National Newswatch

Canadian regulators eye framework to cover crypto trading platforms

Mar 14 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — The regulatory bodies that oversee Canada's stock markets are seeking feedback on what requirements are appropriate for platforms that trade cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple. The provincial regulators represented by the Canadian Securities Administrators and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada published their proposed framework on Thursday. "Regulators around the world are currently considering […]

CRTC of ‘preliminary view’ that Big 3 may be required to share wireless networks

Mar 1 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is indicating that the country's three dominant wireless carriers may be required to provide smaller competitors with easier access to their national networks. The CRTC's message this week comes just days after the Trudeau government signalled it will replace a 2006 policy that puts more emphasis on infrastructure investments and "market forces" […]

Torstar posts Q4 and 2018 losses as print ad revenue falls year-over-year

Feb 27 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Torstar Corp. reported a loss in its fourth quarter as revenue continued to decline sharply year-over-year  — especially in terms of sales of print advertising space to national accounts. The publisher of the Toronto Star, other newspapers and a number of digital or online properties, said it lost $3.1-million loss attributable to shareholders for the three months ended […]

Food Network, Twitter Canada cook up new format for series of chef videos

Feb 26 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Corus Entertainment and Twitter Canada have cooked up a new social media format that will dish out a weekly series of eight, pre-recorded episodes featuring a variety of Food Network Canada chefs preparing a wide range of meals for foodies. The #DestinationDishes series of five-minute episodes on @FoodNetworkCA is sponsored by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce's […]

TFSAs may be a better than RRSPs for many types of savers, financial experts say

Feb 21 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — The registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) is one of the best-known tax shelters available to Canadians, particularly in the weeks before the annual contribution deadline, which is March 1 this year. But financial experts say a tax free savings account (TFSA) is often a better choice over the long run. The problem is, many […]

TekSavvy complains about data omitted from annual CRTC report on industry trends

Feb 13 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — TekSavvy Solutions Inc. lodged a complaint with the CRTC on Wednesday, saying that critical statistical information compiled by the federal telecommunications regulator was omitted from last year's edition of an annual industry report. The Ontario-based independent internet provider (ISP) said that the CRTC's omission of the information makes it more difficult for companies like […]

DHX Media says its WildBrain kids unit tapping growth from online streaming

Feb 12 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — DHX Media Ltd. sees the new YouTube Kids mobile app and streaming services from Apple, Amazon and Roku as promising new ways to generate revenue from its library of video programming, senior executives said Tuesday. "One of the pillars of our strategy is to produce premium content for the world's leading streaming and broadcasting kids […]

BCE says 5G network plans wouldn’t be delayed by a government ban on Huawei

Feb 7 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — The CEO of Canada's largest telecommunications and media group said Thursday that a government ban on Huawei network equipment wouldn't delay the company's plans for rolling out fifth-generation wireless services. BCE chief executive George Cope told analysts on a conference call that the company "clearly recognizes the issues at play" in regards to […]

Markham mayor says city to be a ‘living lab’ for Bell, IBM smart city research

Feb 6 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Bell Canada and IBM Canada Ltd. are teaming up with the Toronto-area city of Markham, Ont., to test a new generation of systems for monitoring city infrastructure and detecting problems such as storm flooding. The six-month research program that starts in April will combine Bell's broadband networks, IBM data analytics and data from sensors placed in various […]

Super Bowl 2019 may be the last time Canadian football fans see US game ads

Feb 1 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Sunday's battle between the New England Patriots and the L.A. Rams could possibly be the last Super Bowl game to be available in Canada in its original form — ads and all —  through American broadcasts. Until 2017, Canadian viewers were blocked from the full U.S. Super Bowl feeds, including the commercials that are often produced […]

Remind.com claims partial victory after Bell agrees to restore lower fee

Jan 28 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Remind.com is claiming a partial victory after waging a social media campaign designed to persuade Rogers and Bell to reverse a fee increase that indirectly affected a free two-way texting service for teachers, students and parents. The San Francisco-based company had warned it wouldn't be able to provide the free texting version of […]

Realizing the value of their data, consumers begin to demand more for it

Jan 28 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Daniel Sweeney has been a customer of Bell Canada for more than 20 years but that's about to change. The reason for the split, according to the self-employed computer consultant, is the unsatisfactory way Bell has handled his questions about its new "tailored marketing" initiative. Since December, Canada's largest telecommunications and media group has offered to […]

Neglecting your Aeroplan account for other rewards plans can cost you

Jan 27 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Aaron Pollak is a self-described "squeaky wheel" who managed to salvage more than 59,000 Aeroplan loyalty points after discovering they'd apparently expired in November. "I logged into my account and I saw that my points were zero. And I said 'What!' " the Toronto-area businessman recalled in a phone interview. "The person on […]

Remind.com claims partial victory after Bell agrees to restore lower fee

Jan 25 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Remind.com is claiming a partial victory after waging a social media campaign designed to persuade Rogers and Bell to reverse a fee increase that indirectly affected a free two-way texting service for teachers, students and parents. The San Franciso-based company had warned it wouldn't be able to provide the free texting version of […]

Netflix: competition, not regulation, is the way to stimulate Canadian content

Jan 25 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Netflix says it shouldn't be forced to pay into funds that are designed to support the creation of Canadian content, arguing that the country is better served by market competition than by regulating foreign online services. The California-based company makes the argument in a submission to a government-appointed expert panel that will make recommendations for changing Canada's […]