This is quite annoying news. From the Globe and Mail:
If you don't have a voice mail system built into your home phone line, you haven't experienced this problem. What happens is that you pick up your phone and hear a beeping dialtone that tells you that you have a voice mail message. So, you dial in to check your messages. Instead of hearing one of your friends or family, you hear some moron in a recorded message telling you that he will fix your roof or whatever.
Personally, I find it very annoying and it makes me angrier than e-mail spam. The only good thing I can say is that it is fairly rare so far. All the more reason to ban it now, I say, before the voice-mail spammers build up a big industry.
How clueless can the CRTC be?