CRTC approves 988 crisis number, won’t start until next year

Following months of discussion, the CRTC has finally implemented the use of 988 as an emergency number for health care crises and suicide prevention services. In a lengthy decision released Wednesday, the commission said migration to 10-digit dialing is needed to facilitate the 988 code. Telecom service providers (TSPs) have until May 31 of next year to transition. 988 services must be implemented by Nov. 30, 2023 or within six months of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) determining to which 1-8XX numbers calls to the three-digit number should be routed.

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Senator hopes ‘nonpartisan’ committee study of C-11 will clear up ‘misinformation’ around Online Streaming Act

The Senate’s upcoming review of the Online Streaming Act will be a good opportunity to clear up “misinformation” circulated by opponents of the bill and dive into concerns dismissed by its proponents, according to Alberta senator Paula Simons, who added it is the Senate’s responsibility to explain to Canadians what the bill actually does and does not do.

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Tories take aim at future of CBC in leadership race

The CBC/ Radio-Canada’s English services may have a target on its back, depending on who wins the Conservative leadership race, after three of the five candidates in the running said they want to defund the public broadcaster while the remaining two are calling for changes to its mandate.

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