Assorted content for your Sunday reading.
- Ian Lovett reports on the use of “capital appreciation bonds” in California to ensure that future generations pay an inflated price to private-sector developers for infrastructure today.
- Justin Ling’s review of Joyce Murray’s message about electoral non-competition pacts is well worth a read – but I’ll particularly highlight this part: Do you want Stephen Harper to be defeated in the next federal election?
Alright, we’re already off to a rocky start.
Politics of negation is dangerous, ugly, and unfortunately rears its ugly head very often in leadership campaigns.
“Elect me and I’ll
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Say NO to mandatory Sun TV in Canada!:
Say NO to mandatory Sun TV!
Canada’s Sun News Network (aka the Scum “News” Network, aka Fox News North, aka the Conservative Broadcasting Corporation) has applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for mandatory carriage on cable and satellite TV.
That means if you are a cable or satellite TV subscriber in Canada, you will be forced to pay for that fake news channel even if you don’t want it. The politically biased Sun TV (owned by Quebecor) has applied for this favoured status because they aren’t getting enough
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Last week I got a robocall from “Chase Research” and listened to it all, taking notes when I realized it was a Conservative push-poll and would cause a scandal. I waited for the number to push to repeat the message or options, but pressing 9 just erroneously thanked me for responding, provided a contact phone number (306-993-2392) and hung up. I called the number to find out more, right away, and got a message that it was Chase Research and to leave a message, which I did. A friend’s place I was at an hour later also got the call
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You have seen them on their grubby channel assaulting the decency of Canadians.Attacking the weak and the vulnerable, like a pack of filthy cowards.Smearing native people, Muslims, the Roma, even those who would defend bullied children in our schools.Now they're begging for money, trying to force the CRTC to make us pay for their ugly, evil programming. And look who is answering their desperate call. Read more »
by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network | Jan 23, 2013: Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has submitted an application to renew its licence to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The CRTC governs the conditions and terms by which APTN operates to provide programming to the Canadian audience. The licence renewal process is open to the READ MORE
Our job at OpenMedia.ca is to amplify citizens voices in the fight for our digital future. So when Canadians took action and told your tales at CellPhoneHorrorStory.ca, we listened and used your comments to inform our crowdsourced submission to the CRTC’s proceeding on a national code of conduct to protect cell phone users. You can check out the submission, which we filed jointly with our friends at CIPPIC, on our site here.
We also sent your stories directly to the CRTC, and expect commissioners to take the time to read each one.
To those who told
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It’s no secret that when it comes to the Internet, Canadians pay higher prices for worse services than most countries in the industrialized world. This is largely because a handful of Big Telecom companies control upwards of 94% of the Internet service market in Canada, meaning that Canadians don’t have much real choice.
Big Telecom’s grip on Canadian communications needs to come to an end, and our policy-makers need to set the stage for real choice. Read and share our Action Plan for an open and affordable Internet at OpenMedia.ca/Plan.
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This week, Canadians learned that big telecom company Telus will be further limiting how much its customers can use the Internet. Soon after, we learned that big telecom company Bell will be jacking up their prices for Internet. After fighting for Internet openness and affordability for years, the pro-Internet community knows: this is price-gouging, pure and simple.
It’s no secret that when it comes to the Internet, Canadians pay higher prices for worse services than people in most countries in the industrialized world. This is largely because a small handful of Big Telecom companies control upwards of 94% of the
For the past month we’ve been asking you to share your Cell Phone Horror Stories to tell decision-makers at the CRTC what steps to take in fixing our broken telecom market. Today is the last da… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Nowak: It’s time to ban phone unlocking fees
When several senior representatives from Telus asked us to meet with them we knew immediately what we wanted the meeting to include: direct citizen stories about disrespectful and expensive cell… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: You told us, we told them: A report-back from our meeting with Telus
Canadians have been speaking out and decision-makers at the CRTC have been listening. We’ve been heard in gathering feedback for a new wireless code, stopping the initial takeover bid from Big T… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Nowak: Is the CRTC really citizen-friendly?
As decision-makers at the CRTC continue to invite citizen input in developing a new wireless code, we’re continuing to share some of the stories that Canadians have sent in through CellPhoneHorrorStory.ca. We’re making progress with having digital pol… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Telling Your Cell Phone Horror Stories: Adam
Big telecom company Bell is once again trying to take over Astral Media and gain more control over Canada’s media system. This comes only one month after the CRTC listened to Canadians decrying the deal and shot down the merger, saying that this conc… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Bell makes second attempt at Astral Media takeover
Bell is attempting to repackage its $3.38-billion takeover of Astral Media to decision-makers at the CRTC. This Big Telecom power-grab would lead to higher vertical integration, less market choi… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: The Globe and Mail: Bell submits new takeover bid
Michelle is all smiles after ending her relationship with Big Telecom Bell over increased costs and a monster twelve-page bill containing over 480 tethering charges she received earlier this year. Visit CellPhoneHorrorStory.ca to share your experience… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Telling Your Cell Phone Horror Stories: Michelle
When decision-makers at the CRTC announced they’d be gathering Canadians’ input into restructuring a new wireless code, you made your Big Telecom horror stories heard loud and clear. While we continue to share your stories sent through CellPhoneHorror… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Telling Your Cell Phone Horror Stories: Alexa
Canada’s wireless market has long been locked up by the Big Three giants at Rogers, Bell, and Telus who have mislead Canadians into accepting substandard customer service. It’s a chokehold t… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Unlocking Canada’s Wireless Code
Rogers is being accused of anti-competitive tactics by independent ISPs who are using its network. The dispute surrounds Rogers ‘speed-boosting’ without changes in price to customers – but not… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: WordsByNowak.com: Big Telecom pushing back on independent ISP speeds
Canadians in the north are on the brink of a digital divide as aging networks, service outages and prohibitive costs all continue to affect everyday communications services. It’s a struggle that… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: The Globe and Mail: The high costs of Arctic broadband
Canadians have long been speaking out to safeguard affordable access to our communications – but only recently are we seeing digital policy decision-makers at the CRTC beginning to put public … . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: The Toronto Star: How Canadians reclaimed the public interest on digital policy
If you had the chance – what would you say to the heads of Canada’s Big Telecom giants? It’s a tiring process trying to talk with someone – anyone – from within Big Telecom who seems t… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Bringing Big Telecom down to earth: Help up create a new set of rules for Canada’s telecom giants
For the past few weeks we’ve been asking you to share your CellPhoneHorrorStory.ca to tell decision-makers at the CRTC what steps to take in fixing our broken telecom market. Now, we’re looking to feature some of the most engaging comments we’ve recei… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Telling your Cell Phone Horror Stories
Canadian citizens are paying for Internet access, but Big Telecom isn’t being completely open about the restrictions that they’ve been imposing. When Big Telecom was confronted about throttling … . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Playing Games – Big Telecom continues to throttle Canadian Internet connections
In the midst of our push for Canadians to share their CellPhoneHorrorStory.ca to enact a new wireless code, we are reminded of the importance to have basic and affordable communications services… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: CBC News: Superstorm shows value of endangered pay phones