On 18 May 2008, a petition began circulating on the Internet that quotes an
unsigned e-mail from the Toronto District Office of Industry Canada (IC)
stating that Industry Canada is no longer the regulatory body overseeing the
amateur radio service, and that amateur radio is self-policing.
Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) contacted IC on 20 May, the first working day
after the petition began. IC have confirmed that its contents are incorrect.
IC clearly affirmed they are the regulatory authority for Amateur Radio in
Canada. The originator of the petition, Eddie Pereira VA3EDP, has since
received a message from the acting Director of IC's Toronto District Office
confirming that the original unsigned e-mail was sent in error. Eddie will
be meeting an IC official in the near future to discuss a spectrum
management issue that was the cause of his initial inquiry with IC.
RAC asks all Canadian Amateurs to contact RAC first if they have specific
concerns about IC's willingness or ability to supervise the Amateur Radio
Service. RAC is here to serve the interests of all Canadian Amateurs and we
will do our best to ensure IC listens to our concerns.