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Owner of Spice Shop in Hot Water in Quebec Over English-Only Website

Owner of Spice Shop in Hot Water in Quebec Over English-Only Website

By Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press

Spice Station Website
The “Spice Station” website is seen Thursday, July 27, 2017 in Montreal. The Los Angeles-based spice shop with a branch in Montreal’s Mile-End neighbourhood is protesting an order by the Office quebecois de la langue francaise to translate the company’s English-only website into French. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

MONTREAL – The owner of a Montreal spice shop that is struggling financially says he may close it because of pressure from Quebec’s language watchdog over an English-only website.

Peter Bahlawanian, who owns a Los Angeles shop that has an outlet in Montreal, has been ordered to translate the company’s website into French.

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Veteran Telecom Exec Could Make CRTC Less Consumer Friendly, Advocates Warn

Veteran Telecom Exec Could Make CRTC Less Consumer Friendly, Advocates Warn

By The Canadian Press

Jean-Pierre Blais
Outgoing CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais holds a news conference to announce a decision on basic telecommunications service in Canada, Wednesday December 21, 2016 in Gatineau, Que. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

GATINEAU, Que. – The appointment of telecom industry insider Ian Scott as the next chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has sparked both concerns that the regulator could soon be taken in a less consumer friendly direction and hope for a new direction.

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced Scott’s appointment Tuesday, while also naming Caroline Simard as the CRTC’s vice-chairwoman, saying the two have a “deep understanding of what Canadians expect in their telecommunications and broadcasting systems.”

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Amazon Says Prime Signups in Canada Grew 80 Per Cent in 2016

Amazon Says Prime Signups in Canada Grew 80 Per Cent in 2016

By Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press

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This Sept. 6, 2012 photo shows an Amazon logo at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite personal devices, in Santa Monica, Calif. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Reed Saxon)

TORONTO – Amazon says sign-ups for its Amazon Prime membership program grew 80 per cent in Canada in 2016.

The world’s largest online retailer wouldn’t disclose the total number of Canadian Prime members, but it says the year-over-year gain makes Canada one of the countries with the fastest growth rates.

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New National Security Approach Lets Electronic Spy Agency Play Cyber-Offence

New National Security Approach Lets Electronic Spy Agency Play Cyber-Offence

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

Ralph Goodale
Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice, Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, make a national security-related announcement at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – Canada is going all-in when it comes to cyberwarfare.

Weeks after giving the military permission to start developing cyberweapons and other offensive capabilities, the Trudeau government wants to issue a similar directive to Canada’s electronic spy agency.

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Amazon Deal to Buy Whole Foods Poses Threat to Canadian Grocers, Experts Say

Amazon Deal to Buy Whole Foods Poses Threat to Canadian Grocers, Experts Say

By The Canadian Press

Whole Foods Market
This May 3, 2017, photo, shows a Whole Foods Market grocery store, in Upper Saint Clair, Pa. Experts say Amazon’s blockbuster deal to buy the Whole Foods supermarket chain poses a threat to Canada’s grocers and could force them to lower prices, enhance technology or boost their e-commerce services.Amazon announced Friday it plans to acquire Whole Foods Market in a US$13.7-billion agreement. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Gene J. Puskar)

TORONTO – Experts say Amazon’s blockbuster deal to buy the Whole Foods supermarket chain poses a threat to Canada’s grocers and could force them to lower prices, enhance technology or boost their e-commerce services.

Amazon announced Friday it plans to acquire Whole Foods Market in a US$13.7-billion agreement.

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Trudeau Rejects Call for Five Per Cent Tax on Broadband Internet Services

Trudeau Rejects Call for Five Per Cent Tax on Broadband Internet Services

By Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

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A person uses Netflix in Palo Alto, Calif in this July 20, 2010 file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Paul Sakuma)

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is shooting down a parliamentary committee’s recommendation that Ottawa impose a five per cent tax on broadband Internet services as a way to “level the playing field” in Canada’s rapidly evolving news industry.

Liberal members of the Commons heritage committee released a long-awaited report Thursday with 20 recommendations aimed at helping the slumping media industry adapt to rapid technological change and shifting consumer habits.

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CRTC Bans Cellphone Unlocking Fees, Clarifies Rules for So-Called Family Plans

CRTC Bans Cellphone Unlocking Fees, Clarifies Rules for So-Called Family Plans

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

Cell Phone

OTTAWA – Cellphone companies will soon no longer be allowed to charge customers to unlock their devices, Canada’s telecom regulator said Thursday as it unveiled sweeping changes to the wireless code of conduct.

The new code from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission also says as of Dec. 1, all newly purchased devices must be sold unlocked — one of several other changes aimed at giving people more control over their wireless services.

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Shaw to Bolster Freedom Mobile with Spectrum Deal, Sell ViaWest for $2.3 Billion

Shaw to Bolster Freedom Mobile with Spectrum Deal, Sell ViaWest for $2.3 Billion

By The Canadian Press

Shaw
A Shaw Communications sign at the company’s headquarters in Calgary, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

CALGARY — Shaw Communications Inc. is moving to strengthen its Freedom Mobile wireless business through a deal with Quebecor that will be largely funded by selling its U.S.-based ViaWest unit for C$2.3 billion.

The Calgary-based company says money from the ViaWest sale will help pay for C$430 million worth of spectrum licences in British Columbia, Alberta, and southern Ontario that it plans to buy from Quebecor — subject to federal approvals.

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Switching Off: Parents Urged to Keep Infants Away from Digital Screens

Switching Off: Parents Urged to Keep Infants Away from Digital Screens

By David Friend, The Canadian Press

Children iPads
Children work on iPads in Medford, Mass., in a Sept.18, 2014 file photo. The Canadian Paediatric Society issued its first-ever standalone recommendations for how much time children aged five and under should spend in front of a screen. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Stephan Savoia)

TORONTO – Vanessa Lewis couldn’t imagine watching her kids grow up bombarded by digital screens — so she effectively banned the technology from their sight.

Making a pact with her husband, the couple decided even talking on a smartphone in the vicinity of their infant twins was unacceptable.

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Providers Have to Invest to Meet Growing Demand for Mobile Use: Bell CEO

Providers Have to Invest to Meet Growing Demand for Mobile Use: Bell CEO

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

George Cope
George Cope, President and CEO of BCE Inc., speaks during the 2017 annual general shareholders meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Cope says his company and its competitors have to invest in infrastructure to keep up with a booming consumer appetite for entertainment both at home and on mobile devices. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

WINNIPEG – Internet and mobile providers must invest in infrastructure to keep up with a booming consumer appetite for entertainment both at home and on the go, Bell Canada Enterprises CEO George Cope said Tuesday.

High-speed mobile data usage is up 37 per cent from just last year, while the amount of data streaming over the Internet has more than quadrupled in five years, Cope told the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

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