Broadcasting - Commission Letter adressed to Ted Woodhead (Rogers Communications Inc.)
Ottawa, 13 October 2021
Our reference: 1011-NOC2021-0281
Rogers Communications Inc.
RE: Application 2021-0228-4 – Application by Rogers Communications Inc. (Rogers), on behalf of Shaw Communications Inc. (Shaw), for Rogers to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Shaw
This letter is in response to a procedural request filed on 23 September 2021 by Rogers Communications Inc. (Rogers). Rogers requested that the Commission grant the following supporting interveners the ability to appear at the 22 November 2021 public hearing, announced in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2021-281:
- Diane Austin, Owen Sound Chamber of Commerce, Owen Sound, Ontario. Intervention #136.
- Christine Smith-Martin, Coastal First Nations/Great Bear Initiative, Vancouver, B.C. Intervention #249.
- Justin D’Entremont, Saskatchewan Premier Ball Hockey League, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Intervention #237.
- Daniel Taylor, Creator/host of the program “When Paintings Come Alive”, Kelowna, B.C. Intervention #92.
- Karen Tanaka, Individual from Vancouver, B.C. Intervention #58.
- Knud Petersen, Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs, Lethbridge, Alberta Intervention #334.
In its request, Rogers argued that it had reached out to the above-mentioned interveners and received their approval to appear virtually at the public hearing. While many of those interveners did not initially request to appear at the public hearing in their written interventions, Rogers indicated that this may have been due to their belief that they would be required to travel to Gatineau for the in-person hearing or to Calgary for the remote hearing.
The Commission notes that Rogers cannot file a procedural request on behalf of a third party unless Rogers or that third party has demonstrated that Rogers is authorized to act on that third party’s behalf.
Accordingly, the Commission denies the procedural request by Rogers for the Commission to allow the aforementioned supporting interveners to appear at the 22 November 2021 public hearing.
Should these parties submit procedural requests in their own name to appear virtually at the public hearing, or should Rogers submit its proof of authorization to act on each intervenor’s behalf, the Commission would then consider the merits of these requests.
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