Rant: Calgary Transit


Copyright 2010 by Stephen Vermeulen
Last updated: 2010 Jun 20

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  • 2010-Jun-20: The NDP in Canada is trying to get a bill through parliament to require cell phone providers to unlock phones once the contract is up. [9217]
  • 2010-Jun-20: The DMCA may be making another attempt to sneak back into Canada. [9211] [1]
  • 2010-May-28: Mobilicity is a new cell phone provider that started service in May'10 in Toronto Canada. Their plans are all "unlimited" the only difference between them being the features carried. Unfortunately this means to get data from them one has to get all the other features too, meaning for any data you have to pay $65/month, even if you don't do much voice. [9143]
  • 2010-Apr-21: The Pirate Party of Canada is now an official national political party. [9083]
  • 2010-Jan-12: Wind Mobile is saying that they will provide customers with phone unlock codes after 3 months. [8915]
  • 2009-Dec-25: In Canada "responsible communication on matters of the public interest" can be used to defend against claims of defamation and bloggers are now eligible for this protection. [8870] [1]
  • 2009-Dec-16: Wind Mobile has just entered the Canadian cell phone market place. One thing they are offering is free calling between Wind phones within their "home zone" areas (which currently are just Calgary and Toronto). They also offer an unlimited data plan and are upfront about telling you that if you use more than 5GB a month they will throttle your connection (but won't shut you off or charge you more). [8845]
  • 2009-Dec-11: The CRTC are going to allow Globalive to enter the Canadian cell phone market. [8831]
  • 2009-Oct-22: In October'09 the CRTC issued new net neutrality rules. [8638]
  • 2009-Oct-11: Open source could be a much less expensive way to go for medical records systems, as Ontario is discovering. [8620] [1]
  • 2009-Sep-28: An assignment in Government 2.0 was to find publicly accessible government data sets. [8572] [1]
  • 2009-Sep-26: The CRTC is out to eliminate ISP competition by allowing the telephone companies to deny access to the infrastructure. This way back to the 80's. [8564]
  • 2009-Sep-19: The Canadian Court of Appeals has decided that the act of linking to another web site cannot be considered libelous. [8529] [1]
  • 2009-Sep-12: The Canadian government is taking another run at the DMCA, this time they are consulting the public before drafting the bill. The MPAA is making its views known on this through its Canadian arm, the CRIA. THey held a town hall on this and it was packed by the recording industry to make sure their views were the only ones heard. The public consultation is due to end on Sept 13. [8328]
  • 2009-Sep-08: The Canadian Private Copying Collective is again pushing for a copyright levy to be collected on all iPods. [8485] [1]
  • 2009-Aug-27: It looks like Facebook's policies violate Canadian privacy law. Given that 1/3 of Canadians are Facebook members, perhaps this means our privacy laws need amending? It looks like Facebook is going to change things to comply with Canada's view of the world. [8293]
  • 2009-Aug-08: The practice of bars scanning drivers licenses to keep track of patrons (the BarWatch program in B.C.) is under attack as a violation of Canada's privacy laws. [8389]
  • 2009-Jul-15: Supposedly Canadians find traffic shaping reasonable. Well I agree, so long as it only happens in the East! [8268]
  • 2009-Jul-02: Could Canada have online voting in national elections? Since we are not worried about submitting our taxes over the net I don't see why not. Still, a bigger change to our system would be to have the polls across the nation all close at the same time, that way the "East" would not always elect the new government by themselves long before all the ballots have been case in the "West". [8214]
  • 2009-Apr-28: The cost of selection and administration of research grants can be more than the grants being given out, so why bother reviewing applications from qualified scientists? [7914] [1]
  • 2009-Mar-25: Anonymous posting may not be allowed in Canada. [7793]
  • 2009-Mar-03: The Canadian Government started considering open source software in early 2009, discussed here on Slashdot. The UK Government is also wanting to do this. [7584] [1]
  • 2008-Aug-21: The Canadian Privacy Commissioner wants to anonymize court records. This is certainly a tricky debate, perhaps court records should only be published after a guilty verdict is found - but then we don't get all the fun of watching the trial... [6715]
  • 2008-Mar-29: University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist (who really should be our next Prime Minister) is behind the IOptOut.ca site (discussed here on Slashdot) that is trying to get a start at a Canadian do not call registry before the federal government's version finally launches. [5345]
  • The Public Service Integrity Office (aka the whistle blowing department) of Canada. [5539]
  • The Revenue Canada web site. How to submit corrections to your filed taxes. [5538]
  • So how did the PCs actually do in Alberta? [5537]
  • New Alberta Canada taxes, this may be clever propaganda and blatant mass purchase of votes, but that's a big part of democracy ain't it? [5536]

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