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CRTC’s “Do Not Call List” fines $73,000, only collected $250

Then CRTC “National Do-Not-Call List” launched almost 2-years ago with a mandate to stop telemarketers from bothering you once you registered. Now well over 7 million Canadians have signed up.

In the past there has been talk that the CRTC sold the list to customers to profit from, but was quickly denied by CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein who stated it’s an “urban myth”. Then there were loopholes found in the process and some went as far as calling the DNCL a travesty. Eventually there were several telemarketers fined. Good news right? Wrong. It’s good to fine business for violating the law… but one must collect the money to make the
point sink in.

Thanks to Liberal Senator for PEI Percy Downe who inquired on behalf of some citizens who started to receive more calls after registering. According to the Globe, as of March 1st, 2010 the total value of fines the CRTC charged telemarketer for violating the law was $73,000. Amount collected is a measly $250.

Another sign of tax payers dollars well spent.

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