Broadcasting Procedural Letter Addressed to Ethnic Channels Group Limited

Ottawa, 10 April 2018

Via e-mail: slavalevin@ethnicchannels.com

Procedural letter

Mr. Slava Levin
3305670 Nova Scotia Company
c/o Ethnic Channels Group Limited
120 Amber Street
Markham, Ontario
L3R 3A3

Dear Mr. Levin:

Re: Procedural request - Application 2017-0880-2 – 3305670 Nova Scotia Company

The Commission is in receipt of a request for public disclosure of information designated as confidential by 3305670 Nova Scotia Company in connection with Application 2017-0880-2.

The Commission received the request for disclosure of the information in question from Grant Buchanan, legal counsel/McCarthy Tétrault LLP on behalf of Stingray Digital Group Inc. on 5 April 2018. As it appears that the intervener did not serve the request for disclosure to the applicant, Commission staff have attached the request for disclosure to this letter in the interests of expediency. Commission staff reminds all parties that interventions, replies, and procedural requests in this application are to be served on other parties and intervenors as dictated by the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure.

As set out in section 39 of the Telecommunications Act, section 30 of the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure, and in Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-961, Procedures for filing confidential information and requesting its disclosure in Commission proceedings, persons may designate certain information as confidential. A person designating information as confidential must provide a detailed explanation as to why the designated information is confidential and why its disclosure would not be in the public interest, including why the specific direct harm that would be likely to result from the disclosure would outweigh the public interest in disclosure. Furthermore, a person designating information as confidential must either file an abridged version of the document, omitting only the information designated as confidential, or provide reasons why an abridged version cannot be filed.

Accordingly, the Commission requires 3305670 Nova Scotia Company to respond to the request for disclosure, serving copies on the requesting party, Stingray Digital Group.  Should 3305670 Nova Scotia Company agree to the request for disclosure, revised versions of the documents requested should be filed and served with the response. In the alternative, 3305670 Nova Scotia Company must provide a detailed explanation about why the designated information is confidential and why its disclosure would not be in the public interest, including why the specific direct harm that would be likely to result from the disclosure would outweigh the public interest in disclosure if the applicant does not agree to disclose the information requested by the intervener.

Please note that the close of record for the above-noted application will be amended after receipt of the response, in order to allow the Commission sufficient time to consider the request for disclosure, and to ensure all parties will have appropriate time to comment on the application for the Commission’s consideration.  Furthermore, an amendment to the close of record may result in the application being rescheduled for a hearing to be held at a later date.

Deadline for Response

The information requested herein should be received at the Commission no later than 20 April 2018.

A copy of this letter and all related correspondence will be added to the public record of the proceeding for this application.

The Commission requires that your response and/or other documents be submitted electronically by using the secured service “My CRTC Account” (Partner Log In or GCKey) and filling the “Broadcasting and Telecom Cover page” or the “Broadcasting Online Form and Cover Page” located on this web page. Also on this web page you will find information on the submission of applications to the Commission “Submitting applications and other documents to the CRTC using My CRTC Account.”

Sincerely,

Original signed by,

Lynn Asselin
Senior Analyst,
Radio Policy & Applications

c.c.: (Mr. Grant Buchanan. Mr. Stephen Zolf)

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