So this is what’s happening with work, I guess.
Injunction stops police from seizing TV dishes
Tue. Apr. 30 2002 10:37 AM
An Ontario superior court judge has granted an injunction that temporarily blocks police from shutting down distributors and seizing satellite dishes. Judge James Carnwath issued his ruling after a two-part hearing.
The injunction stops any police action until next Tuesday. At that time, lawyers will ask for a longer injunction until they can challenge a law that prevents Canadians from watching television from foreign satellites.
“It is an interim injunction and it simply maintains the status quo,” lawyer Alan Gold, who is representing 17 small satellite companies, told The National Post.
The satellite companies are launching the challenge on constitutional grounds. They say Canadians’ rights to freedom of expression are violated when the government dictates what they can watch.
“The legislation has been in limbo for two years or longer pending the Supreme Court decision, so what’s the harm of waiting a few more months until the Charter issues can be disposed of,” Gold asked in his interview with The Post.
Last Friday, the Supreme Court ruled it’s illegal for Canadians to receive foreign satellite signals. The judgment was lauded by Canada’s two national satellite providers Bell ExpressVu and StarChoice, owned by Shaw Communications.
The court ruled 7-0 that the U.S.-based satellite providers violate the Radiocommunications Act that outlaws unauthorized decoding of an encrypted signal. The defendant in the Supreme Court case was a company called Can-Am Satellites, which is based in B.C.
The decision followed a series of battles in lower courts in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec in which the small satellite companies prevailed.
It’s estimated that half a million Canadian homes own “grey market” dishes, which sell American satellite TV services and decoder equipment directly to Canadians.