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The Canadian Progressive: For-Profit AT&T Spying Program is Worse Than Snowden Revelations

Telecommunications giant AT&T’s spying on Americans for profit on behalf of law enforcement agencies is “more terrifying than the illegal NSA surveillance programs that Edward Snowden exposed,” says rights group Fight for the Future.

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The Canadian Progressive: CETA just imploded, future of the deal uncertain

The Council of Canadians calls the European Union’s failure to reach consensus on signing the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) an epic failure that makes the deal impossible.

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The Canadian Progressive: Canada-EU trade deal undermines public interest regulation, workers: study

The Canada-EU trade deal, CETA, “will elevate the rights of corporations above workers and the environment and undermine government regulatory flexibility,” new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds.

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The Canadian Progressive: 350.org Responds to TransCanada’s NAFTA Lawsuit over Keystone XL

TransCanada’s lawsuit against the US over President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline reminds us how many of our rights free trade agreements give away, says 350.org. The post 350.org Responds to TransCanada’s NAFTA Lawsuit over Keystone… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: 350.org Responds to TransCanada’s NAFTA Lawsuit over Keystone XL

OpenMedia.ca: Civil society groups call on Trudeau to launch full public consultation before introducing C-51 reforms

300k_c51.jpg Organizations and academic experts say that following last week’s tragic events in Paris, it’s especially important that the government con… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Civil society groups call on Trudeau to launch full public consultation before introducing C-51 reforms

OpenMedia.ca: Internet users set to flood public consultation to push back against proposals that would censor free speech and shut down Right to Link

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European Commission consultation on the role of online platforms could result in a costly new ‘Link Tax’ and monitoring of billions of posts a day by online services

November 17, 2015 – Civil society and digital rights groups are sounding the alarm about a . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Internet users set to flood public consultation to push back against proposals that would censor free speech and shut down Right to Link

OpenMedia.ca: Final TPP text threatens Internet freedom and will force Canada to overhaul copyright – but will Trudeau go along?

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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 . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Final TPP text threatens Internet freedom and will force Canada to overhaul copyright – but will Trudeau go along?

OpenMedia.ca: Canadians look to newly-elected government for action as CRTC report confirms huge year-on-year price increases for communications services

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As monthly household telecom spending breaches the $200 mark for the first time, Canadians will be looking to incoming Liberal government for reassurance and action

October 22, 2015 – This morning the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released the first part of their annual Communications Monitoring . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Canadians look to newly-elected government for action as CRTC report confirms huge year-on-year price increases for communications services

OpenMedia.ca: Litmus test for new government as Big Telecom threatens future of affordable Internet service in Canada

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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 . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Litmus test for new government as Big Telecom threatens future of affordable Internet service in Canada

OpenMedia.ca: WikiLeaks release of TPP Intellectual Property chapter confirms agreement threatens Canada’s Internet freedom

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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 . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: WikiLeaks release of TPP Intellectual Property chapter confirms agreement threatens Canada’s Internet freedom

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

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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 . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Revealed: Which party gets the worst grade for digital policies on affordable access, online privacy, and free expression?

OpenMedia.ca: Trans-Pacific Partnership countries announce agreement reached, posing serious threat to global Internet users

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Largest and most secretive agreement in the world’s history covers 40% of global trade and contains provisions to censor the Internet and rob the public domain

October 5, 2015 – The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement reached today comes as the result of over five . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Trans-Pacific Partnership countries announce agreement reached, posing serious threat to global Internet users

OpenMedia.ca: Margaret Atwood teams up with Paul Haggis, Dan Mangan, and over 200 Canadian artists to send message to party leaders about C-51’s attack on free expression

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Artists, writers, musicians, and film-makers including Mark Achbar, Hayden, Raffi, Thomas King, and John Dunsworth from the Trailer Park Boys, warn that C-51 will “silence dissenting voices” and announce “we will be voting for the repeal of C-51”

September 28, 2015 – A group of over 200 Canadian . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Margaret Atwood teams up with Paul Haggis, Dan Mangan, and over 200 Canadian artists to send message to party leaders about C-51’s attack on free expression

The Canadian Progressive: Harper has no mandate to auction off CBC buildings during an election

Maude Barlow, the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians wants Stephen Harper to answer whether the just-announced “firesale of CBC buildings is part of getting the Trans-Pacific Partnership signed before October 19 to boost his chances of re-election.”

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OpenMedia.ca: Massive B.C. Privacy Breach underlines risks of government using C-51 to collect and store our private info

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Massive B.C. Privacy Breach underlines risks of government using C-51 to collect and store our private info

September 23, 2015: A massive data breach in British Columbia has left millions of British Columbians worried about whether their private educational records have been exposed. The government announced last . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Massive B.C. Privacy Breach underlines risks of government using C-51 to collect and store our private info

OpenMedia.ca: 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 . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Elizabeth May becomes first party leader to endorse OpenMedia’s pro-Internet Action Plan

OpenMedia.ca: Over 250,000 people shape action plan to save the Internet

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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 . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Over 250,000 people shape action plan to save the Internet

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia criticizes police push for warrantless access to private Internet subscriber data

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OpenMedia criticizes police push for warrantless access to private Internet subscriber data

OpenMedia is extremely concerned by the proposal put forward by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police that would make it far easier for police to access Canadians’ online records without a warrant. The police proposal . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia criticizes police push for warrantless access to private Internet subscriber data

The Canadian Progressive: Fair Elections Act injunction ruling under appeal, says Council of Canadians

The Council of Canadians and partners to appeal a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling that favoured the Fair Elections Act’s restrictions on democratic participation.

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OpenMedia.ca: New TPP leak shows Canada would be required to massively overhaul copyright, damaging free expression and censoring Internet

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Trans-Pacific Partnership text reveals that U.S. pressure could result in new rules for Canadians that allow for website blocking, and new criminal penalties for copyright infringement

August 5, 2015 – Recently leaked documents from the Intellectual Property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) reveal that the secretive trade agreement would . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: New TPP leak shows Canada would be required to massively overhaul copyright, damaging free expression and censoring Internet

The Canadian Progressive: TPP talks fail: Part of Harper’s disastrous economic project ends, says Council of Canadians

The recent failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations spoils Harper’s agenda promoting the corporate takeover of the Canadian public good, says the Council of Canadians.

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OpenMedia.ca: New video sets out action plan to tackle Canadian privacy deficit, as hundreds of thousands continue to speak up against Bill C-51

Plan lays out tangible steps for federal government to take to restore Canadians’ digital privacy

July 23, 2015 – Today OpenMedia released a new online video, based on input from over 125,000 Canadians, which outlines a clear plan to address Canada’s stark privacy deficit. With Bill C-51, warrantless spying, thousands of . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: New video sets out action plan to tackle Canadian privacy deficit, as hundreds of thousands continue to speak up against Bill C-51

OpenMedia.ca: In a win for Canadians, CRTC promises fair rules to increase independent choice and affordability for fiber Internet access

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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’ . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: In a win for Canadians, CRTC promises fair rules to increase independent choice and affordability for fiber Internet access

OpenMedia.ca: European Parliament rejects ‘Link Tax’ proposal, in big win for Internet users

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75,000-strong Save The Link Campaign welcomes the rejection of proposal that could have resulted in severe repercussions for free speech online

July 9, 2015 – Today the European Parliament firmly rejected a proposal that could have resulted in a new EU-wide ‘Link Tax’ with costly implications for Internet . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: European Parliament rejects ‘Link Tax’ proposal, in big win for Internet users

OpenMedia.ca: Canadian cell phone users will pay the price for government’s broken promises on Rogers/Mobilicity deal

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Rogers $440 million takeover of Mobilicity will mean fewer choices and higher prices for Canadian cell phone subscribers when wireless prices are already increasing at 3 times the rate of inflation

June 24, 2015 – Mobilicity has accepted a $440 million takeover from Rogers, Inc., according to . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Canadian cell phone users will pay the price for government’s broken promises on Rogers/Mobilicity deal