Broadcasting Commission letter addressed to Réjean Beaudet (CPSC / SCFP)

Ottawa, 20 November 2017

Our reference: 2017-359

BY EMAIL

Réjean Beaudet
Conseil provincial du secteur des communications (CPSC)
du Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique (SCFP)
rejbeaudet@yahoo.ca

Re: Clarification and publication of information concerning Call for comments on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models – Broadcasting Notice of consultation CRTC 2017-359 and CRTC 2017-359-1

This is in response to your letter sent to the Commission on 7 November 2017 requesting that additional information be included as part of the record as well as further clarifying the procedure set out in Broadcasting Notices of Consultation (NOC) CRTC 2017-359 and CRTC 2017-359-1. It should also be noted that Unifor sent a letter to the Commission on 14 November 2017 supporting the requests made  by le  Conseil provincial du secteur des communications du Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique (CPSC-SCFP).

As set out in NOC CRTC 2017-359, the Governor in Council has issued an Order in Council (OIC) requiring the Commission to report on certain issues relating to the distribution models of programming that are likely to exist in the future (the OIC). The Commission has indicated in the notice that it will publish documents and relevant data so that parties may file new evidence or submit further evidence in support of their initial intervention to address the issues raised in the notice of consultation.  In addition, the Commission indicatedthat it will offer Canadians different ways to share their views, for example through public opinion surveys or focus groups.

It is therefore not necessary to file an intervention in the first phase of the process to participate in the second phase. In announcing its second phase, the Commission intends to publish additional information to assist parties in providing comments.

The objective of the Commission is to solicit not only the views of the parties on the issues raised in the OIC, but also to obtain evidence or research supporting opinions to better understand the impact that future programming distribution models will have on Canadians and on the Canadian market. The Commission appreciates any comments, evidence or research that you can provide in this regard during each phase of the process.

It should be noted that the Commission has announced in NOC 2017-359-1 that it’s extending the deadline to file comments in the first phase of the process to December 1.

Yours Sincerely,

Original signed by

Scott Hutton
Executive Director, Broadcasting

c.c Howard Law Director, Media Sector (howard.law@unifor.org)
Angelo DiCaro, National REpresentative, Unifor (Angelo.DiCaro@unifor.org)
Nathalie Blais, SCFP (nblais@scfp.ca)

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