by: BC Civil Liberties Association | Press Release
Public inquiry recommended oversight in 2006 – no action since that time
The BC Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers today called on the government to end its long inaction on the need for an independent and effective complaints and monitoring mechanism for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The Maher Arar judicial inquiry recommended that CBSA’s national security activities be subjected to independent review in 2006. The federal government has failed to act on this recommendation.
While CBSA has sweeping police (Read more…)
by: UNIFOR | Press Release
HALIFAX, Feb. 27, 2014 – Unifor members across the country were devastated to hear the news late yesterday afternoon that police had discovered the remains of Loretta Saunders near the Trans-Canada highway inNew Brunswick.
“This is a terrible loss, and our thoughts are with her family, friends, and community,” said Unifor National PresidentJerry Dias.
Saunders, an Inuk young woman originally from Labrador, was a criminology student working on a thesis about murdered and missing aboriginal women in Canada, and Nova Scotia in particular. After learning of her disappearance, her supervisor released a statement about the depth and passion of her work, as (Read more…)
Government must ensure more choice to save Canadians from price-gouging and disrespectful customer service
FEBRUARY 19, 2014 – Responding to today’s announcement of the results of a crucial auction of Canadian wireless resources, OpenMedia.ca is saying the prospect of new providers in some markets is a positive development but the government must do more to follow through on its promise to fix our dysfunctional cell phone market.
Community-based OpenMedia.ca says $2bn investment and open access requirements needed to ensure rural Canadians have quality Internet service independent of the high costs and slow speeds offered by Canada’s Big Telecom giants
FEBRUARY 11, 2014 – Today’s announcement of $305m over 5 years in new government investment to improve rural broadband service is a welcome start, but more action is required to tackle the high prices and poor service faced by rural Canadians. That’s according to community-based OpenMedia.ca, which says $2 billion and open access requirements are needed to build an alternative to the slow and (Read more…)
Competition Bureau submission amounts to independent confirmation that the Big Three telecom giants are using their power and control to block Canadians from independent wireless options.
Responding to today’s Competition Bureau submission to the CRTC consultation on domestic wireless roaming rates, OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson said:
“Today’s Competition Bureau submission amounts to independent confirmation that the Big Three telecom giants are using their power and control to block Canadians from independent wireless options. This is keeping prices ridiculously high and holding back our economy and our country.”
Citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca is organizing a series of events across Canada to ensure the CRTC puts Canadians first when it comes to key digital policy decisions
January 16, 2014 – On the heels of independent provider Wind’s shocking withdrawal from a crucial auction of wireless assets, OpenMedia.ca is pushing back against the dominance of a few big telecom companies by organizing a series of citizen-led events across Canada.
In 2014 regulators at the CRTC are set to make a series of key decisions that will affect the access and affordability of digital services. OpenMedia.ca is (Read more…)
Wind Mobile has announced it will not participate in tomorrow’s wireless auction of assets crucial to the future of cell phone service in Canada. The move could spell the end to national independent cell phone service in Canada if government does not act.
JANUARY 13, 2014 – Responding to Wind’s just-announced withdrawal from a crucial auction of Canadian wireless resources starting tomorrow, OpenMedia.ca is saying that while Industry Minister James Moore has made positive steps in recent months it appears now to have been to
Industry Minister James Moore’s announcement contains positive steps but will leave Canadians disappointed at insufficient support for much-needed affordable options
January 10th, 2013 – Rules announced by Industry Canada this morning for a 2015 auction of vital wireless resources include positive steps but don’t go far enough to ensure greater wireless choice for Canadians. That’s according to citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca, which is leading a sustained 70,000-strong nationwide campaign to demand lower prices and authentic wireless choice in Canada’s broken wireless market.
This morning, Industry Minister James Moore announced that an auction for vital 2500 MHz wireless spectrum will (Read more…)
With Big Telecom conglomerates threatening the future of affordable, independent ISPs, citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca is enabling Canadians to take part in a crucial CRTC consultation
January 9, 2014 – OpenMedia.ca is launching a campaign to enable Canadians to participate in a crucial CRTC public consultation to prevent Canada’s Big Telecom congomerates from blocking access to affordable new high-speed Internet service options. Independent ISPs currently provide Internet access to hundreds of thousands of Canadians, offering a more affordable option outside of Big Telecom providers.
According to citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca, affordable high-speed Internet access is again being threatened by (Read more…)
Government reacts to years of Canadians calling on officials to rein in Big Telecom’s power and control, says citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca
December 18, 2013 – The government has taken its first clear steps to deliver on their promise to ensure Canadians enjoy greater wireless choice and lower prices for telecom services. That’s according to citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca, which is welcoming this morning’s announcement that domestic roaming rates are to be capped, and that the CRTC, Canada’s telecom policy-maker, will be empowered to levy monetary fines on Big Telecom companies that break customer protection rules.
OpenMedia.ca has been (Read more…)
Trade Ministers set to gather for crucial Singapore TPP talks with U.S. lobbyists aiming to strong-arm Canada into adopting Internet censorship rules that damaged the Australian economy
December 6, 2013 – Australian experts are warning Canada about the damaging economic fallout of adopting U.S.-driven Internet censorship rules under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The warning comes as Trade Ministers, including Canada’s Ed Fast, prepare to gather in Singapore for a crucial round of TPP talks this weekend, with U.S. negotiators aiming to strong-arm Canada into adopting extreme rules that would make the Internet more expensive, (Read more…)
Organizations spanning nearly every TPP nation calls for a new approach that respects broad interests not just that of old US media conglomerates
November 21, 2013: Today the Fair Deal Coalition has called on Governments involved in the TPP negotiations to reject copyright proposals that would limit the open Internet, access to knowledge, and curtail economic opportunity.
The Coalition, made up of Internet users, schools, universities, artists, libraries and archives, the visually-impaired, consumers, information technology firms and Internet businesses, has written an open letter to the Governments involved in the negotiations following the leaking of the chapter (Read more…)
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