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UPDATED: Judith LaRocque named acting CRTC chair
GATINEAU - As Cartt.ca reported, Judith LaRocque has been appointed acting chair of the CRTC for the next four months effective immediately, Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly confirmed Monday. Read more

BANFF 2017: Forward from here - Bridging Canada 150 and Canada 1491
BANFF – The recent controversy about cultural appropriation is only the latest Canadian flashpoint regarding Indigenous peoples and their relationship with centuries of non-indigenous immigration. Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Facts say Commission is actually an "employer of choice"
I WAS DISAPPOINTED to read in your June 15 commentary the observations of a former colleague who has long Read more

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Wireless Code Review: CRTC hangs up on locked devices, unlocking fees
GATINEAU – The CRTC has banned locked devices and subsequent unlocking fees charged by wireless service providers as part of its review of Canada’s Wireless Code of Conduct. Read more

Blais, the Wizard of Gatineau, bids adieu
GATINEAU – Outgoing CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais told Commission staff Friday that he did not seek to renew his term because his work there is done. Read more

Videotron given longer to comply with Unlimited Music decision as CRTC turns down review, vary, request
OTTAWA – The CRTC has ordered Videotron to comply with its decision to no longer zero-rate its music streaming service Unlimited Music. Read more

Stingray to hire 400, expand HQ, to “keep pace with growth”
MONTREAL – Stingray celebrated 10 years of growth by announcing Friday that it is expanding its Montreal head office and hiring 400 new employees over the next five years. Read more

BANFF 2017: Media in the Age of Trump
BANFF – The biggest, and perhaps most frustrating, story of 2017 remains the current – and exceedingly unpredictable – administration of President Donald Trump. Read more

Eastlink’s Gig Internet extends to new locations in NS, ON, BC
HALIFAX - Eastlink said Monday that it has expanded its Gigabit Internet availability to more communities as part of its continued investment in its core fibre-based Internet service. Read more

New ideas to fund Canadian media won’t include ISP tax
OTTAWA – Canada has no plans to levy a new tax on Internet service providers, despite a recommendation from a House of Commons Heritage Committee report suggesting that such a tax could help to fund Canadian journalism. Read more

TVO recognized for mPower digital learning math games
TORONTO – TVO has received a 2017 International Serious Play Award for mPower, its creative online games that teach fundamental K-6 math skills to students. Read more

CBC readies multiplatform coverage of North American Indigenous Games
TORONTO – CBC has launched a new dedicated portal as it counts down to the start of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG 2017) in Toronto. Read more

CMPA programs seek to aid new independent producers
OTTAWA - The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) has launched two new CMPA-funded national mentorship programs to provide on-the-job training for 15 up-and-coming filmmakers. Read more

TLN, TD team up to welcome newcomers to Canada
TORONTO - Telelatino Network is once again partnering with TD Bank on a literacy program designed to help ease the arrival of new Canadians. Read more

CIRA invests $1M in projects pushing privacy, cybersecurity
OTTAWA – The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is putting $1 million towards 21 projects aimed at promoting digital literacy around privacy, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Read more

Bell's Mirko Bibic honoured as Canadian General Counsel of the Year
MONTREAL - Mirko Bibic, chief legal and regulatory officer and EVP of corporate development for BCE Inc. Read more

CCTS welcomes "improved" Wireless Code
OTTAWA – Count the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) among those offering their stamp of approval to the Read more

Hollywood Suite signs on with Beanfield Metroconnect, Cipher TV, Frontline 360
TORONTO – Hollywood Suite will offer the red carpet treatment to new customers in Ontario, B.C., and Alberta after finalizing agreements with Cipher TV (AEBC Internet Corp), Beanfield Metroconnect and Frontline 360 Inc. Read more

SaskTel pushes on with wireless service upgrades in rural Saskatchewan
REGINA – SaskTel will upgrade an additional 35 more rural communities in Saskatchewan before the end of summer in an effort to address the ever-growing demand for wireless service. Read more

ISED Minister Bains applauds CRTC decision to cut phone unlocking fees
OTTAWA – Calling locked phones and unlocking fees “a significant irritant” to Canadians, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains gave the thumbs up to Read more

Telus says hottest new device is Essential
TORONTO – Telus said Thursday that it will be the preferred Canadian carrier and retail partner of the new Essential Phone, available in store and online this summer. Read more

Groupe V Média’s Luc Doyon to step down
MONTREAL - Groupe V Média’s EVP and COO Luc Doyon will retire from the company this October. Read more

Quebecor Content signs multiplatform 4K content deal with Blue Ant International
MONTREAL - Quebecor Content has finalized an agreement with Blue Ant International to provide premium nature content for Videotron’s Indigo, illico and Club illico platforms. Read more


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