Weekly Newsletter: March 15, 2022

Weekly News (March 15, 2022)

Compiled by Kyle Wyndham-West, Bradley McNeil, Fizza Kulvi, Meaghan Wester, and Nick Gertler with Sara Bannerman, Fenwick McKelvey, Guillaume Dandurand, Marek Blottière, and Kevin Morin
McMaster University, Communications Governance Observatory

The Communications Governance Discussion Group meets every few weeks by Zoom.  Email organizer Derek Hrynyshyn <derekh@yorku.ca> for details.

(March 8- March 14, 2022)

Canadian News 

·         [CULTURAL FUNDING] Federal department gave money to magazine publishing pandemic misinformation (CBC)

International News

(March 8- March 14, 2022)

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

·         OPC updates its information-sharing agreement with the Dutch data protection authority

Google Blog

·         Building data portability to help consumers choose


News Releases:

·         Broadcasting notice of consultation 2022-62-1
[2022-03-09 11:00:00]
Notice of hearing 12 May 2022 – Gatineau, Quebec – Amendment to item 2

·         Telecom notice of consultation 2022-65
[2022-03-08 11:00:00]
Call for comments – Funding next-generation 9-1-1 access services through the National Contribution Fund – Public record: 1011-NOC2022-0065

·         Telecom order 2022-64
[2022-03-08 11:00:00]
Streamlined order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff application: Northwestel Inc., TN 1148

·         Telecom notice of consultation 2022-63
[2022-03-07 11:00:00]
Show cause proceeding and call for comments – A telecommunications service provider that has failed to become a participant in the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services Inc. – Public record: 1011-NOC2022-0063

·         Broadcasting notice of consultation 2022-62
[2022-03-07 11:00:00]
Notice of hearing – 12 May 2022 – Gatineau, Quebec – Deadline for submission of interventions/comments/answers: 7 April 2022

Senate of Canada

·         Planned & Possible sitting days this week: The Senate sits March 21. 

Canadian House of Commons

·         Planned & Possible sitting days this week: The House is adjourned until Monday, March 21, 2022

  • Invocation of the Emergencies Act and related measures: March 17, 2022 2:30-5:30 pm; witnesses: 
    • Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association: Flavio Volpe, President
    • Canadian Credit Union Association: Martha Durdin, President and Chief Executive Officer; Michael Hatch, Vice-President, Government Relations
    • GoFundMe: Juan Benitez, President; Kim Wilford, General Counsel


Anticipated releases for the week of 14 to 18 March 2022

The CRTC plans to issue the following decisions and/or regulatory policies in the week of 14 to 18 March 2022. This is subject to change without notice.

Broadcasting Decisions:

·         Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
CBRC-FM Harvie Heights – Technical changes
Public record: 2021-0839-9 

·         Pattison Media Ltd.
CJFC-TV Kamloops, CKPG-TV and CHAT-TV Medicine Hat – Licence amendments
Public records: 2021-0662-0, 2021-0671-5 and 2021-0670-8 

Open Proceedings

·         CRTC Open Broadcasting Proceedings

·         CRTC Open Telecom Proceedings