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Rogers Video no more, time to get an Apple TV device


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Rogers Video no more, time to get an Apple TV device

Are you looking to rent a movie? Apple TV makes the process simple and easy. You also get access to a host of other bonus features. With Rogers Video officially putting an end to their video stores it’s now time for you to consider alternatives. Devices like an ATV can help to mitigate the transition. Straight from Apple’s website “The new Apple TV with 1080p HD gives you access to the best content — blockbuster movies, TV shows, sports, your music and photos and more — right on your widescreen TV. You can even play content from your iOS devices on your TV using AirPlay. Best of all, Apple TV is just $109″. It connects to Netflix, Vimeo, YouTube, WSJ and other services. I’ve had it for 2+ years and have no complaints.

Did wireless providers just get the one finger salute?


Canadians are defiantly getting gouged when it comes to wireless service in Canada. Some would say that there just isn’t enough competition, while others feel it’s just utter greed. Providers say that someone has to pay for infrastructure, yet we know have a Government saying that they have heard enough. Wireless providers have already complained; asking that the CRTC step in and create a standard. It will be interesting to see if the Conservatives decide to get involved and act. Only time will tell!

Rogers and BCE now own it all!


The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan said it is selling its 79.5 stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns a prized collection of some of the most valuable sports assets in Canada’s largest city. Who is the buyer? Rogers and BCE (Bell), who will not own it all. With the two largest telecom and media companies, in Canada, taking control of the Toronto sports many have begun to wonder what this means. Will we finally get an investment in actually winning? Or is this merely two large media companies attempting to bring more premium content to sports hungry fans in Toronto? BCE now has more sports programming for TSN. Also, the deal brings Rogers, owner of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club, more content to Sportsnet. I am curious what this may mean for other media outlets. For those who have decided to cut the cable will this mean less content availability? Since they are almost an oligopoly, in the Toronto area, we simply have no choice. On the other side of the coin, this may have been the lesser of the two evils. 

Congrats to Tracy Moore – Named New CityLine


Tracy Moore Named New CityLine Host

Tracy Moore Named New CityLine Host

Friday October 17, 2008

It’s one of the most popular shows in Canada and an institution at Citytv.

CityLine has been on the air for 24 years and was the original TV show that put the spotlight on design, food, gardening, health, fashion, beauty and other items of interest to domestic goddesses everywhere.

Now there are entire networks devoted to the subject. But a quarter of a century ago, this show was  unique. And it remains that way to this day.

Part of that success has always been attributed to the hosts who guided viewers through the ins-and-outs of homemaking and style. In the early years, that was the legendary Dini Petty. And for 19 of those seasons, it was the remarkable Marilyn Denis.

But after she left the show in May, there was a big question mark: who could possibly replace the irreplaceable?

After trying out a series of co-hosts over the summer and early fall, we can finally answer that question – and it’s someone you know very well.

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Cito Gaston Back After Jays! Cito is back…


If the Jays season were a movie, it might be called Back To The Future. Because one look at the bench and those people standing behind the bags and you might think you’ve been transported to the 1990s. Standing in the dugout calling the shots is Cito Gaston, the bench boss who took the team to the heights of hysteria with back-to-back World Series.

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Bell Canada’s packet inspection violates privacy law, group


And you didn’t like Comcast’s TCP resets. Something far more egregious is going on in Canada, where Bell Canada has been engaged in deep-packet inspection of traffic. Bell is using DPI to find and limit the use of peer-to-peer applications such as BitTorrent, which it says are congesting its network, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

The University of Ottawa’s Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, says Bell has engaged in the practice without customer consent, has failed to show that it even suffers from network congestion, and has violated Canada’s privacy law – the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) in doing so.

In a complaint to Canada’s privacy commissioner, CIPPIC said it was concerned other large Canadian ISPs were doing the same. In a statement (PDF), the group said:

Bell claims it is respecting the privacy of ISP subscribers, but has refused to describe just what its deep packet inspection of subscribers’ activities really uncovers. “Millions of Canadians use the Internet every day,” said Philippa Lawson, Executive Director of the Clinic. “How can they know if their privacy is being respected, if Bell won’t disclose what it is actually doing?”

There is evidence that other large ISPs such as Rogers, Shaw, and Cogeco may be engaging in similar practices, said Lawson. “Our complaint focuses on Bell, but we are asking the Commissioner to investigate all ISPs who engage in traffic-shaping practices.”

“Canada has privacy legislation that Bell and other ISPs must follow,” Ms. Lawson pointed out. “We’re asking the Privacy Commissioner to investigate just what Bell’s use of deep packet inspection involves. Canadians have a right to know who is looking over their shoulders, and why.”

Bell’s retort: “Bell respects the privacy of our customers. We are in compliance with our privacy obligations.”
Bell admitted the practice in March 2008.

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CITY-TV moves from 299 Queen Street West and gets a new Toronto home at Dundas Square


CITY-TV’s iconic street level studios are moving. The television station’s new parent announced they will be leaving their long-time residence at 299 Queen Street West for a new location on Dundas Square. Yesterday, Rogers Communications announced it had entered into an agreement to buy the Olympic Torch building at 35 Dundas St. East.

I do not want to believe that they are actually moving to there new location, however since the CRTC felt that they could not own both CFTO and CITY-TV they had to go to Rogers. I did not expect Bell to give up the “hallowed” location of 299 Queen Street West. Its unfortunate, however I wonder how this will affect City-TV personalities that work for City-TV and other enterprises such as Bravo, FashionTelevision and others. In some ways I was surprised that the CRTC did not allow Bell to choose, which station to give up. I am sure that they would have given up CFTO, but in the end this may be the best possible situation. We could not expect Rogers to continue to run City-TV from 299 Queen Street West. Being near “Dundas Square” may actual bring some change to the station and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the City-TV gang.

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“I want to be most inclusive leader” – John Tory


Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader John Tory has set himself a searing pace for his campaign to lead the Province. He is, quite literally, all over the place. And a good number of hours are spent on wooing GTA’s growing immigrant communities.

Perhaps making up for past deficiencies in the Party, Tory can today boast of a few more ethnic candidates in the fray, come November. At a recent media meet, he ‘showed off’ some of them like Brampton’s Pam Hundal and Scarborough’s Appadurai. There might be more but that will be known only after all the nomination battles are done with.

Given his successful corporate record (he was the CEO of the very successful Rogers), there is an economic angle that he brings to bear on every problem. And what makes money sense will eventually make political sense. His campaign booklet is a rich source of what is going wrong with our immigration policy. Of course, that is no secret for many of us, but when a Conservative politician spends as much time researching the subject, it can only be good for public policy. Premiere Dalton McGuinty has already set the tone of that change in public policy by pushing through Bill 124 that prevents Ontario’s Professional bodies from taking a chalta hai attitude to foreign credentials. Now we need more action on the job situation.

And I quote from ‘Ontario’s Skilled Immigrants: A time for action’, a comprehensive strategy paper prepared by the PC party. In other words, ‘Tory’s how to do it manual! It states: “In fact according to Statistics Canada, ‘At least one in four recent immigrants with a university degree who were employed between 1991 and 2001 had a job requiring no ore than a high school education. This was twice the proportion of only 12% among native-born Canadians.”

“This is a long-standing problem. Statistics Canada reports that at least 21% of employed immigrants with university degrees who arrived between 1985 and 1989 were still in low-paying jobs in 2001. This rate is higher than in the general population where university degree holders accounted for 9-15% of low-income earners.”

Tory says that this is not acceptable not just from a “social justice” perspective, but also from the economic angle. By underutilizing or misusing immigrant talent, Canada is losing billions of dollars.

Tory said at a recent ethnic media roundtable, “These Canadians (pointing to the new candidates) are a testament to the changes our party is making to accept diversity. And if given the opportunity, I will do the same in government. I want to be the most effective and inclusive leader that I can be.” PC party have chosen the following ethnic origin candidates so far: Mark Beckles (Brampton West),Pam Hundal (Bramlea-Gore-Malton) Mohamed Kassim (Etobicoke North) Ki Kit Li (Markham Unionville) Alex Yuan (Richmond Hill).

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