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The Canadian Progressive: Making Sense of the CETA

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the Canada-EU trade deal favours large multinational corporations and burdens consumers, the environment, and the greater public interest.

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OpenMedia.ca: Award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald to debate privacy and CSEC spying at Ottawa event sponsored by OpenMedia.ca

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Greenwald has worked extensively with whistleblower Edward Snowden to report on how spy agencies like Canada’s CSEC and the U.S. NSA are monitoring the private lives of law-abiding citizens on a massive scale

September 22, 2014 – Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald is coming to Canada. He will speak about privacy, state surveillance, and its impact on Canadians at an event in Ottawa on October 25. The Glenn Greenwald Speaks event is sponsored by OpenMedia.ca, which is leading a large non-partisan coalition to safeguard the privacy rights of Canadians. The discussion will be moderated by independent (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Diverse groups put out hard-hitting video exposing how government spy agency has the power to monitor the everyday lives of innocent Canadians

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Viral video released amid growing outrage at how government spy agencies like Canada’s CSEC and the U.S. NSA are collecting hugely revealing information on innocent citizens

September 22, 2014 – Government spying on law-abiding Canadians is secretive, expensive, and out-of-control. That’s the message of a hard-hitting video launched this morning by community-based OpenMedia.ca, which is leading a large, non-partisan national coalition calling for effective legal measures to safeguard Canadians from government spying.

The video reveals how information collected by government spy agency CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada) can expose intimate details about Canadians’ private lives, including (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Alberta Activists Join Tar Sands Bloc at People’s Climate March

Activist members of Alberta First Nations to tell world leaders: “We will not stop fighting until we’ve stopped tar sands at the source.”

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The Canadian Progressive: #PeoplesClimate: The Biggest Climate March In History

On September 21st, thousands of rallies, marches and protests will take place delivering the biggest ever global demonstration for climate action in history.

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The Canadian Progressive: Keystone XL: The Last Six Years, By The Numbers

On the six-year anniversary of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline proposal, 350.org highlights some of the facts and figures associated with the dangerous tar sands project.

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OpenMedia.ca: Canadian Digital Rights Advocate invited to the White House to discuss controversial Internet Slow Lane rules with senior Obama Administration officials

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Invitation to White House follows successful campaign in which over 180,000 OpenMedia community members spoke out against Internet Slow Lane in just 7 days including tens of thousands of Canadians

OpenMedia.ca’s founder Steve Anderson will meet with senior White House staff on Tuesday Sept 23, as part of a delegation of civil society organizations and tech companies. The delegation will urge the Obama administration to come out in support of clear rules to prevent large telecom conglomerates from installing new slow lanes on the Internet undermining ‘net neutrality’ rules.

If large U.S. telecom companies get their (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canadians weigh in on CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV hearing through report released today: “The future of TV is the Internet”

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Community-based OpenMedia.ca release a crowdsourced report based on input from Canadians about priorities for the future of digital services in Canada.

September 19, 2014 – The voices of Canadians are being taken to the heart of a crucial CRTC Let’s Talk TV hearing on the future of digital services in Canada. Community-based OpenMedia.ca has compiled a report that brings together input from over 20,000 Canadians both online and offline from coast to coast. The report, entitled Connecting Canadians: The Future of TV is the Internet will be delivered to key decision-makers at the CRTC hearing taking (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Council of Canadians invite Harper to get on the climate bus

The Council of Canadians and Ottawa residents plan to swing by 24 Sussex to pick up PM Stephen Harper en route to NYC Climate March.

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The Canadian Progressive: Council of Canadians calls for reopening of robocalls investigation

The Council of Canadians is calling on the Commissioner of Canada Elections to re-open the investigation into the 2011 robocalls election fraud scandal.

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OpenMedia.ca: Canadian group hosts international platform for massive Internet Slowdown Day to show what Internet would be like if we lost net neutrality rules

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OpenMedia.ca joins with major websites Netflix, reddit, and huge coalition as experts warn of damaging consequences for Canada if net neutrality is undermined in U.S. or here in Canada

September 10, 2014 – Vancouver-based digital rights group OpenMedia.ca is joining with Netflix, reddit, Vimeo, and a huge international coalition to support Internet Slowdown Day. Dozens of major websites have agreed to show their users a perpetual ‘loading’ icon, to symbolize how the loss of net neutrality rules could slow many favourite websites to a crawl. To support the day of action OpenMedia.ca is hosting (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: World comes together for week of action against Big Telecom attempts to make Internet slower and more expensive

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Grassroots Week of Action organized by Canadian Internet freedom group OpenMedia is launched against a backdrop of crucial upcoming decisions that could force hundreds of millions into an Internet slow lane

September 8, 2014 – Millions of Internet users from across the globe are standing together to defend the open Internet, and push back against attempts by large telecom conglomerates to undermine net neutrality and consign millions to an Internet slow lane. That’s the message of a huge new international campaign led by Canadian Internet freedom group OpenMedia, launching this morning.

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The Canadian Progressive: Occupy Movement Gets Its Own TV Station

The Occupy movement has partnered with FilmOn Networks to create a free 24/7 Online “TV for the 99″ television outlet for news, evidence, and commentary.

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OpenMedia.ca: Fresh revelations that CSEC retained private communications of Canadians underline need for much stronger transparency, oversight, and accountability, says OpenMedia.ca

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Report will do little to assure law-abiding Canadians who simply want to communicate online without being spied on by their own government

The government’s spy agency CSEC intercepted and deliberately retained the private communications of 66 Canadian citizens last year. The interceptions were made without a warrant and without judicial oversight. These revelations were contained in an official report by CSEC’s Commissioner Jean-Pierre Plouffe. The report did not reveal how many Canadians in total had their private communications spied on by CSEC before being discarded as irrelevant.

According to OpenMedia.ca, a community-based group working to safeguard Canadians’ (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Government proposals on wireless broadband are positive step forward for rural Canadians

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OpenMedia.ca is welcoming Industry Canada’s announcement that it will speed up the process of issuing 3500 MHz spectrum licences for wireless broadband services in rural areas. The community-based organization says this is positive news for Canadians living in regions typically underserved by Big Telecom conglomerates. The government also announced it will not renew the spectrum licences of providers who fail to deliver services.

“Every Canadian should be able to access reliable, affordable broadband Internet,” said OpenMedia.ca spokesperson David Christopher. “It’s good news that the government plans to crack down on telecom companies that hoard valuable wireless (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Where Oil Meets Water: Energy East an unacceptable risk to waterways

The Council of Canadians says TransCanada’s proposed Energy East tar sands pipeline is “a ticking bomb that threatens Canada’s precious waterways.”

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The Canadian Progressive: New report chronicles regulatory failures behind Lac-Mégantic

New report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives details eight key ways in which regulatory failure contributed to the Lac-Mégantic disaster.

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The Canadian Progressive: Sona robocall verdict doesn’t close book on 2011 election fraud: Issue will be back in court with “Fair” Elections Act legal challenge

Conservative aide Michael Sona’s conviction does not resolve the issues surrounding the widespread electoral fraud perpetrated in the 2011 federal election, says Council of Canadians.

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The Canadian Progressive: Mounting Evidence of Deliberate Attacks on Gaza Health Workers by Israeli Army

Amnesty International releases disturbing testimonies revealing evidence of deliberate attacks on Gaza health workers by the Israel Defense Forces.

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The Canadian Progressive: Recent B.C. Toxic Waste Spill Alarming, But Unfortunately Not Surprising

This week’s massive waste spill in B.C. proves that mining companies are gambling with our drinking water, our health and the environment, says the Council of Canadians.

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The Canadian Progressive: Dam Line 9: Protest Occupation of Line 9 Construction Site Begins

In Ontario, peaceful activists have stopped construction work on an Enbridge Line 9 pipeline site, arguing that Line 9 posed “a danger to people, animals, land, and water.”

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OpenMedia.ca: Regulators find that Telecoms have engaged in systematic “unjust discrimination” to stifle indie providers and keep prices high

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CRTC decision exposes how Big Telecom giant Rogers engaged in “unjust discrimination” aimed at blocking Canadians from accessing affordable, independent wireless options

July 31, 2014 – A landmark decision from the CRTC today has confirmed that telecom giant Rogers has engaged in “unjust discrimination” toward independent cell phone providers, such as Mobilicity and Wind Mobile. Responding to the CRTC’s decision, OpenMedia.ca warns that Industry Minister James Moore’s recent measures to cap wholesale wireless rates do not go far enough, and bold action is required to rein in Canada’s Big Three giants from abusing their market power.

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The Canadian Progressive: Politicians Betray Canadian Values in Israel-Gaza Conflict

Rights group says Canadian party leaders’ unequivocal support of Israel a betrayal of Canadian values, demonstrates “no nuance of understanding of the broader situation between Israel, Gaza and the Palestinians.”

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OpenMedia.ca: Industry Canada’s broadband plan will still leave rural Canadians struggling to catch up

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This morning’s Industry Canada rural broadband announcement will still leave many Canadians struggling to catch up with our global counterparts when it comes to broadband access, reliability, and speed. That’s according to community-based OpenMedia.ca, which is campaigning for every Canadian to have quality, affordable broadband.

“Once again we see Industry Canada reheating previous announcements rather than making the dedicated investments and policy changes other countries are making,” says OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson. “The government continues to flog their unambitious digital policy, while avoiding the bold action needed to connect Canadians to the cutting-edge digital (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Navigating Canada’s complex terrain of student financial assistance

A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that “student aid systems in Canada are intricate, elaborate, and, in many cases, thoroughly unmanageable.”

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