Weekly News (July 9, 2018)

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar

Research Assistant, Communications Governance Observatory

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

Canadian News (July 3 – 8, 2018)

[ELECTIONS] Quebec Liberals staking out culture as an election issue they can own (Globe and Mail)

[FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION] Elghawaby: New ruling on freedom of speech will help protect against hate (The Star)

[INTERNET REGULATION] Globe editorial, Part 1: It’s time to regulate the internet. The question is how (Globe and Mail)

[INTERNET REGULATION] Globe editorial, Part 2: Internet regulations? We have options (Globe and Mail)

[PLATFORM REGULATION] Angus: Data giants need to be regulated like public utilities (The Star)

[DIGITIZATION] Why public libraries can’t buy some of Canada’s top audiobooks (The Star)

[PRIVACY] Stinson: Is my fungus going viral? (Globe and Mail)

[PRIVACY] CBC privacy breach was bigger, broader than 1st announced (CBC News)

[PRIVACY] Austin: We must not treat data like a natural resource (Globe and Mail)

[FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION] Stockland: Compelled speech compromises basic rights (Winnipeg Free Press)

[DEFAMATION] CTV serves statement of defence to Patrick Brown in defamation lawsuit (CBC)

[PRIVACY] Kovarikova: Protect privacy of foster children (The Star)

[IP] de Fazekas and Medeiros: Why collaborative AI can become a legal minefield (Globe and Mail)

[PUBLIC BROADCASTING] A visit to the CBC archives, on the eve of destruction (Globe and Mail)

International News (July 3 – 8, 2018)

[COPYRIGHT] Controversial copyright law rejected by EU parliament (BBC News)

[PLATFORM REGULATION] How Google and Facebook are Monopolizing Ideas (WSJ)

[PRIVACY] Russia’s ‘Big Brother’ Law Enters Into Force (Moscow Times; original Washington Post)

[PRIVACY] Gmail messages ‘read by human third parties’ (BBC News)

[PRIVACY] How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s On Tonight (NYT)

[PRIVACY] Twitter’s vast metadata haul is a privacy nightmare for users (WIRED UK)

[FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION] Lebanese woman sentenced to 8 years over Egypt insults video (The State; original Washington Post)

[FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION] Turkish journalists sentenced for links to US-based cleric (CTV News)

Press Releases and Decisions (July 3 – 8, 2018)
Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Addendum to the Consultation on Releasing Millimetre Wave Spectrum to Support 5G: This document is an addendum to SLPB-001-17, Consultation on Releasing Millimetre Wave Spectrum to Support 5G (mmWave Consultation), published in June 2017. Through the release of this document, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is initiating a consultation on releasing millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum in the 26.5-27.5 GHz band (26 GHz band) in addition to the bands identified in the initial mmWave Consultation. This additional 1 GHz of spectrum in the 26 GHz band could result in a total of 11.85 GHz of mmWave spectrum being released to support the deployment of advanced communication systems, such as 5th generation (5G) wireless networks and systems. Comments are being sought on all aspects related to the release of this additional spectrum. After this addendum consultation is completed and decisions are made, ISED will consult further on a technical, policy and licensing framework for the 26 GHz band.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Commissioner updates information and advice for Canadians on privacy at airports and borders

Commissioner announces two new Deputy Commissioners

Copyright Board Canada

Re:Sound Tariff 1.B – Non-Commercial Radio Other than the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (1998-2021)

Reasons (July 6, 2018)
Tariff (July 7, 2018)  

Upcoming Events
Senate of Canada

No fixed and possible Senate sitting days this week; Senate reconvenes on September 18, 2018

Canadian House of Commons

No fixed House of Commons sitting days this week; House reconvenes on September 17, 2018

Supreme Court of Canada

Her Majesty the Queen in Right of British Columbia v. Philip Morris International, Inc. (B.C.) (37524): Legislation – Interpretation, Civil procedure, Discovery, Evidence – Legislation – Interpretation – Civil procedure – Discovery – Evidence – Case management judge ordering production of anonymized individual-level data from provincial health databases – Did the British Columbia Courts err in ordering, notwithstanding the privacy protections of the Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act, S.B.C. 2000, c. 30, (the “Act”), production of the databases containing health care information of the residents of British Columbia – Are the health care databases either “health care records and documents of particular individual insured persons” or “documents relating to the provision of health care benefits for particular individual insured persons” and therefore not compellable under the Act – Does an order removing the names or other identifiers from the databases mean that they are no longer either “health care records and documents of particular individual insured persons” or “documents relating to the provision of health care benefits for particular individual insured persons” – Does a court have an overriding discretion, notwithstanding the privacy protections of the Act, to order production of the health care databases on the basis of “trial fairness”. The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that judgment in the following appeal will be delivered at 9:45 a.m. EDT on Friday, July 13, 2018. This list is subject to change. 

CRTC

Anticipated Releases for the week of 9 to 13 July 2018:

Broadcasting Decisions:

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

Decisions relating to the following applications considered by the Commission at the 28 November 2017 public hearing:

·         Various applicants
Licensing of a new radio station to serve Grimsby and Beamsville
Public record: 1011-NOC2017-0316

·         Various applicants
Licensing of a new radio station to serve Georgina
Public record: 1011-NOC2017-0316

Decision relating to the following application considered by the Commission at the 11 January 2018 public hearing:

·         9116-1299 Québec inc.
CFOR-FM Maniwaki – Licence renewal
Public record for this application: 2016-0927-3

 Decisions relating to the following applications considered by the Commission at the 31 May 2018 public hearing:

·         Wow! Unlimited Networks Inc.
Comedy Gold – Acquisition of assets
Public record for this application: 2017-1027-8

·         Newcap Inc.
CKEC-FM and CKEZ-FM New Glasgow – Acquisition of assets
Public record for this application: 2017-1026-0

Telecom Decision

CISC Network Working Group – Non-consensus report on quality of service metrics to define high-quality fixed broadband Internet access service
Public record: 8663-C12-201503186 and 8621-C12-01/08

Upcoming Hearings

12 July 2018 – Gatineau, Quebec

To Consider the broadcasting applications listed in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2018-154
View hearing documents (2018-154)

CRTC Open Broadcasting Proceedings

CRTC Open Telecom Proceedings

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Public consultation on the Manual of Patent Office Practice: From now to August 10, 2018, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will be conducting a consultation on proposed changes to chapter 17 of the Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP). We are seeking feedback on the proposed changes relating to pharmaceutical solid forms.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Consultation on Revisions to the 3500 MHz Band to Accommodate Flexible Use and Preliminary Consultation on Changes to the 3800 MHz Band: June 6, 2018 – July 12, 2018

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