Weekly News June 11

Weekly News (June 11, 2018)

Compiled by Ian Steinberg

McMaster University, Communications Governance Lab

Canadian News (June 4-June 11, 2018)

[Broadcast] Panel to redraft broadcasting laws as Ottawa eyes foreign firms such as Netflix, Facebook(Globe and Mail)

[Defamation] Supreme Court rules Canadian billionaire must take defamation suit to Israel (Globe and Mail)

[Elections/Privacy]Who is Ontario Proud and why is it texting you?(Globe and Mail)

[Platform Regulation] No applause in Quebec as Mélanie Joly gives Netflix a free pass till after the next election(Globe and Mail)

[Platform Regulation] Spotify backtracks on controversial anti-hate policy after industry criticism(Toronto Star)

[Privacy] Canadian companies could face millions in fines for violating EU-enforced data privacy regulations(Toronto Star)

 

International News (June 4-June 11, 2018)

[Censorship] ‘Any company could die overnight’: China’s online services struggle with rising censorship demands(Globe and Mail)

[Corporate Concentration] AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Has Dealmakers Bracing(New York Times)

[Corporate Concentration] Microsoft’s $7.5 Billion GitHub Acquisition Is One of Its Biggest Bets Yet (Fortune)

[Defamation] Judge Orders Donald Trump to Be Deposed in Ex-Apprentice Contestant’s Defamation Case(Wall Street Journal)

[Freedom of Expression] In Narrow Decision, Supreme Court Sides With Baker Who Turned Away Gay Couple(New York Times)

[Net Neutrality] ‘I don’t think consumers are going to see any change at all,’ FCC chief says of net-neutrality repeal(Washington Post)

[Net Neutrality]Net neutrality regulations expire as debate continues in Congress and courts(Toronto Star)

[Privacy] Facebook Gave Data Access to Chinese Firm Flagged by U.S. Intelligence  (New York Times)

[Privacy] Facebook Gave Some Companies Special Access to Additional Data About Users’ Friends(Wall Street Journal)

[Surveillance Society] Interview Edward Snowden: ‘The people are still powerless, but now they’re aware’(The Guardian)

 

Press Releases and Decisions (June 4-June 11, 2018)

 

Canadian Heritage

Government of Canada launches review of Telecommunications and Broadcasting Acts

 

CRTC

Caroline J. Simard to the annual conference of the Western Association of Broadcasters

 

CRTC Policy Announcements

Broadcasting

2018-137– Amendments to exemption orders for various types of radio programming undertakings – Public record: 1011-NOC-2016-0427

2018-78– Amendments to the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations

2018-1– Revised list of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution – Annual compilation of amendments

Telecommunications

2018-123– Review of the competitor quality of service regime – Public record: 1011-NOC2017-0049

Competition Bureau Canada

Influencer marketing, Made in Canada claims and savings claims: a Competition Bureau perspective

 

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Government of Canada improves telecommunications services for Canadians

2018 Canadian Telecom Summit

Government of Canada to make high-speed Internet funding announcement in Regina

Rural communities in Saskatchewan will benefit from faster Internet

 

Senate of Canada

Fixing Canada’s aging cybersecurity policy: Senator Jaffer

 

Supreme Court of Canada

37202  Haaretz.com, Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd., Haaretz Group, Haaretz.co.ii, Shlomi Barzel and David Marouani v. Mitchell Goldhar – and – Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic(Ont.)

The appeal from the judgment of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Number C60259, 2016 ONCA 515, dated June 28, 2016, heard on November 29, 2017, is allowed with costs throughout. The appellants’ motion to stay the action is allowed. McLachlin C.J. and Moldaver and Gascon JJ. dissent.

 

Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada

  Media Advisory – Tabling of Information Commissioner of Canada’s 2017–18 annual report
June 6, 2018

  Information Commissioner releases 2017–18 annual report
June 7, 2018

 

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Commissioner calls for greater privacy protections to promote trust in the democratic process

Commissioner says legislative reform and additional resources needed to better regulate data giants

Appearance before Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs on the study about Bill C-76, Elections Modernization Act

Letter to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics on the 2018-2019 Main Estimates

 

Supreme Court of the United States

MASTERPIECE CAKESHOPv.CO CIVIL RIGHTS COMM

No. 16-111. Argued December 5, 2017 — Decided June 4, 2018

 

Microsoft

Online calculator to help tackle disparities in the criminal justice system in Washington state

 

Facebook

An Update on the Audience Selector Error

 

Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada Sitting Days: June 11-15, 2018

Senate Committee Meetings:

June 13, 2018 4:15 PMForeign Affairs and International Trade

Study on the impact and utilization of culture and arts in foreign policy and diplomacy

  • Claude Joli-Coeur, Commissioner and Chairperson (National Film Board of Canada)
  • Steve Globerman, Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute (As an Individual)
  • Guylaine Normandin, Director, Arts Across Canada and Arts Abroad Programs (Commission internationale du théâtre francophone)
  • John Ralston Saul, Essayist and Novelist (As an Individual)

June 14, 2018 10:30 AMSocial Affairs, Science and Technology

Study on issues relating to social affairs, science and technology generally

  • Consideration of a draft report

June 12, 2018 9:30 AMTransport and Communications

Study on emerging issues related to its mandate and ministerial mandate letters

  • April Lindgren, Professor, School of Journalism, Ryerson University (As an Individual)
  • Consideration of a draft agenda (future business)

House of Commons Sitting Days: June 11-15, 2018

 

House Committee Meetings:

June 12, 2018: ETHI Breach of Personal Information Involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook Meeting Time 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (EDT) 

 

June 14, 2018:INDU Statutory Review of the Copyright ActMeeting Time3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

 

Supreme Court of Canada

Trinity Western University et al. v. Law Society of Upper Canada (Ont.) (37209)

(Ont.) (Civil) (By Leave)

Charter- Freedom of religion – Equality rights – Regulation of legal profession – Law societies and governing bodies – Ontario law society denied accreditation to British Columbia’s Trinity Western University (“TWU”) proposed law school because students there would sign community covenant that does not recognize same-sex marriage – TWU sought judicial review – Law society’s refusal decision was confirmed by reviewing court and TWU’s subsequent appeal was dismissed – Whether law society’s refusal decision was reasonable – What is proper analysis when administrative decision is alleged to infringe Charter? – Does LSUC’s refusal decision infringe s. 2(a), (b), (d) or s. 15(1) of Charter? – Are there conflicting rights in this case? – Are infringements proportionate given statutory objectives of Law Society Act, RSO 1990, c. L 8?

Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University et al. (B.C.) (37318)(B.C.) (Civil) (By Leave)

Charter- Freedom of religion – Equality rights – Regulation of legal profession – Law societies and governing bodies – British Columbia law society denied accreditation to Trinity Western University (“TWU”) proposed law school because students would sign community covenant that does not recognize same-sex marriage – TWU sought judicial review – Law society’s refusal decision was set aside by reviewing court and law society’s subsequent appeal was dismissed – Whether law society’s refusal decision was reasonable – Whether law society’s decision represents proportionate balancing of rights and values contained in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms with applicable statutory objectives of Legal Profession Act, SBC 1998, c. 9?

Brenda Berge v. College of Audiologists and Speech-Language

Pathologists of Ontario et al.(Ont.) (Civil) (By Leave) (37851)

 

CRTC Anticipated Releases:

Broadcasting Decisions:

Applications by various licensees to renew the broadcasting licences for various radio stations

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

Rock 95 Broadcasting Ltd.
CIND-FM Toronto – Technical changes
Public record for this application: 2017-0913-0

 

CRTC Upcoming Hearings

June

19 June 2018 (previously 18 June 2018) – Gatineau, Quebec
To Consider the broadcasting applications listed in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2018-128and 2018-128-1
View hearing documents (2018-128)

July

12 July 2018 – Gatineau, Quebec
To Consider the broadcasting applications listed in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2018-154
View hearing documents (2018-154)

October

15 October 2018 – Gatineau, Quebec
To Consider the broadcasting applications listed in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2018-127and 2018-127-1
View hearing documents (2018-127)

 

CRTC Open Broadcasting Proceedings

 

CRTC Open Telecom Proceedings

 

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