February 06, 2016

Is high-speed a human right? Anti-poverty activists demand FREE internet for all!

David MenziesMission Specialist

If your only news source is the Toronto (Red) Star, you’d think that the biggest issues facing Canada today are racism and poverty.

Their obsession with these issues gives the impression that systemic racism and starving poor people are everywhere.

Their latest crusade isn’t about lack of food or even unaffordable day care though. Rather, anti-poverty activists are currently up in arms about lack of home based, high-speed internet access for all. Free.

Citing a study from ACORN Canada, a national organization of low to moderate-income families, activists are now calling on the CRTC to mandate a $10-per-month high-speed home Internet service for families and individuals living below the poverty line.

This should be a breeze since progressives started laying the ground work to have internet access declared a human right five years ago in a UN report.

Oh well. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

How about we make BMW ownership a basic human right, too? Put me down for an M6. The convertible model, if you don’t mind...


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commented 2016-02-10 14:30:35 -0500
Dear Acorn,
Affordable electricity is required first. Even if the internet access is free. #energypoverty in Ontario is on the rise.
commented 2016-02-09 00:31:37 -0500
D Mary The point is if a channel cannot stand on its own, let it die.
commented 2016-02-08 12:42:10 -0500
Bob Egli, we don’t watch sports channels, yet Bell’s packages don’t offer groupings without them. Mr. Harper was working on this, and now you can bet the current government will reverse any progress to that end. Cartoons, well, we have grandchildren, but on demand would seem to be a better solution, but not feasible to our geographical location. The same goes for local news channels, we have no use for them but must get them as part of the basic package.
commented 2016-02-08 12:11:38 -0500
Liza, on the light side, I was complaining to my brother in Vancouver that to get a certain channel , I had to take cartoons; in other words I was subsidizing some ones kids again. He commented back that the same happened to him, but at least my cartoons are in English, his are in Chinese.
commented 2016-02-08 01:18:24 -0500
Mannie. ….did I mention that your just a leftist progressive fucktard. What a sad existence.
commented 2016-02-08 01:14:37 -0500
Liza….there is no way on this earth that mannie could do the job of a house wife. He can’t even pick up his empty pizza pocket rappers from his parents basement, let alone do his own laundry.
commented 2016-02-07 23:41:41 -0500
The big boys need to be brought down a notch, bring in the competition, tell them the channel bundling has to go, the consumer picks which channels they want. The cell rates and internet are some of the highest anywhere; robbery.
commented 2016-02-07 22:03:04 -0500
Michael Mann
Your library only has 4 computers?! Well if I were you I would march right into the mayor’s office and grab him by the collar. Shake him upside down until some money comes out of his pocket. Tell him to smarten up or next time you’ll send Sean Penson to work him over. Then submit your request for two additional computers. Problem solved.
commented 2016-02-07 21:35:50 -0500
That is a good question Bob, why aren’t they doing their job. Bell and Rogers certainly quack like a cartel to me. I don’t use either of them, pay slightly less and can actually talk to a person when I have a problem. Bell and Rogers may never lower their prices, but/and I will never do business with them. I guess I deal with Bell for my phone, but I wangled a basic basic, cheap as you can get monthly deal, with no strings attached, and its my phone.

The cable cap is a different animal, it prevented companies from forcing you to pay for services you had no interest in. I haven’t had cable for a couple of years now, but it seems to me they had to break up their other ‘packages’ somewhat as well, but I could be wrong about that. These big monopolies have to be held accountable, but it seems to me that if the government subsidizes everyone’s internet service, the whole thing goes ‘underground’. We know the government doesn’t care how much it has to spend on anything, they just take it off of the taxpayer. We’d pay regardless,and maybe more than we pay now, when all was said and done. People with low incomes would have it in their homes instead of using public services such as a library, or a coffee shop/internet cafe….lots of places have access these days. I would sure complain about it.

Mannie, I don’t have to work anymore, and unlike you again, I’m not a house wife.
commented 2016-02-07 18:41:39 -0500

There are tons of internet companies in Canada with competitive rates, but they will never beat Bell and Rogers and so Bell and Rogers will never be in a position to lower prices.

Were you fine with Stephen Harper and the forced $25 basic cable cap?
commented 2016-02-07 18:38:11 -0500

Yes I have been to a library. Mine has 4 computers that are always busy.

Do you have a job or are you a housewife?
commented 2016-02-07 18:20:44 -0500
Liza, I agree more competition is better. What I meant was the CRTC is paid to make the Big Players justify huge price increases. Why aren’t they doing their job ?
commented 2016-02-07 17:04:28 -0500
I’d rather see more competition than more government regulation regarding internet prices. If the government had its way with free internet for all, we would be stuck with one or two taxpayer subsidized monopolies. You’d be paying for it one way or the other. A decent amount of competition could potentially reduce prices for the consumer (cartels are supposedly illegal).
commented 2016-02-07 12:55:57 -0500
The best skit that I have seen of David Menzies; maybe he should get serious more often. I would be happy if the Government would regulate the Internet prices. The Harper Gov. was supposed to do that, and I received over a 100% increase in two years.
commented 2016-02-07 05:40:54 -0500
Thanks, Liza. In fact I applied for permanent residence in 2007 so it’s rather 8 years than 4 (I am unfortunate to be born in the country where people cannot freely enter Canada and be allocated and fed from the Canadians’ pocket). But I agree – when I arrived I was unpleasantly surprised to learn how many people living in Canada didn’t really respect their country (all voted for Liberals as far as I know). For me and my family Canada is my only home which I am ready to defend.

And by the way I’ve just signed up for library membership today and found how many things (including Internet access) can be accessed there free of charge (including notch service and very friendly staff).

Rae, I noticed exactly the same. They also normally wear expensive clothes and behave like they are the bosses. I think I’ve seen them personally here in Canada, they stand out of the crowd.
commented 2016-02-07 02:45:46 -0500
Maybe its all the human rights that are causing poverty.
commented 2016-02-07 02:39:39 -0500
All these so called destitute migrants , strolling from country to country in search of the biggest welfare check --ALL appear to have fancy phones—— I don’t have one—— so Fuck them all.
commented 2016-02-07 02:39:38 -0500
All these so called destitute migrants , strolling from country to country in search of the biggest welfare check --ALL appear to have fancy phones—— I don’t have one—— so Fuck them all.
commented 2016-02-06 23:29:37 -0500
Valleriy, have I said welcome to Canada yet? You are my kind of immigrant, welcome. In 4 years you are more patriotic than most on the ‘left’ here, ever will be.
commented 2016-02-06 23:08:50 -0500
Mannie, ever been to a library?
commented 2016-02-06 23:07:15 -0500
“Also since they are getting free money from the government and that money is enough for high-speed internet, shouldn’t this right to be considered fully covered already?” Valeriy, that is it in a nut shell, and you are exactly right.
commented 2016-02-06 23:01:14 -0500
It is my right not to have to pay so some useless twat can have high speed internet.
commented 2016-02-06 16:02:22 -0500
I’m 100% for this human right, but let’s just do things according to priority.
Perhaps let’s start with more crucial rights, like right for self-defense and defense of one’s property?
Also since they are getting free money from the government and that money is enough for high-speed internet, shouldn’t this right to be considered fully covered already?
commented 2016-02-06 15:10:49 -0500
They can still have internet at home, and some do as was pointed out in the video. Just choose to do without something else. Pretty simple budgeting technique. Maybe cut out a 26 of rye, or a carton of smokes, or marajuana, or lottery tickets, or fast food, or a number of things; none of which are necessities. Then you have the net and what are necessities.
commented 2016-02-06 15:01:25 -0500
I think an argument can be made that having access to the internet is an essential service that people need. I am not saying top of the line internet service, but basic level service. Everything is done on the internet now – including looking for work, so yes people need reasonable access to that.
commented 2016-02-06 13:39:20 -0500
ACORN as far as I know was shut down in the States, I believe that would be a good idea in Canada as well!
When are people going to stand up and tell all these bleeding heart parasites to go to hell? if you want something find a way to work for it and earn it like the rest of us have to!
commented 2016-02-06 13:15:19 -0500
Well, hell!!! As a die-hard, Habs, Eskys, and 49ers fan, I demand that my “human right” to season tickets and round trip airfare and hotel accomodations to those cities be given to me by my governments-municipal, provincial, and federal. God forbid I should attempt to pay my own way by getting a job and saving up to go.
Sarcasm in full effect.
commented 2016-02-06 12:51:10 -0500
They want free internet because they study social theory and want to accelerate things. Thats all. They could care less about it being a human right. Look at the SJW fighting twitter’s chronological timeline change…they don’t want us tracing the cascade and finding them but Finally we will be able to piece who the SJW 1%s are and the trouble they cause.
commented 2016-02-06 12:15:22 -0500
I’m for the other side of the coin, smashing the cartel that have the industry locked up.

Internet should be getting cheaper with competition and better technologies, just like every other high-tech cost on the free market.

commented 2016-02-06 11:44:20 -0500
Isn’t it a human right to get whatever you want paid for by the taxpayer?