ISAC's Media & Policy News: 13 January 2017

The Income Security Advocacy Centre's bulletin includes news, updates, reports, and events from Ontario, across Canada, and around the world.

Posted:
January 13, 2017
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

CRTC broadband Internet ruling still leaves room for high prices

Critics say the regulator's declaration that Internet should be a basic service only addresses access, not affordability. 

Posted:
December 23, 2016
Article source:
Toronto Star

CRTC declares broadband internet access a basic service

The decision could pave the way for universal access to high-speed service in remote and rural areas.

Posted:
December 22, 2016
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Ontario Energy Group customers facing liens worth thousands of dollars

Water heater, furnace, and air conditioner contracts are in the top 10 consumer complaints lodged with Ontario's Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.

Posted:
December 12, 2016
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Disconnected customers to get winter relief from Hydro One

LIEN responds to the Hydro One's announcement that it is restoring electricity to all of its residential customers who have been disconnected for bill payment arrears.

Posted:
December 07, 2016
Article source:
Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)

Security shouldn't trump privacy, watchdogs tell Trudeau government

Last month a Federal Court judge said CSIS violated the law by keeping potentially revealing electronic data over a 10-year period about people who were not targets of investigation.

Posted:
December 06, 2016
Article source:
FindLaw.ca

Food bank users unable to afford rising hydro rates, group says

The food bank association wants the government to expand both the OESP and LEAP, which provides a one-time emergency payment of up to $500 for people behind on their bill.

Posted:
November 28, 2016
Article source:
London Free Press

CRTC wants phone companies to offer tools to help block telemarketers

The CRTC is giving telecoms a 90-day deadline to come up with technical solutions for their customers.

Posted:
November 08, 2016
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Call for utilities to help tenants figure costs

Utility companies should be required to tell incoming tenants how much it may cost them for heat and hydro: A suggestion to Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan consultations.

Posted:
November 08, 2016
Article source:
Owen Sound Sun Times

CSIS broke law by keeping sensitive metadata, Federal Court rules

The metadata kept is said to have included data trails related to people such as friends or family members who knew targets of surveillance but were not themselves under investigation.

Posted:
November 04, 2016
Article source:
CTV News