“Do Not Call” list now LIVE (sorta)

Sick of those unsolicited calls, obnoxiously wondering whether you’d be interested in carpet cleaning or a “special business opportunity”? This is the day to (hopefully) stick it to those telemarketer bastards.

The national Do Not Call register is now (reportedly) in operation. You can register yourself at this this CRTC link, or at the telephone numbers below. Go get ’em, tiger!

The following is from the Canadian Marketing Association Manitoba website:

National Do Not Call List — This service will come into operation on Sept. 30, 2008.

The list will remove your name for a period of three years from the telemarketing lists of all organizations that place calls to Canadian consumers, with the exception of those phone calls that qualify as an exemption (below). The National Do Not Call List applies to telemarketing only — that is to unsolicited calls that sell or promote a product or service, or calls that solicit money or donations in lieu of money.

Certain telemarketing and other calls are exempt from the list, including:

  • Telemarketing calls from a company with whom you have an existing business relationship.
  • Telemarketing calls from charities registered under Section 248 of the Income Tax Act.
  • Telemarketing calls from political parties calling on behalf of a candidate running for nomination or as part of an official campaign for said candidate.
  • Telemarketing calls to solicit subscriptions for a newspaper of general circulation.
  • Telemarketing calls made to a business consumer.
  • Calls from market research firms that are conducting public opinion polls.

As of Sept. 30, 2008, consumers can register their home phone, cellular or fax number(s) on the National DNCL.

You can sign up online at www.LNNTE-DNCL.gc.ca or by calling the toll-free numbers 1-866-580-DNCL (1-866-580-3625) or 1-888-DNCL-TTY (1-888-362-5889)

POSTSCRIPT (Tuesday) — Hah, how utterly predictable. With millions eager to get on the list, this CBC story is hardly a surprise: Website, phone lines for do-not-call list overwhelmed.

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