Advocacy and Strategies
This is a letter to the CRTC from a citizen group calling itself the Steering Committee for Independent Community TV in Montreal, asking the CRTC to delay a decision on Videotron's request for a second community TV channel in Montreal (in English), while it develops a model for community TV that would be open to the whole community. This letter was submitted on October 7th, 2013.
This letter is a response to a June 21st, 2012 letter from CRTC staff regarding the audit done by the CRTC in March of 2011 of selected cable community channels. The letter requests a Commission decision about the findings.
Click the link below to read CACTUS' hearing presentation before the CRTC regarding the application by BCE to purchase the assets of Astral (CRTC 2012-370).
A set of principles signed by ten industry groups to guide the operation of the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF or FAPL in French). The principles were included with these group's submissions to the 2012 review of the LPIF. Le ressource est disponible dans les deux langues officielles.
CACTUS' Written Submission to the CRTC's 2012 Consultation to Review the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF or FAPL in French)
The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage conducted a study in the fall of 2010 into the role of the CBC, small and independent broadcasters, and new media platforms in an environment of increasing media ownership concentration. CACTUS presented both the challenges to community broadcasters of this environment as well as the important role the community sector could play to address these challenges.
CACTUS oral comments made in response to Public Policy Notice 2010-551, the application by Corus for a network of weather and local information channels. Since the proposed channels would be located in the same communities where there is currently a community channel facility operated by Corus' parent company, Shaw Communications, and since Shaw's community channels already offer a Local1-like combo of weather and community news, CACTUS was concerned that the license being sought would repurpose existing community channel content, without addressing the access problems on those community channels. (Although oral comments are typically limited to 10 minutes and may not be as detailed as written interventions, they are generally more up to date and can take into account and respond to positions presented by other parties. Both oral and written comments can also be found on the CRTC web site by searching by the notice number.)