cat, and Sixth Estate. When the latest documents from court appear online, I’ll post them with the rest. ==
RoboCon got a little more interesting and solid today after Glen McGregor made a trip to the courthouse to do a little investigating, unbeknownst to me. I was prodding CBC to ask Maher about RoboCon.
@saskboy Well, we have none today. Maybe next week!— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) May 04, 2012
Then Stephen Maher appeared on CTV to explain what Glen found Elections Canada learned
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One of my most popular videos is one of Richard Stallman answering my questions about the proprietary nature and danger of iPads and cell phones. YouTube linked me to this other interesting video where an early Radio Shack laptop is visible.
It ran on AA batteries, and I used it a few times during my childhood, although mostly my Dad used it. He still has it, and it still works, from what I recall. Imagine a modern iPad working as conveniently, or working 30 years from now — good luck changing the battery.
The point in the video that Stallman
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