Still fighting against telco's limiting other ISP

Colin McGregor colin.mc151-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at
Thu Sep 24 19:13:09 UTC 2009

On 9/24/09, Amanda Yilmaz <ayilmaz-e+AXbWqSrlAAvxtiuMwx3w at> wrote:
> I'd love to write a letter of my own about this, ASAP.
> However, I may be limited in what I can do because I'm not a citizen of
> Canada yet, though I am a permanent resident (landed immigrant) and intend
> to apply for citizenship once I'm eligible, which should be next year.
> Before I start composing my letter, does anyone here know what the legal
> situation is for non-citizen residents who wish to contact MPs or other
> government officials urging them to act on a major issue such as this one?
> Is it okay to contact them, with the understanding that a letter from a
> non-citizen would obviously carry less weight? Or is it considered
> interference from an outsider, illegal and a deportable offence?
> Even if it's legal to contact them, I'm also concerned about marking myself
> as a troublemaker and inviting retaliation before I manage to obtain
> citizenship.
> To be clear about this, I'm not talking about misrepresenting myself as a
> citizen, since that would almost certainly be illegal, as well as dishonest.
> But I live here too, and I'd like to know what I can do to help on this
> issue.
> Amanda

I can not speak to the whole being tagged as a trouble-maker issue.
Could some of the new Canadians on this list comment?

But if I were in your shoes I would be inclined to write something
that started like:


Dear David J. Broadfoot, MP

I am a resident of your ridding of Kicking Horse Pass. I would like to
share with you my serious concerns regarding the CRTC decision to ....


Honest, polite, and non-confrontational. Just one of the people in the
MP's ridding noting a real concern with a public policy question. The
fact that you are not a citizen quite yet to MY mind is not

Colin McGregor

P.S.:  Yes, I did listen / watch too much "Royal Canadian Air Farce"
in my youth, thus the choice of the ridding of Kicking Horse Pass...

> On Thu, 24 Sep 2009 12:29 -0400, "S P Arif Sahari Wibowo"
> <arifsaha-/E1597aS9LQAvxtiuMwx3w at> wrote:
>> Just got this from TekSavvy:
>> ------ forwarded messages ------
>> Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 11:47:20
>> From: TekSavvy Solutions Inc <support-R6A+fiHC8nRWk0Htik3J/w at>
>> Subject: We need your help -- CRTC Ruling would challenge telecom
>> competition
>> (Une version française de ce couriel sera envoyé plus tard
>> aujourd'hui.)
>> Hello,
>> We need your help -- we need you to lend us your voice and state
>> your opinion on a recent CRTC decision that could allow the
>> incumbent phone companies (such as Bell and Telus) to
>> discontinue offering services (Internet and phone) to wholesale
>> providers which in effect would eliminate competition in Canada.
>> With no competition to help fuel the market; Internet innovation
>> could come to stand still and prices for broadband access could
>> skyrocket out of control. The incumbents would also be free to
>> do with the lines as they please.  This would open up future
>> privacy invading Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technologies and
>> direct marketing/advertising based on *you* and *your families*
>> internet activities and habits.
>> They could also use this same technology to turn the Internet
>> into a pay-per-website service the same way that TV is a
>> pay-per-channel service. Can you imagine a world where you have
>> to pay to use the Google website to search for information?
>> Then, if you find what you are looking for you may be restricted
>> to the content because your ISP doesn't have a "peering"
>> agreement with said company.
>> Please help us stop this major potential catastrophe.
>> All concerned consumers please visit:
>> All concerned businesses please visit:
>> Read the information presented and decide for yourself.
>> Once you've decided what you think is right, you can click the
>> "Make a Difference" link, fill out the form with your details
>> and send a pre-written message to Minister of Industry Tony
>> Clement, Prime Minister Harper, the Opposition Leader, and your
>> local MP or choose to write your own.
>> Together we can make a difference.
>> Thank you,
>> TekSavvy Solutions, Inc.
>> ---------------- end forwarded messages -----------------
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