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Numeris is launching a Video Audience Measurement (VAM) solution that will measure audience viewing habits across linear and digital platforms and devices. Partnering with Kantar Media and ComScore, Numeris plans to begin recruiting the panel this fall with initial analyses of the data to begin in Spring 2019.

The CRTC is inviting Canadians to share their personal experiences with misleading or aggressive sales practices used by the big telecom companies. Until Aug. 30, Canadians can participate by filling out an online form; writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa K1A ON2; sending a fax to (819) 994-0218, or using the secure My CRTC Account. Current and former employees of telecommunications service providers are also encouraged to share their experiences and can apply for confidentiality as needed. Canadians can also share their views through a public opinion survey, to be announced at a later date. Additionally, the commission will conduct focus groups across the country and hold a public hearing, starting Oct. 22. The consultation arises from the government’s request that the CRTC submit a report on the use of aggressive sales tactics and their impact on consumers, as well as potential solutions to strengthen existing consumer protections.

Vice Canada has laid off another 23 unionized staff in Canada, following the dissolution of its $100-million partnership with Rogers earlier this year. Represented by the Canadian Media Guild, the loss of the unionized positions follows an initial 23 contract and permanent staff who were eliminated in January.

Lasia Kretzel

News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver digital reporter Lasia Kretzel found herself at the front of the fight to stop the spread of fake news this week when a doctored photo she took years earlier while reporting for CKOM News Talk Radio Saskatoon was retweeted by former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage. Kretzel was asked by The Guardian to write about the need to think critically before sharing on social media.

Cassandra James

Cassandra James, a Vancouver-raised trans actress, has been cast as General Hospital’s first transgender character. James, 25, is playing the transitioning Dr. Terry Randolph, who struggles with acceptance from her family.