Broadcasting Commission Letter addressed to Laith Marouf (CMAC )

Ottawa, 19 February 2020


Laith Marouf
CMAC Policy Consultant

Re: Notice of hearing, Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-379 (Ottawa, 25 November 2019) – Procedural request by the Community Media Advocacy Centre (CMAC)

Dear Mr Marouf,

This letter is in response to the procedural request sent to the Commission dated 8 February 2020 and received by the Commission on 10 February 2020 regarding the CBC/SRC licence renewal process announced in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-379 (the Notice). 

In the procedural request, CMAC asks that the CRTC:

  1. Order the CBC/SRC to release all Annual Cultural Census reports it has compiled since it first started preparing them in the first quarter of 2018; within a reasonable timeframe.
  2. Order the CBC/SRC to release the complete notes and reports that resulted from each stage and activity it conducted within its 2018-21 Diversity and Inclusion Plan as posted on its corporate site.
  3. Delay the deadline for interveners to provide comments in this process, and set it to be 15 days after CBC/SRC files the additional information on the record.

The Notice was published on 25 November 2019 with an original deadline for comments to be filed by 13 February 2020.  On 28 January 2020, the Commission extended the comment period to 20 February 2020.  CMAC’s request was therefore received at a very late stage in the period available to interveners to file material as a part of this process. 

Given the above and notably, the timing of the request relative to the deadline for interventions, CMAC can, at its discretion, include the above-noted requests in its intervention, which, as stated above, is due no later than 20 February 2020.  Furthermore, should CMAC choose to pursue its request for this information, it should clearly indicate why such information is required for the purposes of completing the public record.

The CBC/SRC will then be afforded the opportunity to respond to that intervention as a part of the established procedure for this process. The Commission may decide to examine these and other issues further at the public hearing.


Scott Shortliffe
Executive Director Broadcasting, CRTC

CC: Bev Kirshenblatt
Executive Director Corporate & Regulatory Affairs

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