So this is what’s happening with work, I guess.

Injunction stops police from seizing TV dishes
CTVNEWS.com Staff

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.


  • ginamoog

    April 30, 2002 at 11:08 am

    Gah, why is the Canadian government always trying to regulate. I mean be communists. I mean be controlling.


    • Jenny Lee Silver

      April 30, 2002 at 11:29 am


      As my friend tommer said… if someone’s bombarding your house with lots of waves of information, you should be allowed to do whatever you like with it.

  • highlearn

    April 30, 2002 at 11:22 am

    Understandably mercantilistic, yet at foolish at the same time.

    Although claiming it impedes Canadian free speech is a little loopy, as they’re not transmitting, they’re receiving. In the long run, unless the Canadian gov’t wants to jam foreign signals though, I doubt it would do much good.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      April 30, 2002 at 11:27 am

      How does one selectively jam aforementioned signals without jamming the other stuff?

      I don’t really care that much. I don’t have a dish, and I hardly watch TV.

      It does give me a job though. So I guess in that sense I care.

      • highlearn

        April 30, 2002 at 11:35 am

        I would assume selective jamming has would have to do with blocking or reflecting or refracting signals from only certain sats. It’s idiotic either way really.

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          April 30, 2002 at 11:49 am

          I don’t think it’s that easy to block a satellite signal. We’re overly bombarded with them, not sure how they’d manage to pick just one out.

          Yep. It is.

        • tasslehoff

          April 30, 2002 at 12:57 pm

          I agree. I doubt you can truly “block” the signal. The most you can do is encrypt the signal as they are doing now however, there’s always going to be someone to hack the signal decryption like they are also doing out there.

          They’re just trying to cut down on the “pirates” of those signals, so they get more money.

          It’s all wonderfully fucked up politics.

  • msfancypants

    May 1, 2002 at 5:28 am

    Well, you know how I feel about the topic… not the signals, but your work. You’re better off not working for that dork.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      May 1, 2002 at 6:11 am

      True. But I don’t really feel like having no food.

      • msfancypants

        May 1, 2002 at 6:14 am

        Yep, yep… know the feeling. You’ll find something. Your friends will help… 🙂

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          May 1, 2002 at 6:45 am

          coffee tonight?

          • msfancypants

            May 1, 2002 at 10:08 am

            Yes. Sure.

          • Jenny Lee Silver

            May 1, 2002 at 10:40 am


            where? you don’t sound too enthusiastic about it…

          • msfancypants

            May 1, 2002 at 10:42 am

            No, I just woke up again. I’m at home. Sick. Whatever Chris had yesterday.

          • Jenny Lee Silver

            May 1, 2002 at 10:48 am

            ahhh. Sucky. :/ that would make me less than enthusiastic about stuff. It’s up to you, if you’re not feeling up to it.

          • msfancypants

            May 1, 2002 at 10:53 am

            Yeah, maybe I shouldn’t.

          • Jenny Lee Silver

            May 1, 2002 at 11:11 am

            Let me know what you want to do, k? I’m here til 6 and I’ve got my cell. 🙂 Take care