Weekly News (Feb. 12th-18th)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Márcio E. Gonçalves

Research Assistant, Communications Governance Lab

M.A. Candidate, Communication and New Media, McMaster University

Canadian News: Feb. 05 – Feb. 11, 2018

International News: Feb. 05 – Feb. 11, 2018

Press Releases and Decisions (Feb. 05 – Feb. 11, 2018)

Supreme Court of Canada

Federal Court of Canada

  • In the Matter of Rakuten Kobo Inc. v. the Commissioner Of Competition: Dismissed

o      The Applicant, Rakuten Kobo Inc. [Kobo], is a retailer of electronic books [E-books]. It sought various types of relief in relation to consent agreements [CAs] that the Commissioner of Competition entered into with three of the major publishers of E-books [the Respondent Publishers]. Among other things, Kobo requested a declaration that the CAs were unlawful and invalid, and an order quashing them

Canadian Heritage

CRTC

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Microsoft

Facebook

Apple

Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada

Canadian House of Commons

CRTC

o      Broadcasting Decisions:

▪     Decision relating to the following application considered under the Commission’s Part 1 process:

  • Ebox Inc.
    Complaint alleging Bell Media Inc.’s refusal to provide certain of its programming services
    Public record for this application: 2017-0909-9

▪     Decisions relating to the following applications considered by the Commission at the 11 January 2018 public hearing:

  • Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
    CJGY-FM Grande Prairie and its transmitters CJGY-FM-1 Fort St. John and CJGY‑FM‑2 Dawson Creek – Acquisition of assets (corporate reorganization)
    Public record for this application: 2017-0802-5
  • Bell Media Inc.
    CICZ-FM Midland, CICX-FM Orillia, CJOS-FM Owen Sound and CICS-FM Sudbury – Acquisition of assets
    Public record for this application: 2017-0647-5

o      Telecom Decisions:

▪     Canadian Telecommunications Contribution Consortium Inc. – Application to revise the Procedures for the Operation of the National Contribution Fund, effective 15 February 2018
Public record: 8695-C211-201708794

▪     Forbearance from the regulation of high-capacity / digital data services interexchange private line services on certain additional routes
Public record: 8638-S1-01/98

▪     Relief for area codes 236, 250, 604, and 778 in British Columbia
Public record: 1011-NOC2016-0208

▪     CISC Business Process Working Group – Consensus report BPRE096a regarding readiness of Canadian carriers to implement enhanced Transport Layer Security via Applicability Statement 2
Public record: 8621-C12-01/08

o      Open Consultations:

▪     [BROADCAST POLICY] Broadcasting notice of consultation 2017-359-2 Call for comments on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models – New deadline for comments in the second phase of the proceeding: 13 February 2018

▪     [TELECOM] Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2018-5: Show cause proceeding and call for comments – Telecommunications service providers that have failed to become participants in the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services Inc. – Deadline for submission of interventions 22 February 2018

▪     Additional open consultations

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Parks Canada

Weekly News (Feb. 5-11)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar

Research Assistant, Communications Governance Lab

M.A. Candidate, Communication and New Media, McMaster University

A photograph of the CBC building in Toronto on April 4, 2012. CBC says it plans to launch a paid version of a new CBC TV app that will let viewers watch programs without ads. The broadcaster says in a memo that the new app will allow users to live stream CBC TV, watch episodes on demand on the same day they’re released, see ad-free children’s programing, and see series not aired on the network. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canadian News: Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2018

International News: Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2018

Press Releases and Decisions: Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2018

Senate of Canada

Canadian House of Commons

Federal Court of Canada

  • [TRADEMARKS] Advance Magazine Publishers, Inc. v. Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau: Appeal granted
    • The question in this appeal is whether an ordinary casual consumer, somewhat in a hurry, would look at a menu, notice or website advertising “Bon Appétit Banff” and likely be confused into thinking that the source of the services associated with the “Bon Appétit Banff” trademark was one and the same as the source of the goods or services associated with Advance’s BON APPÉTIT trademarks. If yes, Advance’s opposition to the registration of the Respondent’s trademark should be granted, and the TMOB decision should be overturned.

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Competition Bureau Canada

CRTC

  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-39: Complaint regarding The Weather Network/Météomédia’s use of the term “30 Days”
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-453-1:Videotron Ltd. – Various locations in Quebec – The Commission corrects Videotron G.P. – Acquisition of assets (corporate reorganization), Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-453, 18 December 2017, by adding a new paragraph
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-36: DENIED – Access Communications Co-operative Limited – Regina (including White City), Saskatchewan – Application regarding the broadcasting distribution undertaking serving the above-noted locality, to relieve it from the requirement to contribute to the Independent Local News Fund
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Decision CRTC 2018-44: Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc. – Application for transitional access to incumbent carriers’ fibre-to-the-premises facilities through aggregated wholesale high-speed access services – Public record: 8663-C182-201702598
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Decision CRTC 2018-37: Hay Communications Co-operative Limited – Application to modify the band assignment for the Grand Bend wire centre – Public record: 8663-H3-201709909
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2018-43: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the National Pensioners Federation, the Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of British Columbia, and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in the proceeding that led to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-182 – File numbers: 1011-NOC2016-0116 and 4754-559
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2018-42: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of CNIB in the proceeding that led to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-182 – File numbers: 1011-NOC2016-0116 and 4754-552
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2018-41: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind, Inc. in the proceeding that led to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-182 – File numbers: 1011-NOC2016-0116 and 4754-563
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2018-40: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves the following tariff application: TELUS Communications Inc. TN 531
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2018-38: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff applications: Northwestel Inc. TN’s 1006, 1007, 1008

Global Affairs Canada

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Microsoft

Facebook

Apple

Amazon

Instagram

Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada

Canadian House of Commons

Supreme Court of Canada

Democratic Institutions

CRTC

  • Anticipated releases for the week of 5 to 9 February 2018
    • Broadcasting Decisions
      • Applications by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporationto amend the broadcasting licences for CBSI‑FM Sept-Îles, CBTK-FM Kelowna and CBY Corner Brook
      • Application by VMedia Inc.to add English Club TV to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
    • Telecom Decision
      • CISC Canadian Steering Committee on Numbering – Consensus report CNRE121A regarding an update of unassignable NXXs in the Canadian Non-Geographic Code Assignment Guideline
        Public record: 8621-C12-01/08
    • Open Consultations

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Parks Canada

Weekly News (Jan 15th-21st)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar

Research Assistant, Communications Governance Lab

M.A. Candidate, Communication and New Media, McMaster University

Canadian News: Jan. 15-21, 2018

International News: Jan. 15-21, 2018

Press Releases and Decisions: Jan. 15-21

Supreme Court of Canada

  • [INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY] Vancouver Career College (Burnaby) Inc., dba Vancouver Career College, also dba CDI College, also dba Vancouver College of Art and Design also dba Eminata Group v. Vancouver Community College(B.C.) (Civil) (By Leave) (37498) Intellectual property – Trade-marks – Confusion – Respondent bringing passing off action against applicant with respect to its trademarked name and acronym – In a passing off action concerning online activity, is the element of confusion to be assessed solely when an array of search results are presented to an internet user, or when the user actually visits a defendant’s website? – Does this Court’s holding in Masterpiece Inc. v. Alavida Lifestyles Inc., 2011 SCC 27 concerning “first impressions”, as applied to the internet search context, mean first impressions of the internet search results showing a defendant’s domain name, or first impressions of the defendant’s actual website? The application for leave to appeal is dismissed with costs
  • [DEFAMATION] Ville de Québec c. Association des pompiers professionnels de Québec Inc.(Qc) (Civile) (Autorisation) (37691) Labour relations — Grievances — Defamation — Liability of municipality — Special  mandate — Elected municipal councillor serving as vice‑chair of executive council responsible for labour relations matters acquiescing in defamatory statements made by journalist against group of unionized municipal employees during collective agreement renewal period — Whether municipality is liable for individual wrongful acts of elected municipal official in circumstances like those of this case — Whether municipality, through municipal officers, can and must exercise control over actions and words of elected municipal officials, including their public statements — Whether, in collective grievance context, principles enunciated in Bou Malhab v. Diffusion Métromédia CMR inc., [2011] 1 S.C.R. 214, as regards proof of personal injury must be interpreted differently than in any other class action: The application for leave to appeal is dismissed with costs
  • [PRIVACY] The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that the following appeal and application for leave to appeal were heard on January 16, 2018: Michel Ledoux c. Sa Majesté la Reine(Qc) (Criminelle) (Autorisation) (37779) (Oral hearing on leave application / Audition de la demande d’autorisation d’appel) Criminal law — Interception of private communications — Director of police force wiretapping certain rooms in police station in response to being harassed — Self‑defence — Whether Court of Appeal erred in concluding that defence raised by applicant was defence of mistake of law, not mistake of fact — Whether Court of Appeal erred in concluding that trial judge had erred in law by leaving self‑defence to jury: Dismissed
  • [PRIVACY] The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that the following appeal was heard on January 17, 2018: Her Majesty the Queen in Right of British Columbia v. Philip Morris International, Inc.(B.C.) (Civil) (By Leave) (37524) Legislation – Interpretation – Civil procedure – Discovery – Evidence – Case management judge ordering production of anonymized individual-level data from provincial health databases – Did the British Columbia Courts err in ordering, notwithstanding the privacy protections of the  Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act, S.B.C. 2000, c. 30, (the “Act”), production of the databases containing health care information of the residents of British Columbia – Are the health care databases either “health care records and documents of particular individual insured persons” or “documents relating to the provision of health care benefits for particular individual insured persons” and therefore not compellable under the Act – Does an order removing the names or other identifiers from the databases mean that they are no longer either “health care records and documents of particular individual insured persons” or “documents relating to the provision of health care benefits for particular individual insured persons” – Does a court have an overriding discretion, notwithstanding the privacy protections of the Act, to order production of the health care databases on the basis of “trial fairness”: Reserved

CRTC

  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-21: APPROVED – Cowichan Valley Community Radio Society – Lake Cowichan, British Columbia – Request to revoke the broadcasting licence for the English-language, low-power community radio station CICV-FM Lake Cowichan
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-20: APPROVED – TELUS Communications Inc. – Kelowna, Nanaimo, Penticton, Prince George, Terrace, Vancouver (including Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Whistler and surrounding areas), Vernon and Victoria, British Columbia; Calgary, Edmonton (including St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove and Stony Plain), Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie and Red Deer, Alberta; Saint-Georges, Sept-Îles, Baie-Comeau, Gaspé, Montmagny, Sainte-Marie, Mont Tremblant and surrounding areas, Quebec; and across Canada – Applications for authority to effect a multi-step corporate reorganization resulting in the transfer of various broadcasting assets to TCI
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-19: APPROVED – Comité de la Radio communautaire Huronne-Wyandot inc. – Wendake, Quebec – Application for a broadcasting licence to operate a Type B Native FM radio station in Wendake
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-17: Final offer arbitration request by Quebecor Media Inc. regarding the distribution of TVA Sports by Bell TV
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-12: APPROVED – Byrnes Communications Inc. – Niagara Falls and Fort Erie, Ontario – Application for authority to acquire from Vista Radio Ltd. the assets of the English-language commercial radio stations CJED-FM Niagara Falls and CFLZ-FM Fort Erie
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Decision CRTC 2018-18: Bell Canada – Application to modify the provision of various wholesale services – Public record: 8640-B2-201702200
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2018-22: Northwestel Inc. – Revision to Operation of the Yukon Mobile Radio System – Public record: Tariff Notice 1004
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2018-15: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves the following tariff application: Groupe Maskatel LP, TN 71
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2018-14: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the ex parte application by Northwestel Inc., dated 13 December 2017 (TN 1009)
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2018-13: Bell MTS – Revision to Analogue Private Line – Public record: Tariff Notice 790

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Competition Bureau Canada

Democratic Institutions

  • 2018-01-17 Minister Gould hears from stakeholders on political party leaders’ debates in Toronto: Recognizing that a well-informed, engaged electorate is fundamental to the health and well-being of our democracy, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, met with a cross section of leaders from media, academia and public interest groups today in Toronto to hear their ideas for the creation of an independent commission or commissioner to organize federal political party leaders’ debates in advance of the 2019 election
  • 2018-01-15 Parliamentary Secretary Fillmore hosts first stakeholder roundtable on political party leaders’ debates in Halifax: Recognizing that a well-informed, engaged electorate is fundamental to the health and well-being of our democracy, Parliamentary Secretary Andy Fillmore, on behalf of the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, today met with regional leaders from media, academia and public interest groups to hear their ideas for the creation of an independent commission or commissioner to organize federal political party leaders’ debates in advance of the 2019 election

Copyright Board Canada

  • Recent Decisions
    • [COPYRIGHT] Application by the Royal Canadian Mint for the reproduction of the image of the Angel of Victory sculpture created by Cœur de Lion McCarthy
      File: 2017-UO/TI-19

    • [COPYRIGHT] Access Copyright – Elementary and Secondary Schools (2010-2015)
    • Proposed Tariffs

Microsoft

Twitter

Facebook

Apple

Upcoming Events: Jan. 22-28, 2018

McMaster University

  • Communications Committee Lunch: McMaster students are invited to attend the first ever Communications Committee lunch, a place to discuss current news regarding communications governance. Topics such as privacy, freedom of expression, and access to information will be covered, using current news as the conversation catalyst. Join us at 12:30pm on Thurs., Jan. 25 2018 at the Phoenix Bar and Grill. Food will be provided!

Senate of Canada

  • The Senate sits on January 30, 2018

Canadian House of Commons

  • House reconvenes on January 29, 2018

Global Affairs Canada

  • 2018-01-19 Minister of International Trade to promote benefits of NAFTA and progressive trade in Montreal: The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, will deliver a keynote speech to the Montreal Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and co-host a NAFTA roundtable with Quebec’s Minister of the Economy, Science and Innovation, Dominique Anglade, in Montreal on Monday, January 22, 2018. Media are invited to a photo and video opportunity at the NAFTA roundtable.
  • 2018-01-05 Media accreditation for round six of NAFTA renegotiationsThe sixth round of the renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will take place in Montreal, Canada, from January 23 to 28, 2018
  • 2018-01-18 Ministers to meet in Montreal for round six of NAFTA renegotiations: The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, and Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, will meet in Montreal, Quebec, on Monday, January 29, 2018, as part of the NAFTA renegotiations.

Democratic Institutions

CRTC

  • Anticipated releases for the week of 22 to 26 January, 2018
    • Broadcasting Decisions
      • Decisions related to the applications listed below, considered by the Commission at the 28 November 2017 hearing:
      • Decisions related to the applications listed below, considered by the Commission at the 7 September 2017 hearing:
      • Application by Quebecor Media Inc., on behalf of TVA Group Inc., regarding the condition of licence relating to the broadcast of advertising material for the French-language mainstream sports service TVA Sports
    • Telecom Decision
      • Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now Canada, the National Pensioners Federation, and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre – Application to review and vary Telecom Regulatory Policy 2016-496 regarding affordability
        Public record: 8662-P8-201702853
    • Compliance and Enforcement and Telecom Decision
    • Open Consultations

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Parks Canada

Weekly News (Jan. 8th-14th)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar

Research Assistant, Networked Communications Governance Lab

M.A. Candidate, Communication and New Media, McMaster University

Canadian News: Jan. 8-14, 2018

International News: Jan. 8-14, 2018

Press Releases and Decisions: Jan. 8-14, 2018

CRTC

  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2018-10: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in the application by TELUS Communications Inc. for forbearance from the regulation of billing and collection service – File numbers: 8640-T66-201608408 and 4754-544
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2018-9: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff applications: 9315-1884 Québec inc. (formerly La Cie de Téléphone de Courcelles inc.) TN 46 and 9315-1884 Québec inc. (formerly La Compagnie de Téléphone de Lambton inc.) TN 62
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2018-8: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in the application by Bell Canada for forbearance from the regulation of billing and collection service – File numbers: 8640-B2-201606245 and 4754-539
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2018-7: Streamlined order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the proposed tariff pages filed in the following tariff application: Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership TN 514
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2018-6: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff application: Saskatchewan Telecommunication, TN 343, TN 343A and TN 343B

Global Affairs Canada

  • [NAFTA] 2018-01-09 Foreign Affairs Minister advocates for Canada-United States trade in Washington: No two countries in the world share a stronger or more integrated economic relationship than the United States and Canada. The Government of Canada is working closely with the United States to strengthen our trade relationship and create new opportunities for workers, businesses and middle class families on both sides of the border.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

  • [INTERNET] 2018-01-09 More than 100 rural communities in Manitoba will benefit from faster Internet: The Government of Canada is helping close the connectivity gap in Manitoba through a combined investment of $83.9 million that will enable 112 rural and remote communities to get online and access high-speed Internet. Of these 112 communities, 48 are First Nations and 21 are located in regions without year-round road access. This investment will allow all Manitobans to do business online, participate in distance education and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital age.
  • [NAFTA] 2018-01-12 Minister Bains promotes strong and unified North American automotive sector to benefit both Canada and the U.S.: Minister Bains attends 2018 North American International Auto Show to promote NAFTA and trade January 12, 2018 – Ottawa Canada’s automotive sector is uniquely positioned to design, develop and produce the cars of the future.

Competition Bureau Canada

  • 2018-01-09 Competition Bureau reaches settlement with HarperCollins in ebooks case: The Competition Bureau announced today that it has reached an agreement with publisher HarperCollins which the Commissioner expects will restore retail price competition for ebooks in Canada. This agreement follows a Bureau investigation that concluded an anti‑competitive arrangement between HarperCollins, competing publishers and Apple ultimately led to higher prices for Canadian consumers

Democratic Institutions

National Film Board

Privacy Commissioner

Copyright Board Canada

  • Re:Sound Tariff 6.B – Use of Recorded Music to Accompany Fitness Activities (2013-2017) – STATEMENT OF ROYALTIES TO BE COLLECTED FOR THE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE OR THE COMMUNICATION TO THE PUBLIC BY TELECOMMUNICATION, IN CANADA, OF PUBLISHED SOUND RECORDINGS EMBODYING MUSICAL WORKS AND PERFORMER’S PERFORMANCES OF SUCH WORKS

Microsoft

Facebook

Amazon

Upcoming Events: Jan. 15-21, 2018

McMaster University

  • McMaster students are invited to attend the Communications Committee, a group to discuss current news regarding communications governance. Topics such as privacy, freedom of expression, and access to information will be covered, using current news as the conversation catalyst. Join us at noon on Thurs., Jan. 25 2018.  Location on McMaster campus TBA – watch for an update in the next newsletter.

Senate of Canada

  • The Senate sits on January 30, 2018

Canadian House of Commons

  • House reconvenes on January 29, 2018

Supreme Court of Canada

  • Agenda: January 2, 2018: The Supreme Court of Canada announced today the list of appeals that will be heard from January 8 to January 19, 2018. This list is subject to change.
  • [PRIVACY] Scheduled for 9:30 am on Jan. 16, 2018: Michel Ledoux c. Sa Majesté la Reine(Qc) (Criminelle) (Autorisation) (37779) (Oral hearing on leave application / Audition de la demande d’autorisation d’appel) Criminal law — Interception of private communications — Director of police force wiretapping certain rooms in police station in response to being harassed — Self‑defence — Whether Court of Appeal erred in concluding that defence raised by applicant was defence of mistake of law, not mistake of fact — Whether Court of Appeal erred in concluding that trial judge had erred in law by leaving self‑defence to jury.
  • [PRIVACY] Scheduled for 9:30 am on Jan. 17, 2018: Her Majesty the Queen in Right of British Columbia v. Philip Morris International, Inc.(B.C.) (Civil) (By Leave) (37524) Legislation – Interpretation – Civil procedure – Discovery – Evidence – Case management judge ordering production of anonymized individual-level data from provincial health databases – Did the British Columbia Courts err in ordering, notwithstanding the privacy protections of the  Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act, S.B.C. 2000, c. 30, (the “Act”), production of the databases containing health care information of the residents of British Columbia – Are the health care databases either “health care records and documents of particular individual insured persons” or “documents relating to the provision of health care benefits for particular individual insured persons” and therefore not compellable under the Act – Does an order removing the names or other identifiers from the databases mean that they are no longer either “health care records and documents of particular individual insured persons” or “documents relating to the provision of health care benefits for particular individual insured persons” – Does a court have an overriding discretion, notwithstanding the privacy protections of the Act, to order production of the health care databases on the basis of “trial fairness”.

Global Affairs Canada

CRTC

  • Anticipated releases for the week of 15 to 19 January, 2018

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Parks Canada

Crowdfunding Music and the Democratization of Capital

Does crowdfunding democratize access to economic, social, and cultural capital for musicians? NCGL researchers studied the use of the crowdfunding web site Kickstarter to find out. We conducted content analyses of Kickstarter profiles (focusing on Canadian projects in the music category), surveyed Kickstarter users, and conducted interviews with Kickstarter users doing musical projects, music industry representatives, music funders, and policymakers.

Our results have been written up into an article that is currently under review for publication. When it is published, a version will be made available on this web site. In the meantime, we’ll share with you some of our results.

We wondered whether Kickstarter campaigns were ultimately profitable for the users who run them. We found that the income raised through Kickstarter can be important for the debut musicians who may not have the experience or connections to win a grant or music label support. Most of the money raised is
spent on executing the project; little, if any, of the funds raised by musicians on Kickstarter are used for income or against personal expenses. But, some musicians build on the experience of doing their project, and the reputation gained, to launch careers such as in teaching music.

We wondered whether Kickstarter might help to ameliorate some of the inequalities found in the music industry, where women and visible minorities are under-represented. We found, however, that the same kinds of inequities were replicated on Kickstarter. Traditional granting agencies like FACTOR fared better in our gender equity analysis.

We wondered about the relationship between traditional granting agencies like FACTOR and crowdfunding: is crowdfunding overtaking arts grants? The answer is no; Kickstarter contributes only a fraction of what traditional grants contribute to music funding in Canada. The granting agency FACTOR contributes almost ten times the amount of money that Kickstarter campaigns generate for Canadian independent musicians. However, Kickstarter grants seem to fill a hole for medium-sized projects between $2000 and $10 000 – FACTOR grants are typically $2000 or more than $10 000.

We found that the biggest beneficiary of Kickstarter is…Kickstarter! The platform is a vehicle for the creation of economic, social, and cultural capital for the platform and its owners. The venture capitalists and angel investors who own shares in Kickstarter see significant profits, appropriating the social and cultural capital generated by the platform’s users.

For the full results of this study, or the draft version of the paper, please check back on this web site or
email Sara Bannerman at banners [at] mcmaster [dot]ca

Weekly News (Dec. 11th-17th)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar

Research Assistant, Networked Communications Governance Lab

M.A. Candidate, Communication and New Media, McMaster University

Canadian News: Dec. 11-17, 2017

International News: Dec. 11-17, 2017

Press Releases and Decisions: Dec. 11-17, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada

  • News Release:
  • Judgements in leave to appeal
    • [PRIVACY] Sean Patrick Mills v. Her Majesty the Queen (N.L.) (Criminal) (By Leave) (37518): Charter — Criminal law — Search and seizure — Standing to challenge — Whether accused had reasonable expectation of privacy in emails sent to fictitious on-line personae and surreptitiously captured using a screenshot program by recipient undercover police officers — Whether accused has standing to challenge legality of search and seizure. The application for leave to appeal is granted.
    • [ACCESS TO INFORMATION] Kyla Lee et al. v. Attorney General of British Columbia (B.C.) (Civil) (By Leave) (37735)access to information — Solicitor-client privilege — Email communications between government lawyer and employees of government agency inadvertently disclosed in response to access to information request — Chambers judge held that majority of pages inadvertently disclosed constituted privileged legal advice, that privilege over them had not been waived, but that remaining pages were not privileged — Court of Appeal allowed appeal and varied chambers judge’s order to apply to all pages inadvertently disclosed. The application for leave to appeal is dismissed with costs.
    • [PRIVACY] Thomas Reeves v. Her Majesty the Queen (Ont.) (Criminal) (By Leave) (37676Charter of Rights  – Criminal law – Search and seizure – Consent – Where a person shares a home and its contents with others, can the state rely upon the consent of a third-party co-resident to justify a warrantless search and seizure under s. 8  of the Charter  as against the person whose consent has not been obtained – Whether a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy under s. 8  of the Charter  includes a “risk analysis” of whether the person should reasonably expect that a third party with whom he or she shares a home may become adverse to his or her interests and consent to police entry to seize property from the home, and that it would be open to agents of the state to do so without prior judicial authorization, or any other legal authority – Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s. 8 The application for leave to appeal is granted.
    • [PRIVACY] Diana Michelle Daniella Hordo v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (A United States of America Illinois Registered Mutual Insurer) et al. (Ont.) (Civil) (By Leave) (37650Charter of Rights  – Fundamental justice – Privacy – Judgments and orders – Interlocutory order – Applicant claiming that her private medical information provided by her to her insurer was wrongly transmitted to persons outside of Ontario without her knowledge or consent – Applicant seeking declarations against respondents – Whether lower courts erred in law in dismissing application. The motion for an extension of time to serve and file the application for leave to appeal is dismissed. In any event, had such motion been granted, the application for leave to appeal and all related motions would have been dismissed with costs.
    • [PRIVACY] Michel Ledoux c. Sa Majesté la Reine (Qc) (Criminelle) (Autorisation) (37779) Criminal law — Interception of private communications — Director of police force wiretapping certain rooms in police station in response to being harassed — Self‑defence — Whether Court of Appeal erred in concluding that defence raised by applicant was defence of mistake of law, not mistake of fact — Whether Court of Appeal erred in concluding that trial judge had erred in law by leaving self‑defence to jury. An oral hearing of the application for leave to appeal is ordered in accordance with s. 43(1.2)  of the Supreme Court Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. S-26 . The hearing date will be fixed by the Registrar.)
    • [INTERNET REGULATION] Her Majesty the Queen v. Douglas Morrison (Ont.) (Criminal) (By Leave) (37687) Canadian charter (Criminal) – Constitutional law, Criminal law, Right to life, liberty and security of person – Charter of Rights – Constitutional law – Criminal law – Right to life, liberty and security of the person – Right to a fair hearing – Cruel and unusual punishment – Sentencing – Child luring – Whether the Court of Appeal erred in finding that the presumption of belief in age in s. 172.1(3) of the Criminal Code, R.S.C. c. C-46 infringes the right to be presumed innocent under s. 11(d) of the Charter – In the alternative, if there is a s.11(d) Charter infringement, did the Court of Appeal err in finding that it is not justified under s. 1 of the Charter – Whether the Court of Appeal erred in declaring the mandatory minimum sentence of one year under s. 172.1 (2)(a) of the Criminal Code to be of no force or effect as infringing the right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment under s. 12 of the Charter – Whether the Court of Appeal erred in finding that the reasonable steps requirement in s. 172.1(4) of the Criminal Code did not infringe the right to life, liberty and security of the person under s. 7 of the Charter – Charter of Rights, ss. 1, 7, 11(d), 12; Constitution Act, 1982, s. 52(1). The motion to appoint an amicus curiae is granted. The application for leave to appeal and the application for leave to cross-appeal are granted.

Canadian House of Commons

CRTC

  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-449: Ethnic Channels Group Limited – Across Canada – APPROVED – Application to add INSIGHT UHD, a non-Canadian English-language service, to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-447: Wightman Telecom Ltd. – The province of Ontario – APPROVED – Request to revoke the broadcasting licence for the regional terrestrial pay-per-viewservice
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-446: Canal Savoir – Montréal, Quebec – RENEWED – Broadcasting licence for the television station CFTU-TV Montréal from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-444: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Edmonton and Grande Prairie, Alberta – APPROVED – Application to amend the broadcasting licence for the French-language radio station CHFA-10-FM Edmonton
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-443: Bell Media Inc. – Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Smithers and Terrace, British Columbia – APPROVED – Applications to amend the broadcasting licences for the television stations CJDC-TV Dawson Creek and CFTK-TV Terrace, British Columbia
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-440: Ethnic Channels Group Limited – Across Canada – APPROVED – Request to revoke the broadcasting licence for the national, niche third-language ethnic specialty Category B service Zee Cinema Canada
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-448: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff applications: Bell Canada TN 7546 and TN 7548
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-442: Streamlined order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff applications: 9315-1884 Québec inc. (formerly La Cie de Téléphone de Courcelles inc.) TN 46; 9315-1884 Québec inc. (formerly La Compagnie de Téléphone de Lambton inc.) TN 62; Saskatchewan Telecommunications TNs 343, 343A and 343B
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-441: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves the following tariff application: TN 82 Téléphone Milot inc.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Microsoft

Facebook

Upcoming Events: Dec. 18-24, 2017

Senate of Canada

Canadian House of Commons

  • No planned House of Commons sitting days this week; House reconvenes on Jan. 29

Supreme Court of Canada

  • The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that judgment in the following applications for leave to appeal will be delivered at 9:45 a.m. ESTon Thursday, December 21, 2017. This list is subject to change.
    • [FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION] Madelaine Drolet-Savoie c. Tribunal des professions et autres (Qc) (Civile) (Autorisation) (37666) Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms  – Freedom of expression –Administrative law – Judicial review – Standard of review – Law of professions – Discipline – Barristers and solicitors – What is the standard of review for a disciplinary condemnation for remarks by a lawyer critical of a court which are neither vehement nor impolite? – What is the role of the lawyer with respect to bringing to the public’s attention perceived flaws in the system of justice or the court? – Is it reasonable to require that critical remarks by lawyers be “constructive” or “effective”?
    • [COMMUNICATIONS PRIVILEGE] David Joseph Douglas v. Her Majesty the Queen (Man.) (Criminal) (By Leave) (37700) Charter of Rights  – Criminal – Search and Seizure – Remedy – RMCP executing search warrants – Whether property seized was subject to solicitor-client privilege – Whether the Court of Appeal erred in law in upholding the dismissal of the applicant’s application for an order to quash search warrants issued for the applicant’s legal correspondence, for an order returning the property seized pursuant to the warrants and for a judicial stay of proceedings pursuant to ss. 8  and 24(1)  of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms , and in particular by granting the applicant a remedy that was neither just nor appropriate in the circumstances – ss. 8 24(2)  of the Charter .

CRTC

  • Anticipated releases for the week of 18 to 20 December, 2017
    • Broadcasting Decisions
      • Application by Ethnic Channels Group Limitedto add 360tunebox to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
      • Application by Dufferin Communications Inc.to renew the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial radio station CIDC-FM Orangeville
      • Application by T. Productions Ltd.to renew the broadcasting licence for the commercial ethnic AM radio station CJRJ Vancouver
      • Application by Videotron Ltd.for authority to acquire the assets of Videotron G.P. as part of a corporate reorganization
    • Telecom Decisions
      • Bell Canada – Application to review and vary Telecom Decision 2016-379 regarding the implementation of an outside meet-me point for disaggregated wholesale high-speed access service
        File numbers: 8662-B2-201612391and Bell Canada Tariff Notice 7524
      • Application to review and vary the Commission’s 30 May 2017 letter decision denying certain telecommunications carriers’ request to suspend the City of Calgary’s application regarding municipal access
        Public record: 8662-T66-201705534
      • Application to review and vary a procedural decision regarding the suspension of the City of Gatineau’s application to approve a Municipal Access Agreement
        Public record: 8662-Q15-201705097
      • Rogers Communications Canada Inc. – Allegation of traffic stimulation by Iris Technologies Inc. and Iristel Inc.
        Public record: 8622-R28-201611781
      • Bell Canada and Northwestel Inc. – Request for implementation of a traffic stimulation regulatory framework
        Public record: 8622-B2-201700469
    • Open Consultations
      • [BROADCAST POLICY] Broadcasting notice of consultation 2017-359-2
        Call for comments on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models – Second phase of comments – Deadline for second phase of comments: 31 January 2018
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-429: Notice of applications received Reconsideration of the decisions relating to the licence renewals for the television services of large English-language private ownership groups – Deadline for submission of interventions/comments/answers 23 January 2018
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-428: Notice of applications received Reconsideration of the decisions relating to the licence renewals for the television services of large French-language private ownership groups – Deadline for submission of interventions/comments/answers 23 January 2018
  • [TELECOM] Compliance and Enforcement and Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-405: Call for comments on the implementation of universal blocking of calls with blatantly illegitimate caller identification – Deadline for submission of interventions 18 December 2017
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-450: Call for comments – Review of the reseller registration obligation – Deadline for submission of interventions: 30 January 2018
  • Upcoming hearings:
    • January 16, 2017- Gatineau, Quebec: To consider the establishment of a regulatory framework for next-generation 9 1-1 in Canada. Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC2016-116 View hearing documents (2016-116)

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Weekly news for Dec. 4 2017

Weekly News (Dec. 4 2017)
Compiled by Sumana Naidu, Research Assistant, Networked Communications Governance Lab
and Sara Bannerman, Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance, McMaster University

Canadian News: Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2017

 

International News: Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2017

Press Releases and Decisions: Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada

Federal Court of Appeal

CRTC

  • Minister Joly Announces New Appointment to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
  • Michael Craig and Peter McCallum to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs
  • 2017-423– APPROVED – Dufferin Communications Inc. – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Application to operate an ethnic commercial specialty FM radio station in Winnipeg to replace its ethnic commercial AM radio station CKJS
  • 2017-422– APPROVED – Radio Vallacquoise inc. – Val-des-Lacs, Quebec – Application to operate a low-power, French-language community FM radio station in Val-des-Lacs
  • 2017-418– Radio Communautaire Francophone et Francophile de l’Outaouais Gatineau, Quebec – APPROVED – Application for a broadcasting licence to operate a French-language community AM radio station in Gatineau
  • 2017-415– DENIED – Rogers Media Inc. – Across Canada – Application to amend the broadcasting licence for the national, multilingual multi-ethnic discretionary service OMNI Regional
  • 2017-414– APPROVED – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Thunder Bay and Savant Lake, Ontario – Application to change the authorized contours of CBQL-FM Savant Lake, a rebroadcasting transmitter of the English-language radio station CBQT-FM Thunder Bay, (Radio One)

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

  • [INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY] Release of the 2017 IP Canada Report: The 2017 IP Canada Report shows trends in the use of intellectual property (IP), both domestically and by Canadian innovators and businesses abroad. This report relies both on CIPO’s own internal data and on data from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which collects data from around the world.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Copyright Board of Canada

  • [COPYRIGHT] Tariff 2018: Tariff of Levies to Be Collected by CPCC in 2018 on the Sale, in Canada, of Blank Audio Recording Media
  • [COPYRIGHT] Tariff 2019: Tariff of Levies to Be Collected by CPCC in 2019 on the Sale, in Canada, of Blank Audio Recording Media
  • [COPYRIGHT] Reasons: Copying for Private Use

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Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada

·         Planned and possible Senate sitting days this week: Dec. 4-8 2017

Canadian House of Commons

Supreme Court of Canada

  • [PRIVACY] Judgement to be delivered at 9:45 a.m. EST on Friday, December 8, 2017 IN Nour Marakah v. Her Majesty the Queen (Ont.) (37118): Charter– Criminal law – Search and seizure – Standing to challenge – Whether appellant had reasonable expectation of privacy in text messages sent by him and seized from recipient’s phone – Whether appellant had standing to challenge legality of search and seizure –  v. Telus Communications Co., [2013] 2 SCR 3, 2013 SCC 16.
  • [PRIVACY] Judgement to be delivered at 9:45 a.m. EST on Friday, December 8, 2017in Tristin Jones v. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada et al.(Ont.) (37194): Charter – Criminal law – Search and seizure – Standing to challenge – Search and seizure of historical text messages – Police obtained a Production Order pursuant to s. 487.012 of Part XV of the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46  for records and text messages from a cell phone account – Whether the Court of Appeal erred in upholding the trial judge’s ruling that a Part VI authorization was not required for police to seize text messages temporarily stored in the course of providing service by a service provider – Whether the majority of the Court of Appeal erred in upholding the trial judge’s ruling that the appellant did not have standing to challenge the admissibility of text message conversations in which he was an alleged participant he was not the holder of the cellular telephone account from which the messages were seized – Charter 8.

CRTC

  • Anticipated releases for the week of 4 to 8 December, 2017
    • Telecom Decisions:
      • Bell Canada – Application to review and vary Telecom Order 2017-95
        File number: 8662-B2-201705724
      • Canadian Administrator of VRS (CAV), Inc. – Application requesting video relay service funding for 2018
        File number: 8695-C209-201706400
      • Final 2017 revenue-percent charge and related matters
        File number: 8695-C12-201702481
      • Bell Canada – Application to review and vary a portion of Telecom Decision 2017-56 regarding final terms and conditions for wholesale mobile wireless services
        File number: 8662-B38-201703109
    • Open consultations:
      • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-404: Call for comments on amendments to the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations: Deadline for the receipt of comments is 11 December 2017
      • [TELECOMMUNICATIONS] Compliance and Enforcement and Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-405: Call for comments: Implementation of universal blocking of calls with blatantly illegitimate caller identification; Deadline for submission of interventions: 18 December 2017
      • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-365-1: Notice of hearing 30 April 2017 – Gatineau, Quebec – Applications for the renewal of services with mandatory distribution on the basic service pursuant to section 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act – New deadline for submission of interventions/comments/answers: 8 December 2017- New deadline for submission of the applicants’ replies: 18 December 2017
    • Upcoming hearings:
      • January 16, 2017- Gatineau, Quebec: To consider the establishment of a regulatory framework for next-generation 9 1-1 in Canada. Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC2016-116 View hearing documents (2016-116)

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Weekly News (Nov. 20th-26th)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar

Research Assistant, Networked Communications Governance Lab

M.A. Candidate, Communication and New Media, McMaster University

Canadian News: Nov. 20-26, 2017

International News: Nov. 20-26, 2017

Press Releases and Decisions: Nov. 20-26, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada

  • [IP / COPYRIGHT] Rogers Communications Inc. v. Voltage Pictures, LLC et al.(F.C.) (Civil) (By Leave) 37679 – Legislation – Interpretation, Intellectual property, Copyright – Legislation – Interpretation – Intellectual property – Copyright – What is the scope of the obligations imposed on Canadian Internet Service Providers by sections 41.25 and 41.26 of the Act – Do those obligations supplant ordinary principles from Norwich Pharmacal Co. v. Customs & Excise Commissioners (1973), [1974] A.C. 133 (UK HL) related to third-party discovery orders, and in particular, the principle that a third party should be reimbursed for the costs it incurs: Leave to appeal granted on Nov. 23
  • [IP] Venngo Inc. v. Concierge Connection Inc. c.o.b. as Perkopolis, et al. (Federal Court) (Civil) (By Leave) 37680 – Intellectual property – Trade-marks, Confusion – Intellectual property — Trade-marks — Confusion — How should evidence of actual confusion impact the analysis of whether there exists a likelihood of confusion within the meaning of s. 6 of the Trade-marks Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. T-13 — How should the perspective of the hurried consumer be defined and deployed in the course of assessing whether there exists a likelihood of confusion within the meaning of s. 6 of the Trade-marks Act — What is the appropriate standard of review applicable to a decision that provides no reasons on mandatory criteria of a statutory legal test?: Leave to appeal is dismissed with costs on Nov. 23

CRTC

  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-408: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Halifax and Digby, Nova Scotia – APPROVED – Application to change the authorized contours of CBAF-FM-7 Digby
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-409: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Toronto and Owen Sound, Ontario – APPROVED – Application to change the authorized contours of the rebroadcasting transmitter CBCB-FM Owen Sound
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-413: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Toronto and Owen Sound, Ontario – APPROVED – Application to change the authorized contours of CBL-FM-4 Owen Sound, a rebroadcasting transmitter of the English-language radio station CBL-FM Toronto (Radio 2)
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-410: Streamlined order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff application: Bell Canada TN 7548
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-411: Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) – Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in the proceeding that led to Telecom Decision 2017-171 – File numbers: 8640-B2-201602326 and 4754-525
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-412: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in the proceeding that led to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-235 – File numbers : 1011-NOC2016-0333 and 4754-543

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

  • [WIRELESS] Ottawa aims to attract technology companies and jobs with next-generation mobile test site: The Government of Canada’s Communications Research Centre (CRC) and the City of Ottawa have set up a world-leading 5G test site at Ottawa City Hall. Technology companies and other 5G collaborators are invited to learn from the CRC’s leading work on 5G and showcase their own innovations in the heart of the nation’s capital
  • [BROADBAND] 360 communities in Quebec to benefit from faster Internet: Up to 100,000 households in 360 rural and remote communities in Quebec will be able to do business online, participate in distance education and search for jobs online thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of up to $290 million in high-speed Internet.

Canadian Heritage

Infrastructure Canada

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Copyright Board Canada

  • [COPYRIGHT] Notice of the Board CB-CDA 2017-142: In response to Notice 2017‐139, SOCAN provided a list of parties that have not objected to its proposed tariffs. This list did not identify to which particular proposed tariff the parties have not objected. SOCAN shall refile forthwith a list (per tariff) of the parties that have not objected to its proposed tariffs.

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Upcoming Events: Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada

  • [LIBEL / CHOICE OF FORUM] com, et al. v. Mitchell Goldhar (Ontario) (Civil) (By Leave) 37202 Hearing: Nov. 29 2017, 9:30AM Private international law – Choice of forum – Forum non conveniens – Applicable law – Libel action commenced in Ontario over an article published by an Israeli newspaper in print and on its websites – Motion to stay the action on the basis that Ontario courts lack jurisdiction simpliciter or, alternatively, that Israel is a clearly more appropriate forum – What are the limits, if any, to a Court assuming jurisdiction over an alleged libel on the internet simply because it is downloaded by somebody in Canada? – Further, under what circumstances, if any, can the presumption of jurisdiction be rebutted in cases of internet libel? – How should the principle of forum non conveniens apply to internet libel, in order to “temper the consequences of a strict application of the rules governing the assumption of jurisdiction” and have proper regard for the impact of these rules on freedom of expression? – Should the place of “most substantial harm” rather than lex loci delicti apply to determine the applicable law in defamation actions?

Senate of Canada

Canadian House of Commons

CRTC

  • Anticipated releases for the week of 27 November to 1 December, 2017
    • Broadcasting Decisions

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Copyright Board Canada

  • [COPYRIGHT] Notice of the Board CB-CDA 2017-143: Following the emails received earlier today on behalf of CSI and CMRRA and Counsel for the “Networks”, the deadline to respond to Notice 2017‐138 is hereby extended to Friday, December 1, 2017

Weekly News (Nov. 13th-19th)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar

Research Assistant, Networked Communications Governance Lab

M.A. Candidate, Communication and New Media, McMaster University

Canadian News: Nov. 13-19, 2017

International News: Nov. 13-19, 2017

Press Releases and Decisions: Nov. 13-19, 2017

CRTC

  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-407: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Kelowna and Nakusp, British Columbia – APPROVED – Application to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language radio station CBTK-FM Kelowna in order to operate an FM transmitter in Nakusp to rebroadcast the programming of its national, English language network service Radio One
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-406: Potlotek Communication Society – Chapel Island/Potlotek First Nation, Nova Scotia – APPROVED – Application for a broadcasting licence to operate a low power Type B Native FM radio station in Chapel Island/Potlotek First Nation

Canadian Heritage

Global Affairs

  • Fifth round of NAFTA negotiations in Mexico City

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Competition Bureau

Microsoft

Upcoming Events: Nov. 20-26, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada

  • [LIBEL / CHOICE OF FORUM] com, et al. v. Mitchell Goldhar (Ontario) (Civil) (By Leave) 37202 Hearing: Nov. 29 2017, 9:30AM Private international law – Choice of forum – Forum non conveniens – Applicable law – Libel action commenced in Ontario over an article published by an Israeli newspaper in print and on its websites – Motion to stay the action on the basis that Ontario courts lack jurisdiction simpliciter or, alternatively, that Israel is a clearly more appropriate forum – What are the limits, if any, to a Court assuming jurisdiction over an alleged libel on the internet simply because it is downloaded by somebody in Canada? – Further, under what circumstances, if any, can the presumption of jurisdiction be rebutted in cases of internet libel? – How should the principle of forum non conveniens apply to internet libel, in order to “temper the consequences of a strict application of the rules governing the assumption of jurisdiction” and have proper regard for the impact of these rules on freedom of expression? – Should the place of “most substantial harm” rather than lex loci delicti apply to determine the applicable law in defamation actions?

Senate of Canada

Canadian House of Commons

CRTC

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Weekly News (Nov 6th-12th)

Canadian News: Nov. 6-11, 2017

International News: Nov. 6-11, 2017

Press Releases and Decisions: Nov. 6-11, 2017

House of Commons Committee Meetings:

Supreme Court of Canada

Industry Canada

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

  • [PRIVACY] Make privacy education a greater priority in curricula, privacy guardians urge
  • [PRIVACY] Joint letter to the Council of Ministers of Education

CRTC

Internet usage

Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada

Canadian House of Commons

CRTC

  1. Dufferin Communications Inc.Grimsby/Beamsville, Ontario Application 2014-1355-9
  2. Durham Radio Inc.
    Grimsby/Beamsville, Ontario Application 2017-0257-2
  3. Byrnes Communications Inc.Grimsby/Beamsville, Ontario Application 2017-0261-3
  4. My Broadcasting Corporation
    Georgina, Ontario Application 2015-0361-5
  5. Frank Torres, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated
    Georgina, Ontario Application 2017-0561-7
  6. Radio Markham York Incorporated, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated
    Georgina, Ontario Application 2017-0568-3
  7. TELUS Communications Inc.
    Kelowna, Nanaimo, Penticton, Prince George, Terrace, Vancouver (including Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Whistler and surrounding areas), Vernon and Victoria, British Columbia; Calgary, Edmonton (including St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove and Stony Plain), Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie and Red Deer, Alberta; Rimouski, Saint-Georges, Sept-Îles, Baie-Comeau, Gaspé, Montmagny, Sainte-Marie, Mont-Tremblant and surrounding areas, Quebec; and across CanadaApplications 2017-0446-1 and 2017-0592-2
  8. Videotron Ltd.
    Various locations in Quebec Application 2017-0613-6
  9. Byrnes Communications Inc.
    Niagara Falls and Fort Erie, Ontario Application 2017-0445-3
  10. 2044577 Alberta Ltd.
    Strathmore, Alberta Application 2017-0478-4
  11. Kenneth Collin Brown
    Barriere, British Columbia Application 2017-0437-0
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-365-1: Notice of hearing 30 April 2017 – Gatineau, Quebec – Applications for the renewal of services with mandatory distribution on the basic service pursuant to section 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act – New deadline for submission of interventions/comments/answers: 8 December 2017 – New deadline for submission of the applicants’ replies: 18 December 2017

Innovation, Science and Economic Development