Weekly News (Apr. 16th – 22nd)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar and Sumana Naidu

Research Assistants, Communications Governance Lab

Canadian News: Apr. 9 – 15

International News: Apr. 9 – 15

Press Releases and Decisions: Apr. 9 – 15

House of Commons

Supreme Court of Canada

  • [PRIVACY] Frederic Dwayne Wilson v. Her Majesty the Queen(B.C.) (Criminal) (By Leave) Charter of Rights  – Search and seizure – Reasonable expectation of privacy – Whether the Court of Appeal erred by concluding that the applicant did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the common areas of the condominium complex in which his suite was located or in the video surveillance footages of those common areas – Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s. 8.[…] The application for leave to appeal is dismissed.

CRTC

  • Broadcasting Decisions
  • 2018-122 – APPROVED – RNC MEDIA Inc. – Rouyn-Noranda, Ville-Marie, Fabre, Val-d’Or, Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Joutel and Matagami, Québec – Application to revoke the broadcasting licence for the French-language conventional television station CKRN-DT Rouyn-Noranda and its transmitters
  • 2018-118 – DISMISSED – Unifor and its Locals 723M and 830M – Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and Urban Alliance on Race Relations – Across Canada – Complaints against Rogers Media Inc. alleging non-compliance with OMNI Regional’s third-language news requirement
  • Telecommunications
  • Orders
  • 2018-126 – Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of l’Union des consommateurs in the proceeding initiated by Telecom Notice of Consultation 2017-92 – File numbers: 1011-NOC2017-0092 and 4754-575
  • 2018-125 – Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the National Pensioners Federation and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in the proceeding initiated by Telecom Notice of Consultation 2017-92 – File numbers: 1011-NOC2017-0092 and 4754-573
  • 2018-124 – Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in the proceeding initiated by TELUS Communications Inc.’s application relating to Telecom Decision 2016-171 – File numbers: 8638-T66-201607433 and 4754-542
  • 2018-121 – Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff application: Northwestel Inc. TN 1012
  • 2018-120 – Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff applications: Bell Canada TN 7555 and CoopTel TN 82
  • 2018-119 – Streamlined order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff applications: Bell Canada TNs 7554 and 7556; Northwestel Inc. TNs 1013 and 1014
  • Regulatory Policies
    • 2018-123 – Review of the competitor quality of service regime – Public record: 1011-NOC2017-0049
    • Open Consultations
  • Telecommunications

Application for Occasional Use Wireless Services

Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Implementation plan for local competition in Aylmer, Ontario – Amtelecom/ Iristel

Amtelecom Limited Partnership

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Microsoft

Facebook

Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada

  • Sitting days this week: April 17th-20th, 2018; Committee events this week: April 16th-20th, 2018

House of Commons

CRTC

  • The CRTC plans to issue the following decisions and/or regulatory policies in the coming week. This list may be incomplete and is subject to change without notice.
  • Broadcasting Decision:
  • Decision relating to the following application considered under the Commission’s Part 1 process:

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
CBU-FM Vancouver and its transmitter CBU-FM-5 Prince George; CBUF-FM Vancouver and its transmitter CBUF-FM-4 Prince George – Technical changes
Public record for these applications: 2018-0033-4 and 2018-0034-2

  • Telecom Decision:
  • Bell Canada and TELUS Communications Inc. – Applications for forbearance from the regulation of pay telephone access line services
    Public record: 8640-B2-201606534and 8640-T66-201608606
  • Upcoming Hearings
  • April 30, 2018– Gatineau, Quebec

To Consider the broadcasting applications listed in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-3652017-365-1 and 2017-365-2

View hearing documents (2017-365)

3D Printing & Open Innovation: Intellectual Property, the Creative Commons & the New Economy

3D Printing & Open Innovation: Intellectual Property, the Creative Commons & the New Economy

Dr Matthew Rimmer, Professor of Intellectual Property & Innovation Law, Queensland University of Technology

Fri., April 20, 2017

2:30-3:30 PM

Sherman Centre, 

1st floor Mills Library

This presentation will consider 3D printing in terms of intellectual property, the Creative Commons, and the New Economy.  It will explore the use of open licensing in the context of the maker movement, 3D printing and additive manufacturing. The traditional historical categories of intellectual property have been disrupted by the cross-cutting technologies and cultural practices of the Maker Movement. There have been conflicts and skirmishes over copyright law and 3D printing – such as in the dispute over Katy Perry and Left Shark. 3D printing has also raised issues about the operation of copyright exceptions, intermediary liability, and technological protection measures. 3D printing firms have been anxious about the impact of the Supreme Court of the United States decision in Star Athletica about the relationship between the public domain, copyright law, and designs law. The topic of 3D printing and the right of repair has been significant in a number of areas of intellectual property (including designs law). Trademark holders have explored partnerships and collaborations with 3D printing companies – as well as enforcement actions. In patent law, 3D printing raises issues about patentable subject matter, patent infringement, and patent exceptions – particularly the defence of experimental use. The dispute between Desktop Metal Inc. and Markforged Inc. over patent law, trade secrets, and contract law in metal 3D printing is an important case study. There has been a tension between the proprietary approaches of start-up companies (particularly in respect of trade secrets), and the open ethos of the maker movement. One of the key features of the State of the Commons Report 2016 was the increasing use of creative commons licenses in the context of 3D printing.  There has been much discussion about 3D printing in terms of open licensing, open education, open data, and open innovation.

Biography

Dr Matthew Rimmer is a Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Faculty of Law, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He is a leader of the QUT Intellectual Property and Innovation Law research program, and a member of the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (QUT DMRC) the QUT Australian Centre for Health Law Research (QUT ACHLR), and the QUT International Law and Global Governance Research Program (QUT IP IL). Rimmer has published widely on copyright law and information technology, patent law and biotechnology, access to medicines, plain packaging of tobacco products, intellectual property and climate change, and Indigenous Intellectual Property. He is currently working on research on intellectual property, the creative industries, and 3D printing; intellectual property and public health; and intellectual property and trade, looking at the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the Trade in Services Agreement.

Rimmer is currently working as a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project on “Inventing The Future: Intellectual Property and 3D Printing” (2017-2020). This project aims to provide guidance for industry and policy-makers about intellectual property, three-dimensional (3D) printing, and innovation policy. It will consider the evolution of 3D printing, and examine its implications for the creative industries, branding and marketing, manufacturing and robotics, clean technologies, health-care and the digital economy. The project will examine how 3D printing disrupts copyright law, designs law, trade mark law, patent law and confidential information. The project expects to provide practical advice about intellectual property management and commercialisation, and boost Australia’s capacity in advanced manufacturing and materials science. Along with Dinusha Mendis and Mark Lemley, Rimmer is the editor of the forthcoming collection, 3D Printing and Beyond (Edward Elgar, 2018).

Weekly News (Apr. 9th – 15th)

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 (April 02 – April 08, 2018)

International News (April 02 – April 08, 2018)

Press Releases and Decisions (April 02 – April 08, 2018)

Supreme Court of Canada

  • [PRIVACY] Her Majesty the Queen v. Eric Talbot (Ontario) (Criminal) (By Leave) Crown denied an assistance order that would compel accused to provide swipe pattern required to unlock smart phone – Whether application judge misconstrued the principle against self-incrimination and erred by concluding that the assistance order would violate s. 7 of the Charter? The application for leave to appeal is dismissed for want of jurisdiction.

Canadian Heritage

Competition Bureau Canada

CRTC

o     Broadcasting Decision:

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

▪     Unifor and its Locals 723M and 830M

▪     Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and Urban Alliance on Race Relations

▪     Complaints against Rogers Media Inc. alleging non-compliance with OMNI Regional’s third-language news requirement

▪     Public record for these applications: 2017-0975-0 and 2017-0977-6

o     Telecom Regulatory Policy:

▪     Review of the competitor quality of service regime

▪     Public record: 1011-NOC2017-0049

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Microsoft

Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada

  • The Senate resumes Monday, April 16, 2018.

Canadian House of Commons

  • The House is adjourned until Monday, April 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT). The agenda is not available yet.

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. EDT on Thursday, April 12, 2018. This list is subject to change.:

o     […][PRIVACY] Frederic Dwayne Wilson v. Her Majesty the Queen (B.C.) (Criminal) (By Leave) Charter of Rights  – Search and seizure – Reasonable expectation of privacy – Whether the Court of Appeal erred by concluding that the applicant did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the common areas of the condominium complex in which his suite was located or in the video surveillance footages of those common areas – Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s. 8.[…]

CRTC

Weekly News (Apr. 3rd – 8th)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar and Sumana Naidu

Research Assistants, Communications Governance Lab

Canadian News: Mar. 26 – Apr. 1

International News: Mar. 26 – Apr. 1

Press Releases and Decisions: Mar. 26 – Apr. 1

Federal Court of Appeal

Senate of Canada

House of Commons

  • Ethics Committee [ETHI]

CRTC

–  Christianne Laizner to the Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Association of Wireless Internet Providers (CanWISP)

  • Broadcasting Decisions
  • 2018-107 – APPROVED – Corus Entertainment Inc., on behalf of 7202342 Canada Inc. – Across Canada – Application to revoke the broadcasting licence for the national, English-language discretionary service Sundance Channel
  • Telecom Decisions
  • 2018-109 – Saskatchewan Telecommunications – Application for forbearance from the regulation of residential local exchange services – Public record: 8640-S22-201711648
  • 2018-108 – CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee – Consensus reports on a proposed wireless public alerting test alert schedule and methodology – Public record: 8621-C12-01/08
  • Open Consultations
  • Broadcasting
  • Notice of hearing – 31 May 2018 – Gatineau, Québec
  • 2017-0880-2

3305670 Nova Scotia Company

5777152 Manitoba Ltd.

Aujourd’hui l’Espoir

Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.

Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.

International Harvesters for Christ Evangelistic Association Inc.

International Harvesters for Christ Evangelistic Association Inc.

Kebaowek First Nation (SDEC)

Newcap Inc.

Northern Radio Corp.

Rogers Media Inc.

WOW Unlimited Networks Inc.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Facebook

Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada

  • No sitting days this week

House of Commons

  • No sitting days this week

CRTC

  • Anticipated releases for the week of 3 April to 6 April 2018
  • Broadcasting Decisions
  • Parrsboro Radio Society
    • CICR-FM Parrsboro – Licence renewal
    • Public record for this application: 2016-0994-2

Upcoming Hearings:

Weekly News (Mar. 26th – Apr. 1st)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Sara Bannerman and Márcio E. Gonçalves (Research Assistant, Communications Governance Lab)

Canadian News (March 19-25, 2018)

International News (March 19-25, 2018)

Press Releases and Decisions (March 19-25, 2018)

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Competition Bureau Canada

CRTC

  • Broadcasting decision 2018-104
    [2018-03-23 11:00]
    APPROVED – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Kelowna and Winlaw, British Columbia – Application to change the authorized contours of CBUJ-FM Winlaw, a rebroadcasting transmitter of the English-language radio staion CBTK-FM Kelowna
  • Broadcasting decision 2018-103
    [2018-03-23 11:00]
    APPROVED – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Edmonton and Manning, Alberta – Application to change the authorized contours of CBXM-FM Manning, a rebroadcasting transmitter of the English-language radio station CBX-FM Edmonton, Alberta
  • Broadcasting decision 2018-102
    [2018-03-23 11:00]
    APPROVED – THEMA Canada Inc. – Across Canada – Applications to add the non-Canadian programming services listed in the Decision to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
  • Broadcasting decision 2018-101
    [2018-03-23 11:00]
    APPROVED – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Sudbury and Geraldton, Ontario – Application to change the authorized contours of CBON-FM-22 Geraldton, a rebroadcasting transmitter of the radio station CBON-FM Sudbury
  • Telecom decision 2018-100
    [2018-03-22 11:00]
    Revocation of basic international telecommunications services licences
  • Telecom order 2018-99
    [2018-03-22 11:00]
    Wholesale mobile wireless roaming service tariffs – Final rates – Public record: Bell Mobility Tariff Notices 1B, 1C, and 4; Rogers Communications Partnership Tariff Notice 42; and TELUS Communications Company Tariff Notice 501
  • Telecom notice of consultation 2018-98
    [2018-03-22 11:00]
    Call for comments Lower-cost data-only plans for mobile wireless services – Public record: 1011-NOC2018-0098
  • Telecom decision 2018-97
    [2018-03-22 11:00]
    Reconsideration of Telecom Decision 2017-56 regarding final terms and conditions for wholesale mobile wireless roaming service – Public record: 1011-NOC2017-0259
  • Telecom order 2018-96
    [2018-03-21 11:00]
    Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff application: ISP Telecom Inc. TN 17 and TN 17A
  • Broadcasting notice of consultation 2018-95
    [2018-03-20 11:00]
    Notice of application received – Across Canada – Deadline for submission of interventions/comments/answers: 19 April 2018
  • Broadcasting order 2018-94
    [2018-03-20 11:00]
    Broadcasting Licence Fees – Part I
  • Telecom order 2018-93
    [2018-03-19 11:00]
    Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff application: Northwestel Inc. TN 1012

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Facebook

Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada

  • Sitting days this week: Mar 27-29; Committee events this week: Mar 26-29 2018

Canadian House of Commons

CRTC

  • Anticipated releases for the week of 26 to 29 March 2018: The CRTC plans to issue the following decisions and/or regulatory policies in the coming week. This list may be incomplete and is subject to change without notice.

Telecom Decisions:

  • CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee – Consensus reports on a proposed wireless public alerting test alert schedule and methodology – Public record: 8621-C12-01/08
  • Saskatchewan Telecommunications – Application for forbearance from the regulation of residential local exchange services  – Public record: 8640-S22-201711648
  • New Consultations:

o     Telecom notice of consultation 2018-98
[2018-03-22 11:00]
Call for comments Lower-cost data-only plans for mobile wireless services – Public record: 1011-NOC2018-0098

o     Broadcasting notice of consultation 2018-95
[2018-03-20 11:00]
Notice of application received – Across Canada – Deadline for submission of interventions/comments/answers: 19 April 2018

  • Upcoming Hearings:

o     27 March 2018 – Gatineau, Quebec
To Consider the broadcasting applications listed in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2018-16.
View hearing documents (2018-16)

o     April 30, 2018 – Gatineau, Quebec
To Consider the broadcasting applications listed in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-3652017-365-1 and 2017-365-2
View hearing documents (2017-365)

Global Affairs Canada

Weekly News (Mar. 19th – Mar. 25th)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar and Sumana Naidu

Research Assistants, Communications Governance Lab

Canadian News: Mar. 12 – 18

International News: Mar. 12 – 18

Press Releases and Decisions: Mar. 12 – 18

Supreme Court of Canada

Federal Court of Appeal

CRTC

  • Broadcasting Decisions
  • 2018-91 – Sirius XM Canada Inc. – Across Canada – APPROVED – Proposal to contribute a portion of the tangible benefits to the Broadcast Participation Fund – DENIED – Proposal to contribute a portion of the tangible benefits to the proposed Sirius XM Amp’d Fund/Fond Survolté
  • 2018-86 – Ethnic Channels Group Limited – Across Canada – APPROVED – Applications to add the non-Canadian programming services Mello TV, TVI FIÇCAO, TVI24, RTP Açores Internacional and RTP3 to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
  • Telecom Decisions
  • 2018-92 – Streamlined order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff application: Northwestel Inc. TN 1011
  • 2018-90 – Streamlined order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff application: IXICA Communications Inc. TNs 3 and 3A
  • 2018-89 – Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in the proceeding initiated by TBayTel’s application for an extension of the implementation date for certain new requirements in the Wireless Code – File numbers: 8665-T8-201707259 and 4754-585
  • 2018-88 – Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of l’Union des consommateurs in the proceeding initiated by TELUS Communications Inc.’s application for an extension of the implementation date for certain new requirements in the Wireless Code – File numbers: 8665-T66-201710708 and 4754-578
  • 2018-87 – Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in the proceeding initiated by TELUS Communications Inc.’s application for an extension of the implementation date for certain new requirements in the Wireless Code – File numbers: 8665-T66-201710708 and 4754-577
  • Newly-announced Consultations
  • Broadcasting
    • Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation Inc.

Radio (ethnic)

Renewal – apparent non-compliance

Canadian Content Development Contributions Renewal of licence

Calgary, AB

CKYR-FM

2017-0696-2

Application to Review and Vary Order 2017-424

TELUS Communications Inc.

Innovation, Science, and Economic Development

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Facebook

Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada

  • Committee meetings, fixed, and possible sitting days this week: March 19-23

Canadian House of Commons

CRTC

  • Anticipated releases for the week of 19 March to 23 March 2018
  • Broadcasting Decisions
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
    • CBTK-FM Kelowna and CBUJ-FM Winlaw – Technical changes
    • Public record for this application: 2017-1170-6
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
    • CBON-FM Sudbury and its transmitter CBON-FM-22 Geraldton – Technical changes
    • Public record for this application: 2017-1076-5
  • THEMA Canada
    • Addition of various non-Canadian programming services to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
    • Public record for these applications: 2017-1197-9 and 2017-1198-7
  • Telecom Decisions
    • Reconsideration of Telecom Decision 2017-56 regarding final terms and conditions for wholesale mobile wireless roaming service
  • Upcoming Hearings
    • 27 March 2018 – Gatineau, Quebec
      • To Consider the broadcasting applications listed in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2018-16.

Weekly News (Mar. 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 (March 5-11, 2018)

International News (March 5-11, 2018)

Press Releases and Decisions (March 5-11, 2018)

Senate of Canada

Canadian Heritage

CRTC

  • Telecom decision 2018-85
    2018-03-08 11:00
    CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee – Consensus report on a proposed wireless public alerting awareness and education campaign – Public record: 8621-C12-01/08
  • Telecom decision 2018-84
    2018-03-07 11:00
    TELUS Communications Inc. – Application for forbearance from the regulation of billing and collection service – Public record: 8640-T66-201608408
  • Telecom decision 2018-83
    2018-03-07 11:00
    Bell Canada – Application for forbearance from the regulation of billing and collection service – Public record: 8640-B2-201606245
  • Telecom decision 2018-82
    2018-03-05 11:00
    Iristel Inc. – Application regarding the implementation of local competition in the exchange of Aylmer, Ontario – Public record: 8663-J64-201611913

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Microsoft

Facebook

Apple

Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada

  • Senate next sits March 20, 2018

Canadian House of Commons

  • The House is adjourned until Monday, March 19, 2018.

CRTC

  • Anticipated releases for the week of 12 to 16 March 2018: The CRTC plans to issue the following decisions and/or regulatory policies in the coming week. This list may be incomplete and is subject to change without notice.

o   Broadcasting Decisions:

  • Decisions relating to the following applications considered under the Commission’s Part 1 process:
  • Sirius XM Canada: Tangible benefits proposal filed by Sirius XM Canada Inc.  Public record for this application: 2017-0560-0
  • Ethnic Channels Group Limited: Addition of various non-Canadian programming services to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution: Public record for these applications: 2017-1155-7, 2017-1072-3, 2017-1075-7, 2017-1082-2 and 2017-1084-8
  • Public Hearings at the Commission Headquarters, Gatineau, Quebec, March 27 at 11 AM
  • Newly-announced consultations:

o   Broadcasting:

  • Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation Inc. Radio (ethnic). Renewal – apparent non-compliance Canadian Content Development Contributions Renewal of licence: CKYR-FM. Deadline: 11 April 2018

o   Telecom:

  • TELUS Communications Inc.: Application for Forbearance for Expansion of Certain Determinations from Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-326. Deadline: 8 April 2018
  • DMTS a division of Bell Canada: Implementation plan for facilities – based local competition. Deadline: 5 April 2018
  • Bell Canada: Forbearance from the Regulation of Low-speed Competitor Digital Network (CDN) Services. Deadline: 4 April 2018

Global Affairs Canada

Weekly News (Mar. 5th – 11th)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar and Sumana Naidu

Research Assistants, Communications Governance Lab

Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould stands during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Wednesday, February 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand ORG XMIT: FXC107

Canadian News: Feb. 26 – Mar. 4

International News: Feb. 26 – Mar. 4

Press Releases and Decisions: Feb. 26 – Mar. 4

CRTC

  • Telecom order:
    • 2018-81 – Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership – Revisions to Small Business Network Service – Public record: Tariff Notice 514

Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Google

Facebook

Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada

House of Commons

CRTC

  • The CRTC plans to issue the following decisions and/or regulatory policies in the coming week. This list may be incomplete and is subject to change without notice.
  • Broadcasting Decisions
    • Decision relating to the following application considered by the Commission at the 7 September 2017 public hearing:
  • Parrsboro Radio Society CICR-FM. Parrsboro – Licence renewal. Public record for this application: 2016-0994-2
  • Telecom Decisions
    • CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee – Consensus report on a proposed wireless public alerting awareness and education campaign. Public record: 8621-C12-01/08
    • Bell Canada – Application for forbearance from the regulation of billing and collection service. Public record: 8640-B2-201606245
    • TELUS Communications Inc. – Application for forbearance from the regulation of billing and collection service. Public record: 8640-T66-201608408
    • Iristel Inc. – Application regarding the implementation of local competition in the exchange of Aylmer, Ontario. Public record: 8663-J64-201611913
  • New Consultation Announcements:
    • 2018-80 – Notice of application received – Reconsideration of the decision relating to the addition of QVC to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution – Deadline for submission of interventions/comments/answers: 29 March 2018 – Deadline for submission of the applicant’s reply: 9 April 2018
    • 8640-T66-201801184 – Certain Determinations from Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-326. TELUS Communications Inc. Deadline for submission: 3 April 2018.
    • 8622-N68-201801176– Non-discriminatory and timely access on reasonable terms and conditions to Multi-Dwelling Unit development of the Ledingham McAllister Group Novus Entertainment Inc. Deadline for submission: 3 April 2018
  • Upcoming Hearings:
    • 27 March 2018 – Gatineau, Quebec: To Consider the broadcasting applications listed in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2018-16.

Weekly News (Feb. 26th – Mar. 4th)

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: Feb. 19 – 25

International News: Feb. 19 – 25

Press Releases and Decisions: Feb. 19 – 25

Supreme Court of the United States

  • [FREEDOM OF INFORMATION] Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers – No. 16-1276: Endeavoring to root out corporate fraud, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Sarbanes-Oxley) and the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). Both Acts shield whistleblowers from retaliation, but they differ in important respects. Sarbanes-Oxley applies to all “employees” who report misconduct to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission), any other federal agency, Congress, or an internal supervisor. 18 U. S. C. §1514A(a)(1). Dodd-Frank defines a “whistleblower” as “any individual who provides . . . information relating to a violation of the securities laws to the Commission, in a manner established, by rule or regulation, by the Commission.” 15 U. S. C. §78u–6(a)(6). A whistleblower so defined is eligible for an award if original information provided to the SEC leads to a successful enforcement action. §78u–6(b)–(g). And he or she is protected from retaliation in three situations, see §78u–6(h)(1)(A)(i)–(iii), including for “making disclosures that are required or protected under” Sarbanes-Oxley or other specified laws, §78u–6(h)(1)(A)(iii). Sarbanes-Oxley’s anti-retaliation provision contains an administrative-exhaustion requirement and a 180-day administrative complaint-filing deadline, see 18 U. S. C. §1514A(b)(1)(A), (2)(D), whereas Dodd-Frank permits a whistleblower to sue an employer directly in federal district court, with a default six-year limitation period, see §78u–6(h)(1)(B)(i), (iii)(I)(aa): The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

Federal Court of Appeal

  • [COPYRIGHT] Bell Canada v. Lackman – 2018 FCA 42: The appellants Bell Canada, Bell Expressvu Limited Partnership, Bell Media Inc., Vidéotron S.E.N.C., Groupe TVA Inc., Rogers Communications Canada Inc. and Rogers Media Inc. (the appellants) are appealing the order of Justice Bell of the Federal Court (the Judge) dated June 29, 2017 (Justice Bell’s Order or Reasons), whereby he vacated the Anton Piller order granted by Justice LeBlanc on June 9, 2017 (Justice LeBlanc’s Order) and dismissed the appellants’ motion for an interlocutory injunction. In the underlying action, the appellants alleged that Adam Lackman (the respondent) infringed copyright by communicating and making available to the public the appellants’ programs, and by inducing and/or authorizing users of infringing add-ons to initiate acts of infringement through the business it operates under the name TVAddons.ag (TVAddons or the TVAddons website): appeal allowed with costs.

Senate of Canada

CRTC

  • Broadcasting Decisions
    • Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-76: APPROVED – TVA Group Inc. – Québec, Quebec – Application to change the authorized contours of the television station CFCM-DT Québec
    • Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-72: APPROVED – CNV TV Inc. – Across Canada – Application to revoke the broadcasting licence for the national, English-language specialty Category B service CNV TV – Channel New Victory
    • Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-71: APPROVED – 2358563 Ontario Inc. – Across Canada – Application to revoke the broadcasting licence for the national, niche third-language ethnic specialty Category B service Hindi Children Channel
    • Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-70: APPROVED – Clovys TV inc. – Across Canada – Application to revoke the broadcasting licence for the national, French-language specialty Category B service Chaîne de Divertissement Clovys Entertainment Channel
  • Telecom Decision
    • Telecom Decision CRTC 2018-79: CISC Emergency Services Working Group – Consensus report ESRE0077 regarding cybersecurity best practices for public safety answering points in a Canadian 9-1-1 ecosystem – Public record: 8621-C12-01/08
  • Telecom Orders
    • Telecom Order CRTC 2018-77: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in the proceeding initiated by TELUS Communications Inc. regarding forbearance from the regulation of Pay Telephone Access Line Service – File numbers: 8640-T66-201608606 and 4754-541
    • Telecom Order CRTC 2018-75: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in the proceeding initiated by Bell Canada regarding forbearance from the regulation of Pay Telephone Basic Access Line Service – File numbers: 8640-B2-201606534 and 4754-540
    • Telecom Order CRTC 2018-74: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in the proceeding that led to Telecom Decision 2018-18 – File numbers: 8640-B2-201702200 and 4754-580
    • Telecom Order CRTC 2018-73: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff application: IXICA Communications Inc. TN 3 and TN 3A
    • Telecom Order CRTC 2018-69: Determination of Costs Award Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now Canada, the National Pensioners Federation, and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in the proceeding that led to Telecom Decision 2018-31 – File numbers: 8662-P8-201702853 and 4754-567
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Canadian Intellectual Property Office

  • #ExportYourIP Twitter chat: Protecting your IP abroad: Are you planning on doing business abroad? Join us for our #ExportYourIP Twitter chat with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service on March 13, 2018 from noon to 1 p.m. (EDT). Your intellectual property (IP) is a valuable asset that can support your business expansion abroad. We will discuss the importance of protecting your IP internationally and the best practices when dealing with the United States (U.S.), China, India, and the European Union (EU).

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Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

  • Government announces funding for digital skills training to help more Canadians get online: Digital skills are critical to participation in today’s society, whether for booking a medical appointment, banking safely, studying or looking for a job. Learning these skills and understanding technologies will enhance the amount of information and number of online resources that Canadians can access, which are essential for participating in today’s digital world.

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CRTC

  • Anticipated releases for the week of 26 February to 2 March 2018
    • The CRTC is not planning on issuing any decisions and/or regulatory policies in the coming week. This is subject to change without notice.

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Weekly News (Feb. 19th – 25th)

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: Feb. 12 – 18

International News: Feb. 12 – 18

Press Releases and Decisions: Feb. 12 – 18

CRTC

  • Broadcasting
    • Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-65: APPROVED – Rogers Media Inc. – Across Canada – Application to revoke the broadcasting licence for the national, English-language discretionary station VICELAND
    • Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-64: APPROVED – Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. – Grande Prairie, Alberta, and Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, British Columbia – Application for authority to acquire from Grande Prairie Radio Ltd. (Grande Prairie Radio), as part of a corporate reorganization, the assets of the English-language commercial specialty (Christian music) radio station CJGY-FM Grande Prairie and its transmitters CJGY-FM-1 Fort St. John and CJGY-FM-2 Dawson Creek, and for a new broadcasting licence to continue the operation of the station
    • Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-57: APPROVED – Bell Media Inc. – Midland, Orillia, Owen Sound and Sudbury, Ontario – Application for authority to acquire from Larche Communications Inc. the assets of English-language commercial radio stations CICZ-FM Midland, CICX-FM Orillia, CJOS-FM Owen Sound and CICS-FM Sudbury
    • Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-56: DENIED – Ebox Inc. – Various locations in Quebec – Complaint alleging Bell Media Inc.’s refusal to provide certain of its programming services
  • Telecom
    • Telecom Decision CRTC 2018-62: 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
    • Telecom Decision CRTC 2018-63: Forbearance from the regulation of high-capacity / digital data services interexchange private line services on certain additional routes – Public record: 8638-S1-01/98
    • Telecom Decision CRTC 2018-60: 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
    • Telecom Decision CRTC 2018-59: CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee – Dispute regarding deferral of the relief implementation date for area code 709 in Newfoundland and Labrador – Public record: 1011-NOC2016-0205
    • Telecom Decision CRTC 2018-58: Relief for area codes 236, 250, 604, and 778 in British Columbia – Public record: 1011-NOC2016-0208
    • Telecom Order CRTC 2018-61: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff applications: Bell Canada TN 7552 and TN 7553; Saskatchewan Télécommunications TN 345

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Global Affairs Canada

  • [TRADE] Foreign Affairs Minister in Washington, D.C, to promote close Canada-United States ties: Canada and the United States share a long-standing and deeply integrated trade relationship that supports good jobs on both sides of the border. The Government of Canada is determined to continue to work closely with the Government of the United States to strengthen the trade relationship and broaden opportunities for workers, businesses and middle-class families of both countries.

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Senate of Canada

  • No planned Senate sitting days this week: Senate reconvenes Feb. 26

Canadian House of Commons

  • No planned House of Commons sitting days this week: House reconvenes Feb. 26

CRTC

  • [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
  • Anticipated releases for the week of 12 to 16 February 2018
    • 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 2018public 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
      • 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

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