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Left Over: Three Card Monte in LaLaLand

Corus Entertainment is buying Shaw Media in $2.65B deal Acquisition ‘redefines Corus and Canada’s media landscape,’ president/CEO says The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 13, 2016 7:20 AM ET   Same circus, same clowns…Canada is once again allowing big business to … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Three Card Monte in LaLaLand

Cowichan Conversations: Roger’s Bid To Improve Reception and Access For Cobble Hill Will Be Decided At CVRD’s Wednesday Meeting

Richard Hughes

I am puzzled, as I am sure many readers will be, to learn that the CVRD Electoral Area Directors have by a 5-4 vote followed a staff recommendation rejecting support for a

Read more… Cellphone Freedom Day! On June 3 you’ll be able to end your 3-year-contract for free

Starting June 3, three year contracts which have run or 24 months or more can be cancelled without any penalties. Together, we helped make this code of conduct happen by developing our crowdsourced action plan for the future of our wireless market.

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Cowichan Conversations: Why Are We Being Hijacked by Our Internet Service Providers ?

Computers and the internet have become such an integral part of our daily lives that it is challenging to consider being without them. Many of us do recall life before the WWW, iPhones, iPads, and

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Alberta Diary: Unsolved mysteries: Never mind those roaming charges, who leaked that Tory party membership list in 2011?

Capt. Queeg of the USS Caine channels Alberta Tory Party leaders as he describes the search for the missing strawberries. Imagine what he would have done with a purloined cell phone bill or a leaked list of Tory Party members! Below: Dave Hancock, Thomas Lukaszuk.

Premier pro tempore Dave Hancock is said to be pondering an official hunt for the perpetrator of the leak to the Edmonton Sun of Tory leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk’s $20,000 Telus bill.

According to the Edmonton Journal’s account of the impending search for the missing strawberries, Mr. Lukaszuk complained to the premier about the leak, (Read more…)

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Telus Launch Green Rooftop with Community Garden

Office building green roofs tend to be a ‘spectator sport’: look but don’t touch. Telus, one of the Big-Three telecom in Canada, launch their participatory rooftop garden in their downtown Toronto building where staff are encouraged to seed, water, weed, and harvest the vegetables. I talk to Sameer Panjwani, National Chair of Telus Green Team, to see how this environmental employee engagement initiative came to harvest.

Located in Toronto’s financial district, the thirty-floor office building is surrounded by Union Station, Air Canada Centre, Maple Leaf Square, and the under-construction new RBC headquarters. On the fifth floor of this LEED Gold (Read more…) Ben Klass on wireless carriers’ high prices

As cell phone customers reel from yet another Big Telecom price hike, it seems like our wireless market is moving backwards not forwards. Telecom expert and OpenMedia community member Ben Klass asks what will it take for Canadians to get the greater choice and lower prices we deserve.

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read more Rogers may be pulling out of the CWTA

It looks like Big Telecom’s lobby group is in deep trouble. Last week Telus pulled out of the CWTA – now Rogers could be poised to do the same. Will you be shedding tears over its demise?

Article by Gary Ng for iPhone in Canada

Last week in a surprise move Telus pulled out of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), a wireless lobby group which earlier saw Wind Mobile, Public Mobile and Mobilicity withdraw its membership as well.

The future of the CWTA could be in jeopardy depending on how you look into comments made by (Read more…) National Post: Christine Dobby looks back at Canada’s telecom war of 2013

The National Post’s Christine Dobby looks back at Big Telecom’s efforts last year to limit your telecom choice. We know Big Telecom are gearing up for a huge fight in 2014 as they try to keep your bills sky-high.

Article by Christine Dobby for the National Post

Last summer a simmering dispute over obscure regulations boiled over into all-out war as the country’s cellphone titans took on the federal government and its efforts to entice a U.S. giant north.

The dialogue got heated as the three largest wireless carriers – ostensible rivals – joined forces to target Ottawa’s policy (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The Big Cod Says, "Keep Verizon Out."

Safely retired ex-general Rick Hillier has a new gig as chairman of Telus Atlantic Canada Community Board.   In that capacity he wrote an op-ed urging the government not to let foreigners in to play in Canada’s miserable cellular market.

As I read Hillier’s bit of tripe I kept thinking that this was from the guy who talked Paul Martin into approving Canada’s combat mission to Kandahar and who assured the Canadian people that his miniscule, 2,500-soldier force would only have to contend with a “few dozen …scumbags.”

I knew all I would ever need to know about (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Director Gerry Giles Has Endorsed A Cell Phone Tower For Cobble Hill!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The other day I wrote a piece about cell phone reception, dead spots, and the controversy that can swirl around these things.

I later learned that Director Giles had come out swinging at a ‘Electoral Area Services Meeting’ as she had done some time back, against such a proposal citing health risks and the unpleasant aesthetics of the towers.

Soon shoppers will be able to call home on their cell phones from Country Grocer!

Well that was then but surprise, surprise a change of heart and an endorsement for a smaller tower to be installed behind Rona’s Hardware

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Cowichan Conversations: We Need More Cell Phone Towers in South Cowichan, Or Do We ?

Richard Hughes-Political Commentator

How many times have you tried to retreive a call while at Cobble Hill’s Valley View Shopping Centre and had it drop off? Other times the calls do not connect at all! The annoyance in being able to remind your mate to pickup a carton of milk which you forgot to put on the list is frustrating. If the reception was better you could just caall or text them but alas the signal will not get through.

I noticed a We’ve got ‘Wi-Fi’ sticker on the door at Country Grocers the other day but did not try

. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: We Need More Cell Phone Towers in South Cowichan, Or Do We ? Bell raises prices, Telus furthers usage limits: Big Telecom is hurting the Internet

This week, Canadians learned that big telecom company Telus will be further limiting how much its customers can use the Internet. Soon after, we learned that big telecom company Bell will be jacking up their prices for Internet. After fighting for Internet openness and affordability for years, the pro-Internet community knows: this is price-gouging, pure and simple.

It’s no secret that when it comes to the Internet, Canadians pay higher prices for worse services than people in most countries in the industrialized world. This is largely because a small handful of Big Telecom companies control upwards of 94% of the Huffington Post: Telus introduces new Internet disservice

Telus has announced plans to cut back on user bandwidth for its Internet service starting early next year. This Internet disservice comes after Telus met with OpenMedia to state that they were wanting to make amends with Canadians.

Now is the time for Canadians to take action in making the switch to Distributel, TekSavvy or another independent ISP at Help us keep Big Telecom on their toes by making a contribution to OpenMedia at

Article by Daniel Tencer for The Huffington Post

Some Telus customers are upset after the phone and internet service company started sending

. . . → Read More: Huffington Post: Telus introduces new Internet disservice You told us, we told them: A report-back from our meeting with Telus

When several senior representatives from Telus asked us to meet with them we knew immediately what we wanted the meeting to include: direct citizen stories about disrespectful and expensive cell… . . . → Read More: You told us, we told them: A report-back from our meeting with Telus Bringing Big Telecom down to earth: Help up create a new set of rules for Canada’s telecom giants

If you had the chance – what would you say to the heads of Canada’s Big Telecom giants? It’s a tiring process trying to talk with someone – anyone – from within Big Telecom who seems t… . . . → Read More: Bringing Big Telecom down to earth: Help up create a new set of rules for Canada’s telecom giants

Politics, Re-Spun: Shaw Cable’s Dismissive, Dodging Customer Service

Shaw, the Corporation

If you are a lower mainland Shaw Cable customer you may have noticed a quite vague notification of a $5 [plus HST] bill increase coming in June. It is followed by a great deal of vague advertising fluff indicating that something awesome was about to happen, but no actual details in order to get a sense of whether this is just a money grab by Shaw or if it’s an actual cost increase with value for money.

Below is the vague PR nonsense on the Shaw bills and a very frustrating Twitter DM exchange I just had

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