ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Procedural Letter addressed to CACTUS relating to Shaw Cablesystems Limited  (2016-0063-5), Cogeco Cable Canada LP (2016-0067-7), Eastlink (2016-0065-1) and Rogers Cable and Data Centres Inc. (2016-0064-3)

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Ottawa, 22 January 2016

By Email:

Re: Broadcasting complaints filed by the Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS) jointly made with various parties relating to multiple community channels operated by Shaw Cablesystems Limited (2016-0063-5), Cogeco Cable Canada LP (2016-0067-7), Eastlink (2016-0065-1) and Rogers Cable and Data Centres Inc. (2016-0064-3)

This letter is in reference to the 61 complaints filed by CACTUS jointly with various other parties (CACTUS et al.) on 11 January 2016 alleging that Shaw Cablesystems Limited, Cogeco Cable Canada LP, Eastlink and Rogers Cable and Data Centres Inc. (the BDUs) are operating their community channels in non-compliance with a number of their regulatory requirements, including local and access community programming (the complaints). These complaints have been grouped by BDU under the applications noted above.

The number of complaints addressed to the BDUs in question is numerous. The parties to the applications are also involved in the review of the policy framework for local and community television programming, announced in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-421 (the 2015-421 proceeding), the oral phase of which begins 25 January 2016. In order to allow parties sufficient opportunity to review the complaints and respond fully, the deadlines for responses by the BDUs and replies by CACTUS et al. and the various other parties jointly will be the following:

Moreover, by no later than 1 February 2016, CACTUS et al. must file, for each of the 61 complaints, proof of service upon the BDU against which the complaint was made. Proof of service must include the information detailed in section 20(2) of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Manon Auger by telephone at (819) 639-3481 or by e-mail at

Yours truly,

Original signed by

Michael Craig
A/Senior Manager, English Language Television

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