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Ontario’s Distracted Driving Fines Now Nearly $500 Starting Today

Today marks stiffer road fines for drivers in Ontario, part of the provincial government’s efforts to make roads safer. For those convicted of distracted driving, they now face a minimum fine of $490 (an increase of $210 from the previous $280 fine) and three demerit points. OPP Sgt. Dave Rektor told CBC News “Since 2009, more...

VMedia Gets Approval to Offer Internet TV Across Canada

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has awarded VMedia four licences to offer their internet-based TV service across Canada. VMedia currently operates their internet-based TV service in Ontario, however the new licences will allow them to operate their service across Canada. The company is an internet service provider that gives customers access to television signals...

Documents Reveal How Ontario Spent Months on “Netflix Tax” Proposal

University of Law Professor Michael Geist has revealed the Ontario government “spent months” in preparing their 2014 submission to the CRTC in support of a tax on online broadcast services such as Netflix: Yet according to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and reported here for the first time, Ontario...

Ontario Man Beaten, Robbed in Botched iPhone 6 Classifieds Sale

With demand at an all-time high for Apple’s iPhone 6, particularly the 6 Plus model, some people have gone to extreme lengths to obtain the phone, which is able to sell at high margins on used classifieds and overseas grey markets. One 19-year old Pickering, Ontario man found out the hard way after his Kijiji...

Texting and Driving in Ontario Could Soon Net You a Maximum $1000 Fine

The government of Ontario is set to reintroduce a bill which aims to increase distracted driving penalties to $1,000, plus three demerit points. Current laws only have fines that range from $60 to $500, with the new law to increase those amounts to $300 to $1000. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said at a news...

Drivers to Face $280 Fine for Distracted Driving in Ontario

According to The Canadian Press, drivers in Ontario will be facing higher fines if caught distracted by a cellphone or other electronic devices, starting from 18th March (via The Globe And Mail). The current fine for distracted driving in Ontario is $155 (including surcharges) but it will jump to $280 next month. Last year, it was...

CRTC To Introduce New Area Codes in Southwestern Ontario & Alberta

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has announced that it will introduce a new area code in Southwestern Ontario in 2015 and a new province-wide area code in Alberta in 2016. Starting from June 4, 2015, new telephone numbers assigned in the 226 and 519 regions in Southwestern Ontario will be given area code 548. Similarly from April 9, 2016,...

Ontario Teachers Union Wants Cellphones Turned Off, Cites Health Hazard

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has changed its policy on cellphones in the classroom after a vote at their recent Annual General Meeting decided student cellphones should be turned off in the classroom during school hours, unless a teacher permits it to be on. On most occasions students have cellphones on in their...