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Telecommunications reliability top issue in July following Rogers outage

By Jesse Cnockaert      

A network outage at Rogers Communications in July led to discussions with the federal government about telecommunications resiliency.

Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne called on telecommunication companies to develop a plan within 60 days for mitigating the impact of future network outages.

Discussions about how to ensure reliable communications for Canadians took the lead in federal advocacy in July, in response to a network outage that month at Rogers Communications, one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies, that found millions unexpectedly without internet or cellphone service.

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Senators face lobby pressure to amend Online Streaming Act and bring in ‘more guardrails’ amid user-content, discoverability concerns

Before the summer break, the House already accepted more than 150 amendments on Bill C-11.

With little focus on foreign policy, Poilievre has ‘blank slate’ to craft platform, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
Pierre Poilievre rarely spotlighted foreign policy on the campaign trail, a 'void' he will now have to fill, says Fen Osler Hampson.

Cheese remains sticking point in U.K. trade talks as Brits want to maintain access  

News|By Neil Moss
A Bloc bill to bar supply management concessions in trade negotiations could complicate Canada-U.K. trade talks.

Sports Minister St-Onge scores a new communications director

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray is in want of a new press secretary, and Tyler Meredith will soon bid farewell to the Hill and Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland’s office.

Qualtrough leads off fall sitting with landmark poverty reduction bill for ‘largest minority’

Almost 90 per cent of Canadians support the idea of a Canada Disability Benefit, but it will have to contend with an uneven patchwork of existing disability programs at the federal, provincial, and territorial levels.

RCMP’s penchant to ‘deny, discredit, and dig in’ contributing to erosion of public trust: NDP ethics critic

News|By Stuart Benson
'We need to have a wholesale look at the RCMP and its expanded mandates over the last 40 years,' says NDP MP Matthew Green.

Universities with expanded or refined online courses want more broadband access for students

In addition to improving broadband access across Canada, post-secondary leaders emphasized the need for the federal government to take action to help international students access visas in a timely manner.

Media must ‘prove its relevance’ by finding other ways to hold accountable politicians who won’t answer questions, say journalists

News|By Ian Campbell
Members of the press gallery say access to politicians is desirable, but they 'are not reliant on access' to do their jobs.

Queen Elizabeth played ‘irreplaceable role’ supporting Canada’s stability for seven decades, says Mulroney at commemoration

Cabinet ministers, MPs, diplomats, and other dignitaries gathered at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa on Sept. 19 for a memorial service for the late monarch.
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