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Facebook tries to hire from federal agency drafting regulations

Parliamentary committee to study relationship between government and Facebook Even as the federal Liberal government was discussing new regulations for controlling tech giants economic and cultural influence in Canada, one of them was trying to hire from the federal agency »

Economy, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Canadian regulator greenlights Elon Musk’s satellite internet plan

Canada’s telecommunications regulator has approved an application by a company owned by U.S. tech billionaire Elon Musk to provide satellite internet service to Canadians living in rural and remote areas. Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX) owned by Musk plans to »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

In Eastern Canada, Musique Nomade stands by Indigenous musicians

Since my first Safe&Sound column on throat singing, I meant to explore Canada’s Indigenous music scene. In Quebec, the most important stakeholder is undoubtedly Musique Nomade, a Montreal-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and producing up-and-coming Indigenous musicians.  Based on »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Yes, consumers need more protection from telecoms, says regulator

Following a litany of complaints and an in-depth report by the public broadcaster, Canada’s broadcast regulator confirmed it “has found evidence of misleading or aggressive sales practices by certain telecommunications service providers.” The CRTC concluded that more needs to be »

Society

Lower-cost, data-only cell phone plans coming

Canada’s telecommunications regulator has reached agreement with the country’s top three wireless carriers obliging them to provide a range of cheap, data-only mobile plans within the next three months. Canadians regularly complain that they pay some of the highest cell »

Society

Canadians to receive another emergency alert test on Nov. 28

Canadians in every province and territory will receive another alert on Wednesday, Nov. 28, as provincial and territorial emergency management organizations conduct their second test of Canada’s emergency alerting system. The test messages will be distributed through Alert Ready, Canada’s »

Society

Consumers demand action to stop telecom tactics they call abusive

A public regulatory body is holding a second day of hearings into complaints about tactics used to sell phone, cable, internet and wireless services. The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regulates broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada. A coalition of »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

The LINK Online Sun. June 18, 2017

The LINK Online © iStock CANADIAN CHILDREN NOT DOING SO WELL UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, issues an annual report on how countries are doing when it comes to the welfare of their children and youth. This year it revealed that »

Economy, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

UPDATED: Telecom regulator declares broadband Internet basis service in Canada

Broadband access Internet service is now considered a basic telecommunications service for all Canadians, regardless whether they live in major urban centres or remote rural communities, Canada’s national telecommunications regulator declared today. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

A call for faster, cheaper internet for all Canada

“Many Canadians may not know this, but they are paying some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for what’ s widely recognized as poor (internet) service,” says Josh Tabish, campaigns director with OpenMedia, a non-profit which fights to »