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Final text includes provisions to censor the Internet, rob the public domain, and force Canada to import U.S.-style copyright rules 

November 5, 2015 – Over a month since a deal was first announced, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has finally been revealed. The text, published today by the New Zealand government, will force Canada to overwrite its current balanced copyright regime with draconian U.S.-style rules, including a 20 year extension to copyright terms. New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to confirm whether Canada will ratify the TPP.

Digital rights (Read more…) Litmus test for new government as Big Telecom threatens future of affordable Internet service in Canada


Bell Canada is calling on the new federal Cabinet to overturn pro-customer CRTC requirements to ensure Canadians can access high-speed independent providers

October 21, 2015 – This morning it was reported that Bell Canada (BCE Inc.) is challenging a landmark CRTC decision that promised fair access to fibre Internet facilities for smaller, independent Internet service providers (ISPs), and greater choice and affordability for Canadian Internet users. Canadians are expecting the newly-elected Liberal Cabinet, who will need to rule on Bell’s appeal, to ensure access to a wide range of fast, affordable Internet services independent of telecom giants (Read more…) WikiLeaks release of TPP Intellectual Property chapter confirms agreement threatens Canada’s Internet freedom


Confirmed: retroactive 20 year copyright term extensions, new rules that would induce ISPs to block websites, and criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks

October 9, 2015 – This morning, WikiLeaks released the final version of the TPP’s Intellectual Property Chapter, just days after Trade Minister Ed Fast’s promise to release “a provisional copy” of the text for public scrutiny.

Internet freedom group OpenMedia warns that the leak confirms Internet advocates greatest fears, including: new provisions that would induce Internet Service Providers to block websites without a court ruling, 20-year retroactive copyright term extensions, and new criminal (Read more…) Media Advisory: June 3 is Cell Phone Freedom Day: new mobile phone customer protection rules come into effect for 2–4 million Canadians


Code contains significant customer protections for mobile phone and Internet users, including an end to 3-year contracts, and caps on roaming charges for data


Image credit: Mobile Phones And Abercrombie by Garry Knight (CC BY-NC 2.0)


Josh Tabish, Campaigns Manager, OpenMedia

David Christopher, Communications Manager, OpenMedia



OpenMedia has dubbed June 3, 2015 “Cell Phone Freedom Day”, as new mobile phone customer protection rules will come into effect for 2 to 4 million customers through the CRTC’s Wireless Code of Conduct.  

As of June 3, all Canadians, including those (Read more…)

. . . → Read More: Media Advisory: June 3 is Cell Phone Freedom Day: new mobile phone customer protection rules come into effect for 2–4 million Canadians Breaking – We want a restart to flawed Bill C-51, not tinkering


March 27, 2015: News that the government will admit up to ten amendments to Bill C-51 has been given a cautious welcome by community-based organization OpenMedia, which is campaigning to scrap the bill. However the amendments will not go anywhere near far enough to address serious concerns about the impact the vaguely written bill will have on Canadians’ privacy and democratic rights.

Responding to the news, OpenMedia’s executive director Steve Anderson said: “I am happy to see the government finally admit that Bill C-51 is flawed, and that they are willing to make amendments.  Canadians and experts (Read more…) Obama Administration to provide citizens with faster, cheaper Internet while Canada falls behind


Internet advocates celebrate Obama’s move, and point to it as the type of action required to get Canada’s Internet rates and speeds on par with global counterparts.

January 14, 2015 – Internet advocates are celebrating this afternoon’s announcement from the Obama Administration pushing for common-sense steps to stop U.S. telecom giants from blocking American Internet users from more affordable Internet services. The news comes on the heels of the U.S. FCC increasing minimum Internet speeds over six times from 4Mbps to 25Mbps.

President Obama urged the FCC to override outdated laws in 19 states preventing independent (Read more…) Confirmed: Shaw rings in 2015 by charging higher prices for slower Internet


January 6, 2015 – Shaw today confirmed that it will be charging higher prices for slower Internet in 2015. Concerned Internet users warned of these price hikes back in December and confirmation today has sparked outrage online. The changes mean that new customers will need to choose between getting slower Internet speeds, or paying more for a faster service.

For example, where $60 a month purchased a 25 Mbps service in 2014, it will purchase just a 15 Mbps service in 2015 – a drop in speed of 60%. Existing customers will also experience steep 10% price hikes (Read more…) Government’s Facebook mass spying plan will further erode privacy of law-abiding Canadians


Media reports this morning have revealed that the federal government is building an expansive Social Media Monitoring system to collect, store, and analyze what Canadians say on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

read more New report from CRTC confirms Canadian telecom sector remains dominated by large conglomerates, keeping prices high and blocking Canadians from new affordable options


Despite promises from government to encourage greater choice and affordability, new report confirms Canadians are still being price-gouged by telecom giants

October 16, 2014 – On the heels of recent official confirmation that the Big Three are keeping wireless prices artificially high, the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has released the annual Communications Monitoring Report for 2014, which provides an overview of the Canadian communications sector. The report confirms that Canadians have been hit with a year-to-year increase of 3.2% in costs for telecom services, despite government promises of lower prices.

The report shows Canada has a (Read more…) Leaked draft confirms TPP will censor Internet and stifle Free Expression worldwide


October 16, 2014 – This morning Wikileaks published a second leaked draft of the Intellectual Property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The draft confirms people’s worst fears about Internet censorship. That’s according to community-based organization OpenMedia, which is leading a large international Fair Deal Coalition aimed at securing balanced copyright rules for the 21st Century.

“It is hugely disappointing to see that, yet again, Canadians – and members of the public worldwide – have to be informed about these critical issues through leaked drafts, instead of through democratic engagement on the part of governments and elected officials,” (Read more…) Government’s digital strategy props up Big Telecom giants at expense of rural Canadians


In response to this morning’s announcement by Industry Minister James Moore regarding funding for Internet service providers (ISPs) looking to expand broadband services into rural and remote parts of Canada, Campaigns Coordinator, Josh Tabish, said:

“While we welcome any measure that would improve Internet service for rural Canadians who have long suffered from poor service and sky-high prices, we are sad to see public funds continue to prop up Big Telecom providers who have been under-serving and over-charging Canadians for years. Simply handing over taxpayer money to these giants won’t solve our national digital deficit. (Read more…) Efforts to deliver greater wireless choice and lower prices start to pay off, as indie cell phone provider Wind secures investment to become fourth national carrier


News of $300m in new investment into Wind follows multi-year campaign that secured customer safeguards, new wireless rules, and a more level playing field for independent wireless providers.

September 15, 2014 – Canadians can look forward to lower wireless prices and improved choice, after it was revealed today that independent provider Wind Mobile has received around $300 million in new investment. The injection of new funds follows a series of positive changes in Canada’s wireless market which have made it easier for independent providers to operate on a level playing field with the Big Three providers, Bell, Rogers, (Read more…) Prevented Telus/Mobilicity takeover is welcome news, but more govt action needed to level playing field and ensure wireless choice

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Affordable, independent providers are struggling because of years of a history of regulatory coddling of Big Telecom, says

May 21, 2014 – The withdrawal of Telus’ bid to take over Mobilicity is welcome news for Canadian wireless users, but more government action needed to level the playing field for struggling independent providers. That’s according to, which is running a sustained campaign for greater choice and lower prices in Canada’s wireless market. The group says every Canadian deserves affordable, independent options outside the Big Three for their wireless (Read more…) Android Headlines: three is NOT the magic number for wireless carriers

This piece on a high-profile U.S. website shows that word is spreading fast about Canada’s broken wireless market. Canadians are tired of the high prices and lack of choice that are holding back our digital economy. Tell Industry Minister Moore its time to rein in our telecom giants at

Article by Cory McNutt for Android Headlines

Canada’s wireless services are in a state of disarray – prices are going up as Rogers, TELUS and Bell continue to dominate the market while Wind Mobile is a distance fourth while Mobilicity is ready to go under. There have even (Read more…) Wireless price-hikes! OK who’s running the show here: Big Telecom or the government?

In February, Industry Minister James Moore announced that the government has heard our voices, and promised that everyday Canadians would soon experience lower costs and greater choice in our broken mobile phone and Internet market.

In March, less than a month later, Canada’s Big Telecom cartel jacks up prices across all providers, with little difference between the prices and services they offer.

Umm… WTF?

Canadians everywhere might be wondering: who’s running the show here? Big Telecom? Or the government?

read more Strahl resignation underlines need for total overhaul of spy agency oversight


Responding to news that Chuck Strahl has resigned as Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, Executive Director Steve Anderson said:

“Today’s news is welcome, because all of us can agree that publicly funded government watchdogs should not be employed by those connected to the agencies they are overseeing. In this case, there was a clear conflict of interest given that CSIS has been asked to aid the oil industry in monitoring environmentalists.”

“However Canadians should never have been put in this situation in the first place. Today’s announcement reinforces the need for a total (Read more…) concerned “cyberbullying” legislation will unnecessarily erode the privacy of law-abiding Canadians


Legislation includes invasive elements of the government’s discredited online spying Bill C-30 that was canned earlier this year after 150,000 Canadians spoke out

November 20, 2013 – Today Justice Minister Peter MacKay introduced legislation that many hoped would focus on tackling the serious issue of cyberbullying. It appears that the vast majority of the legislation was simply lifted from part of the government’s failed online spying (“Lawful Access”) Bill C-30. That’s according to citizen-backed, which led the successful campaign that defeated Bill C-30 earlier this year.

read more Their secret revealed

It’s worse – much worse – than we thought. A bombshell leak by Wikileaks just revealed how giant U.S. conglomerates are about to impose an extreme Internet censorship plan that will wreck Canada’s digital future. They’re trying to wrap this up — we have to stop this right now. Tell Stephen Harper not to let American interests break Canada’s digital future.

read more BREAKING: Leaked documents reveal Canadian government being pressured by US to accept extreme Internet censorship proposals in the TPP


Proposed secret transnational Internet censorship courts would override Canadian law and restrict freedom of expression online.

November 13, 2013 – This morning WikiLeaks released secret documents that have confirmed an extreme Internet censorship plan is being pushed behind closed doors as part of the International Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Over 100,000 people from around the world have already spoken through an online campaign at

read more MEDIA ADVISORY: Telecom complaints soar by 31% in just twelve months, available for comment


Canadians still waiting to see whether government lives up to promise to secure more choice and lower prices in broken telecom market

WHO Steve Anderson, Executive Director, David Christopher, Communications Manager, (778-232-1858,

WHAT The Annual Report of Canada’s Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services have revealed that complaints about telecom service in Canada increased by over 31%.

read more Big Telecom is actually taking you to court

Last night as I was wrapping up my day, I took one last glance at my email and I couldn’t believe my eyes.

It was our public interest lawyer notifying me that Canada’s cell phone giants have just quietly put forward a motion in Federal Court to overturn parts of our new cell phone Code of Conduct – that was put in place just weeks ago to protect us against price-gouging.

The Big Telecom motion specifically mentions “members of the public”. It’s you. It’s all Canadians that are now being attacked using a federal court.

read more calls new Industry Canada framework a welcome step, but clear action required to give Canadians access to affordable mobile service


New rules may help address past government policy failures, but much more needs to be done to fix Canada’s broken cell phone market

June 28, 2013 – is saying that Industry Canada’s new rules on supporting affordable wireless options for Canadians are a welcome step forward, but more action is required to ensure choice and affordability in Canada’s broken wireless market. The new rules come in response to an campaign calling for mobile choice that can be found at

read more Canadians disappointed in CRTC decision to approve Big Media Bell’s power-grab of Astral Media


Takeover will mean lost jobs, higher prices, and less media choice – it’s time for government to take clear action to tackle Big Media dominance, says

JUNE 27, 2013 – is condemning today’s CRTC decision to allow big media giant Bell to take over Astral Media. Thousands of Canadians have spoken out against the takeover, because it will lead to lost jobs, fewer media and telecom choices, higher prices, and less opportunity for free expression.

Just four large, unaccountable Big Media conglomerates (Bell, Quebecor, Rogers, and Shaw) control over 86% of Canadian cable and (Read more…) TPP negotiations quietly arrive in Canada

We’ve just learned that the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations have come to Canada for an intersessional round of talks.

iPolitics is reporting that negotiators are in Vancouver this weekend to discuss the TPP’s investment chapter. These “mini-negotiations” were not publicized by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade – likely to curb any public protest over the controversial agreement, and to keep citizens and other stakeholders on the outside.

The TPP—known to many as the Internet Trap—is an international trade agreement that is being put together by a group of 600 industry lobbyist “advisors” and un-elected government trade (Read more…) Who’s watching you?

You probably saw on the news that a U.S. government agency has been caught secretly spying on the private communications of millions of people like you – through their cell phones,1 and through popular online services like Google, Facebook, and Skype.2

Now, The Globe And Mail is reporting that Canada has its own agency operating in near-total secrecy that appears to be doing the same thing – recklessly collecting and storing our most sensitive private information in giant databases.3

This is important: We need to know what sensitive private data is being collected and stored, and (Read more…)