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Thursday, April 18


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CRTC rules Quebecor contravened the law and issues mandatory order prohibiting the broadcaster from denying TVA Sports to Bell TV customers

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Quebecor faces serious penalties if it ignores order. Because the CRTC also registered its order with the Federal Court, Quebecor could be held in contempt of court if it decides to again ignore the CRTC's directives. "Taking TV viewers hostage by unilaterally cutting off service is not the way to change regulations you don't like." Origins of the dispute. The dispute stems from negotiations between Bell and Quebecor over pricing for a range of specialty TV channels. As part of the negotiations, Quebecor demanded that Bell pay more to access its TVA Sports channel than Quebecor would pay for Bell Media's RDS sports network. However, RDS is a far more popular French-language sports channel with 67% more viewers in 2018 than TVA Sports, according to industry-standard Numeris audience measurement. Founded in Montréal in 1880, Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing advanced broadband wireless, Internet, TV, media and other communication services to consumers and business customers throughout the country, and a proud partner of the Montreal Canadiens and their home, the Bell Centre.

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CRTC issues mandatory order requiring Quebecor to maintain TVA Sports signal for Bell subscribers

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Instead, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission late Thursday afternoon issued a mandatory order requiring the company to maintain its TVA Sports signal for Bell subscribers as a dispute continues between the two companies over the terms of carrying the channel. The CRTC warned Quebecor to comply with its regulations repeatedly last week as well. However, a mandatory order is registered with the federal court – meaning it becomes a court order rather than simply a directive from the regulator. It asked that TVA be prevented from running ads during those games and that Quebecor be barred from running campaigns that “disparage” other TV providers. The fight came to a head last week when Quebecor launched a public relations campaign accusing Bell of “unsportsmanlike conduct” and threatening to pull the signal.

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CRTC orders Quebecor to maintain TVA Sports signal to Bell subscribers

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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said the order will be registered with the Federal Court and may result in contempt of court proceedings, including possible fines, if it is not respected. "In addition, should TVA Group again withhold or interfere with the TVA Sports signal before the dispute is resolved, TVA Sports' licence will automatically be suspended for the duration of time that the signal is not provided to Bell Canada," it said in a news release. "Holding a licence is a privilege, not a right. With privileges come certain obligations, and we expect TVA Group to fulfil these obligations." Quebecor has criticized Bell for not paying it royalties that reflect the fair value of its specialty channels, especially TVA Sports, which is suffering because the Montreal Canadiens missed the playoffs for a second consecutive year.

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Bell Canada issues layoff notices while outsourcing Wireless to the Home project

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TORONTO, April 18, 2019 /CNW/ - Unifor cries foul at Bell Canada's decision to layoff technicians and outsource major Wireless to the Home project. "By issuing layoff notices with one hand and contracting out work with the other, Bell is continuing its long history of job erosion at Bell Canada," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "The launch of a program like Wireless to the Home should be good news for people who work at Bell, but instead the company chose to exclusively hire non-union contractors." Bell's Wireless to the Home project is a large-scale investment connecting rural Canadians with wireless high-speed internet, launching first in Ontario and Quebec. "Canada's telecommunications sector should support good jobs, where you don't have to worry if your job will be outsourced or eliminated even in times when the company is thriving," said Renaud Gagné, Unifor Quebec Director.

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Tuesday, April 16


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Royal Bank of Canada Raises CGI (GIB.A) Price Target to C$100.00

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CGI (TSE:GIB.A) (NYSE:GIB) had its price objective lifted by Royal Bank of Canada from C$95.00 to C$100.00 in a research note issued on Tuesday, BayStreet.CA reports. Other equities research analysts also recently issued reports about the stock. The stock had a trading volume of 342,565 shares, compared to its average volume of 766,117. CGI Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides information technology (IT) and business process services in Canada, Northern Europe, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Asia Pacific.

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Sunday, April 14


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Pot price, breast implant illness, and Bell bill battle: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

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Pot price, breast implant illness, and Bell bill battle: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet. CBC's Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need. Fake account leads to 6-month fight with Bell over bill. When Wing Sum Tang received a notice of overdue payment for a Virgin Mobile account, she knew something wasn't right. Our investigation into the marketing of breast implants includes a woman's ordeal with breast implant illness, and her journey to have them surgically removed and tested for ruptures or tears.

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Friday, April 12


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Judge orders Quebecor to reconnect TVA Sports signal for Bell TV subscribers

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Quebecor head office is seen in downtown Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Montreal. Quebec Superior Court Justice Claude Champagne refused, however, to prohibit the media company from making negative publicity about Bell, as its rival had requested, citing freedom of expression. The ruling came after lawyers for Bell Canada and rival Quebecor Inc. were in court Friday, battling over three French-language sports channels that Bell TV subscribers haven't received since the NHL playoffs began this week. Bell lawyer Francis Rouleau said that Quebecor planned well in advance to cut the signal on Wednesday as the National Hockey League playoffs began.

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Canadian Operator Business Services Forecast Report 2018-2023, Featuring Allstream, Bell, Eastlink, Rogers Communications, SaskTel, Shaw Communications, TELUS and Videotron - ResearchAndMarkets.com

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This report provides an outlook on the telecoms and ICT services market in Canada for businesses of all sizes. This report contains:. forecasts for operator services to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and large enterprises including fixed and mobile voice and data services, IoT connectivity services and other business services such as security and co-location and hosting. It also provides brief profiles of operators active in the Canadian business market including Allstream, Bell, Eastlink, Rogers Communications, SaskTel, Shaw Communications, TELUS and Videotron. 4. Forecast methodology and assumptions. Forecast methodology and assumptions: presentation of results. Forecast methodology and assumptions: market definition. Forecast methodology and assumptions: modelling approach. Forecast methodology and assumptions: mobile services. Forecast methodology and assumptions: fixed services. Forecast methodology and assumptions: other business services. Forecast methodology and assumptions: broader IT categories.

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BCE Q1 2019 results to be announced May 2

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MONTRÉAL, April 12, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - BCE Inc. (BCE) (BCE) will hold its first-quarter 2019 results conference call with the financial community on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 8:00 am eastern. Participants will include George Cope , President and Chief Executive Officer, and Glen LeBlanc , Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. A replay will be available until midnight June 6 , 2019 by dialing 1-800-408-3053 or 905-694-9451 and entering passcode 7915771#. BCE is Canada's largest communications company, providing advanced Bell broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communications services alongside Canada's premier content creation and media assets from Bell Media.

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Thursday, April 11


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Court grants Competition Bureau access to records of complaints against Bell

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Court grants Competition Bureau access to records of complaints against Bell. Canada’s competition watchdog says a court order issued Thursday will allow it to see customer complaints filed against Bell Canada. The Federal Court of Canada has granted the Competition Bureau’s request for records from the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services. A statement from the CCTS says it’s aware of the Competition Bureau’s investigation of Bell Canada and its affiliate, Bell Aliant, and will co-operate as required by the court order.

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