Emigrating To a Freer Country?
Actually, it is no easier to immigrate to Canada from the UK than it is from Germany, Japan, or any other non-Commonwealth country. Our Constitution guarantees freedom from discrimination on the basis of one's country of origin or citizenship. Immigrants from most Western nations enjoy faster processing times, but Commonwealth status has no bearing on the matter any more.
Canada is very welcoming to immigrants - over half the population of the Greater Toronto Area was not born in Canada. Skilled workers and entrepreneurs can find a relatively easy path into the country, but make sure that any professional credentials that you may have will be recognized in the province where you would like to live. We have a huge disconnect there - doctors are welcomed into the country with open arms by the feds, but the provinces won't recognize their credentials. They end up driving taxis.
Liberal Party of Canada Comes Out In Support of Net Neutrality
The fact that all subscribers are throttled is a red herring. This is still anti-competitive behaviour, as it removes a significant point of competitive differentiation between Bell and the independent ISPs. Bell saw it as 'unfair' that the other ISPs could offer unthrottled connections, but they were the ones who decided to throttle their own customers! Bell was beginning to lose customers after they implemented throttling in Fall 2007, so they began throttling everyone over Easter weekend 2008. Without notice, and after they promised the other ISPs they wouldn't.
We can see some of the same tactics going on now with the debate over Usage-Based Billing. Bell currently allows their subscribers 60GB/month, so naturally the tariff should allow everyone to offer only 60GB/month.
This is not to mention the inherent conflict of interest Bell Canada has in this matter. Of course they don't want people to get used to getting their content over the internet - that would eat into their Bell TV (satellite) subscriber base, not to mention their content holdings (CTV). There's only one solution here - structural separation of Bell Canada.
Online Carpooling Service Fined In Canada
There is a bill already before the Ontario Legislative Assembly to update the regulations to explicitly allow this practice. It is disappointing that the OTB didn't wait until the bill had passed before passing judgement, but at least we can hope the situation won't last long. The same bill would outlaw some common driver distractions, such as television screens and handheld cell phones.