PIAC Applauds BTLR…

PIAC applauds BTLR call to improve affordability, access of internet and wireless in Canada, signals caution on broadcasting

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) today welcomed the Report of the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel (BTLR) that recommended  measures to increase access to affordable home internet and mobile wireless service in Canada. “Canadians can now expect that government will assure they can actually receive, and afford, mobile wireless and home Internet service,” said John Lawford, Executive Director and General Counsel of PIAC. “The Report recognizes that to live in this society, you have to be connected.” The Report also recommends changes to the Broadcasting Act to ensure continued creation of Canadian content.  While the goal of these changes is laudable, the potential impact on consumers is unknown. “PIAC will closely monitor pricing developments and advance the consumer interest during this transition to increased regulation of online content in Canada,” Lawford added.

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Update on Cannabis research from the Canadian Public Health Association

The research on Cannabis appears to be expanding quite fast but there seem to be only vague references to its use by seniors. That matters because seniors are often looking for non-opioid relief from chronic pain but know little about the effects of Cannabis on their more vulnerable bodies (and brains) and these are often different from the effects on other adults and youth. This Canadian Public Health Association list of sources will give you a picture of the current state of knowledge about Cannabis from a public health perspective.

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Monitoring Seniors Services

Every province and territory needs an independent seniors advocate like BC’s Isobel Mackenzie to monitor, collect and analyze data and then report to seniors and government with up-to-date information on seniors’ health, income, housing, and well-being. This is her latest Monitoring Report.


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Consultation Invite

Consultation Invite


The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) is launching consultations on Phase II of the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR). We would like to invite your organization to provide input to these consultations.


On July 10, 2019, Phase I of the ATPDR were finalized and published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. The ATPDR establish comprehensive and legally binding requirements on services, technical standards for equipment, communications, training, and security and border screening. Most provisions of the regulations, which apply to large transportation service providers, will come into effect on June 25, 2020.


The Accessible Canada Act (ACA), which came into force on July 11, 2019, provides the CTA with new authorities to advance the accessibility of the national transportation system.

Building on these developments, Phase II of the ATPDR has four objectives:

  1. Apply ATPDR provisions to small transportation service providers as much as possible – with adjustments, as necessary, to reflect their unique operating realities;


  1. Determine whether or not to apply the One Person, One Fare (1p1f) requirement to international travel and to small transportation service providers;


  1. Determine what, if anything, to require of transportation service providers with respect to Emotional Support Animals and service animals other than dogs; and


  1. Establish planning and reporting obligations for transportation service providers, pursuant to the ACA.


We are seeking your input on the issues of greatest concern to your organization. To focus your input, we recommend that you review the questions raised in the Consultation Paper on Phase II of the ATPDR.


Please feel free to respond to all questions, or only to the question(s) of interest to your organization. All written submissions should be sent to otc.ceta-ceat.otc@otc-cta.gc.ca.

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The War Against Women

Canadian feminists will remember an event that scarred the country 30 years ago– In 1989, a gunman killed 14 women students in Montreal and strengthened women’s radicalism for equality everywhere. “The War Against Women” Panel Report was Parliament’s nod of agreement yet little has changed.


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