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MEDIA ADVISORY, PIAC TO APPEAR BEFORE CRTC ON WIRELESS CODE

OTTAWA, ON, FEBRUARY 8, 2013 – In an ongoing effort to address consumers’ concerns about early termination fees, unlocking of cellphones, unilateral contract changes and bill shock, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), the Consumers’ Association of Canada and the Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of British Columbia (COSCO) will be appearing before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). PIAC/CAC/COSCO will advocate for a wireless code of conduct to address the clarity and content of contracts for cellphones and other personal mobile devices in order to protect Canadian consumers.

Canadians will be able to listen to a live audio feed of the hearing and by going to www.crtc.gc.ca, and following the links.

For more information on how to participate in this consultation process, please join in the online discussion. The consultation will remain open until 8:00 p.m., Ottawa time on February 15, 2013.

WHO : John Lawford, Executive Director and Janet Lo, Legal Counsel, PIAC on behalf of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Consumers’ Association of Canada and the Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of British Columbia (COSCO)
WHAT : Appearing at the CRTC Public “Proceeding to establish a mandatory code for mobile wireless services”
WHEN : Monday, February 11, 2013, 9:00 am
WHERE : Conference Centre, Outaouais Hearing Room, Portage IV, 140 Promenade du Portage,Gatineau, Quebec

PIAC is a non-profit organization that provides legal and research services on behalf of consumer interests, and, in particular, vulnerable consumer interests, concerning the provision of important public services.

Media Contacts

John Lawford
Executive Director & General Counsel
Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)
(613) 562-4002×25
lawford@piac.ca

Janet Lo
Legal Counsel
Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)
613) 562-4002 ext. 24
jlo@piac.ca

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