1) From an angry member. Irresponsible and wasteful Shaw.
“Shaw bulk mailout. Just got a shaw bulk mail. Massive Mobile Savings Inside I was just ready to throw this in the recycle when I felt a bulge in the envelope. Opened to find a plastic card with a sim chip! Plastic card has no recycle logo. Sim cards are electronic devices that should be recycled as e-waste. This is horrible. Shame on Shaw to burden us with having to deal with this. I’m calling the 1-888 number to complain.”
2) A prime example of conflicts of interest with new appointments to the Board of Xplornet. Telecom, ISED, Cancer Society, medical services.
“The Hon. James Moore, PC, has had a distinguished career in public service. A Member of Parliament for 15 years, he served as Minister of Industry, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and as Secretary of State for the 2010 Olympics and the Asia-Pacific Gateway. Today, he is Senior Business Advisor at the multinational law firm Dentons and a Public Policy Advisor at the global public relations and marketing consultancy firm Edelman. Mr. Moore’s current Board seats include, goeasy Ltd. (TSX: GSY), the Canadian American Business Council, the Canada-China Business Council, Business Council of B.C., Concussion Legacy Foundation, and as the Vice-Chair on the Canadian Cancer Society….
Lynn Loewen is the former President of Minogue Medical Inc.” (Minogue Medical Inc. is a healthcare organization specializing in the delivery of innovative medical technologies, supplies and equipment to hospitals and medical clinics for over 30 years.) “the former President of Expertech Network Installation Inc., and has held key financial leadership positions with Bell Canada Enterprises and Air Canada Jazz. Ms. Loewen has been Chancellor of Mount Allison University since January 2018. She previously served on the Mount Allison University Board of Regents for eleven years, including eight years on the Executive Committee and a two-year term as Chair, and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies. She currently serves on the board of Emera Inc., an energy and services company based in Halifax, NS.
Xplornet is strongly committed to continuing our mission of providing rural Canadians with world-class broadband services. In 2019, Xplornet announced that it will invest $500 million over the next five years to deploy state-of-the-art broadband infrastructure in its facilities-based network in order to deliver broadband services to rural Canadians.”
3) Right now many of our daily activities are being monitored via cell phones, cameras, etc., leaving our privacy vulnerable. More data is being gathered via “smart” appliances and devices that are being sold widely. Our smeters contain a second transmitter, a ZigBee chip, the purpose of which, when activated, is to communicate with the chips in “smart” devices which soon could be in everything from TVs and fridges to toothbrushes. According to a new report by a US think tank, RAND, all sorts of things could be developed that might be able to monitor our health and even our bodies. RAND reports that this activity is entirely unregulated, with no ethical limits. Now is the time to demand that regulations, laws for gathering and use of our personal data, and limitations be developed NOW before this wild west of technology is turned loose.
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More Concerns and Details about How the Internet of Bodies (IoB) Will Literally Connect You to the Internet
“RAND defines the IoB as “a growing industry of devices that monitor the human body, collect health and other personal information, and transmit that data over the Internet.” In order to qualify as an IoB device, the technology must:
- contain software or computing capabilities
- be able to communicate with an Internet-connected device or network”
The RAND report
The Internet of Bodies
Opportunities, Risks, and Governance
“… the Internet of Bodies (IoB), includes an expanding array of devices that combine software, hardware, and communication capabilities to track personal health data, provide vital medical treatment, or enhance bodily comfort, function, health, or well-being. However, these devices also complicate a field already fraught with legal, regulatory, and ethical risks.”
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
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