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Weekly News Roundup (June 15)

By: Brittany Green

 Top Stories this Week

 Canada envoy to U.S. embarrassed by delays in Parliament over preclearance bill (Privacy Canada)

Canada’s envoy to the United States says he is embarrassed it is taking so long for Parliament to pass a new law that would pave the way for greater pre-clearance at the border. Ambassador David MacNaughton says he leaned on U.S. lawmakers to pass a law that would allow passengers to be pre-cleared at a greater number of airports to allow the speedy flow of people across the 49th parallel.

Ottawa’s push to address competition in our wireless market is long overdue; Last week, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains addressed the weak competitive landscape of wireless services that form the backbone of modern communications and commerce (CRTC)

If the first step toward solving an issue comes from admitting there is a problem, Canada took a big leap forward last week in addressing the weak competitive landscape of wireless services that form the backbone of modern communications and commerce. Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, used a keynote speech to the telecom industry to kick-start government action and remove any doubt about its frustration with the competitive state of the sector.

BoC urges banks to co-operate on cybersecurity (Access to Information Canada) Canada’s interconnected banks are vulnerable to a cascading series of cyberattacks that could undermine broad confidence in the financial system, the Bank of Canada warns.The structural vulnerability could allow for the easy spread of an initial attack that ripples into other sectors such as energy or water systems, says the bank’s June financial review.

CRTC will ‘need to act’ to boost wireless competition, Blais says; Outgoing head of Canada’s telecom regulator says direct intervention may be necessary to deliver more competition (CRTC)

Days before the end of his term, the chairman of Canada’s telecom regulator is warning that his successor may need to intervene directly in the wireless market to deliver more competition and lower prices for consumers.

U.S. could stand in way of armed drones for Canada; Preferred model comes with tight restrictions (Access to Information Canada)

The Liberal government’s plan to buy armed drones could face major delays because obtaining such technology needs approval from the U.S., according to documents obtained by the Ottawa Citizen.

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University eases guidelines on chalk sidewalk messages (Censorship International)  Pennsylvania university has eased rules about messages written in chalk on sidewalks following protests from an anti-abortion group.

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Weekly News Roundup (June 2nd)

By: Brittany Green

Top Stories this Week

 Karla Homolka should be hounded for the rest of her life: DiManno (Privacy Canada) https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/06/02/karla-homolka-should-be-hounded-for-the-rest-of-her-life-dimanno.html

Convicted serial killer has been discovered volunteering at a private elementary school in Montreal. Homolka has been permitted to engage with children as an occasional volunteer at the private Seventh-day Adventist Greaves Academy attended by her children, allowing kids to pet her dog and such. It’s outrageous that Homolka’s name has never appeared among the 40,000 or so individuals on Canada’s sex offender registry. Her crimes pre-date the federal data bank’s creation, and it isn’t retroactive. At the very least, her history would have been red-flagged to a prospective employer or volunteer organization doing background checks

Sex workers can find safety with online marketplaces (Freedom of Expression Canada) https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/backpage-sex-workers-can-find-safety-in-online-marketplace/article35181699/

Over the past few years, there has been a war against online classified-ad websites such as Backpage that carry sex workers’ ads. While this war started in the United States, it has crept across the border to Canada as the discourse around sex trafficking has intensified. But one perspective is consistently missing: that of the sex worker exercising agency and using the Internet as a safety tool.

911 calls to handle text, video by 2020 (CRTC) http://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/telecoms-must-update-911-system-with-texting-video-capabilities-by-2020

Canadians will soon be able to stream videos of a car crash, text photos of a suspected thief or send personal medical information to 911 instead of dialling the three digits to speak to an operator.

Providers have to invest to meet growing demand for mobile use: Bell CEO (CRTC) http://www.winnipegsun.com/2017/05/30/providers-have-to-invest-to-meet-growing-demand-for-mobile-use-bell-ceo

Internet and mobile providers must invest in infrastructure to keep up with a booming consumer appetite for entertainment both at home and on the go, Bell Canada Enterprises CEO George Cope said Tuesday. High-speed mobile data usage is up 37 per cent from just last year, while the amount of data streaming over the Internet has more than quadrupled in five years, Cope told the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

Top International News

Nooses showing up more in hate incidents around country (Defamation International) http://www.timescolonist.com/nooses-showing-up-more-in-hate-incidents-around-country-1.20346282

Nooses have appeared recently around the nation’s capital — including the Smithsonian’s new African-American history museum — in a rash of incidents that experts say shows the growing use of hate symbols in the U.S. to try to intimidate minorities.

Lebanon bans the new “Wonder Woman” movie (Censorship International) http://www.torontosun.com/2017/05/31/lebanon-officially-bans-the-new-wonder-woman-movie

Lebanese authorities banned the new “Wonder Woman” movie Wednesday hours before it was due to premiere in the capital and following a campaign against its lead actress, Gal Gadot, who served in the Israeli army, a security official and activists said.

 

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Weekly News Roundup (May 19)

By: Brittany Green

 Top Stories this Week

 Former PCO boss eyes border agency watchdog options for Trudeau Liberals (Privacy Canada) http://www.citynews.ca/2017/05/18/former-pco-boss-eyes-border-agency-watchdog-options-for-trudeau-liberals/

The Trudeau government has hired a former top public servant to study options for more robust oversight of Canada’s border agency — the latest sign the agency could soon have new people looking over its shoulder.

Study cites significant challenge in detecting terrorism financing in crowdfunds (Access to Information Canada) http://www.timescolonist.com/study-cites-significant-challenge-in-detecting-terrorism-financing-in-crowdfunds-1.20015659

Canada’s money-laundering watchdog is studying the use of crowdfunding platforms by suspected terrorists and says in an internal study that the reporting protocol poses a “significant challenge” in trying to identify such transactions.

Anti-spam without the heavy hand (CRTC) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/national-post-national-edition/textview

At face value, Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) can be heralded as a good thing, because who doesn’t want less spam? However, in its current version, CASL is anti-competitive to Canadian businesses, too costly to comply with, and strikes at the heart of our federal government’s goal of keeping “Canada at the leading edge of the digital economy.”

 Top International News

President moves to defend media (Freedom of Expression) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/the-globe-and-mail-bc-edition/20170518/281586650530035

Mexican leader Pena Nieto promises more resources to help journalists under threat in the country. The President’s hastily called meeting with his security cabinet and the country’s governors was meant to show a united response to the slaying of reporters from one corner of Mexico to the other so far this year. On Monday, Javier Valdez in Culiacan, Sinaloa, became the sixth journalist slain in less than three months in six different states.

Resolute U.S. racketeering lawsuit against Greenpeace moved to California (Defamation International) http://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/05/17/news/resolute-us-racketeering-lawsuit-against-greenpeace-moved-california

A racketeering lawsuit launched by multinational forestry giant Resolute Forest Products against Greenpeace should be heard in California, an American court has ruled. Amid a ramped-up public relations offensive by both sides, a district court in Augusta, Ga., found that Montreal-based Resolute had failed to show why the $300-million lawsuit should be held in the state.

School district pulls suicide book ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ (Censorship International) http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/colorado-school-district-pulls-suicide-book-thirteen-reasons-why-1.3415692

As a Colorado community mourns the loss of seven students who recently killed themselves, a school district official ordered librarians to temporarily stop circulating a book that’s the basis for Netflix’s popular new series “13 Reasons Why,” which some critics say romanticizes suicide. The order rankled some librarians who called it censorship, and it appears to be a rare instance in which the book has been removed from circulation — albeit briefly.

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Weekly News Roundup (May 12)

By: Brittany Green

Top Stories this Week

 Mélanie Joly’s Net neutrality stance could spell trouble in Quebec; The day Francophones feel their media has been quietly anglicized by Ottawa’s inaction will be a day of reckoning, new essay posits (CRTC) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/why-canadas-net-neutrality-stance-places-consumers-in-control/article34867805/

Joly’s position on net neutrality and CanCon regulations threaten the francophone cultural identity, her role as an MP, and her party. Criticized for implementing ‘soft policy’, Quebecor’s worry about the future of their media identity and culture.

Saskatchewan premier criticized for using private email to do government work (Privacy Canada) http://globalnews.ca/news/3445253/saskatchewan-premier-criticized-for-using-private-email-to-do-government-work/

Premier Brad Wall is accused by the opposition of using a private email to communicate about government business. According to Wall, nothing of a ‘sensitive’ nature was stated in the alleged emails, and the server they were sent on was ‘secure’.

Pepe croaks: Cartoonist kills off frog turned hate symbol (Defamation Canada) http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/cartoonist-kills-off-pepe-the-frog-after-turned-into-hate-symbol-1.4105948

Popular comic author Matt Furie has killed off his character Pepe from his comic book, “The Boys Club” (2006). During the US presidential election, Pepe’s image became an internet sensation when internet trolls used the character’s images for anti-sematic memes.

 Top International News

UN officials urge India to lift social media ban in Kashmir (Freedom of Expression International) https://www.voanews.com/a/india-social-medias-ban-kashmir/3847713.html

The UN urged India officials on April 27th to life a social media band in Kashmir. The UN stated that the band had a “disproportionate impact on the fundamental rights of everyone in Kashmir” and has the “character of collective punishments”.

Mexico names new prosecutor for crimes against journalists (Freedom of Expression International) http://www.metronews.ca/news/world/2017/05/10/mexico-names-new-prosecutor-for-crimes-against-journalists.html

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office named a new head of its divisions for Crimes Against Freedom of Expression, Ricardo Sanchez. The announcement comes a week after a delegation by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists met in Mexico City with President Enrique Pena Nieto and top government officials. During the encounter the CPJ voiced concern about what it called prosecutors’ “poor record” on investigating crimes against journalists, most of which go unpunished.

Norman Mailer paramour loses defamation suit over biography (Defamation International) http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/books/norman-mailer-paramour-loses-defamation-suit-over-biography-421901743.html

A Pennsylvania woman who says she had an eight-year affair with author Norman Mailer has lost a defamation lawsuit over a Mailer biography that describes their relationship as “strictly sexual.”A judge dismissed ex-supermodel Carole Mallory’s lawsuit after finding she offered no evidence that biographer J. Michael Lennon or his publisher acted with malice.

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Weekly News Roundup (March 7)

By: Brittany Green

Top Stories this Week

SIN error leaves employees worried; Some Molson Coors staff’s social insurance numbers printed on T4 envelopes (Privacy Canada) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/toronto-star/20170307/282170765943238

Greenpeace court filing an admission of ‘lying,’ forest company charges (Defamation Canada) http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/greenpeace-resolute-court-1.4012553

Vote could put Hamilton on leading edge of transgender rights protection; Anti-discrimination policy part of settlement in rights complaint filed by transgender woman over denial of access to bathroom of choice (Freedom of Expression Canada) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/vote-could-put-hamilton-on-leading-edge-of-transgender-rights-protection/article34212986/

Escape From The Broadband Wilderness; Some Towns Building Fibre Themselves (CRTC) http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fast-fibre-optic-internet-arrives-in-many-small-towns-before-big-cities-1.3174901

Repeat Broadcast; Marc raboy’s biography of marconi, the inventor of radio, explains the tech giants of today (CRTC) https://www.google.ca/search?q=Repeat+Broadcast%3B+Marc+raboy%27s+biography+of+marconi%2C+the+inventor+of+radio%2C+explains+the+tech+giants+of+today&rlz=1C5CHFA_enCA709CA709&oq=Repeat+Broadcast%3B+Marc+raboy%27s+biography+of+marconi%2C+the+inventor+of+radio%2C+explains+the+tech+giants+of+today&aqs=chrome..69i57.252j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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Senior China government adviser criticizes web censorship (Censorship International) http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/03/06/senior-china-government-adviser-criticizes-web-censorship/

UN experts express concern about growth of ‘fake news’ (Freedom of Expression International) http://www.metronews.ca/news/world/2017/03/03/un-experts-express-concern-about-growth-of-fake-news.html

Weekly News Roundup (Feb. 27)

By: Brittany Green

 Top Stories this Week

 ‘Alarming’ number of businesses hit by hackers in past year: poll; Nearly three in five polled ‘either suspect or know for certain’ they were victims of hacking attempts (Privacy Law Canada) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/alarming-number-of-businesses-hit-by-hackers-in-past-year-poll/article34144277/

Plan is outsourcing by another name (CRTC) https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/02/24/plan-for-toronto-police-overhaul-is-outsourcing-by-another-name-dimanno.html

The trouble behind Canada’s failed First Nations water plants; A Globe and Mail study reveals the stories behind three of Canada’s most troubled on-reserve water treatment plants (Access to Information Canada) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/the-trouble-behind-canadas-failed-first-nations-water-plants/article34131686/

Top International News

EU lawmakers, in unusual move, pull the plug on racist talk (Censorship International) http://finance.yahoo.com/news/eu-lawmakers-unusual-move-pull-plug-racist-talk-080431070.html

Muhammad Ali’s son detained at airport: ‘Are you Muslim?’ (Privacy Act International) http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/muhammad-ali-jr-airport-1.3999531

White House bars major news outlets from informal briefing (Access to Information International) http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/25/white-house-bars-major-news-outlets.html

Weekly News Roundup (Jan.26)

 By: Brittany Green

Top Stories this Week

Ottawa still failing to provide health care on reserves: report (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-still-failing-to-provide-adequate-health-care-on-reserves-report/article33746065/)

Greenpeace argues Resolute racketeering suit ‘brute force’ intimidation (http://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/01/24/news/greenpeace-argues-resolute-racketeering-suit-brute-force-intimidation)

Judges rules in favour of university in open-records case (http://www.metronews.ca/news/world/2017/01/24/judges-rules-in-favour-of-university-in-open-records-case.html)

Help wanted: Ottawa posts top CRTC job; The federal government is officially looking for applicants for the top job at Canada’s telecom and broadcast regulator. (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/help-wanted-ottawa-posts-top-crtc-job/article33712613/)

Top International News

French internet censorship rose sharply in 2016 (https://www.google.ca/search?q=French+internet+censorship+rose+sharply+in+2016&rlz=1C5CHFA_enCA709CA709&oq=French+internet+censorship+rose+sharply+in+2016&aqs=chrome..69i57.365j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8)

China cracks down on tools used to get around web filters (http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-china-cracks-down-on-tools-used-to-get-around-web-filters-2017-1)

Weekly News Roundup (January 18)

By: Brittany Green

Top Stories this Week

CRTC braces for emergency video and texting (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/next-generation-911-crtc-braces-for-emergency-video-and-texting/article33631341/)

Woman can’t sue Alberta regulator in fracking case: Supreme Court (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/woman-cant-sue-alberta-regulator-in-fracking-case-supreme-court/article33617446/)

My pal the car; Emotionally intelligent vehicles a technological dream – and a potential privacy nightmare (http://business.financialpost.com/news/transportation/my-pal-the-car-emotionally-intelligent-vehicles-a-technology-dream-but-potential-privacy-nightmare)

Ex- Halifax Professor Sues Over Explicit Photo Posted to Twitter (https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/01/16/ex-halifax-professor-sues-over-explicit-photo-posted-to-twitter.html)

Prominent ‘Nazi Hunter’ Solomon Littman Dies at Age 96 (https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/01/12/prominent-nazi-hunter-solomon-littman-dies-at-age-96.html)

Canada is a Prime Cybercrime Target- and it Needs Help Tackling Threats, Report Warns (https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/01/11/canada-is-a-prime-cybercrime-target-and-it-needs-help-tackling-threats-report-warns.html)

Top International News

Cambodian PM Hits Opposition Chief with New Defamation Suit (http://www.metronews.ca/news/world/2017/01/18/cambodian-pm-hits-opposition-chief-with-new-defamation-suit.html)

Russia hopes for pragmatic dialogue with US under Trump (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/01/17/world/europe/ap-eu-russia-foreign-minister.html)