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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.”

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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.

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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…)

OpenMedia.ca: BREAKING: Government shamelessly moves to cut short debate on Peter MacKay’s unpopular and unconstitutional Online Spying Bill C-13

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Radio ads set to air in MacKay’s riding, as Gov’t prepares to ram Bill C-13 through House of Commons, despite opposition from tens of thousands of Canadians and a Supreme Court ruling that warrantless disclosures are unconstitutional

September 30, 2014 – The government looks set to ram Peter MacKay’s highly unpopular Online Spying Bill C-13 through the House of Commons tomorrow. MPs are set to debate the Bill shortly after 3pm EST. The government has moved a time allocation motion that would cut short debate and deny MPs the ability to fully discuss the implications of the Supreme (Read more…)

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.

OpenMedia (Read more…)

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…)