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Ottawa, 28 July 2016


Dr. Gretchen King
CMAC Secretary
Community Media Advocacy Centre

Dear Dr. King,

Re : Procedural request submitted by CMAC relating to applications 2016-0094-0, 2016-0063-5, 2016-0357-2, 2016-0067-7, 2016-0356-4, 2016-0065-1, 2016-0064-3 and 2016-0098-2

This is further to a procedural letter dated 15 April 2016 from the Community Media Advocacy Centre (CMAC) requesting that the Commission seek information from broadcasting distribution undertakings (BDUs) named in the processes launched by Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations jointly with various other parties (CACTUS et al.), Society on behalf of Media ( Society) and CSUR LA TÉLÉ relating to the BDU community channels.

Specifically, CMAC is seeking the following information:

CMAC also requested that the Commission release the information to the public and stagger each deadline to give time between each process for interested parties to study the records provided by the BDUs. Moreover, CMAC requested that the Commission should order automatically the information noted above in all future complaints of non-compliance against a community television licensee.

In Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-147Footnote 1 , the Commission detailed its approach regarding the BDU licence renewals.

More specifically, in paragraph 7, the Commission indicated that it would consider any other substantive issues with respect to the renewal of the BDU licences (e.g. compliance issues) during the second phase on the process and that interested persons would have an opportunity to comment.

Further, in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2016-224Footnote 2 , the Commission made adjustments to its approach regarding the examination of the compliance of community channels.

In a separate letter today, parties to the above noted applications were advised that the applications in question will now form a part of the record of the renewal proceedings of the various BDU licensees held by Shaw Cablesystems Limited, Cogeco Cable Canada LP, Bragg Communications Inc., carrying on business as Eastlink, Rogers Cable and Data Centres Inc. and Videotron Ltd. and 9227-2590 Québec inc., partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Videotron G.P. The Commission’s approach to the monitoring and compliance evaluation for community channels will be implemented as a part of this renewal process.

Yours truly,
Original signed by

Scott Hutton
Executive Director, Broadcasting

cc: Peggy Tabet, Québecor:
Laith Marouf, ICTVMontreal:
Pedro J. Mora, Media,
Chantal Bédard, CSUR LA TÉLÉ,
Cathy Edwards, CACTUS,
Dean ShaikhShaw Communications,
Ruth Schreier, Rogers Communications,
Natalie MacDonald, Eastlink,
Bianca Sgambetterra, Cogeco,


Footnote 1

Call for licence renewal applications – Submission of renewal applications for broadcasting licences of terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings that will expire in 2016 and 2017; implementation of certain conditions of licence and review of practices in regard to the small basic service and flexible packaging requirements for all BDU licensees, Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-147, 21 April 2016.

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Footnote 2

Policy framework for local and community television, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2016-224, 15 June 2016.

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