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


  • 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




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.


  • 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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