Consumer protection news, advocacy and information in Canada from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC).
Airline Bailouts = Consumer Refunds! We won! with Tahira Dawood
Consumers in Canada are now eligible for refunds for flights cancelled due to COVID-19 from two airlines and more are likely to be added soon. We break down the airline bailouts at Air Canada and Air Transat, and what consumers must do and by when to get their money back and how to apply for these refunds and other details. Our guest this episode is Tahira Dawood, PIAC's second articling student and former researcher at PIAC (and she is also a foreign-qualified lawyer and worked in the aviation industry!).
Klass Consciousness: CRTC MVNO decision, telecom socialism & Shaw-Rogers deal with Ben Klass
We discuss the CRTC's recent decision on mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) as possible new wireless competition in Canada with Ben Klass, PhD Candidate and telecom policy wunderkind. Also covered are frustrations with regulation of mergers such as Rogers buying Shaw. This leads us to consider how much public interest should be in telecommunications and how to get more for consumers.
Rogers-Shaw Merger - Part 2 - Discussion with Konrad von Finckenstein
We further examine the Rogers-Shaw merger of telecommunications giants in Canada. In part 2, we have very special guest Konrad von Finckenstein, former Commissioner of Competition, former Chair of the CRTC, former advisor on mergers to the Industry Minister, former Federal Court justice and now PIAC Chair of the Board, to explain the potential conditions that could be placed on this deal, whether it can be blocked, and why Rogers and Shaw and such companies may need some leeway to merge (well!).
Rogers-Shaw Merger - Part 1: Anatomy of a Merger
We examine the Rogers-Shaw merger of telecommunications giants in Canada. In part 1, we explain the approval process(es) that the deal will have pass to happen, why you probably won't know what is happening or why, and how you can make your views known.
The Epic Battle for Your Privacy with Yuka Sai
We discuss Bill C-11, a proposed law to change our federal private sector privacy act that protects consumers private information when they deal with businesses.
Broadcasting and Why it Matters to You with Monica Auer
The CanCon is coming! The CanCon is coming! Or not. Today we discuss Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, phew!
Today's guest Monica Auer, Executive Director of Canada’s Forum for Research and Policy in Communications (FRPC) strives mightily to explain broadcasting regulation in Canada and how the federal government wants to change it.