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Balsillie’s Centre for Digital Rights meets with OPC

telecom | 06/21/2018 4:00 pm EDT

A newly-minted data rights group spearheaded by former BlackBerry Ltd. co-CEO Jim Balsillie met with privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien in late May, according to the federal lobbying registry. The Centre for Digital Rights asked to meet with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, where the two discussed the group’s goals and its views on data privacy issues, OPC spokeswoman Tobi Cohen said in an email. “We shared perspectives on a number of privacy issues as this new group wishes to actively promote privacy rights,” Cohen said, adding the OPC regularly meets with a range of...

Matthew Boswell to head Comp Bureau in 1 year interim term

telecom | 05/30/2018 2:26 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau has an interim replacement for outgoing commissioner John Pecman, the government announced Wednesday. Matthew Boswell will assume the position for a one-year term starting Thursday, Innovation Canada said in a press release. Boswell has been the...

Competition Bureau shouldn’t compel market studies: C.D. Howe

telecom | 05/04/2017 8:34 pm EDT

Granting the Competition Bureau additional powers to compel businesses to provide information for market studies “could result in significant costs for Canadian businesses,” according to...

Regional telecom disruption on Competition Bureau’s radar: commissioner

Media | 04/05/2017 4:44 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau will be keeping an eye on how regional telecom providers can disrupt the incumbents’ hold on the market, the commissioner said Tuesday. In a speech to the...

Bell-MTS deal receives final approval, includes Xplornet in ‘surprise twist’

Media | 02/15/2017 3:07 pm EST

The introduction of Xplornet Communications Inc. into Manitoba’s wireless market was a “surprise twist” to the story of BCE Inc.’s $3.9-billion acquisition...

Competition Bureau fines Amazon $1M

Media | 01/11/2017 5:46 pm EST

Amazon.com Inc. must pay a $1-million fine over the pricing practices on its Canadian website following a Competition Bureau investigation. The bureau said in a press release Wednesday that Amazon compared its...

Competition Bureau appoints chief economist

Media | 08/22/2016 4:45 pm EDT

Paul Johnson has been named as the Competition Bureau’s leader of economic analysis, where he will play a key role in merger reviews, the competition commissioner said Monday. In a Monday press release, Johnson, who earned a PhD in economics from the University of Montreal, was announced as the bureau’s new T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics. The role will see Johnson providing “advice directly to the Commissioner on economic matters relating to the Bureau’s high profile cases, including litigation and advocacy, over the two-year term of his...

Comp Bureau approves proposed Sun Media sale

Media | 03/25/2015 2:27 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau said Wednesday it will not challenge Postmedia Network Canada Corp.’s purchase of Quebecor Inc.’s English-language Sun Media newspapers. The bureau said in a Wednesday release that the proposed acquisition is unlikely to lessen or prevent competition, citing several reasons including that Postmedia’s broadsheet...

Competition watchdog suggests ‘separation’ of incumbents’ retail, wholesale

telecom | 08/20/2014 8:03 pm EDT

Competition Commissioner John Pecman said Wednesday the CRTC should consider requiring a "vertical separation" of wholesale and retail operations at Canada’s wireless companies as part of the telecom regulator’s review of wholesale wireless competition. In a filing to the...

Competition Bureau not appealing Chatr decision

telecom | 03/24/2014 6:37 pm EDT

The federal Competition Bureau said Monday it will not appeal a court decision that hit Rogers Communications Inc. with a much lighter penalty than it had sought in relation to Rogers’ claims that its Chatr wireless service...

Incumbents’ wholesale roaming rates ‘unjust’: competition commish

telecom | 02/11/2014 4:48 pm EST

Canadian Competition Commissioner John Pecman called the roaming rates incumbent wireless firms charge new entrants “unjust” and repeated the Competition Bureau’s call for the CRTC...

Competition Bureau wants closer cooperation with CRTC

Media | 10/03/2013 9:05 pm EDT

Last month's deal for more cooperation between the Competition Bureau and the CRTC is “a first step, baby step,” Commissioner of Competition John Pecman said Thursday at a conference in Ottawa. “What really...