Highlights/data

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Lack of competition blamed for high cost of cell phone plans

Canada’s Competition Bureau has found that wireless plans are more expensive in parts of Canada where the three major telecom companies have no strong competitor. Canadians have long complained they pay some of the highest prices for cell phone plans» 

International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Privacy law toughened in EU, Canada urged to follow suit

All 28 countries in the European Union will have to follow new data and privacy rules that go into effect May 25, 2018 and Canada should change its law too, to better protect individuals, says a former privacy commissioner of» 

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Privacy commissioner calls for action to protect personal information

Appearing before a committee of the House of Commons, the privacy commissioner said Canada’s privacy law is “quite permissive and gives companies wide latitude to use personal information for their own benefit.” Daniel Therrien said it is not enough to» 

Society

Fatal encounters with police analysed by CBC

Each year, about 30 people die at the hands of police in Canada, and the public broadcaster, CBC, has collected information to shed light on these fatal confrontations. There are several police services across Canada and no single official body» 

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, Environment, Health, Immigration & Refugees, Indigenous, Society

Statistics Canada- 100 years of vital data gathering

Canada’s national agency which compiles statistics on virtually all aspects of Canadian life, turns 100 this year. It’s a fascinating record of data on how a nation has been growing, and changing. Anil Arora is Chief Statistician of Canada Statistics» 

International

Facebook breach of trust: what to do now?

The news that data gleaned from millions of Facebook users was manipulated to sway the U.S. election signals the beginning of the age of information warfare, says Megan Boler, a professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto.» 

Health

Doctors seek better data on maternal deaths

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) is calling for uniform data collection on why women die or get seriously ill after childbirth and wants it to include information about drug use, suicide, violence and accidents. Doctors are» 

Politics, Society

Judge slams spy agency for keeping data illegally

Federal Court Justice Simon Noel sharply criticized the domestic spy agency, CSIS, for illegally keeping electronic data on people even though they posed no security threat. Noel said the intelligence service was not truthful with judges who were called on» 

International, Society

Canada plans new border exit controls

The Canadian government is considering a law that would allow it to collect information on people who are leaving the country. Canada is the only member of the five-nation security group (which includes the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand)» 

Health, Society

Privacy watchdog monitors electronic health devices

Canada’s privacy commissioner has joined a network of privacy watchdogs in other countries to monitor the collection of personal information by electronic devices. Canada will focus its efforts on various health devices such as fitness trackers, smart scales, and sleep monitors.»