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OpenMedia.ca: James Moore spectrum announcement hailed as a positive step forward to enable greater wireless choice and lower prices

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In response to outcry for Canadians, Industry Canada has taken steps to ensure Canadians have greater access to affordable, independent wireless providers

December 18, 2014 – Industry Minister James Moore has announced new measures aimed at improving wireless service for Canadians. OpenMedia welcomes the announcement, which will reserve a larger section of valuable wireless spectrum for new, independent, affordable providers than ever before. The changes aim to increase the amount of spectrum available to  independent providers from around 15% currently to nearly 25% by May 2015.

The decision comes in response to OpenMedia’s crowdsourced set of recommendations ( (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Advocates celebrate new powers by oversight bodies to impose financial penalties on telecom companies that break the rules

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Following years-long campaign, CRTC is now empowered to levy financial penalties against telecom providers who mistreat customers

December 17, 2014 – This morning’s announcement of new powers allowing the CRTC to impose financial penalties against companies caught violating the Telecommunications Act comes in response to a key request made by OpenMedia in its crowdsourced Casting An Open Internet action plan. The plan called on government to “permit the CRTC to levy administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) that can be used to enforce transparency requirements and regulations.”

OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had this to say about the (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Revealed: Holiday pricing change from Shaw means 10% higher fees and 40% slower Internet service

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December 16, 2014 – Shaw Communications is reportedly raising Internet prices by 10% and slashing Internet speeds by up to 40-50% for many customers beginning in January. Multiple Shaw representatives have confirmed this change to concerned Internet users. OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had this to say regarding the news:

“Canadian Internet users everywhere ought to be outraged that Big Telecom giants like Shaw are trying to charge customers more money for slower Internet. Make no mistake: if Shaw gets away with this, others like Bell, Rogers, and Telus will soon follow. Canadians are already paying some (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia joins calls by businesses and tech community to #StepUp4Net and support Internet freedom

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Fundraising drive challenges tech community to step up and defend the free and open Internet with matching donations up to $50,000

December 11, 2014: At the request of key members from the business community, this morning OpenMedia is launching an important year-end fundraising drive, challenging people from the tech community to donate and share in their #StepUp4Net campaign. OpenMedia is the only organisation of its kind that runs mass mobilization campaigns focused on defending the possibilities of the open Internet.

What is StepUp4Net? https://OpenMedia.org/StepUp

This holiday season, members of the tech and business community are calling on (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Supreme Court ruling permitting warrantless cell phone searches underlines need for much stronger legal privacy safeguards, says OpenMedia.ca

December 11, 2014: This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled narrowly that police are permitted to conduct warrantless cell phone searches of people they arrest. Community-based OpenMedia, which has rallied a large pro-privacy coalition of over 60 organizations, says the ruling reinforces the need for much stronger legal protections to safeguard the privacy of Canadians.

“Sadly, today’s ruling looks like a real setback for the privacy of Canadians,” said OpenMedia.ca’s communications manager David Christopher. “Our cell phones often store huge amounts of deeply revealing information about our private lives. Cell phone searches can be even more revealing than (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: As high-level TPP talks continue in Washington D.C., OpenMedia holds face-to-face meetings with key negotiators to demand end to secrecy

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Demands grow to release full text of Trans-Pacific Partnership to enable public debate about proposals that would make the Internet more expensive, censored, and policed

Thursday December 11, 2014 – As Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks continue in Washington, D.C., negotiators are set to feel the heat from public interest groups outraged at the secrecy surrounding the talks. The organizations say it’s past time for TPP negotiators to follow the example of the European Commission which recently released to the public the draft text of a similar Trans-Atlantic deal.

The TPP is an international deal being negotiated (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia takes detailed input from 30,000 Canadians to crucial CRTC hearing that will decide future of Internet access in Canada

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Canadians are urging the CRTC to ensure access to affordable, independent Internet providers

December 1, 2014 – Canadians are sending a clear message to decision-makers at the CRTC today: protect our right to affordable, independent, high-speed Internet. That message is being delivered by community-based OpenMedia.ca, who will be making a presentation to the CRTC’s Review of Wholesale Services hearing in Gatineau between 12 noon and 3pm ET today. OpenMedia’s presentation will reflect input crowdsourced from over 30,000 Canadians.

The crucial CRTC hearing will determine whether Canadians will have independent access to fibre Internet. At the moment large (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Massive government privacy breach of famous Canadians shows urgent need for far stronger protections to safeguard Canadians’ data

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High-profile figures including Margaret Atwood and Jean Chretien among the victims of latest in a long string of government privacy breaches affecting over 725,000 of us

 

November 25, 2014 – Highly personal information about the financial and tax affairs of hundreds of prominent Canadians was handed by the government to a CBC journalist, according to a CBC report out today.

High-profile figures including author Margaret Atwood and former prime minister Jean Chretien were among the victims. Responding to the news, OpenMedia.ca says this underlines the need for far stronger safeguards to protect the private lives (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: TODAY: Join our Privacy Town Hall at 4pm PT / 7pm ET

Calling all Canadians! Join us for our Facebook Town Hall on privacy issues, taking place on Facebook at 4pm PT / 7pm ET later today.

We’ll have expert guests from the Protect our Privacy Coalition, including Tom Henheffer from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, and OpenMedia’s own Steve Anderson.

Canada is facing a privacy crisis: the government’s spying bill C-13 and the activities of their spy agency CSEC threaten to undermine the privacy of all Canadians. It’s never been more important to have a robust debate about how we address our stark privacy deficit.

Follow us on Facebook to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: With omnibus Bill C-43, Conservative government going after most vulnerable yet again

The Conservative government’s omnibus budget Bill C-43 seeks to deny refugee claimants access to health care and social assistance, says the Council of Canadians.

The post With omnibus Bill C-43, Conservative government going after most vulnerable yet again appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

OpenMedia.ca: Government’s Facebook mass spying plan will further erode privacy of law-abiding Canadians

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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.

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OpenMedia.ca: First decision to come out of CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV consultation is a win for Canadians

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November 6, 2014 – In response to this morning’s announcement by the CRTC regarding new rules that will allow Canadians to cancel or change their Internet, television, or telephone services without giving 30-day notice, OpenMedia.ca Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish said,

“We are pleased to see that the first decision coming out of the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV consultation is a positive step forward for Canadians. During the consultation, we spoke with thousands of Canadians who expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of choice and flexibility in offerings from the Big Telecom providers. But now we’re able to (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Big Telecom customer mistreatment is still running rampant, as official report confirms 11,340 complaints in just 12 months

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CCTS Annual Report reveals sharp 74% rise in complaints about misleading wireless contracts. Bell and its subsidiaries accounted for over 40% of all telecom complaints.

November 4, 2014 – Mistreatment of Canadian telecom customers is still running rampant, according to official figures released today by the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS). The CCTS Annual Report revealed that unhappy Canadians complained 11,340 times last year about their telecom service, the 2nd highest total of the past five years.

The Big Three – Bell, Rogers, and Telus, along with their subsidiaries – accounted for 77% of all complaints, (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: MPs should listen to Canadians and support Liberal bill to make spy agency CSEC more transparent and accountable to citizens

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Privacy advocates hail Joyce Murray’s Private Members Bill as a step forward to boost transparency, oversight, and accountability for secretive spy agency CSEC

October 30, 2014 – Today, Members of Parliament will have an historic opportunity to start reining in Canada’s secretive spy agency CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada). Community-based OpenMedia.ca is calling on MPs from all parties to throw their support behind a Private Members Bill proposed by Liberal MP Joyce Murray.

MPs are set to debate the bill in the House of Commons later today. Calls for reform have been growing since it was revealed (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: As the Government announces new CSIS spy powers, Canadians have begun working together to set out their own pro-privacy plan for 21st century technology

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Responding to the government’s tabling in Parliament of Bill C-44, which proposes new powers for spy agency CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service), OpenMedia executive director Steve Anderson said:

“Canadians don’t want to see last Wednesday’s tragic events to make us lose sight of the democratic values we all cherish. It’s never been more important to strike a balanced approach that safeguards the rights and freedoms we hold dear. That’s why we’ll be working with experts to analyse the potential privacy implications of this bill. We’re also very concerned about reports the government is preparing draconian new laws that (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia.ca builds definitive case for opening Canada’s wireless networks to lower prices for all Canadians

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Following official confirmation from the Competition Bureau that the Big Three are artificially keeping prices high, OpenMedia and CIPPIC’s joint submission to the CRTC sets out common sense steps for fixing Canada’s broken wireless market

October 24, 2014 –Bold measures are required to reduce cell phone bills, rein in the Big Three, and fix Canada’s broken wireless market. That’s the message of a detailed policy submission (PDF) to the CRTC by CIPPIC and community-based OpenMedia.ca, which is running a nationwide Unblock Canada campaign aimed at lowering prices and improving wireless choice for Canadians. The launch of (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canadians are working together to shape a pro-privacy action plan, to help address government’s stark privacy deficit

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Launch of new pro-privacy crowdsourcing initiative comes just days after Peter MacKay’s online spying Bill C-13 passes House of Commons, and follows over a year of revelations about the activities of Canada’s spy agency CSEC

October 22, 2014 – Canadians are working together to shape a new pro-privacy action plan to help address the government’s privacy deficit. That’s the message of a new crowdsourcing initiative that aims to gather the views of everyday Canadians and Internet users about priorities for privacy online. The project is led by community-based OpenMedia.ca, which is leading a diverse national pro-privacy coalition (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Twelve national medical associations join call for Conservative government to drop reckless appeal of refugee health ruling

More national medical associations join Canadians’ call on the Conservative government to respect the Federal Court’s refugee health care ruling, urge it to drop its “reckless appeal.”

The post Twelve national medical associations join call for Conservative government to drop reckless appeal of refugee health ruling appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

OpenMedia.ca: Fight against Online Spying Bill C-13 will continue, as government prepares to ram unpopular legislation through House of Commons today

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Controversial bill is opposed by huge majority of Canadians, with even the government’s own supporters opposing it by over 2.5:1

October 20, 2014 – The government looks set to pass its unpopular online spying legislation, Bill C-13, through the House of Commons later today. The House is due to vote on the controversial legislation sometime after 6.30pm ET.

The vote comes after the government recently used a time allocation motion to cut short debate and prevent MPs from fully discussing the implications of the Supreme Court’s landmark R. v. Spencer ruling that renders C-13’s controversial warrantless (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: New report from CRTC confirms Canadian telecom sector remains dominated by large conglomerates, keeping prices high and blocking Canadians from new affordable options

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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…)

OpenMedia.ca: Government’s digital strategy props up Big Telecom giants at expense of rural Canadians

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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, OpenMedia.ca 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…)

OpenMedia.ca: Global study finds citizens want balanced copyright rules that respect creators, prioritize free expression, and reject Internet censorship

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OpenMedia launches report crowdsourced from over 300,000 people in 155 countries worldwide. The findings are a direct challenge to the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership where extreme proposals to censor the Internet are being created in near-total secrecy

October 15, 2014 – Citizens from across the globe want balanced copyright rules that are shaped democratically, respect creators, and prioritize free expression. That’s the message of Our Digital Future: A Crowdsourced Agenda for Free Expression, a new report launched today by community-based OpenMedia. The overall consultation process took place over 2 years engaging 300,000 people from Australia to Vietnam.

The (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Climate damages litigation could cost Canadian oil & gas companies billions: study

A new study reveals that Canada’s oil and gas companies could be penalized billions of dollars for their contribution to climate change.

The post Climate damages litigation could cost Canadian oil & gas companies billions: study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

OpenMedia.ca: Every Canadian should benefit from sensible copyright rules, not just political parties

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Responding to the government’s proposal to carve our copyright exemptions for political parties, OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson said:

“Copyright laws should never be used to stifle free political expression. However, this government is shamefully trying to carve out a self-serving, narrow exception that would only benefit political parties, while excluding the free expression rights of everyday citizens. Every Canadian should benefit from sensible fair use rules that enable us to express our views freely.”

“It is also deeply hypocritical for the government to oppose copyright laws that undermine their narrow political interests, while at the (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canadians call on decision-makers at crucial public hearing to fix our broken wireless market and Unblock Canada

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Tired of high wireless bills, Canadians want action from regulators to stop the Big Three blocking more affordable, independent wireless services

October 2, 2014 – Following official confirmation that the Big Three are keeping wireless prices artificially high, Canadians are pushing back against sky high wireless bills and want unfettered access to affordable alternatives. On Monday, the Competition Bureau told regulators that the Big Three cell phone giants are overcharging their independent rivals and using market power to distort prices. Telus responded by saying more choice and lower prices would be bad for cell phone customers and suggested (Read more…)