Founded in 2015, this page archives CMAC’s previous engagements. To learn more about current CMAC activities, visit our Initiatives page.
UPDATE: November 16th, 2016 – “With regard to a request for a meeting to discuss systemic inequity in representation at the CRTC, please be assured it has been noted and will be given every consideration.” —The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
LETTER: September 6, 2016 – The Community Media Advocacy Centre and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations submitted a letter to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage (copying the Governor General of Canada and the CRTC Chairman). The letter concerns Raj Shoan, former CRTC Commissioner for the Region of Ontario, following his removal from the position in June by an Order of Council, for reasons which have not been publicly disclosed. CMAC and UARR urge the Minister and Governor-in-Council to reconsider the decision to dismiss Commissioner Shoan. To read the letter, click here: LETTER_RAJSHOAN_06092016.
PRESS RELEASE: OTTAWA, June 20, 2016 – The Community Media Advocacy Centre (CMAC) is undeceived by the new policy framework for local and community television (2016-224) released by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on June 15. Download link: PressRelease_20062016.
WORKSHOP: In May, CMAC presented workshops at the Media Action Research Conference held at Lakehead University. The first skill building workshop focused on internal policy making and was called “Creating, Implementing and Upholding Policies on Inclusive Practice.” Positioning policy advocacy as part of the toolkit of media activism, the second presentation was titled “Building Media & Technology Advocacy Skills” and was part of a panel discussion archived online here: VIDEO LINK.
INTERVENTION: In April, CMAC submitted interventions concerning complaints made against BDU-run community television. We filed a letter of support (CMAC CRTC 2015-1264-0) for ICTV’s complaint against all of Quebecor’s nine MAtv channels and procedural letters concerning more than sixty complaints by CACTUS, CSUR and Nowpolling.ca (CMAC CRTC 2016-0098-2, et al.).
INTERVENTION: In February, CMAC submitted final comments for the Community TV policy review. The submission is available here: CMAC CRTC 2015-421, Final Comments
HEARING: On January 25, CMAC board members were in Ottawa to present at the CRTC hearing for “A Review of the policy framework for local and community television programming.” Read the presentation here: CMAC CRTC 2015-421, Oral Comments or watch the archive online from CPAC (VIDEO LINK, starts after 59:00)
INTERVENTION: In November, CMAC submitted comments for the CRTC proceedings regarding the Community TV policy review. To read CMAC’s comments, please see our intervention for “A Review of the policy framework for local and community television programming” here: CMAC CRTC 2015-241