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There’s an App for That? CRA Eyes New, Digitally Secure Way to Access Services

There’s an App for That? CRA Eyes New, Digitally Secure Way to Access Services

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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The Canada Revenue Agency headquarters in Ottawa is shown on Friday, November 4, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA — Canada’s tax agency has quietly tested a new way for Canadians to log in to their online accounts that should make it easier for Canadians to access government services while keeping would-be crooks out.

The new system could also be pushed into the private sector as the government and banks look to reduce the chances of identity fraud.

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Bridging the Digital Divide in Canada’s Rural Communities

Bridging the Digital Divide in Canada’s Rural Communities

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Editor, myWestman.ca

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NEEPAWA, Man. — Our future is connected, but Canadians outside urban centres are already being left behind. Rural residents know a thing or two about poor cell service, but the problem is even worse when it comes to rural broadband. Despite a 2016 promise to close the digital divide that separates those with access to cheap and plentiful broadband internet from those without, the Trudeau government has done little to make this a reality.

Broadband internet is woven into our lives and those who don’t have access to it are at a measurable disadvantage. For rural and remote Canadians, broadband internet can lessen the disadvantages of living outside a major centre. A community might not have local access to a medical specialist, but broadband makes services like Telehealth possible. Broadband can allow students to learn from teachers far from their communities, whether it’s in a classroom setting or on their own. Broadband allows small businesses to punch above their weight, selling to those around the world. Broadband allows rural Canadians to make informed decisions.

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‘Smarter’ Rules Would Ensure All Digital Players Pay for CanCon, Panel Told

‘Smarter’ Rules Would Ensure All Digital Players Pay for CanCon, Panel Told

By The Canadian Press

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This March 19, 2018 photo shows the Netflix app on an iPad in Baltimore. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Patrick Semansky)

OTTAWA — Federal lawmakers need to make foreign content providers, such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime, pay their fair share into producing Canadian content, Canada’s broadcast regulator and its public broadcaster argued this week.

What that share looks like, however, remains uncertain as the federal government moves to tear down and rebuild the country’s broadcast and telecom regulations.

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Canada to Impose Stricter Rules for Drone Operation Next Year

Canada to Impose Stricter Rules for Drone Operation Next Year

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

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A plane comes in to land at Gatwick Airport in England, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. ( THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Incoming new rules for drone operation in Canada are designed to help buck a growing global trend of incursions into space reserved for air travel, government officials said as tens of thousands of travellers in Britain grappled with the fallout of the largest such incident to date.

Canadians were among those stranded at London’s Gatwick Airport, which effectively shut down for 36 hours after drones were spotted buzzing the runway.

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