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Ottawa, 21 January 2016


Howard Law
Director, Media Sector

Re: Procedural request in relation to Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-421

The Commission is in receipt of a letter from UNIFOR dated 15 January 2016 seeking clarification from the Commission regarding the scope of the Commission’s inquiry in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-421, specifically as it regards local news for ethnic and third language communities.

In its letter, UNIFOR requests the Commission to consider one of two options:

Regarding the scope of the current process, the Commission clarifies that issues related to local reflection – including the reflection of ethnic communities – form part of the current review of the policy framework for local and community television programming as initiated by Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-421. Parties may raise questions pertaining to this subject as part of their appearance at the hearing and as part of their final written submissions.

Finally, as the Commission noted in Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2016-8, the licence renewal hearing for the OMNI stations will provide interveners with the earliest opportunity to request and advocate for conditions of licence to address their immediate concerns regarding the programming of the OMNI stations.


Danielle May-Cuconato
Secretary General

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