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LetterOur files: 4750-284(L)
Ottawa, 7 September 2001
To: Distribution List - Interested Parties, Public Notice CRTC 2001-37
Re: Public Notice CRTC 2001-37 (PN 2001-37): Price Cap Review and Related Issues: Organization and Conduct of the Oral Public Hearing
The Commission is scheduled to hold an oral public hearing in connection with the above-noted proceeding commencing on Monday, October 1st, 2001, at the Conference Centre, Phase IV, Outaouais Room, Place du Portage, 140 Promenade du Portage, Hull, Québec.
The purpose of this letter is to provide information to the parties on a variety of matters relating to the organization and conduct of the public hearing.
The Commission intends to begin the hearing at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 1st, 2001, and to sit Mondays through Fridays during the course of the hearing, with a normal sitting day of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Commission will not sit on Monday, October 8th, 2001 (Thanksgiving Day).
While the Commission does not anticipate that sittings will extend into the evening or on weekends, it may be necessary to revisit the schedule and sit longer hours on one or more days, or to sit one or more Saturdays, if it appears that the hearing is behind schedule. The Commission notes that it currently intends the hearing to conclude no later than Friday, October 12th, 2001, but that, if necessary, the hearing could extend into the week of October 15th, 2001.
The Commission notes that the first day of the hearing will be reserved for comments from the general public, with cross-examination commencing thereafter.
Ruling on confidentiality and deficiency claims
The Commission's procedures in this hearing provide for a round of requests for disclosure and for further responses regarding interveners' interrogatory responses filed on September 13th, 2001. It is expected that a ruling on any such requests will be issued within the first few days of the oral hearing.
Order of witnesses to be presented
The following parties have advised the Commission of their intention to make one or more witnesses available for cross-examination. The Commission has determined that the parties should present their witnesses in the following order:
1. Aliant Telecom Inc., Bell Canada, MTS Communications Inc., Saskatchewan Telecommunications (The Companies)
The Commission has been informed that certain witnesses are not available at all times. It will adjust the above schedule as necessary.
Order of cross-examination
Attachment 1 to this letter sets out the list of parties that have notified the Commission of their intention to cross-examine one or more witnesses. The Commission has decided that cross-examination of witnesses will proceed in the order set out in Attachment 1. Any party intending to conduct cross-examination who is not on this list is to notify the Commission of such intention no later than Thursday, September 20th, 2001.
The Commission notes that, in the case of each witness, questioning by Commission counsel, if any, will follow cross-examination by the parties.
The Commission does not intend to have oral final argument. Rather, parties are to file and serve their written argument in accordance with the procedures set out in PN 2001-37.
Opening statements and use of audio-visual presentations
The Commission will not permit oral opening statements by any party or their witnesses, whether at the commencement or during the course of the oral hearing, and will not permit the use by any party or their witnesses of any audio-visual presentation. However, parties may file written opening statements as an exhibit on the first morning of the hearing, serving a copy on all appearing parties at the hearing.
Responsibilities of the Parties
Parties are reminded that it is their responsibility to monitor the progress and content of the hearing in order, among other things, to ensure that they are aware of any documents that may have been filed in their absence, any changes to the order of presentation of witnesses or order of cross-examination, and any Commission rulings.
Similarly, parties should keep themselves informed of the progress of cross-examination, so that they will be ready with their own cross-examination at the appropriate time, and, in the case of parties that have filed evidence, so that their witnesses can be called to testify in accordance with the order established by the Commission. Parties should also be aware of the cross-examination that precedes their own, in order to eliminate duplication of matters dealt with by earlier parties.
During the hearing, parties must keep the Hearing Secretary informed on an on-going basis of their most recent estimates of the duration of their cross-examination of other parties' witnesses. This will assist the Commission and all parties in forecasting the scheduling of witnesses and cross-examination.
Record of appearance
In order to assist the Commission, parties are asked to submit to the Hearing Secretary a Record of Appearance on October 1st, 2001. This will enable the Hearing Secretary to contact parties, if necessary, to obtain information or to inform them of matters relating to the hearing. Copies of the Record of Appearance may be obtained from the Hearing Secretary on the morning of October 2nd, 2001.
Parties are reminded that traditional examination-in-chief is not permitted at public hearings conducted by the Commission; rather, in accordance with section 21 of the CRTC Telecommunications Rules of Procedure, a party calling a witness should restrict its examination to the following:
The introduction of witnesses by parties should be brief, with little or no reading from witness' curricula vitae.
Witness' curricula vitae
Curricula vitae of witnesses to be presented by parties are to be filed with the Commission as exhibits and copied on all parties no later than September 20th, 2001.
Procedure for introduction of exhibits
The Commission expects parties to introduce exhibits using the expedited procedure which was adopted in the proceeding leading to Review of Regulatory Framework, Telecom Decision CRTC 94-19, dated 16 September 1994. For convenience, this procedure is reproduced below:
Responses to Undertakings
Documents other than Responses to Undertakings
Copies of documents filed
All parties are reminded that, with respect to all documents filed at the public hearing, 20 copies must be provided to the Hearing Secretary for the Commission's use.
At the same time, a copy of all such documents must be served on all other parties present at the public hearing on the date the document is filed.
Pre-hearing briefing documents
The Commission intends to make available for inspection by all parties a pre-hearing briefing document prepared by Commission staff to aid Commissioners on various substantive matters likely to be addressed during the course of the oral phase of this proceeding. While this document does not represent an exhaustive discussion of the issues to be examined by the Commission, it does provide an indication of some of the matters arising from the record. The Commission will make copies of this document available in the Public Examination Room at the oral public hearing on the morning of October 2nd, 2001 (as noted earlier, the 1st day of the hearing will be reserved for comments from the general public, with cross-examination commencing thereafter).
Assistance to parties
In order to ensure that the public hearing may be conducted smoothly and efficiently, Commission counsel (Karen Moore and Natalie Turmel, Tel: (819) 953-0632, or (819) 994-7572) will be available, both prior to and during the hearing, to assist legal counsel or other representatives of the parties with regard to procedural matters and the practices and procedures of the Commission.
ORDER OF CROSS-EXAMINATION OF WITNESSES
1. The Companies
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