CRTC PART 1 APPLICATION BY CAC-COSCO-PIAC REGARDING VIDÉOTRON’S “UNLIMITED MUSIC” UNDUE PREFERENCE
Sept. 1, 2015 -- The Consumers’ Association of Canada (“CAC”), the Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of British Columbia (“COSCO”), and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (“PIAC”), (collectively with CAC and COSCO, the “Applicants” or “CAC-COSCO-PIAC”) file this Application under Part 1 of the Telecommunications Act and pursuant to the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure, regarding the billing practices of Québecor Média and its wholly owned subsidiary Vidéotron (collectively “Vidéotron” or the “Respondent”), in respect of Vidéotron’s “Unlimited Music” service.
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Internet, phone bills in Canada too high, says consumer study
Peter Nowak for CBC News, Mar 23, 2015
Canadians are spending between $100 and $212 a month per household on communications services, according to the report issued Monday by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), an Ottawa-based consumer advocacy group. While all Canadians are feeling the pinch, low-income households are getting particularly hard hit by the cost. These households account for between 8 and 15 per cent of the population, depending on the measure, and an average of 7.6 per cent of their total annual expenditures is going to communications, exceeding spending on clothing, health-care and education.
The study, titled No Consumer Left Behind, suggests five courses of action:
The federal government should amend the Telecommunications, Broadcasting and Radiocommunications Acts to include “affordability” under universal service obligations
Affordability in such cases should be calculated against other relevant expenditures to ensure Canadians don’t have to cut spending on other essentials
The requirements should respect consumer control over expenses and choice of services as much as possible
Any government policy or regulatory initiatives for low-income consumers should be designed with affordability in mind
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission should conduct yearly research on the affordability of the four major services: landline, cellphone, internet and television
The make-up of the Commission has been expanded to include Northerners who appear to be well suited to understanding how the company can fit into government policy and return to making a positive contribution. However, that contribution should not be limited to dumping cash into the provincial coffers. As the Auditor General noted in her report, "there may well be socio-economic benefits to justify subsidizing the ONTC".
Book Review by J. Goss
Humanity’s Saving Grace is Alex Binkley’s first novel. It’s an optimistic space sci-fi. In 2037 our planet is a mess with wars and environmental calamities aplenty.
The Beings have planned the operation very carefully. From their gigantic galaxy ship hidden behind Jupiter, so as not to scare us, the advanced life forms enlist the support of pre-selected earthlings to ease the trauma of first contact.
Being leader Humbaw has warned the ruling council how jumpy we Terrans can be. They don’t want us hurting ourselves. The Beings need our help.
Binkley creates worlds populated by Tons, Renegades, Corens and the Nameless. The book has got battle scenes, backroom politics and romance. There’s even a tiny glimpse of heaven.
I liked Humanity’s Saving Grace. It’s a good read.
Disclosure: My media relations work led to an acquaintance with the author when he was the Ottawa bureau transportation reporter for the Canadian Press. I liked his writing then. I like it even more now and look forward to his next novel.
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Humanity’s Saving Grace, by Alex Binkley
Publisher: Loose Cannon Press
Publication date: 2/8/2014
Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)
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This Steve Munro post begins with a short history #cdnpoli
The Yonge line opened 61 years ago on March 30, 1954, and its signals were quite straightforward given the simplicity of the line as it then was from Eglinton to Union. or most of the route, train detection and spacing was handled by a “fixed block” system:
The line is divided up into “blocks” defined by sections of track that are electrically isolated from each other. Of the two running rails, one provides the ground return for the electrical power, while the other is used to detect the presence of a train. If there is a train in a block, it provides a link between the rails, and the signal rail is grounded.
Blocks can vary in length and, generally speaking, longer blocks are used where trains will move at higher speeds.
At locations where speed control is important, signals can be timed so that they do not clear if an approaching train is operating too quickly.
Read more at stevemunro.ca
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BILL C-51 BACKGROUNDER #5: OVERSIGHT AND REVIEW: TURNING ACCOUNTABILITY GAPS INTO CANYONS?
Canada’s system of national security “oversight” is imperfect. Its system of national security “review” is frayed, perhaps to the breaking point. The government’s antiterrorism law, bill C-51, will accelerate this pattern. Without a serious course correction, we risk the prospect of avertible security service scandals. ...
Craig Forcese is a law professor teaching national security law at the University of Ottawa and a participant in the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.
Kent Roach teaches at the University of Toronto law faculty and worked with both the Arar and Air India commissions.
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