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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.

The Week of Education kicks off (Read more…)

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.

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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…)

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia’s Meghan Sali to provide crowdsourced testimony to Parliamentary committee about how Bill S-4 will undermine privacy and lead to widespread abuse of copyright system

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Sali will amplify the voices of Canadians and experts worried about how Bill S-4 would massively expand the warrantless disclosure of personal information

On Thursday, OpenMedia’s Meghan Sali will testify before key Members of Parliament on the Industry, Science and Technology Committee about Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act.

She will focus on how the bill would expand unauthorized disclosure of sensitive personal information, notably by telecom providers, without a court order. This would undermine privacy and lead to widespread abuse of Canada’s copyright system.

Meghan will testify on behalf of Canadians, having crowdsourced her presentation from people (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Leading digital rights organization throws support behind National Day of Action against the government’s Secret Police Bill C-51

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OpenMedia is encouraging Internet users across Canada to support events in over 35 cities this Saturday March 14

March 10, 2015 – Digital rights group OpenMedia is throwing its support behind a massive National Day of Action against Bill C-51 this Saturday March 14. Sparked by concerned citizens on social media platforms Facebook, and reddit, events are being organized right across Canada, from Victoria to Halifax. OpenMedia is supporting the day of action by launching an online action platform to empower those speaking out against C-51 at http://StopC51.ca

Public opinion is rapidly turning against the (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canadian group plays pivotal role in Historic Win for Internet, as U.S. FCC announces strong new rules to save Net Neutrality

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Year-long campaign ends in victory, after massive global coalition unites to stop telecom conglomerates’ plan to force millions of websites into an Internet slow lane.

February 26, 2015 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has just announced strong new Net Neutrality rules. Experts say the new rules will entrench net neutrality and prevent telecom conglomerates from creating ‘slow lanes’ on the Internet.

The rules came after a massive, year-long grassroots campaign involving over 5 million people from across Canada, the U.S. and the globe. The campaign was organized by an inspiring coalition of open Internet (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Latest CSE spying revelations underline need for independent, democratic oversight, and raise huge questions around Bill C-51

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February 25, 2015: Canadian spy agency CSE is collecting and storing millions of private emails that Canadians send to the government, including emails sent to Members of Parliament. The content of the emails are being stored for months, with deeply revealing metadata about them held for years. That’s according to reports this morning on CBC News and The Intercept, sourced from documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Responding to the news, OpenMedia’s communications manager David Christopher said: “These fresh revelations are further proof of how CSE recklessly disregards the privacy of Canadians. While government cybersecurity is (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Fair Elections Act Legal Case Could Call Into Question The Validity Of Upcoming Election

The Council of Canadians and Canadian Federation of Students have filed a Charter Challenge to Harper’s Fair Elections Act in the Ontario Superior Court.

The post Fair Elections Act Legal Case Could Call Into Question The Validity Of Upcoming Election appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

OpenMedia.ca: Bell Mobility is taking Canadians to court so it can keep artificially inflating the price of competing apps and services

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In an effort to make Internet services more like cable TV, Bell is trying to overturn a CRTC decision forcing the company to treat other video services fairly on their network

February 23, 2015 – Over the weekend, OpenMedia learned that Bell Mobility filed a motion with the Federal Court of Appeal in an attempt to reverse a recent CRTC decision that found the company to be unlawfully making competing mobile video apps and services more expensive. In the filing, Bell names several individual Canadians, including concerned citizen Ben Klass who originally filed a complaint about Bell’s practices (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Messages from Internet users to be beamed on Giant Jumbotron outside U.S. FCC, in run-up to crucial Net Neutrality decision with major implications for Canada

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Vancouver-based Internet freedom group OpenMedia, with support from diverse coalition, including Daily Kos, Tumblr, Fark, The Center for Media Justice, Roots Action, and The Nation, to park giant Jumbotron outside FCC headquarters and stream thousands of messages and images from citizens

February 18, 2015 – Internet users have a new way to ensure their voice is heard, in the run-up to the U.S. FCC’s crucial Net Neutrality decision next week. Internet freedom group OpenMedia, backed by a huge coalition including Daily Kos, Roots Action, The Nation, Tumblr, and others, will park a giant Jumbotron opposite FCC headquarters. (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: New spy powers will undermine privacy of Canadians, and fails to address inadequate control and accountability of spy agencies

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New measures to undermine privacy proposed just days after the government’s spy agency CSE revealed to be spying on private online activities of law-abiding Canadians on a massive scale

January 30, 2015 – The federal government’s just announced Bill C-51 will further undermine Canadians’ privacy while doing nothing to address privacy violations revealed just days ago. That’s according to digital rights group OpenMedia.ca, which is leading a nationwide coalition calling for stronger privacy protections. Over 46,000 people have spoken out recently through OpenMedia privacy campaigns calling on Prime Minister Harper to end mass surveillance and improve spy (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: In big win for Internet users, CRTC finds Bell Mobility unlawfully made competing mobile video apps and services more expensive

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Following case taken by concerned Canadians and public interest groups, CRTC says mobile providers cannot markup independent services like Netflix to give their own content an unfair advantage

January 29, 2015 – A landmark decision from the CRTC today has determined that Bell Mobility unlawfully made competing mobile apps and services more expensive for Canadians by unfairly exempting their own services from monthly data caps. The CRTC directed Bell to stop their unlawful practice in the next 90 days. The ruling sets a precedent for mobile providers across Canada.

This morning’s decision comes just over a year after (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Breaking – Spy agency CSE is monitoring our private online activities on a massive scale and sharing sensitive data with other governments

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Canadian spy agency has been caught monitoring over 100 popular file-storage websites, spying on millions of downloads a day, with Canadian Internet addresses among the targets

January 28, 2015 – Canadian spy agency CSE is indiscriminately monitoring the private online activities of millions of Internet users, including Canadians. According to CBC News and The Intercept, CSE monitored over 100 popular file hosting websites, including RapidShare and SendSpace, spying on millions of downloads a day. They also collected millions of IP addresses of individual users, with a number of Canadian Internet addresses (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Canadians demanding James Moore take action to end media conglomerates’ $150,000 copyright shakedown

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U.S. media giants are sending Canadians threatening notices telling them they could face $150,000 lawsuits and get kicked kicked off the Internet – neither of which are possible under Canadian law

January 13, 2015 – U.S. media giants are taking advantage of a loophole in Canada’s new copyright law to threaten Canadians with $150,000 lawsuits and even being kicked offline, and Internet users have had enough. Canadians and experts like Michael Geist are calling on Industry Minister James Moore to close the loophole and take action to end the copyright shakedown.

Within days of new copyright (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Shaw is trying to force indie Internet providers to artificially raise prices for Canadians

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New move blocks Canadians from affordable Internet alternatives, in attempt to force independent providers to raise prices in line with Shaw’s recent steep price hike

January 8, 2015 – Reports indicate that Shaw is attempting to abuse their control of key Internet infrastructure to artificially increase Internet prices for Canadians. Teksavvy CEO Marc Gaudrault posted on DSL Reports that Shaw is trying to force independent ISPs to pay a whopping 87.9% increase to access Canada’s Internet networks. The move comes right on the heels of Shaw’s unpopular Internet price hikes which forces Shaw subscribers to pay higher (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: New copyright law is already being abused to threaten Canadian Internet users with ridiculous penalties for downloading

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Government needs to take action to prevent foreign Big Media companies from sending misleading notices that threaten $150,000 lawsuits and disconnection from the Internet 

January 8, 2015 – Less than a week after new copyright rules went into effect in Canada, ISPs are already receiving notices from Big Media giants that contain misleading and threatening statements, according to top copyright expert Professor Michael Geist. In a blog this morning, Geist included a copy of one such notice that was forwarded to him by a Canadian ISP.  

Included in the notice are misleading allegations that the alleged infringer (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Retrial of Al Jazeera Journalists Must Pave Way to Their Unconditional Freedom

Egypt’s retrial of Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and two other jailed Al Jazeera journalists acknowledges major flaws in their original convictions, says Amnesty International.

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