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Ottawa, 7 July 2016


Mrs. Nathalie Blais
Research Advisor
Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique (SCFP)
Fax: 514-384-9690

Dear Mrs. Blais,

Re: Request to extend the deadline and obtain clarifications concerning Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-225

The Commission is in receipt of a letter from the Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique (SCFP) relating to the renewal of television licences held by large English-language and French-language ownership groups, as outlined in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-225 (BNC 2016-225). SCFP supports the procedural request from FRPC that interested parties be given an additional 21 working days to file observations on the licence renewal applications open for comments in BNC 2016-225.

It should be noted that the Commission received a letter dated 20 June 2016, in which the applicants Bell Media inc., Corus Entertainment Inc, Québecor Média inc. and Groupe V Média inc. (hereafter, “the Applicants”) requested an extension to 8 July 2016 (11 calendar days) to respond to the Commission’s follow-up questions with regard to the new Policy framework for local and community television.

In order to allocate to the Applicants sufficient time to provide fulsome responses to the Commission’s questions, and in order to permit interested parties to provide comments on the entirety of the record, the Commission has approved the Applicants’ request and has extended, by way of Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-225-1, the intervention period to 15 August 2016.

The Commission finds that this time period is sufficient to submit an intervention as part of this proceeding.

In its letter, SCFP also requests that the Commission clarify its intentions when it states in BNC 2016-225 that it may publish in the fall of 2016 additional documents stating the topics to be explored based on the comments received.

The purpose of the statement in question is to inform the parties that, if required, the Commission retains the option of publishing additional documents until the hearing to help the parties prepare for the appearing phase. It is a reminder for the parties to consult the public record on a regular basis and not a clear intention on the part of the Commission to add new documents to the public record. Should such documents be published, the publication date will be announced thereafter so all parties can benefit from the same level of information.

Yours sincerely,

Danielle May-Cuconato
Secretary General

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