David Paddon

Canadian Press

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Manitoba coalition tells CRTC more affordable wireless options are needed

A coalition of groups representing consumers, low-income and Indigenous people in Manitoba says Canada's telecom regulator needs to do something to ensure mobile wireless services become more affordable soon.

CRTC's MVNO proposal would weaken regional wireless networks, Competition Bureau says

Freedom Mobile, Videotron, Eastlink and other regional mobile network operators would be weakened if they have to face a new type of virtual rival that only needs to rent network capacity, the Competition Bureau said Tuesday.

Canadian online gaming firm Stars Group to merge with Irish firm Flutter

The Stars Group Inc. has agreed to be acquired by Flutter Entertainment in an all-stock deal that will create one of the world's largest online betting and gambling companies, the companies announced Wednesday.

DHX Media changing name to WildBrain, begins reorganizing company

DHX Media Ltd. is changing its corporate name to WildBrain, the name of its child-focused YouTube business, which will be renamed WildBrain Spark.

Liberals looking to balance tensions between telecom carriers, consumers

The federal minister responsible for telecommunications said Wednesday that the Liberal government is very aware that there's a tension between the needs of consumers and Canadian wireless carriers.

Rogers Media buys Vancouver podcast production company Pacific Content

Rogers Media is adding to its podcasting business through the acquisition of Pacific Content, an independent production and marketing company formed five years ago by a number of former employees of the CBC.

Canada's big banks launch Verified.Me network to help prevent ID theft

Canada's biggest banks marked the official launch of the Verified.Me digital identity network on Wednesday, following years of development and testing with their partner SecureKey Technologies Inc.

Canadian wireless companies spent $3.5B in spectrum auction to beef up their networks

Rogers Communications will spend $1.72 billion to acquire spectrum licences from the federal government, making it by far the biggest spender in a hard-fought auction that pitted Canada's wireless companies against each other.

Texting service used by schools complains about fees charged by Bell, Rogers

Two of Canada's largest mobile phone services are being targeted by a social media campaign launched by Remind.com, a San Francisco-based company that provides a free two-way texting service for teachers, students and parents.

Back to school season the best time to shop around for telecom deals

The back-to-school period is one of the busiest times of the year for Canadian telecom companies, resulting in a barrage of special promotions — which can be both a blessing and a curse for budget-minded students.

Canada to hold key 5G spectrum auction in 2020, says Innovation Minister Bains

Canada's government will auction key wireless spectrum for fifth-generation mobile networks in 2020, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said Wednesday.

Yahoo removes controversial Canada-specific clause from terms of use

Yahoo's parent company has dropped a controversial new term of service that would have required its Canadian users to share data from their friends and contacts, including phone numbers, with the U.S.-based multinational group.

Health Canada wants Claire's kids' makeup tested for asbestos

Health Canada says it has requested testing data from Claire's Stores Inc. following reports that asbestos has been found in certain cosmetic products sold by the international retailer of youth-oriented jewelry and accessories.

Wireless carriers can't keep up with demand after weekend price cutting

Canada's major wireless carriers are apologizing for long customer service wait times as consumers scramble to cash in on limited-time promotional offers.

Freeland steps up diplomatic pressure on Venezuela, warns of refugee crisis

Canada is concerned that the political and economic turmoil in Venezuela will spark a refugee crisis for the South American country and its neighbours, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday.