Sign Up For The Do Not Call List

GOVERNMENT UNVEILS NEW WEB FOR REGISTERING YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER
If you dislike telemarketers as much as I do you’ll be glad to know that the government of Canada has finally unveiled its’ national do not call registry in an effort to shut down those unwanted telephone calls to your home.
According to the website https://www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/index-eng the process could take as long as thirty-five days to complete your removal from call lists.
Some exceptions do apply such as calls may still come in from companies that you are already doing business with, and the government of course.(not that anyone wants to hear from them!)
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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted November 3, 2008 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    “calls may still come in from companies that you are already doing business with, and the government of course.”

    …..and political parties. We can’t have this do-not-call silliness interfering with fund raising. Naturally politicians would exempt themselves from the regulations.

  2. sassy
    Posted November 3, 2008 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    There is another site you can register with. It is called iOptOut

    iOptOut is a free sevice run by Dr. Michael Geist

    “IOptOut takes advantage of this approach by allowing Canadians to create and manage a personal do-not-call list that begins where do-not-call list ends.”

    I registered with both sites a month ago and the telemarketing calls have pretty well stopped with the exception of automatic dialer-generated calls.

    Question – does anyone out there know how to report these automatic dialer-generated calls?

  3. jim bender
    Posted November 3, 2008 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    That’s a ghood question(does anyone out there know how to report these automatic dialer-generated calls?)….
    I’ll look into this.
    It’s too bad we can’t invent some type of terminator technology for auto dialers!

  4. Anonymous
    Posted November 3, 2008 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Will the list include calls from that slimy prick Harding next election on beg-a-vote? Only 2 years to go before that scum is turfed unless he goes to jail first….

  5. Anonymous
    Posted November 4, 2008 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    “It’s too bad we can’t invent some type of terminator technology for auto dialers!”

    Put a fax machine on the line or record a fax ID squeal on your answering machine. Auto dialers are programmed to delete fax machines from their call lists. I had a fax machine on my line for a couple of months and auto dialed calls dropped to practically nothing.

  6. sassy
    Posted November 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Anon at 8:32

    Thanks for the info about the fax machine squeal which may come in useful in the future. That said, I really don’t think that we, the recipients of these calls, should have to be the ones to have to set up complicated schemes to avoid such calls. The onus should be on the companies / people making these calls to NOT make them.

    After commenting yesterday, I received an auto-dialed call which did not try to sell me something but rather just told me how to reach a company (which I have never had dealings with). This call was worder/recorded, I am sure, to get around the specifics of the DO NOT CALL list.

    Does this not remind you of the negative option billing which cable companies tried a few years back, in which they sent out notices to subscribers telling them that their subscriptions would be upgraded automatically UNLESS the subscriber contacted them to tell them (the cable companies) not to upgrade them? In the end Rogers was forced to back down.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted November 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    The technology exists for phones to block calls. We should be able to program our phones to automatically drop calls from specific numbers.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to tell your phone to refuse calls from any number you choose?

    I’m not sure why manufacturers don’t include this as an option but I have to wonder if it has something to do with their not wanting to piss off telemarketers.

  8. Anonymous
    Posted November 7, 2008 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    thee are a few outboard gadgets that claim to be able to block incoming numbers. Try a google search.


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