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Ottawa, 9 October 2015

Mr. James Roots
Executive Director
Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada
Suite 606, 251 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario  K2P 1X3

RE: Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada Procedural request made in Application 2015-0701-3

Dear Mr. Roots:

The Commission has received a procedural request dated August 31, 2015, from the Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASD).  CAD-ASD asks the Commission to combine Shaw’s application to amend certain conditions of license of BC News 1 with Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-325 (NoC 2015-325).

CAD-ASD argued that NoC 2015-325 deals with the quality of captioning whereas Shaw’s application concerns the delivery of captioning and that “the means of delivery of captioning has everything to do with the quality of captioning”.

In response to CAD-ASD’s request, Shaw argued that although its application and NoC 2015-325 share the ultimate goal of improving captioning, their respective subject matters are distinct. Shaw also submitted that considering their request as part of the proceeding initiated by NoC 2015-325 would not affect the results of that proceeding.

The Commission has reviewed CAD-ASD’s procedural request and considers that combining Shaw’s application with NoC 2015-325 is not appropriate. Although the two proceedings both deal with closed captioning, each encompasses distinct elements of the subject. Shaw’s application seeks exemption for one service from the condition of license that requires that service to adhere to all of the closed captioning quality standards set out in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2012-362.

NoC 2015-325 seeks comment on the appropriateness of one particular closed captioning quality standard relating to live programming and could potentially result in a policy change applicable to English-language television broadcasters in general. The Commission therefore denies CAD-ASD’s request.


John Traversy
Secretary General

c.c.:  Dean Shaikh, Shaw Communications,
Nanao Kachi
Raynald Leroy

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