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Reference: 8665-C12-200601626

Ottawa, 12 June 2006

To: Parties to Proceeding to establish a national do not call list framework and to review the telemarketing rules , Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2006-4, 20 February 2006 (Public Notice 2006-4)

Dear Sir/Madam:

Re:     Reply Comments and survey results filed by Public Interest Law Centre ( Manitoba Branch) and Manitoba Society of Seniors

The Commission received a letter dated 23 May 2006 from the Public Interest Law Centre, (Manitoba Branch), (PILC), and the Manitoba Society of Seniors (MSOS) which sets out inter alia their Reply Comments with respect to Public Notice 2006-4, as well as some information with respect to a survey conducted by PILC.

The Commission received a letter dated June 1, 2006 from Aliant Telecom Inc., Bell Canada, NorthernTel Limited Partnership, Saskatchewan Telecommunications, Télébec, société en commandite and TELUS Communications, (the Companies), in which they raised certain objections in respect of parts of the PILC/MSOS letter.

The objections relate specifically to paragraphs 4-14 of the PILC\MSOS letter, which reference a summary of a survey conducted by PILC/MSOS on the basis that the survey results represent new evidence which should not be accepted at this stage of the proceeding.   The Companies urged the Commission to strike the survey results and the associated analysis from the record of the proceeding, or in the alternative give little or no weight to them.

Staff notes that in their letter received by the Commission on or around 27 March 2006, PILC/MSOS identified that they were conducting a survey of Manitoba consumers and some preliminary results were provided.   While it is not clearly stated that further survey results would be provided once the survey process was completed, it is clear that PILC\MSOS were conducting a survey and that further data was being collected.

There is great value in obtaining the best information possible in the formulation of the telemarketing rules particularly from the parties who are prime beneficiaries of these rules, consumers and senior citizens.  

Consequently notwithstanding the procedural issues raised by the Companies it is felt that the PILC\MSOS letter should remain part of the record in its entirety and that all parties may comment on the contents of the letter no later than 15 June 2006 .  


Original signed by

Susan Gardiner
ManagerConsumer Affairs


Date Modified: 2006-06-19
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