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

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

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.

Facebook

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

The Limits of Digital Revolution: How Mass Media Culture Endures in a Social Media World

Last week Dr. Derek Hyrnyshyn came to McMaster University to discuss the launch of his newest publication The Limits of the Digital Revolution: How Mass Media Culture Endures in a Social Media World. 

In this examination of the politics of digital culture, Dr. Hrynyshyn explores the ways in which social media shapes popular culture and how social power is expressed through them. By examining social media in their historical context – of emergence in a mass mediated cultural system – he critiques the dominant image of social media as social equalizer. The book argues that social media do as much to reproduce social inequalities as they do to challenge them.

Sharing the stage with Dr. Hyrnyshrn were McMaster University’s Department of Communication Studies & Multimedia faculty members Dr. Sara Bannerman, Dr. Philip Savage, and Dr. Dilyana Mincheva, all of whom engaged in a conversation surrounding the liberating and confining capabilities of social media.

Weekly News (Oct. 30-Nov. 5)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar

Research Assistant, Networked Communications Governance Lab

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

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Canadian News: Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017

International News: Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017

Press Releases and Decisions: Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017

Senate of Canada

CRTC

  • Video relay service now available to deaf Canadians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: A year after its launch, SRV Canada VRS has extended its service hours, enabling American Sign Language or Langue des signes québécoise users to make and receive calls any time of the day
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Order CRTC 2017-394: Broadcasting Licence Fees – Part II
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-392: Streamlined order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff application: Bell Canada TN 7545
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-390: RNC MEDIA Inc. – Donnacona and Sainte-Croix-de-Lotbinière, Quebec – APPROVED – Application to renew the broadcasting licence for the French-language commercial radio station CHXX-FM Donnacona and its transmitter CHXX-FM-1 Sainte-Croix-de-Lotbinière – DENIED – Application to amend the broadcasting licence for CHXX-FM in order to delete conditions of licence relating to local presence and local programming
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-391: Radio Markham York Incorporated – Markham, Ontario – APPROVED – Application to change the authorized contours of the commercial radio station CFMS-FM Markham
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-393: 8384860 Canada Inc. Vancouver, British Columbia – DENIED – Application to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial radio station CHLG-FM Vancouver by removing a condition of licence relating to the broadcast of special interest music
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-395: Muskeg Lake Cree Nation Radio Station Corp. – Aldina, Saskatchewan – APPROVED – Application to renew the broadcasting licence for the English- and Cree-language low-power Type B Native radio station CICN-FM Aldina
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-396: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Fredericton and McAdam, New Brunswick – APPROVED – Application to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language radio station CBZF-FM Fredericton to operate an FM transmitter in McAdam to rebroadcast the programming of its national, English-language network service Radio One
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-397: DARR FM Radio Ltd. – Saint John, New Brunswick – APPROVED – Application to renew the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial specialty (Christian music) radio station CJRP-FM Saint John and its transmitter CJRP-FM-1 Rothesay

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Copyright Board

  • [COPYRIGHT] Notice of the Board: Online Music Services (SOCAN: 2014-2018; Re:Sound: 2013-2018; CSI: 2014-2018; CMRRA: 2014-2018; SODRAC: 2014-2018; Artisti: 2016-2018)
  • [COPYRIGHT] Notice of the Board: Online Music Services (SOCAN: 2014-2018; Re:Sound: 2013-2018; CSI: 2014-2018; CMRRA: 2014-2018; SODRAC: 2014-2018; Artisti: 2016-2018) / Internet – Audiovisual Content and User Generated Content (SOCAN: 2014-2018; CMRRA: 2016-2018; SODRAC: 2015-2018)
  • [COPYRIGHT] Notice of the Board: Online Music Services (SOCAN: 2014-2018; Re:Sound: 2013-2018; CSI: 2014-2018; CMRRA: 2014-2018; SODRAC: 2014-2018; Artisti: 2016-2018)
  • [COPYRIGHT] Notice of the Board: Online Music Services (SOCAN: 2014-2018; Re:Sound: 2013-2018; CSI: 2014-2018; CMRRA: 2014-2018; SODRAC: 2014-2018; Artisti: 2016-2018)
  • [COPYRIGHT] Notice of the Board: Online Music Services (SOCAN: 2014-2018; Re:Sound: 2013-2018; CSI: 2014-2018; CMRRA: 2014-2018; SODRAC: 2014-2018; Artisti: 2016-2018) / Internet – Audiovisual Content and User Generated Content (SOCAN: 2014-2018; CMRRA: 2016-2018; SODRAC: 2015-2018)
  • [COPYRIGHT] Notice of the Board: Online Music Services (SOCAN: 2014-2018; Re:Sound: 2013-2018; CSI: 2014-2018; CMRRA: 2014-2018; SODRAC: 2014-2018; Artisti: 2016-2018) / Internet – Audiovisual Content and User Generated Content (SOCAN: 2014-2018; CMRRA: 2016-2018; SODRAC: 2015-2018)

Microsoft

Twitter

Facebook

Apple

Upcoming Events: Nov. 6-12, 2017

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 Canada
    Applications 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

Weekly News (Oct. 30th-Nov. 5th)

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: Oct. 23-29, 2017

International News: Oct. 23-29, 2017

Press Releases and Decisions: Oct. 23-29, 2017

Senate of Canada

CRTC

  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-387: Cogeco Connexion Inc. – Various locations in Ontario and Quebec – APPROVED – Application to delay until 31 March 2018 the requirement that the licensee’s broadcasting distribution undertakings in the above-noted provinces adhere to certain provisions of the Television Service Provider Code
  • Compliance and Enforcement Decision CRTC 2017-385: Delegation of a National Do Not Call List Operator and delegation of Commission powers to the National Do Not Call List Operator as the Fees Collection Delegate
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Decision CRTC 2017-389: CISC Emergency Services Working Group – Consensus report ESRE0076 – 9-1-1 Service Outage Notification Processes – File number: 8665-C12-201507008
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Decision CRTC 2017-388: Clause 13(b) of the Municipal Access Agreement between the City of Hamilton and Bell Canada regarding the vertical location of underground facilities – File number: 1011-NOC2017-0066
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Decision CRTC 2017-384: Sogetel inc. – Application to modify the band assignment for the four wire centres – File number: 8663-S4-201707019
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Decision CRTC 2017-383: 9315-1884 Québec inc. – Application to modify the band assignment for the Lambton wire centre – File number: 8663-Q29-201707035
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-381: Notice of hearing – 11 January 2018 – Gatineau, Québec – Deadline for submission of interventions/comments/answers: 24 November 2017
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-386: Streamlined order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff applications: Independent Telecommunications Providers Association TN 116 ; TELUS Communications Company TNs 528 (TCC) and 630 (TCQ)
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-382: Streamlined order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff application: Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership TN TN 511
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-380: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Deaf Wireless Canada Consultative Committee in the proceeding that led to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-200 – File numbers: 1011-NOC2016-0293 and 4754-560
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-379: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of Media Access Canada in the proceeding that led to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-200 – File numbers: 1011-NOC2016-0293 and 4754-558
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-378: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Consumers Council of Canada in the proceeding that led to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-200 – File numbers: 1011-NOC2016-0293 and 4754-557
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-377: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff application: Groupe Maskatel LP TN 72
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-376: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of OpenMedia in the proceeding that led to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-104 – File numbers: 1011-NOC2016-0192 and 4754-546
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-375: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of Media Access Canada in the proceeding that led to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-104 – File numbers: 1011-NOC2016-0192 and 4754-550
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-374: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic in the proceeding that led to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-104 – File numbers: 1011-NOC2016-0192 and 4754-549

Canadian Heritage

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Copyright Board Canada

  • [COPYRIGHT] Notice of the Board: Online Music Services (SOCAN: 2014-2018; Re:Sound: 2013-2018; CSI: 2014-2018; CMRRA: 2014-2018; SODRAC: 2014-2018; Artisti: 2016-2018) / Internet – Audiovisual Content and User Generated Content (SOCAN: 2014-2018; CMRRA: 2016-2018; SODRAC: 2015-2018)
  • [COPYRIGHT] Order of the Board: Online Music Services (SOCAN: 2014-2018; Re:Sound: 2013-2018; CSI: 2014-2018; CMRRA: 2014-2018; SODRAC: 2014-2018; Artisti: 2016-2018) / Internet – Audiovisual Content and User Generated Content (SOCAN: 2014-2018; CMRRA: 2016-2018; SODRAC: 2015-2018)

Microsoft

Twitter

Facebook

Upcoming Events: Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017

Senate of Canada

Canadian House of Commons

Supreme Court of Canada

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 Canada
    Applications 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

Weekly News (Oct. 23rd-29th)

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: Oct. 16-22, 2017

International News: Oct. 16-22, 2017

Press Releases and Decisions: Oct. 16-22, 2017

Senate of Canada

Canadian House of Commons – Heritage Committee

CRTC Decisions

  • [BROADCASTING] October 16, 2017 – Gatineau, Quebec – Hearings took place to consider the broadcasting applications listed in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-160View hearing documents (2017-160)
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-371: 8159203 Canada Limited – Mississauga, Ontario – APPROVED – Application to change the authorized contours of the English-language commercial AM radio station CKNT Mississauga by relocating the transmitter site
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-372: Rogers Media Inc. – Calgary, Banff and Invermere, Alberta – APPROVED – Application to renew the broadcasting licence for the commercial radio station CJAQ-FM Calgary, Alberta, and its transmitters CJAQ-FM-1 Banff and CJAQ-FM-2 – APPROVED – Application to amend the broadcasting licence for CJAQ-FM Calgary to delete the conditions of licence relating to the Oldies music format
  • [PRIVACY] Compliance and Enforcement Decision CRTC 2017-367: Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation 3510395 Canada Inc., operating as Compu.Finder – Constitutional challenge to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – File number: PDR 9094-201400302-001
  • [PRIVACY] Compliance and Enforcement Decision CRTC 2017-368: Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation 3510395 Canada Inc., operating as Compu.Finder – Violations of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – File number: PDR 9094-201400302-001
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Decision CRTC 2017-370: Canadian Telecommunications Contribution Consortium Inc. – Request for designation of the administrator for the National Contribution Fund – File number: 8695-C211-201706350
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-365: Notice of hearing – 30 April 2018 – 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 – Deadline for submission of interventions/comments/answers: 16 November 2017
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-361: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff application: Northwestel Inc TN 1001
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-362: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Forum for Research and Policy in Communications in the proceeding that led to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-200 – File numbers: 1011-NOC2016-0293 and 4754-564
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-363: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of l’Union des consommateurs in the proceeding that led to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-200 – File numbers: 1011-NOC2016-0293 and 4754-562
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-364: Determination of costs award with respect to the participation of the Coalition in the proceeding that led to Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-200 – File numbers: 1011-NOC2016-0293 and 4754-556
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-366: Streamlined order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff application: TELUS Communications Company TN 629 (TCQ)
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-369: Streamlined order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff applications: 9315-1884 Québec inc. TN 7; Sogetel inc. TN 182
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-373: Northwestel Inc. – Operation of Customer Owned Fibre Facility Service – File numbers: Tariff Notices 956, 956A, 956B, and 956C

Canadian Heritage

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Copyright Board

  • [COPYRIGHT] Notice of the Board: SODRAC Tariff 5 – Reproduction of Musical Works in Cinematographic Works for Private Use or for Theatrical Exhibition (2009‐2014, 2015, 2016)
  • [COPYRIGHT] Notice of the Board: Online Music Services (SOCAN: 2014-2018; Re:Sound: 2013-2018; CSI: 2014-2018; CMRRA: 2014-2018; SODRAC: 2014-2018; Artisti: 2016-2018)

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Upcoming Events: Oct. 23-29, 2017

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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 Canada
    Applications 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

 

Weekly News (Oct. 16th-22nd)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar

Research Assistant, Networked Communications Governance Lab

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

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Canadian News: Oct. 9-15, 2017

International News: Oct. 9-15, 2017

Press Releases and Decisions: Oct. 9-15, 2017

CRTC Decisions

  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-359: Call for comments on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models
    • Press Release: Share your views on the future of programming in Canada: The CRTC is inviting Canadians to share their views on how they will access audio and video content in the coming years and its impact on the Canadian market. The CRTC is accepting comments until November 24, 2017
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-160-1: Notice of hearing – 16 October 2017 – Gatineau, Quebec – Renewal of the broadcasting licences for terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings that will expire in May 2018 – Deadline for the filing of undertakings: 27 October 2017 – Deadline for the filing of final written submissions: 3 November 2017 – Deadline for the filing of final written replies: 10 November 2017
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-358: Avenue Radio Ltd. – Kelowna, British Columbia – APPROVED – Application for authority to acquire the assets of the English-language commercial radio station CJUI-FM Kelowna from Vista Radio Ltd. and for a broadcasting licence expiring 31 August 2024 to continue the operation of the station – DENIED – Request for an exception to the requirement to pay tangible benefits
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-360: Cochrane Christian Radio – Cochrane, Ontario – APPROVED – Application to renew the broadcasting licence for the English-language low-power commercial specialty (Christian music) radio station CFCJ-FM Cochrane

Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada

  • [CULTURAL FUNDING] Helping Northern Ontario grow its creative economy and cultural tourism: Greater Sudbury will soon be home to a new multi-disciplinary arts centre thanks in part to a Government of Canada investment of $3 million. The arts complex will include state-of-the-art 300-seat performance hall, an art gallery, studios and multi-purpose spaces
  • [INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY] Parliamentary Secretary Lametti discusses how intellectual property is critical to fostering innovation: The strategic use of intellectual property rights helps firms grow and compete in a modern and global economy. That was the message delivered by David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Mnister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)—a gathering of professionals who specialize in intellectual property rights including trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs and patents
  • [BROADBAND POLICY] Bridging the digital divide in six northwestern Ontario communities: Canadians in six northwestern Ontario communities will be able to connect with friends and family across Canada and around the world, participate in distance education, seize new business opportunities and search for jobs online, thanks to Government of Canada funding of up to $4.03 million for high-speed Internet

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Upcoming Events: Oct. 16-22, 2017

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Weekly News (Oct. 10th-15th)

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: Oct. 2-8

International News: Oct. 2-8

Press Releases and Decisions: Oct. 2-8

Supreme Court of Canada

  • [ACCESS TO INFORMATION] Canada (Attorney General) v. Fontaine– 2017 SCC 47 – 2017-10-06 Supreme Court Judgments Civil procedure – Class actions – Courts – Jurisdiction – Inherent jurisdiction – Implied undertaking – Interpretation of settlement agreement – Privacy – Access to information – Exemptions – Third party information – Personal information – The appeal from the judgment of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Numbers C59310, C59311 and C59320, 2016 ONCA 241, dated April 4, 2016, heard on May 25, 2017, is dismissed with costs to the Independent Counsel. Reasons for judgement.

Federal Court of Appeal

  • [PATENT] Apotex Inc. v. Pfizer Inc.: This is an appeal of the decision of Diner J. of the Federal Court dismissing Apotex Inc.’s (Apotex) motion for partial summary judgment. Apotex contended that the respondents’ failure to pay the proper application fee for the issuance of Canadian Patent No. 1,339,132 (the 132 Patent) invalidated the patent. The Federal Court disagreed: 2016 FC 136, [2017] 1 F.C.R. 3. Apotex appeals.

CRTC Decisions

  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-356: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Sudbury and Timmins, Ontario – APPROVED – Application to change the authorized contours of the rebroadcasting transmitter CBON-FM-25 Timmins
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-355: THEMA Canada Inc. – Across Canada – APPROVED – Application to add Canal+ International, a non-Canadian French-language service, to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-354: CFPV-FM Radio Ltd. – Pemberton, British Columbia – APPROVED – Application to renew the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial radio station CFPV-FM Pemberton
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-351: International Harvesters for Christ Evangelistic Association Inc. – Halifax and Wolfville, Nova Scotia – APPROVED – Application to renew the broadcasting licence for the English-language specialty (Christian music) radio station CJLU-FM Halifax and its transmitter CJLU-FM-1 Wolfville
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-259-1: Call for comments – Reconsideration of Telecom Decision 2017-56 regarding final terms and conditions for wholesale mobile wireless roaming service – New deadline for second phase of interventions: 27 October 2017 – New deadline for further comments on second phase of interventions: 3 November 2017 – Revised deadline for final submissions: 1 December 2017 – File number: 1011-NOC2017-0259
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-357: TELUS Communications Company – Revision to Interexchange channel rental service – File numbers: Tariff Notices 628 and 628A
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-353: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff applications: Northwestel Inc., TNs 998 and 999
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-352: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff application: Independent Telecommunications Providers Association, TN 116
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-350: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the proposed tariff pages filed in the following tariff application: Northwestel Inc. TN 1000
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-349: Streamlined order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff applications: Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership TN 511; TELUS Communications Company TN 528 (TCC) and TN 630 (TCQ)

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Upcoming Events: Oct. 9-15

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