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OpenMedia.ca: Community-led rallies taking place in Ottawa and across Canada on Saturday as Senate prepares for crucial final vote on Bill C-51

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Canadians will converge on Ottawa from across the country to protest the reckless, dangerous, and irresponsible legislation about to be voted on by the Senate

May 29, 2015 – Community-organized events are taking place across Canada on Saturday, as the Senate prepares to take its final vote on the government’s controversial and unpopular Bill C-51. The rallies take place following a months-long campaign that has seen over 230,000 people sign the StopC51.ca petition, with tens of thousands also taking action by emailing and tweeting at Senators and MPs, and writing letters in newspapers across the country.

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OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia welcomes new CRTC Internet speed measurement program as a win for Canadians and an important step to protect net neutrality

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OpenMedia welcomes new CRTC Internet speed measurement program as a win for Canadians and an important step to protect net neutrality

May 21, 2015 – This morning the CRTC announced a new Internet speed measurement program designed to “measure the performance of their home broadband Internet services,” and is inviting everyday Canadians to participate. Community-backed OpenMedia, which called for proactive audits of Internet performance in its crowdsourced Casting an Open Net report, hails the decision as a win for Canadians, and a key step toward protecting Net Neutrality.

Responding to the news, OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Breaking: CSE and Five Eyes revealed to be targeting popular mobile browsers and mobile App Stores – leaving millions at risk of having their private data hacked

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News comes one day after OpenMedia releases crowdsourced report recommending new rules to ban Mass Surveillance and create greater oversight for agencies like CSE 

May 21, 2015 – Canadian spy agency CSE and its Five Eyes partners planned to compromise popular mobile App Stores to implant spyware on smartphones, and targeted a popular mobile web browser used by millions globally. Accordingly to reports published this morning by CBC News and The Intercept, CSE deliberately sought security vulnerabilities, but failed to inform companies or the public – leaving the private data of millions at risk.

The reports come (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: As government prepares to ram C-51 through Senate, OpenMedia launches crowdsourced Privacy Action Plan to address Canada’s stark privacy deficit

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Canada’s Privacy Plan is packed with proposals to restore privacy and roll back surveillance, based on ideas crowdsourced from over 100,000 Canadians

May 20, 2015 – OpenMedia is today launching a crowdsourced pro-privacy action plan, that aims to roll back out-of-control surveillance, and tackle Canada’s growing privacy deficit. Canada’s Privacy Plan is shaped by ideas and feedback from over 100,000 Canadians, and is launched as the government prepares to ram its unpopular privacy-undermining Bill C-51 through the Senate.

The crowdsourcing process that underpins the 96-page report identified three key privacy concerns that Canadians want to see addressed: (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Federal Court of Appeal rejects Big Telecom’s efforts to delay implementation of wireless customer protection rules

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Federal Court of Appeal rejects Big Telecom’s efforts to delay implementation of wireless customer protection rules

May 19, 2015 – The Federal Court of Appeal today has rejected Big Telecom’s efforts to delay the implementation of the Wireless Code of Conduct, stating that the CRTC “…has the right to make the Wireless Code applicable to contracts concluded before the Code came into effect.” The 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.

Community-backed OpenMedia, which represented Canadians throughout the court (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia calls for Conservative MP Laurie Hawn to apologize to business leaders immediately

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The call comes in response to Laurie Hawn attacking and questioning the loyalty of some of Canada’s most accomplished business leaders who signed a letter criticizing controversial Bill C-51. Canadians are speaking out at #SaySorryLaurie

May 8, 2015 – Internet advocacy organization OpenMedia is calling for MP Laurie Hawn to retract and apologize for statements he made on May 6th that attack some of the most accomplished business leaders in Canada and the thousands of employees they work with.   Canadians are joining the call using the hashtag #SaySorryLaurie.

Hawn’s attack came in response to a letter OpenMedia jointly (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: #StopC51 campaigners vow to keep up the fight, after government uses majority to ram unpopular legislation through Commons after just two days of debate

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The controversial Bill will now be considered by the Senate, as campaigners promise to turn Bill C-51 into a key election issue in October, if that’s what it takes to overturn the Bill

May 5, 2015: Privacy campaigners are vowing to keep up the fight against Bill C-51, after the government forced the unpopular spying Bill through the House of Commons. Conservative and Liberal MPs voted in favour, while 96 MPs from the NDP and the Green Party voted against. The Bill, opposed by 56% of Canadians and supported by just 33%, now moves on to the (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: An international network of organizations launches campaign to safeguard the Right To Link

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Legislators in European Parliament and Commission are considering updates to copyright proposals that would censor links for Internet users

May 6, 2015 – A large network of over 50 organizations from 21 countries is coming together to “Save The Link”. Today, the network is launching a multilingual international campaign aimed at pushing back against efforts by powerful media conglomerates to censor links and stifle free expression on the Internet. One of the proposals being advanced could make users personally liable for the content of websites they link to online.

The campaign launches as legislators in (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: In a win for Canadians, CRTC promises fair rules to promote greater choice and affordability in our mobile phone market

New rules from regulator ensures Canadians will have choices outside the Big Three leading to lower phone bills and more flexible offerings in the not-too-distant future.

May 5, 2015 – A major ruling from the CRTC today signals a significant step toward providing Canadians with greater choice and affordability in our mobile phone and Internet market. Community-based group OpenMedia, which intervened in the hearing, is hailing the decision as a win for people across the country, who have been paying some of the highest prices in the industrialized world. However the CRTC could have gone further by facilitating innovation through (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Commons to vote on ‘secret police’ bill C-51 as early as Tuesday after over 205,000 Canadians have spoken out online

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MPs are being inundated with letters, phone calls, emails, and tweets in one of the largest citizen campaigns in Canadian history

May 4, 2015: The House of Commons will debate the government’s Bill C-51 today, and a final Commons vote on the unpopular legislation could be held as early as tomorrow evening or Wednesday morning. The government are using a time allocation motion to force the Bill through the Commons, cutting short debate and denying MPs the ability to respond to the serious concerns raised by experts during Committee hearings.

Opponents of the Bill are intensifying their efforts (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Parliament set to debate C-51 today (Friday), as over 200,000 Canadians call for the Bill to be scrapped

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Parliament is set to debate Bill C-51 this morning (Friday), a day after a joint petition calling for the bill to be scrapped hit the 200,000 mark, making it one of the largest political campaigns in Canadian history. A large majority of Canadians now oppose the bill.

The report stage debate is scheduled to take place at 10am ET. 

Commenting on the upcoming debate, OpenMedia’s communications manager David Christopher said: “Business leaders, 200,000 Canadians, and the government’s own top security and privacy experts are all warning that Bill C-51 is fundamentally flawed. It’s completely irresponsible of (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: As government announces costly new copyright terms, leading experts send letter to Industry Minister urging him to fix existing loopholes that are exposing Canadians to threats and abuse

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For months, foreign media giants have abused Canada’s copyright system by threatening Canadians with penalties that are impossible under Canadian law, in order to intimidate them into paying extortionate charges

April 23, 2015 – Leading Canadian copyright experts and organizations are urging Industry Minister James Moore to fix dangerous loopholes in Canada’s copyright rules. In a joint letter to Minister Moore, 17 organizations and experts set out in detail what needs to be done to safeguard Canadians from media giants trying to abuse the system. The letter comes just days after the government quietly announced in Tuesday’s budget (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canada is walking into a copyright trap warn advocates, as government quietly announces it will lengthen copyright terms for sound recordings by 20 years with no public consultation

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Content creators and everyday Canadians will pay the price for continued mishandling of copyright policy from government, as unaddressed Notice and Notice loophole continues to expose Canadians to abuse  

 

April 22, 2015 – Canadians got an unpleasant surprise in the budget yesterday when the government announced that it would be extending copyright for sound recordings by 20 years, up from Canada’s current term of life of the creator plus 50 years. The move comes after the flawed implementation of Canada’s Notice and Notice system, which has left Canadians exposed to abusive and misleading copyright notices from (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Business Leaders pen an open letter warning the government that Bill C-51 will cause serious damage to Canadian businesses

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60 leading businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors warn that “unbalanced” legislation will undermine operations and international trust in Canadian businesses

APRIL 21, 2015: 60 leading Canadian business people, entrepreneurs, and investors have sent Prime Minister Stephen Harper an open letter warning that Bill C-51 will stifle business, undermine international trust, and do lasting damage to Canada’s economy. The letter was circulated by digital rights organization OpenMedia. In the letter the business leaders also join with 198,000 Canadians who have added their name to a joint petition at StopC51.ca.

The leaders affiliated with companies worth billions of dollars (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Dozens of community events are taking place across Canada on Saturday to #RejectFear and #StopC51

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Events have been organized not by organizations, but by everyday Canadians wanting to take a stand against what experts have described as a “Secret Police” bill

April 18, 2015: Dozens of community-organized events are taking place across Canada today (Saturday), as tens of thousands of Canadians continue to speak out against the government’s Bill C-51. It follows a #StopC51 Week of Education which has seen tens of thousands of people sign petitions (Nearly 200,000 signatures), write letters to local papers, and inundate MP offices with letters and phone calls.

Today’s events are not being organized by any specific (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canadians use social media and local gatherings to educate neighbours and MPs, as #StopC51 Week of Education kicks off

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With many MPs home in their ridings in advance of crucial vote, over 50 online and offline activities will take place right across Canada for #StopC51 Week of Education

April 13, 2015 – With opposition to the government’s controversial Bill C-51 surging, Canadians across the country are coming together to launch a Week of Education about the reckless, dangerous, and ineffective legislation. Canadians have planned over 50 activities, including a range of social media tools aimed at educating fellow Canadians and their MPs about why the bill is wrong for Canada.

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The Canadian Progressive: Energy East pipeline: Maude Barlow raises alarm in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Beginning April 11, communities along TransCanada’s proposed Energy East route in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will hear why the pipeline is all risk and little reward for them.

The post Energy East pipeline: Maude Barlow raises alarm in Saskatchewan and Manitoba appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

OpenMedia.ca: Federal Court of Appeal allows Bell Mobility to challenge university student, single mother, seniors’ organization and others in court over recent CRTC ruling on Mobile TV

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April 2, 2015 – Today’s the Federal Court of Appeal announced that Bell Mobility will be allowed to challenge a recent CRTC decision prohibiting the telecom giant from making competing apps and services more expensive. The decision means that Bell could potentially seek legal costs from university student Ben Klass, a single mother, and a senior citizens’ organization, amongst other respondents, if they have their say in court.

Responding to the news, OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had this to say:

“After over a year of unpaid hard work from citizens to convince policy-makers that Bell should (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Bell president Kevin Crull should resign after being caught censoring CTV news coverage

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March 25, 2015 – Responding to reports that Bell directly interfered with CTV News coverage of CRTC decisions promising Canadians more affordable and flexibility in telecom options, OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had said this to say:

“Sadly, we’re concerned with repeated reports that Bell’s President Kevin Crull is bullying his company’s news outlets into burying stories crucial to Canadians. Ordering staff to ban CRTC Chair Jean Pierre Blais from the airwaves is embarrassment to the country. Kevin Crull should resign immediately in order to restore Canadians’ confidence in the integrity and impartiality of CTV and other Bell-owned (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: In win for customers, Federal Court of Appeal denies Bell Mobility’s request to continue controversial Mobile TV service until court case is resolved

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Court rules that Bell must stop discriminating against competing apps and services as per CRTC order, allowing other content providers to operate on a level playing field.

March 23, 2015 – The Federal Court of Appeal today dismissed Bell Mobility’s request to continue offering their controversial Mobile TV service while they appeal a recent CRTC decision that found the company to be unlawfully making competing mobile video apps and services more expensive. The Court said that “Bell has not established that it will suffer irreparable harm” if the Mobile TV service is banned until the appeal is resolved.

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OpenMedia.ca: Joint Petition with over 100,000 signatures against Secret Police Bill C-51 to be delivered to key Parliamentary Committee on Monday

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The massive petition organized by Leadnow and OpenMedia will be delivered at a key parliamentary hearing into Bill C-51 later today. A recent poll revealed that support for the legislation has plummeted, with 50% of Canadians now opposing it.

March 23, 2015 – A petition with over 100,000 signatures speaking out against Bill C-51 will be delivered to Parliament today. The petition was organized by Leadnow and OpenMedia to give Canadians an opportunity to speak out about how Bill C-51 will undermine basic freedoms. It will be delivered by OpenMedia’s Steve Anderson, who is testifying before Parliament’s Standing (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: New Pick-and-Pay rules will mean added flexibility, but still forces Canadians to pay for Big Telecom channels they don’t want

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Canadians will be able to pick and choose which TV channels they want to purchase, beyond a slimmed-down basic package. However, the new rules won’t come fully into force until December 2016.

March 19, 2015 – Relief is in sight for Canadians fed up of paying for dozens of TV channels they never watch. New rules announced by the CRTC today mean Canadians will soon be able to pick and choose which TV channels they want to pay for. OpenMedia, which crowdsourced ideas from 30,000 people in a report provided to the CRTC last fall, says the new (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Breaking: Forum Poll reveals huge swing against Secret Police Bill C-51, with majority of Canadians now opposing the bill

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Canadians oppose Bill C-51 by 50% to 38%; two-thirds of Liberals oppose the bill despite Trudeau’s support; opposition to the bill has tripled in the six weeks since it was first announced.

March 17, 2015 – A new opinion poll just published by Forum Research has revealed a massive swing against Bill C-51, commonly known as the “Secret Police” Bill. The poll shows that 50% of Canadians now oppose the bill, with just 38% approving.

The poll was published just days after thousands of Canadians took to the streets in over 70 communities across Canada, as part of (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Leading Digital Rights, Pro-Democracy, and Civil Liberties organizations rally support for Saturday’s Day of Action across Canada to stop Bill C-51

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Over 55 non-partisan events in every province across Canada confirmed for Saturday March 14, as numbers speaking out online top 83,000

March 13, 2015 – A diverse group of organizations are supporting Saturday’s Day of Action to Stop Bill C-51. Over 83,000 people have spoken out in recent weeks calling on Prime Minister Harper to rein in the unaccountable powers and violations of our civil liberties contained in Bill C-51. Non-partisan events will take place in over 55 locations across every province in Canada.

Details about local events across Canada can be found at: http://action.StopC51.ca. Further (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Expert Report reveals which telecom companies have your back when it comes to being transparent about protecting privacy

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Report provides Canadians with an at-a-glance tool to rate their Internet provider’s transparency around privacy safeguards. Indie ISP Teksavvy “stands out” as the best of the 10 major retailers measured.

March 12, 2015 – A report published this morning has revealed that Canadian Internet providers are still falling short when it comes to being transparent about how they protect their customers’ privacy. The report found that all telecom companies need to do more to keep customers informed about how they safeguard privacy. Independent ISP Teksavvy performed best of the 10 major retailers, with telecom giant Shaw and Quebec-based (Read more…)