Shocked grandmother, students 'in a panic': The rough side of our piracy notice system

A shocked grandmother is accused of illegally downloading a video game. She’s warned if she doesn’t pay a settlement fee, she could face fines of up to $5,000.

Panicked foreign university students receive similar settlement demands over alleged piracy. It sparks fears they could be deported.

These are only the latest examples of the confusion and concern ignited by Canada’s new copyright infringement notice system.
Some anti-piracy firms routinely send out letters demanding hundreds of dollars from Canadians for alleged illegal downloads. And if they don’t pay up, recipients are told they could face legal action and big fines.

The problem is, people may be falsely accused and no one is under obligation to pay a settlement — not even a penny. 

The government says it’s aware of the problem. And yet, the emails keep coming. 

Critics say it’s time for Ottawa to take a serious look at its piracy notice system …

Join the #YourNatlSec twitter chat and tell Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale Canadians want privacy reforms

If you’re one of the millions of Canadians who oppose Bill C-51, you probably have a lot to say to decision-makers about your reasons why.
And this Thursday, November 3 at 8:00 pm EST/5:00 pm PST, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will be on Twitter holding an “online discussion focusing on national security accountability” using the hashtag #YourNatlSec. It’s a huge chance for us to join our voices together and flood the conversation with pro-privacy messages — will you join us?
Whether it’s digital surveillance, censorship, the right to encrypt devices and communications, or government spying, it’s so important that we take this chance to tell Goodale what we want to change.
We need to show the government just how many people oppose this bill. And we need to make sure that they hear us when we say that C-51 must be fully repealed.
They’re sure to be hearing from a large …

TaterGrams Canada Lets You Mail A Personalized Potato Anywhere In The Country

Move over, greeting cards. It’s 2016 and the new way to show someone you care is by sending them a message on a… potato?Yup, you read that correctly. Wayne Rempel, from Lacombe, Alta., wants to send your loved ones a Canadian-grown potato, complete with a handwritten message.And for every order he receives before Christmas, he’ll donate one dollar to the sender’s local food bank. Inspired by similar startups in the U.S., Rempel decided a week ago that he would start sending “TaterGrams.” For $9.99 you get a potato with a message written on it. For an extra cost, you can customize the spud with an assortment of add-ons. A TaterGram is a present your friend or foe won’t soon forget. (Photo: Wayne Rempel)“It’s been a tough year (in Canada.) I want to help support our farmers and I want to help our struggling food banks,” …

Liberal hypocrisy reveals a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian so long as they’re in Cabinet

The tale of Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef’s citizenship may be one of the more curious stories of the year.
The news — if we can call it that — broke last month when it was revealed Monsef wasn’t actually born in war-torn Afghanistan, as she believed, but just across the border in Iran. She had been misled by her mother. The thing is, as others have detailed at length, many people born in war zones aren’t sure of their exact birthdate, let alone location. Afghanistan did not even issue birth certificates until years after Monsef’s family …
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Liberal hypocrisy reveals a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian so long …

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef revealed last week that she was born in Iran, not Afghanistan as she’d long believed. Minister of Immigration John McCallum addresses a news conference in Vancouver, Wednesday, August 17, 2016.The tale of Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef’s citizenship may be one of the more curious stories of the year.The news — if we can call it that — broke last month when it was revealed Monsef wasn’t actually born in war-torn Afghanistan, as she believed, but just across the border in Iran. She had been misled by her mother. The thing is, as …
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Ashley Csanady: Liberal hypocrisy reveals a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian so long as they’re in Cabinet

The tale of Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef’s citizenship may be one of the more curious stories of the year.
The news — if we can call it that — broke last month when it was revealed Monsef wasn’t actually born in war-torn Afghanistan, as she believed, but just across the border in Iran. She had been misled by her mother. The thing is, as others have detailed at length, many people born in war zones aren’t sure of their exact birthdate, let alone location. Afghanistan did not even issue birth certificates until years after Monsef’s family …
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Ashley Csanady: Liberal hypocrisy reveals a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian so long …

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef revealed last week that she was born in Iran, not Afghanistan as she’d long believed. Minister of Immigration John McCallum addresses a news conference in Vancouver, Wednesday, August 17, 2016.The tale of Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef’s citizenship may be one of the more curious stories of the year.The news — if we can call it that — broke last month when it was revealed Monsef wasn’t actually born in war-torn Afghanistan, as she believed, but just across the border in Iran. She had been misled by her mother. The thing is, as …
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Ashley Csanady: Liberal hypocrisy reveals a Canadian is a Canadian …

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef revealed last week that she was born in Iran, not Afghanistan as she’d long believed. Minister of Immigration John McCallum addresses a news conference in Vancouver, Wednesday, August 17, 2016.The tale of Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef’s citizenship may be one of the more curious stories of the year.The news — if we can call it that — broke last month when it was revealed Monsef wasn’t actually born in war-torn Afghanistan, as she believed, but just across the border in Iran. She had been misled by her mother. The thing is, as …
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Canadian grandmother accused of pirating zombie game

Canadian grandmother Christine McMillan does not include killing zombies among her hobbies, neither does she play the games that would allow her to do so.So when she received a letter accusing her of illegally downloading first-person shooter Metro 2033, she was surprised.She had never heard of the game and did not understand why she faced a fine of thousands of dollars.The firm that sent the letter said the incident was “an unfortunate anomaly”.It is now mandatory for Canadian ISPs to forward the physical addresses of people whose IP address has been identified by content owners as being …
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Bank of Canada says considered raising inflation target

By Nicole Mordant

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada seriously considered raising its inflation target to give it more flexibility to cut interest rates, but decided unconventional measures provide more room to maneuver than previously believed, Governor Stephen Poloz said on Tuesday.

In a speech that defended the central bank’s decision to renew its inflation target at 2 percent, Poloz said a higher target was considered because rates in many economies have been at or near historic lows.

“The idea is that interest rates would generally be higher if we had a higher inflation target, so we would have more …
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