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Media Beat: March 02, 2023

By David Farrell

Canada’s big telecoms on buying spree of independent providers, raising competition concerns

Canada’s biggest telecommunications companies are on a buying spree of small competitors, arguing that the acquisitions will help them expand their footprints and lower-cost offerings. But independent players say the spate of takeovers is a bid to quash competition from smaller firms, which are in a vulnerable state at the moment. – Paul Chiasson, The Canadian Press


Canada’s small internet providers — and choice — are dying at the hands of Ottawa and the CRTC

… The past year has also seen the loss of competitors Ebox, Distributel, Altima, and Vmedia divided between Bell, Telus and Vidéotron. And let us not forget Rogers’ impending buyout of Shaw.

Big Telecom may be waiting to pounce on vulnerable independent providers, but the blame falls directly on the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and our Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne, whose poor decisions created circumstances where indie ISPs are left no option but to sell. – Rosa Addario, Toronto Star

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Ottawa’s dithering on Rogers-Shaw is delaying a win for cellphone customers

If you believe Canadians are best served by four mobile-phone providers – and that is the government’s long-standing goal – the telecom sector’s recent financial results are chilling. In the past three months, Rogers picked up 193,000 net new mobile-phone subscribers. Bell was close behind at 155,000, while Telus added 112,000 new cellphone customers. The gains largely came from increased immigration. – Andrew Willis, The Globe and Mail

Government agency for monitoring social media could be legacy of Emergencies Act report

The final report from the Public Order Emergency Commission recommended the federal government look into “whether a department or agency of government should have the authority and responsibility to monitor and report on information contained in social media.” Justice Paul Rouleau was looking into the invocation of the Emergencies Act by the Liberal government in response to the Freedom Convoy protests, and released the final report on Feb. 17. – Anja Karadeglija, National Post

Bell Media wouldn’t nominate Lisa LaFlamme for an award — so she did it herself

The Canadian Screen Awards has recognized LaFlamme as a finalist for best national news anchor, following her controversial ouster from CTV News. – Joanna Chiu, Toronto Star

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Tech layoffs are feeding a new startup surge

Hundreds of thousands of workers lost jobs at Google, Meta, and other giants in recent months. Some are deciding to build their own companies. – Wired

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Céline Dion in 'I Am : Céline Dion'
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Céline Dion in 'I Am : Céline Dion'

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Céline Dion Calls Prime Video Documentary 'A Love Letter To My Fans' In a Message at Her Montreal Premiere

The Quebec artist is as vulnerable as ever in 'I Am: Céline Dion,' which premiered on June 17 before its official release on June 25. Here's what we learned from the sneak peek of the film, which is raw and vulnerable and sometimes hard to watch.

The Maisonneuve Theatre in Montreal was packed to celebrate Quebec's national treasure, Céline Dion.

Monday evening, June 17, Prime Video organized a handful of previews of Irene Taylor's highly anticipated documentary I Am: Céline Dion. In Montreal, where Billboard Canada was among the guests, many people came to attend the special screening.

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