CBC committee needs more francophone minority participation, senator says

A senator from New Brunswick is upset with the advisory committee on modernizing CBC/Radio-Canada because it does not include any experts from francophone minority communities. Canadian Heritage minister Pascale St-Onge unveiled the panel earlier this month.

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FRPC seeking CRTC review of public alerting system

The Forum for Research and Policy in Communications (FRPC) is asking the CRTC to review the broadcasting component of the National Public Alerting System (NPAS). It initially filed the voluminous application in March but revised it Thursday.

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Housakos and Gold battle over CBC in Senate

Conservative senator Leo Housakos continued his party’s attacks on CBC/Radio-Canada during the Senate’s Question Period Wednesday. Government representative in the chamber Marc Gold fired back just as vehemently.

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TekSavvy urges CRTC to block Rogers service cutoff

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. is urgently asking the CRTC to block Rogers Communications Inc. from decommissioning its copper network facilities, according to a Part 1 application obtained by The Wire Report. Scheduled for next week, the move by Rogers would force TekSavvy to disconnect its wholesale services. 

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Privacy tribunal needed in Digital Charter, ISED continues to tell MPs

The House of Commons Industry Committee continued its clause-by-clause study of Bill C-27, the Digital Charter Act Wednesday. Discussion centred around whether or not a privacy tribunal is needed.

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Éric Forest defends CBC to colleagues in Senate debate

Éric Forest of the Independent Senators Group took to the floor of the Red Chamber Tuesday to defend CBC/Radio-Canada. He was speaking to a motion introduced by Progressive Senator Andrew Cardozo.

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Privacy commissioner flags excessive site blocking, privacy risks in age verification bill

A Senate bill aimed at protecting children from the harms of exposure to online pornography risks stepping on the free speech and privacy rights of Canadians, according to the national privacy watchdog and a government official. 

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CRTC defends regulatory policies in Senate, asserts lower prices for consumers

The CRTC defended its telecommunications mandate before a skeptical Senate panel Tuesday, telling the transport and communications committee that past practices are leading to lower prices for consumers.

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Private rights of action could undermine privacy commissioner, MPs told

Conservative MPs on the House of Commons industry committee continued their assault Monday on the suggested Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal found in the Digital Charter Act, Bill C-27. Representatives of the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) cautioned against such a move.

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INDU debates necessity of privacy tribunal in Bill C-27

During the House of Commons’ industry committee’s ongoing clause-by-clause study of Bill C-27, the Digital Charter Act, Conservative MPs sparked debate on whether the bill’s proposed privacy tribunal is necessary. 

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