Thursday, January 15, 2009

yet another reason the CRTC is laughable

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, in an 'effort' to help Canadians avoid unwanted telephone calls from telemarketers, created the National Do Not Call List last year. I am so glad I didn't sign up. Global News is reporting a major flaw with the list: it is ridiculously easy to pretend to be a compliant telemarketer, pay $50, obtain the list, and start bombarding people on the list with calls.

What a fucking joke. I've been pissed at the CRTC ever since the early 1980s, when my isolated northwestern Ontario town finally received two extra tv channels from a private company. Granted, the service was outside the law, but when you're a kid and you only get one tv station, you don't care about legality. You're forever scarred because all the cool shows you were watching on WGN Chicago and a major movie network are yanked away from you... and you're back to Three's Company reruns on CBC.

Seriously, are monkeys running this stupid government bureaucracy?

10 comments:

Jason said...

I'm so glad that Air Farce is finished. Now axe, Corner Gas please.

Phronk said...

Ugh. Did they even think about this for a few minutes before implementing it? It's not like this is a brilliant multifaceted scheme.

Air Farce was terrible but I like Corner Gas.

Jack said...

One station??? That's inhuman! I couldn't have survived childhood with one damn channel. My heart goes out to you.

Salem said...

I suppose that's bad, but it's not like the phone book is a secret.

Lately I'm finding the worst offenders (the ones that pester me the most) are the companies I already deal with, or have recently.

Btw, that one channel thing must have sucked.

Butchie said...

What's wrong with Three's Company?

madamerouge said...

Nothing's wrong with Three's Company. But when it's your only choice...

The amount of tv you watch is inversely correlated to the amount of channels you have to choose from, imho.

tornwordo said...

I wasn't allowed to watch tv as a kid. It scarred me too, all the other classmates talked about shows I knew nothing about.

I don't know though, it seems like we're getting way fewer calls now.

sirbarrett said...

Jason, stop hurting my feelings by insulting all my favorite shows.

Jack said...

So, how's your man? Silence means you're gettin' it on, so say nothing.

YEAH.

Adorable Girlfriend said...

Happy Birthday!!!