Weekly News (Apr. 9th – 15th)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Márcio E. Gonçalves

Research Assistant, Communications Governance Lab

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

Canadian News (April 02 – April 08, 2018)

International News (April 02 – April 08, 2018)

Press Releases and Decisions (April 02 – April 08, 2018)

Supreme Court of Canada

  • [PRIVACY] Her Majesty the Queen v. Eric Talbot (Ontario) (Criminal) (By Leave) Crown denied an assistance order that would compel accused to provide swipe pattern required to unlock smart phone – Whether application judge misconstrued the principle against self-incrimination and erred by concluding that the assistance order would violate s. 7 of the Charter? The application for leave to appeal is dismissed for want of jurisdiction.

Canadian Heritage

Competition Bureau Canada


o     Broadcasting Decision:

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

▪     Unifor and its Locals 723M and 830M

▪     Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and Urban Alliance on Race Relations

▪     Complaints against Rogers Media Inc. alleging non-compliance with OMNI Regional’s third-language news requirement

▪     Public record for these applications: 2017-0975-0 and 2017-0977-6

o     Telecom Regulatory Policy:

▪     Review of the competitor quality of service regime

▪     Public record: 1011-NOC2017-0049

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada


Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada

  • The Senate resumes Monday, April 16, 2018.

Canadian House of Commons

  • The House is adjourned until Monday, April 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT). The agenda is not available yet.

Supreme Court of Canada

  • The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that judgment in the following applications for leave to appeal will be delivered at 9:45 a.m. EDT on Thursday, April 12, 2018. This list is subject to change.:

o     […][PRIVACY] Frederic Dwayne Wilson v. Her Majesty the Queen (B.C.) (Criminal) (By Leave) Charter of Rights  – Search and seizure – Reasonable expectation of privacy – Whether the Court of Appeal erred by concluding that the applicant did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the common areas of the condominium complex in which his suite was located or in the video surveillance footages of those common areas – Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s. 8.[…]