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Trudeau Snaps When Asked About $5 Billion Honda Deal for 1,000 Jobs

Today the federal government and Ontario announced a new electric vehicle battery plant will be built in Alliston, Ontario, part of a $15 billion project from automaker Honda. But part of that dollar figure will include up to $5 billion in taxpayer funds, consisting of up to $2.5 billion from the feds and $2.5 billion...

Feds to Spend $2.4 Billion to Boost Artificial Intelligence Sector

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Sunday a whopping $2.4 billion investment plan from the upcoming 2024 Budget to enhance Canada's position in artificial intelligence. The 2024 Budget will be revealed on April 16. The plan looks to stimulate job creation within the AI industry, helping the development and adoption of AI technologies, and to...

Feds, Alberta to Spend $112 Million to Expand High-Speed Internet

The federal government and Alberta have announced an investment of over $112 million to expand high-speed internet to rural areas of the province. The funding will bring high-speed internet to over 22,500 households ($4,977/home) in 166 rural and remote communites across the province, including 3,400 Indigenous households. "We all know that Internet is no longer...

Feds Invest Over $2 Million for Internet, Mobile Access in NWT

The federal government has announced over $2 million in funding to boost high-speed Internet and mobile connectivity in underserved regions, focusing on Indigenous communities, in the Northwest Territories. Over $1.9 million will be for Northwestel to bring high-speed internet to 152 Indigenous households in Whatì. Also, a $480,000 grant sees SSi Micro expand cellular access...
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Feds Debut Online Safety Law to Regulate Internet Giants

The federal government on Monday put forward the Online Harms Act, which aims to regulate internet companies and stopping harmful online content. This legislation mandates that digital platforms actively curb exposure to content that promotes bullying, sexual victimization of children, extremism, violence, or hatred. Targeting big tech companies like TikTok, X, Meta, and YouTube, the...

Feds Hire SecurityScorecard to Monitor Infrastructure Cyber Threats

SecurityScorecard has announced its partnership with the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (the Cyber Centre), aiming to enhance cybersecurity across Canada's critical infrastructure. This collaboration brings SecurityScorecard's security ratings platform to the Cyber Centre, offering real-time insights into cybersecurity threats affecting companies and critical infrastructure such as utilities. “Canada is a leading cybersecurity innovator creating...

Rogers Shuts Down CityNews Ottawa Radio Station, Lays Off Staff

Rogers is closing its CityNews Ottawa radio station and laying off a portion of its newsroom staff. The company cites declining audiences and regulatory challenges as the primary reasons for the closure. "Due to low audiences, declining revenue, and restrictive regulatory policies for AM radio, it was a difficult decision," said Charmaine Khan, Rogers Sports...

Feds, Ontario to Spend $219 Million for Rogers to Expand Rural Internet

The federal government and Ontario have announced a joint investment of over $219 million to expand high-speed Internet access to underserved communities across the province. Anita Anand, President of the Treasury Board, and Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario made the announcement on Monday morning, joined alongside Kinga...

Feds Give Extra $10.3 Million to Bell for NL Internet Project [Update]

The federal government has added more money to bring high-speed internet to rural and remote areas, particularly in Newfoundland. Through the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF), on March 24, 2022, the governments of Canada and Newfoundland jointly announced a $22 million investment, with Bell Canada to deploy high-speed internet. This project is set to benefit 1,000...

Feds and Quebec Pull Ads from Facebook and Instagram

The federal and Quebec governments have decided to pull advertising on Meta-owned platforms, Facebook and Instagram. This decision comes amidst escalating tensions over legislation that would compel web giants to share revenues with news publishers. Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez announced the decision, stating that Facebook's refusal to negotiate a deal to compensate news media companies...

Feds Drop $475 Million to Expand Internet to 60,000 More Rural Homes

The federal government announced this week it will be investing up to $17.6 million to expand high-speed internet to over 27,000 homes in New Brunswick, adding on top of the previously announced $55 million in funding, to connect all homes in the province by 2030. While the Prime Minister’s Office headlined the New Brunswick high-speed...

Ottawa Rejects Rogers from Acquiring Shaw’s Wireless Licenses

In an announcement on Tuesday evening, François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, officially denied the transfer of Shaw’s wireless licenses to Rogers, throwing an axe into the deal. "Earlier this year, I stated that I would—under no circumstances—permit the wholesale transfer of wireless spectrum licences from Shaw to Rogers,” said Champagne. "Today, I...