ARCHIVED - Conduct Letter Addressed to Peggy Tabet (Quebecor Media Inc., on behalf of Videotron G.P.) and Aldo Di Felice (Telelatino Network Inc.)
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Ottawa, 15 April 2015
File No. 2014-1195-9
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs
Quebecor Media Inc., on behalf of Videotron G.P.
Aldo Di Felice
Telelatino Network Inc.
Re : Final Offer Arbitration between Quebecor Media Inc., on behalf of Videotron G.P. (Videotron), and Telelatino Network Inc. (TLN)
In a 20 June 2014 letter, Quebecor filed a request for dispute resolution to establish the terms of carriage by Videotron of TLN. Quebecor noted that the parties’ proposals were too far apart for a resolution to their dispute without Commission involvement. It therefore sought staff-assisted mediation to help resolve its dispute with TLN.
From that point forward, Commission staff undertook considerable efforts to help the parties resolve this dispute. Multiple sessions of mediation, facilitation and negotiation took place both prior to, and during the course of, the final offer arbitration process which was subsequently requested by the parties.
Ultimately, this approach was successful. On 8 April 2015, prior to the issuance of a final offer arbitration decision, the parties jointly asked that their request for final offer arbitration be withdrawn, noting that the parties had arrived at an agreement in principle.
As noted in Information Bulletin 2013-637, the Commission encourages parties to exhaust all other means to resolve outstanding issues in an efficient and effective manner before applying for the Commission’s dispute resolution processes, which include final offer arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism of last resort. On that basis, the Commission’s dispute resolution framework prioritizes negotiated settlements and allows parties that are engaged in good faith negotiations to avail themselves of staff-assisted mediation in the course of bilateral discussions.
This letter is to advise the parties that their joint request has been accepted. The Commission congratulates the parties on arriving at a negotiated solution and takes this opportunity to note the success of Commission staff’s efforts in this respect. Accordingly, the Commission has closed this dispute resolution file.
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