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Top Canadian consumer law group funding crisis
Help Save PIAC #Netneutrality #consumerprotection
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has defended the public interest in the face of corporate greed and government inaction and indifference since 1976. Today, however, PIAC faces its greatest challenge: survival.
https://www.piac.ca/
Usually, now you would be receiving our 2017 Annual Dinner invitation. We are very grateful and thankful that you and others have been participants at PIAC dinners over the years and support our cause in many other ways.
However, this year, PIAC finds itself unable even to afford to host our Annual Dinner. PIAC faces an acute cash crisis that threatens to shut us down by year end.
DONATE NOW: HELP SAVE PIAC
This crisis has been caused by factors generally affecting all public interest groups, such as: increased scrutiny of public interest interventions before regulatory boards; flat or falling government funding for consumer research; donor fatigue; unfunded consultation inundation; and increased CRA scrutiny.
Only by filling our immediate cashflow needs, and establishing increased public support, can PIAC continue to bring you such consumer protection as: the Wireless Code, the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services, a ban on paper bill fees in telecommunications, an effective end to misleading premium texts, rebates of overcharging by telecommunications providers; pick and pay television and a skinny basic packages; and hopefully, by this time next year, an Airline Passenger Bill of Rights. By donating, you will help PIAC to effectively keep the representation of consumer advocacy alive across all of Canada.
DONATE NOW: HELP SAVE PIAC
Please donate now. Only with your help can PIAC continue to protect the public interest, your interest, in important public services. You can help keep prices down and quality up by supporting PIAC. Please consider a generous, tax-deductible donation of these amounts to be “seated” (if you wish to display your name) at PIAC’s virtual dinner:
$500.00 – to be “seated” next to our fantastic featured speaker
$350.00 – to be “seated” next to PIAC’s beleaguered Executive Director and General Counsel
$250.00 – to be “seated” at a table with PIAC’s dedicated Board of Directors
$150.00 – to be “seated” at a table with PIAC’s fantastic staff
DONATE NOW: HELP SAVE PIAC
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/14349
Thank you all so much for helping to keep PIAC fighting for the public interest!
John Lawford
Executive Director and General Counsel, PIAC
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Peter Nowak, 20-channel package for $17.95 per month
Toronto-based VMedia is offering internet users a “skinny basic” package over Roku devices that replicates a cable connection, more or less exactly. There’s a TV guide, a full schedule, and you can flip channels, which include CBC, CTV, CityTV and the big U.S. networks: NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox, plus others.

The service has a number of advantages over traditional cable. For one thing, it’s way cheaper. VMedia’s 20-channel package is only $17.95 per month, which is even lower than the CRTC’s mandated cap of $25 for traditional skinny basic TV.
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The Chocolate Woopie Pie – I still can’t get over that name – itself is made of the same dense dark chocolate pastry as the Raspberry Truffle, but instead of a jelly filling, it has the whipped cream found in the Strawberry Shortcake donut.
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Brian Jackson, IT business, April 6, 2016
BitGold works with KPMG as a third-party auditor, and complies with bank-grade Know Your Customer regulations. The company is positioning itself as an alternative to BitCoin that is friendly with regulators, so the name is no accident. It doesn’t use blockchain technology however, instead referring to a “digital ledger” that tracks transaction history.
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At the heart of the matter is an effort by Bell to overturn a CRTC decision last summer that granted small telcos access to the ultra-high-speed fibre internet network Bell is building.
A similar regulatory structure has been in place for years in non-fibre internet services. Small internet resellers like TekSavvy or Primus buy bandwidth from big telcos like Rogers or Bell and resell it to customers, often at prices that undercut the big players.
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Peter Nowak, 
Giving the CCTS power to address billing and contract disputes is a good move, but it won’t solve the problems with skinny basic. The complaints agency can’t, after all, stop TV providers from adding hardware rental fees or do anything to affect the prices they charge on channel packages.

That burden still rests with the CRTC, which is continuing to take a wait-and-see approach despite promising to take action without hesitation.
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