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Words by Nowak: Canadians deserve independent, world-class service at affordable rates

Compared to other industrialized countries, Canadian telecom giants reap far higher rewards while offering slow and expensive service. Last Friday's Digital Canada 150 announcement by Industry Minister James Moore contained next to nothing to address that gap. Think Canadians deserve better? Demand choice in our wireless market at http://DemandChoice.ca

Article by Peter Nowak from Words by Nowak

With the imminent unveiling on Friday of Canada’s long-overdue digital strategy – titled Digital Canada 150 – it’s perhaps timely to take a look at how the federal government has fared in its most visible – and often volatile – technology-oriented policy: wireless. Since the declaration in 2007 by then-Industry Minister Jim Prentice that the Canadian wireless market suffered from too high prices and too little choice, the Conservatives have effectively waged war on the country’s three big incumbents, Bell, Rogers and Telus. Read more »


Tech Vibes: Metadata can be even more revealing than eavesdropping

Last week, we discovered that Canadian Telecom giants revealed subscribers' sensitive personal information nearly 19,000 times in a single year. What exactly is so revealing about the data that telecom companies are handing over to law enforcement agencies without a warrant? And how will the government's Bill C-13 make it even easier for telecoms to expose your private information? Find out in the story below.

Article by Mark Stone for Tech Vibes

Information made public last week revealed some scary stats about the Canada Border Services Agency and the data they can easily obtain about us. NDP opposition MP Charmaine Borg forced the release of a sobering disclosure about our border services agents: they made almost 19,000 requests for customer information to telecommunications companies in the span of a single year. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Province of Ontario: Ontario creates powerful protections for wireless consumers

It's a win for Canadians and for our community! The Ontario government has enshrined consumer protections for wireless customers in law, introducing caps on contract cancellation fees and requiring Telecoms to advertise their prices more accurately. This significant decision was made possible by our monthly allies, who helped us work together to create a Cell Phone service roadmap directly cited by the government. To become a monthly Open Media ally, please go to https://openmedia.ca/allies.

Article from Ontario Ministry of Services

Ontario's wireless and cell phone consumers will now get clear information and fewer surprises when they enter into cell phone and wireless services contracts. Read more »


Your letters about privacy are getting published from coast to coast

This is amazing! Canadians from coast to coast have used our Letter-to-the-Editor tool to successfully publish letters in 30 major Canadian newspapers. Check them out below.

Clearly this government has it all wrong when it comes to respecting our right to privacy.

That’s the message coming across again and again in newspaper letter pages right across Canada. It looks like Canadians are fed up with repeated government attempts to invade our privacy - whether through their reckless spy agency CSEC or through Justice Minister MacKay’s new Online Spying Bill C-13. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

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