Broadcasting Procedural Letter Addressed to Susan Wheeler (Rogers Broadcasting Limited)

Ottawa, 17 October 2017

Ms. Susan Wheeler
Vice-President, Regulatory, Media
Rogers Broadcasting Limited
333 Bloor Street East, 6th floor
Toronto, ON
M4W 1G9

BY EMAIL: susan.wheeler@rci.rogers.com

Re: Application 2017-0975-0, a Part I application by Unifor for an expedited public hearing into the alleged breach by Rogers Broadcasting Limited (Rogers) of conditions of its OMNI stations, and for a mandatory order requiring its compliance and Application 2017-0977-6, a Part I Application by CSALC and UARR concerning Rogers’s alleged breach of conditions of licence for OMNI Regional

Dear Ms. Wheeler:

The Commission received an application dated 2 October 2017 from Unifor requesting that the Commission make a determination as to whether Rogers’ discretionary service, OMNI Regional, is in non-compliance with its condition of licence 11, as set out in Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-152 (CoL 11), specifically as it relates to the production of Chinese-language news programming. Additionally, the Commission received an application dated 10 October 2017 by the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC) and Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) on the same matter.

Procedural Requests

As a part of both applications, Unifor and CSALC/UARR have made procedural requests asking the Commission to call Rogers to an expedited public hearing to inquire into its compliance with CoL 11. Unifor made an additional procedural request to permit parties to cross-examine Rogers at this hearing.

In order to complete the record, Rogers may file a response to these requests, limiting its response to these procedural requests. Rogers shall serve its response on Unifor and on CSALC/UARR, and file its response with the Commission by no later than October 25 2017. In the event that Unifor and CSALC/UARR wish to file a reply, they shall limit their reply to these procedural requests. Such a reply shall be served on Rogers and filed with the Commission by no later than October 27 2017.

All documents must be filed with the Commission by using the secured service “My CRTC Account” (Partner Log In or GCKey). A copy of those documents must also be sent to the following e-mail address: patrick.pilon@crtc.gc.ca.

Please note that any documents filed in relation to these procedural requests will be posted on the Commission’s website and will be added to the publicly accessible file of the applications submitted by Unifor (application number 2017-0975-0) and CSALC/UARR (application number 2017-0977-6).

Until such time as the Commission renders a decision with respect to the Unifor and UARR procedural requests, both applications will continue to be processed under Part 1 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure. As such, the 30 day intervention period and the 10 day reply period allotted for each of these applications will still apply.

Should you need further information concerning this request for information, please do not hesitate to contact Patrick Pilon by e-mail or by telephone at 819-639-3197.

Best regards,

(Original signed by)

Sheehan Carter,
A/Director General
Television Policy and Applications

CC:        Howard Law, Unifor, howard.law@unifor.org
Angelo Contarin, Unifor 723M, angeloc@unifor723m.org
Stephen Hawkins, Unifor 830M, president@unifor830m.ca
Jesse Kugler, CaleyWray, kuglerj@caleywray.com
Avvy Go, CSALC, goa@lao.on.ca
Nigel Barriffe, UARR, nigel@urbanalliance.ca

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