Weekly News Oct. 1, 2018

Weekly News (October 1, 2018)

Compiled by Fizza Kulvi and Ian Steinberg with Sara Bannerman

McMaster University, Communications Governance Observatory


Communications Governance Observatory Monthly Podcast Series

Podcast #1 with host and producer Sumana Naidu now available: Network Neutrality with Dwayne Winseck(12 min)

Canadian News (Sept. 24-30, 2018)

·         [ACCESS TO INFORMATION] Canada slips to 55th place in global freedom-of-information law rankings (CTV News/CP)

·         [ALGORITHMIC REGULATION] Ottawa’s use of AI for immigration a ‘high-risk laboratory’ (The Globe and Mail)


International News (Sept. 24-30, 2018)

·         [NET NEUTRALITY] Fate of California Net-Neutrality Bill Is Up to Brown (Wall Street Journal)

·         [PLATFORM GOVERNANCE] Manjoo: How Apple Thrived in a Season of Tech Scandals (New York Times)

·         [PLATFORM GOVERNANCE/PRIVACY] Uber Settles Data Breach Investigation for $ 148 Million (New York Times)

Press Releases and Decisions (Sept. 24-30, 2018)

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

CRTC: News Releases

CRTC: Policy Announcements

  • 2018-377 – Development of the Commission’s Broadband Fund – Public record: 1011-NOC2017-0112

Competition Bureau Canada

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Federal Court of Appeal

·         [Patents] Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. v. Arctic Cat, Inc.

Federal Court of Canada

·         [Patents] Seedlings Life Science Ventures LLC v. Pfizer Canada Inc.

Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

·         Tabling of the Privacy Commissioner’s annual report

·         OPC launches Privacy Commissioner Alerts for federal public sector

·         Key lessons for public servants from the 2017-18 Annual Report

·         Privacy Commissioner denounces slow progress on fixing outdated privacy laws

·         2017-18 Annual Report to Parliament on the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Privacy Act




·        Security Update

Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada

o   October 2, 2018,  9:30 AM: Study on the modernization of Canadian communications legislation:

  • William G. Hutchison, Distinguished Fellow, Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Stuart Jack, Partner (Nordicity)

o   October 3, 2018, 6:45 PM : Study on the modernization of Canadian communications legislation

      • Aline Chevrier, Senior Director, Spectrum Licensing and Auction Operations(Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
      • Pamela Miller, Director General, Telecommunications and Internet Policy Branch(Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
      • Drew Olsen, Director, Marketplace and Legislative Policy (Canadian Heritage)
      • Thomas Owen Ripley, Director General, Broadcasting and Digital Communications Branch (Canadian Heritage)

Canadian House of Commons

o   Oct. 1, 2018, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT) Statutory Review of the Copyright Act    

o   Oct. 3, 2018, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT) Statutory Review of the Copyright Act


  • Canadian Heritage

o   Oct. 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EDT) Bill C-391, Aboriginal Cultural Property Repatriation Act


  • Access to Information, Privacy & Ethics

o   Oct. 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EDT) Breach of Personal Information Involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook


Current Consultations



  • Anticipated releases for the week of 1 to 5 October 2018
  • Broadcasting Decision:

o   Decision relating to the following application considered under the Commission’s Part 1 process: Radio Humsafar Inc.
Ethnic commercial AM radio station – Technical changes
Public record for this application: 2018-0283-5

  • Telecom Decision:

o   Amtelecom Limited Partnership – Implementation of local competition for Iristel Inc. in the exchange of Aylmer, Ontario
Public record: 8663-A2-201802067


o   CRTC Open Telecom Proceedings

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