Bell has experienced its second data breach in less than 12 months. The company says fewer than 100,000 customers were affected by the breach, with hackers illegally accessing customer information, including names and email addresses, and for a smaller number of customers phone numbers, user names and account numbers. Last May, 1.9 million active email addresses and 1,700 names and phone numbers were potentially compromised in another security breach at Bell.
Unifor, the union representing almost 5,000 clerical workers at Bell Canada in Ontario and Quebec, has reached a tentative agreement. Membership meetings and ratification votes will be scheduled in the coming weeks.
Mélanie Joly, Min. of Canadian Heritage, has participated in two stakeholder meetings on the best ways to support culture change to curb harassment in the cultural sector. One of the meetings was hosted by the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) and the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (Equity), and the other by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). On Jan. 5, Joly requested a review of Canadian Heritage funding policies to ensure that organizations receiving funding promote safe and harassment-free workplaces.
The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is calling for nominations for its Lifetime Achievement Award before the Feb. 16 deadline. Among the achievements to be considered are: body of journalistic work during his/her career, contribution to society through outstanding journalism, and recognition and respect from peers and community. Individuals who have worked in any media or journalism category are eligible for consideration. Last year’s recipient was Jean Pelletier, senior director of television current affairs and documentaries for Radio-Canada. The winner will be presented at the CJF Awards in Toronto on June 14.
The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), together with CBC News, is now accepting applications to its CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships program. The annual award provides a unique opportunity to two early-career Indigenous journalists, with one-to-10 years’ experience, to explore Indigenous issues while being hosted for one month at the CBC’s Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg. The deadline to apply is Feb. 16.
The BC Association of Broadcasters’ 71st Annual Conference will be held May 15-17 in Kelowna. This year’s speakers include longtime CHFI-FM Toronto host Erin Davis and engagement expert Roger Haskett, among others. Registration is now open. Nominations for the 2018 Humanitarian Award are also open until Jan. 31. The award gives one local non-profit one year of free advertising on television and radio, valued at $1 million. Find more information here.