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REPY and PROCEDURAL REQUEST: August 4, 2020 – CMAC submitted a reply and further procedural request (read) for Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-379 in response to the CBC’s reply (read) to our July 24th second procedural request (read). In this reply, CMAC first details our legal interpretation of previous CRTC decisions that support our procedural request dated 24 July 2020, which focuses on mandating CBC/SRC to deposit on the public record of BNC CRTC 2019-379 more information on “employment” for protected groups within the Corporation.
Then, CMAC motivates a further procedural request to also mandate CBC/SRC to deposit information on access, reflection, on-air presence, and the fair portrayal of protected groups or what the CRTC calls diversity groups, namely women, Indigenous and racialized people, and people with disAbilities.
INTERVIEW: July 24, 2020 – Laith Marouf was interviewed by Broadcaster Dialogue on a podcast about CMAC’s work at the CRTC and the CBC license renewal.
PROCEDURAL REQUEST: July 22, 2020 – CMAC submitted a second procedural request for Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-379 motivated by our access to internal CBC/SRC records on the employment of what the CRTC calls “diversity groups,” and the Commission’s abandonment of its duties to these “diversity groups.” You can read the second procedural request (as amended on July 24) here and access the attached annexes via these links:
- CBC figures that detail the numbers and percentages of employees at the Corporation over the three year period 2017-2020 (Annex A – Employment Equity Members);
- The demands issued to the Corporation by CBC employees in regards to the structural and systemic discrimination they face at the public broadcaster and solutions (Annex B – CBC union members demand action on systemic racism | CMG)
- CBC employee demands further elaborated as 10 calls to action (Annex C – 10 Calls to Action).
INTERVENTION: June 12, 2020 – CMAC submitted an intervention and a reply for Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2020-124 concerning the “Call for comments – Regulations to be made under the Accessible Canada Act.” CMAC respectfully asks the CRTC to end systemic and institutional discrimination in this proceeding, asking that the Commission facilitate a new call for comments that exclusively focuses on the intersectionality of oppressions and barriers faced by people with disAbilities while meaningfully engaging 9(1)h, Indigenous, and Ethnic broadcasters as well as disAbility and public interest advocacy groups representing women, Indigenous and racialized people with disAbilities.
INTERVENTION: February 20, 2020 – CMAC submitted a procedural request (PDF) and an intervention (PDF) for Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-379. CMAC highlights the legal obligations of the CRTC to deliver on access, reflection and employment to “diversity groups” enshrined in laws, policies, and conventions. These legal frameworks motivate our procedural request and intervention that ask the CRTC to order the CBC to release all Annual Cultural Census reports, all notes and reports that resulted from each stage and activity it conducted within CBC’s 2018-2021 Diversity and Inclusion Plan, and all relevant data concerning diversity groups’ access, reflection and employment at the CBC.
ARTICLE: King, Gretchen and Omme-Salma Rahemtullah (2019). Community radio contradictions in Canada: Learning from volunteers impacted by commercialising policies and practices. Journal of Alternative and Community Media, 4(4), pp. 20–36. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1386/joacm_00064_1
INTERVENTION: July 8, 2019 – CMAC submitted a procedural request (PDF) and an intervention (PDF) for Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-91 and CRTC 2019-91-1, Call for comments on the Commission’s policy on Canadian programming expenditures (CPE). These submissions call for the CRTC to the annually publish data that accounts for CPE devoted to producers who are racialized, Indigenous, or living with disabilities. In addition, CMAC recommends the CRTC implement mandatory antiracism education and training for CRTC commissioners and staff as well as antioppression training on the communication rights of protected groups, including people who are racialized, Indigenous, or living with disabilities.
PRESENTATION: June 4, 2019 – CMAC prepared comments (download link) and a video (watch online) for its contribution to the round table titled “Mobilizing knowledge to transform media governance” organized as part of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) 2019 Congress and the Annual Conference of the Canadian Communication Association (CCA) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
REPORT: April 1, 2019 – Based on the outcomes and archives of the Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation and Convergence events held from February to May 2017, a detailed report was prepared and disseminated by the organizing team in collaboration with participants. The report is titled “Recommendations for a New Consultation Process and Policy for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Broadcasting – Final Report” and is available online at: https://ruor.uottawa.ca/handle/10393/39010 or here: Download the Final Report [PDF]
ORAL PRESENTATION: November 28, 2018 – CMAC presented its research during the public hearing and sumitted final comments (link to related documents) for Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2018-127 – Applications for a national, multilingual multi-ethnic television service offering news and information programming, which, if licensed, would receive mandatory distribution on the basic service pursuant to section 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act. Specifically, CMAC’s research develops assessment criteria based on the Act, relevant policies, international agreements, data on the portrayal of Indigenous and disAbled peoples in the news, and scholarship on multicultural and ethnic broadcasting to uphold the public interest and guarantee fundamental freedoms of protected groups.
LETTER: September 10, 2018 – CMAC sent a letter to the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, newly appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. The letter was cc’ed to Chairperson Ian Scott of the CRTC and proposes several initiatives to foster a more equitable CRTC and broadcasting system. To read CMAC’s letter welcoming Minister Rodriguez, visit: https://wp.me/p9HjvN-8S
INTERVENTION: June 7, 2018 – CMAC submitted an intervention for the process established by Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2018-127 and 2018-127-1 to respectfully advises the Commission examine closely the applications under the Notice to assess gaps concerning: 1) non-profit transparency and public accountability in governance of the 9(1)h licence and subscriber fees, 2) linguistic diversity (including Indigenous, English, and French languages) in news programming to promote intercultural dialogue, and 3) ethno-cultural reflection in programming and equity in employment. Using these exceptional standards that uphold the Criteria based on CMAC’s review of the Act, Policy, international agreements, data and research, CMAC recommends the CRTC approve Application #2017-1041-8 by Independent Community Television Montreal (ICTV-MTL).
ORAL PRESENTATION: May 1, 2018 – CMAC participated in the public hearing (CMAC Oral Presentation) and presented final comments (CMAC Final Submission) for CRTC 2017-365, concerning the renewal of 9(1)h licenses that are supported by public funding in the form of mandatory fees that transfer annually hundreds of millions of dollar from the consumers to broadcasters like CPAC, AMI, TV5/Unis, APTN, Canal M and the Weather Network/MétéoMédia among others. CMAC makes specific recommendations to the CRTC, adding: “Only clear rulings by the Commission and explicit requirements to demonstrate accountability and commitment to access by and reflection of protected groups and diversity, applied as conditions of license, will guarantee that viewers’ rights are met by the Canadian broadcasting system–as consumers and more importantly, as citizens.”
LETTER: February 20, 2018 – CMAC sends a letter of welcome to the new CRTC Chair Ian Scott, appointed until September 2022. The letter begins, “CMAC has engaged in multiple CRTC proceedings over the past three years, submitting eleven interventions and participating in three Commission hearings. Based on these experiences, as well as CMAC’s broader research and advocacy work, we respectfully propose several initiatives to foster a more equitable CRTC and broadcasting system.” To read CMAC’s letter welcoming the CRTC Chair, visit: http://cmacentre.ca/2018/02/20/letter-to-welcome-chair/
INTERVENTION: February 13, 2018 – To address gaps in the consultation process and record for CRTC 2017-359, the Community Media Advocacy Centre (CMAC) and the First Mile Connectivity Consortium (FMCC) submitted a “Consensus Set of Principles Guiding and Sustaining Diverse, Non-profit, Community Broadcast Programming and Distribution Models.” The Principles were prepared in consultation with more than twenty signatories representing community and Indigenous media organizations, producers and academic experts. CMAC’s intervention for Phase 2 recommends the Commission use these Principles to launch a third phase of consultation under CRTC 2017-359 specifically addressing the community, Indigenous, ethnic and disAbility sectors.
CLASS PROJECT: In the fall semester, CMAC facilitated a class project with 17 undergraduate McGill students from COMS 355: Media Governance. The students engaged the IndigenousRadio.ca open access resources and conference archive to draft a “Policy Proposal” that includes Terms of Reference and an Indigenous Radio Policy. For many students it was the first time they participated in drafting policy documents or researching Indigenous radio. CMAC Final Project (2017). “Policy Proposal” (download PDF). Written by Layal Awada, Arvaa Balsara, Klea Bogdani, Annie Charon, Julianna Delchop, Andrea Dobrea, Olivia Farley, Pascale Genest, Michelle Guo, Raghda Hindieh, Sasha Huebener, Eilis Mccann, Samantha Peets, Camille Point, Inès Thiolat, Alexa van Abbema, and Michayla Wolfe. COMS 355: Media Governance, McGill University.
INTERVENTION: December 18, 2017 – CMAC submitted a letter of support for OKâlaKatiget Society’s Part 1 Application 2017-1065-8 – Exemption from implementing the National Public Alerting System (NPAS) asking the CRTC to approve the request, recommending the CRTC must take responsibility for any policies that impose barriers on Indigenous radio stations participating in the broadcasting system.
INTERVENTION: December 8, 2017 – In response to Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-365 and 2017-365-1, CMAC submitted an intervention calling for the CRTC to examine closely Canada’s international obligations under the United Nations’ Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CPPDCE), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) with the goal of assessing compliance by the services up for renewal (APTN, AMI, CANAL M, TV5 and UNIS) in addition to other recommendations.
INTERVENTION: September 5, 2017 – CMAC submitted comments for Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-359 and 2017-359-1 on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models.
ORAL PRESENTATION: October 17, 2017 – CMAC made comments during the public hearing convened for Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-160, advocating for the Commission to “take bold and direct action, to protect community TV a crucial third pillar of Canadian broadcasting.”
INTERVENTION: September 5, 2017 – Commenting on the Part 1 application by Rogers Media Inc. to amend condition of licence – Quebec feed across Canada for OMNI Regional, CRTC 2017-0685-5, CMAC filed an intervention to recommend the Commission reject the request by Rogers Media Inc. to amend a condition of licence for its OMNI regional feed (ICI-Quebec) and drastically decrease the local-independently-produced ethnic television programming quotas for the province from 14 hours a week to 14 hours a month.
INTERVENTION: August 4, 2017 – CMAC submitted an intervention regarding the Sirius XM Canada Inc. Part 1 Application 2017-0560-0 – Tangible benefits proposal filed by Sirius XM Canada Inc. in response to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-114. CMAC respectfully asked the Commission to reject the Applicant’s proposal to reallocate any of the discretionary benefits earmarked for the Broadcasting Participation Fund (BPF), a crucial service in funding and thereby facilitating accessible and representative public participation within CRTC policy processes.
INTERVENTION: June 27, 2017 – CMAC filed an intervention on the public record for CRTC 2017-160. Within this intervention, CMAC advises the following, “Where BDUs, according to data reviewed by CMAC, continue to stand in non-compliance of the Policy, and given the severity of the non-compliance for community access programming and close captioning requirements, CMAC recommends the CRTC apply Section 32(2)(b) of the Act and fine non-compliant BDUs.”
LETTER: April 24, 2017 – The Community Media Advocacy Centre wrote to the Governor General of Canada, the Prime Minister of Canada, and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, concerning issues related to racism at the CRTC. The letter sheds light on the behaviour of the Commission, and particularly the Chair, during the recent public hearing (CRTC 2017-1) reflecting, in CMAC’s opinion, systemic and overt racism and a colonial mentality at the Commission. CMAC asks that immediate action be taken to address discrimination against Indigenous and racialized persons by the CRTC. To read the letter, click here: LETTER_CRTC_2017-1_24042017
ORAL PRESENTATION: March 27, 2017 – The transcript from CMAC’s Oral Presentation in Gatineau, QC, at the Public Hearing for CRTC 2017-1 is available here: TranscriptofCMACInterventionQA and the audio from presentation of the Community Media Advocacy Centre is available here: CMAC_CRTC(2017-1).
INTERVENTION: February 7, 2017 – CMAC submitted an intervention (CRTC 2017-1) with the Commission to support applications by Wawatay Native Communications Society, Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta, and Northern Native Broadcasting for Indigenous radio stations in five cities across the state of Canada. CMAC’s intervention also opposes competing applications by VMS Media Group Ltd. and First Peoples Radio Inc.
UPDATE: February 6, 2017 – Meeting with Dan Smith, Director General, Portfolio Affairs at Heritage, took place, as requested in our September 2016 letter (LETTER_RAJSHOAN_06092016). On January 17, 2017, The Wire Report interviewed CMAC Vice President for an article on diversity at the CRTC (see “Address diversity gaps when filling CRTC roles, minister told” by Charelle Evelyn).
INTERVENTION: January 16, 2017 – CMAC filed an intervention (CRTC 2016-1052-7 & 2015-0961-3) with the Commission to support an application by Gimaa Giigidoowin Communications seeking a license transfer for an Indigenous radio station in M’Chigeeng, Ontario.
CONVERGENCE: February thru June, 2017 – Dr. Genevieve Bonin (uOttawa) has been awarded funds from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Connection Grant program for a project with Wawatay Communications Society, Dr. Kathleen Buddle (uManitoba), and CMAC to organize “The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation & Convergence.” This conference will kick-start discussions in the practitioner, policy and academic worlds prior to the CRTC’s review of the current “Native Broadcasting Policy.” The Call for Proposals, locations and dates of the national conference to be held in Ottawa June 15-17 and the regional meetings being convened across the state of Canada, beginning on February 17 in Winnipeg, are available online at www.IndigenousRadio.ca. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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