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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.

The (Read more…)

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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OpenMedia.ca: Government’s own report confirms Canadian wireless prices still amongst highest in industrialized world, while more affordable new entrants starting to have positive impact on costs

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New entrants hugely outperform the Big Three when it comes to wireless costs – but the Big Three is still blocking many Canadians from these affordable alternatives

July 14, 2014 – A new government report released this morning has confirmed that Canadians are still paying some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for wireless service. The Wall Report, which was commissioned by the CRTC, also confirms that new entrants like Wind and Mobilicity offer Canadians a far better deal than the Big Three, especially when it comes to mobile data and roaming in the U. (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: World Council of Churches Endorses Fossil Fuel Divestment

The fellowship of over 300 churches representing some 590 million people in 150 countries, this week endorsed fossil fuel divestment.

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The Canadian Progressive: Canada must press Israel to end assault on Gaza

The Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East calls on Canadian MPs to press Israel to end its ongoing “disproportionate assault on Gaza.”

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OpenMedia.ca: Social media companies, entrepreneurs, investors, Internet user groups speak out about Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement

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With crucial TPP talks intensifying in Ottawa, business leaders have sent a letter raising concerns about how the TPP could force service providers to act as Internet cops, raising costs and potentially putting smaller providers out of business

July 7, 2014 – Canadian web business leaders are joining a large international coalition representing over 100 web companies and Internet user groups to speak out about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would force telecom and web providers to police the Internet, the cost of which could potentially put smaller providers out of business. Big names including Wikimedia, reddit, and (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Government spying on law-abiding public figures is tearing apart the fabric of our democracy, says OpenMedia following new revelations

Bombshell revelations from journalists Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussein expose extensive government spying on public figures, including a political candidate, a civil rights activist, lawyers, and academics

July 8, 2014 – In the wake of this evening’s bombshell revelations from journalists Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussein, citizens are demanding action to rein in the power of spy agencies like the U.S. NSA and Canada’s CSEC. In an in-depth piece on their website The Intercept, Greenwald and Hussein exposed how the NSA spied extensively on the private lives of prominent public figures in the American-Muslim community. Victims include a senior (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Measures to improve Canadians’ access to independent wireless services hailed as a positive step forward, although more will be needed to lower prices and boost choice

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Industry Minister James Moore has announced that vital digital assets will be set aside for affordable new entrants in upcoming auction of AWS-3 wireless spectrum. Canadians have been calling for this type of set-aside for years.

July 7, 2014 – Industry Minister James Moore has announced new measures aimed at improving wireless choice for Canadians. This morning’s announcement comes in response to a sustained years-long campaign led by OpenMedia.ca with the support of over 70,000 Canadians. The citizen-backed group is welcoming the news as a positive step forward for wireless choice, but says more action will be (Read more…)

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: CBC “Abandons Canadians”, Says Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

The CBC plan to shift its priorities from television and radio to digital and mobile services, and reduce staff, abandons Canadians, says Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

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OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia launches new tool to enable Canadians to go face to face with those behind international Internet Censorship talks set to kick off in Ottawa

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The secretive meetings concern a wide-ranging 12-country international agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Leaked documents suggest Canada’s Internet could become far more expensive, censored, and policed.

June 26, 2014 – According to official sources, Trans-Pacific Partnership talks begin in Ottawa on July 3rd-12th. The TPP is an international agreement involving Canada and 11 other countries, encompassing 40% of the global economy, that threatens to censor free expression online amongst other concerns spanning environmental protections, jobs, public health, and even our democratic rights.

OpenMedia is launching a new ‘Internet Voice’ tool to make sure citizens in Canada and across (Read more…)

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Harper’s “Fair” Elections Act to face Charter challenge

The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students announce a Charter challenge against Harper’s Fair Elections Act, which received Royal Assent and became law last week.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Harper Will Regret Approving the Enbridge Pipeline: Forest Ethics

Vancouver-based environmental group Forest Ethics says Harper’s approval of the politically toxic Northern Gateway pipeline may cost him the 2015 election.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: CJPME Urges Canada to Stop Dithering and Let Syrian Refugees In

The Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) urges Canada to resettle at least 5,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2014.

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OpenMedia.ca: Breaking – Poll: Massive 73% majority of Canadians are opposed to Peter MacKay’s Online Spying Bill C-13

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73% of Canadians oppose Bill C-13, with just 15% approving. Huge opposition among all regions, age groups, genders, and income levels. Even Conservatives oppose Bill C-13 by 62% to 24%.

June 19, 2014 – A new opinion poll just released by Forum Research reveals massive opposition to Peter MacKay’s Bill C-13. The poll shows that 73% of Canadians oppose C-13, with just 15% approving – a ratio of nearly 5 to 1. Large majorities oppose C-13 across every region, age group, gender, and income level. Notably, the poll reveals that just 24% of Conservative voters support the bill, (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Breaking – New Liberal Bill takes meaningful steps to rein in spy agency CSEC and improve oversight and judicial control

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Privacy campaigners consider Liberal proposals to boost oversight, judicial control, and transparency over Canadian spy agency CSEC a welcome first step toward reining in the eavesdropping agency

June 18, 2014 – A new Private Member’s Bill introduced by Liberal MP Joyce Murray aims to boost oversight and transparency for government spy agency CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada). Community-based OpenMedia.ca, which is leading a national coalition for improved privacy protections, says that although improvements are needed, the Liberal plan takes great strides toward creating much-needed transparency for the ultra-secretive government agency.

The CSEC Accountability and Transparency Act proposes (Read more…)