Bell is lobbying the Canadian government for a “free pass” from new customer protection rules

Bell Canada (BCE Inc.) is rolling the dice on a political gamble that, if successful, will mean the death of affordable Internet access for Canadian households and businesses.

On October 21, The Globe and Mail reported that BCE Inc. was appealing to the then freshly-elected Trudeau government, asking the incoming cabinet to overturn a pro-customer July ruling from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

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Topics: Affordability

Press Progress: Will Canada actually have a "full and open" debate on the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Now that the TPP deal is out, it's time for an open debate. 

Article by PressProgress

What the heck is going on with the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Do you know?

If you thought Canada was set to have a "full and open" debate on the merits of the TPP, along with a "fulsome and responsible discussion" in the House of Commons, think about this: Read more »

Ottawa Citizen: Groups want broad public consultations on anti-terror law

Civil liberty groups and experts are looking forward to an open consultation on C-51. Over to you, Minister Trudeau. 

Article by Ian Macleod for the Ottawa Citizen

A coalition of about a dozen civil liberty and privacy protection organizations is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to launch broad public consultations on planned reforms to the controversial Anti-terrorism Act of 2015. Read more »

U.S. President Obama confirms Canada will sign the TPP…?

This morning U.S. President Barack Obama declared that Canada and the U.S. will both “soon be signatories” to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The statement was made on the sidelines of the APEC conference in the Philippines, and comes as a surprise to Canadians who were under the impression that Canada was going to make its own decision about whether or not to be party to the agreement that would stifle innovation and restrict our online freedoms.

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CBC: After Paris, there will be no stopping the surveillance state now

No culture of fear is going to make us sacrifice our privacy.

Article by Neil Macdonald for CBC News

An old acquaintance who spent years in Canada's secret world, where he developed a you-don't-know-the-half-of-it smile, regularly sends me taunting emails and links.  

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Topics: Online Spying

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