Hands up and drop that remote control!

February 23, 2007

RCMP officers raided a Montreal business that was selling illegal American satelite TV signals to Canadian residents. They have confirmed that they will be persuing the clients and pressing charges as this is an illegal activity in Canada. Although we can walk down to the corner magazine outlet an buy any newspaper we want, we are not aloud in Canada to subscribe to satelite services that do not hold a licence in Canada.

People in Canada have been stealling and or buying american signals since these the begining of time and have done so because the offering here in Canada seems a bit sparse when compared to our american neighbours. I am not going to get into a whole debate over the CRTC’s “raison d’être” but I am interested by the fact that, until now, what was a safe crime in Canada with little chance of prosecution, seems to have come to an end.

Before putting handcuffs on Grand-ma maybe it would make sense to let Canadians know that we won’t stand for this anymore.


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