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Our Cultural Sovereignty: The 2nd Century of Canadian BroadcastingStanding Committee on Canadian Heritage report on Canadian broadcasting industry. Comprehensive "snapshot" of radio, television and telecommunications in Canada as of date of the report (June 2003). Excellent review of community television policy problems. Makes favourable recommendations for community television funding - see Chapter 9.
An 'Ecology of Games' Approach to Understanding Canadian Community Channel PolicyIn 1997, the CRTC de-regulated community access television in Canada, suggesting in its policy that access television, or the project of access television, had been a “success” and that it had “matured” past the point of regulation. In 2002, the CRTC proposed new regulations for community television and called for comments. They received interventions and comments from well over 100 stakeholders. In 2003, the CRTC proposed amendments to the regulations, and in 2004, the proposed regulations were made put into effect. Using an ‘ecology of games’ approach to policy formation, this paper focuses on the de-regulation, public policy process and re-regulation of community access television in Canada circa 1997 to 2004. The paper explores why access television was de-regulated and how strategies within stakeholder "games" unfolded into the current policy regime.
Evaluation Framework for Community TelevisionCommunity media performs various social roles including the production of collective identities, the construction of meaning, negotiating proximities to power, enriching networks of social bonds, and enhancing individual capacities. Evaluating these roles has emerged as an under-theorized and yet critical area of investigation for better understanding community media’s role(s) in social formation and for articulating its social benefits to policy-makers and funding agencies. This thesis proposes a framework for evaluating community media’s influence on social formation by mapping the influence community media outcomes have on collective capacities for determining social, political and economic outcomes (i.e. community capital).
CACTUS Shares Implementation Plan for Revitalized Community Sector with CRTC StaffCACTUS member Cathy Edwards, Robin Jackson (the ex-executive director of the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund) and Patrick Watt met with CRTC officials on September 3rd to outline CACTUS' proposal to revitalize the community tier by creating a new community-access license class and an accompanying Community-Access Media Fund to support the new license holders. CRTC staff listened attentively and asked lots of questions. We hope that this information-sharing session will help shape the framework of the upcoming hearings by educating CRTC staffers about what the sector can accomplish if given the right tools.
2005 CRTC Audit Audits obtained under Access to Information requests from the CRTC for audits conducted on community channels operated by Shaw, Rogers, Persona, and Eastlink.
21st Century Community Broadcasting at NO NEW COSTThe roll-out plan for 250 community owned and operated multi-media access production and distribution centres.
Schedule Analysis of Cable Community ChannelsIn the final week of January, CACTUS examined the programming schedules of the 110 English-language cable-operated community TV channels posted as part of the community TV policy review (2009-661). This table provides a summary of our findings: that there are only 10 distinct programming services in English Canada.
Executive Summary of CACTUS Submission to 2009-661An eight-page document that summarizes the key data presented in the CACTUS submission to 2009-661.
CHCT-TV Article in St.Croix CourierArticle in local press about over-the-air community TV channel in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
2004 CRTC AuditAudit obtained under Access to Information requests from the CRTC conducted on community channels operated by Shaw, Rogers, Persona, Cogeco and Eastlink.
2003 CRTC AuditAudit obtained under Access to Information requests from the CRTC conducted on community channels operated by Shaw, Rogers, Access, Cogeco and Westman.
2002 CRTC AuditAudit obtained under Access to Information requests from the CRTC conducted on community channels operated by Shaw, Rogers, Persona, Cogeco and Eastlink.
Operating Principles for the Community-Access Media FundA Description of How the Community-Access Media Fund Will Work, including suggested structures for the boards of directors for the fund itself and for applicants, and suggested codes of ethics. Also a suggested roll-out of new multimedia access centres. Also the role of CACTUS with respect to CAMF in assisting the revitalization of the sector.
Open Letter sent to Prime Minister Calling for DTV Education CampaignOn September 10, 2010, CACTUS, along with 18 other broadcasting, cultural, and civil society organizations sent an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a comprehensive national education campaign on the digital transition. Click <a href="http://cactus.independentmedia.ca/files/cactus/DTV transition - education campaign letter.pdf">here to read the English version</a>. Click <a href="http://cactus.independentmedia.ca/files/cactus/DTV transition - education campaign letter FR.pdf">here to read the French version</a>.
CACTUS Intervention to Shaw Purchase of CanwestCACTUS Intervention Made to Public Policy Notice 2010-498, the purchase of Canwest assets by Shaw Communications. CACTUS endorses Shaw's offer to share transmission facilities (including the possibility of multiplexing) with local and community broadcasters in Global markets. The document represents the oral comments made by CACTUS, rather than the initial written intervention. (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.)
CACTUS Oral Comment on Shaw-License Renewal 2010-497CACTUS oral comments made in response to Public Policy Notice 2010-497, cable license renewals for Shaw Communications' 22 Western systems. Since Shaw appears to operate only 11 access studio facilities throughout these 22 license areas (and operated in excess of 50 in the 1990s), CACTUS requested that at least one access studio be maintained in each license area. (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.)
CACTUS Comment on Local1 Application by CorusCACTUS 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.)
CACTUS Brief for the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage Nov. 2010The 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.
Suggested Board of Directors for Community-Access Media CentresThis board structure has been developed by CACTUS based on best practices in public-access television and media worldwide.
Community TV Policies and Practices Worldwide - reportAn exhaustive survey of community TV policies and practices worldwide, in all 28 countries where it is known to exist. It is authored by Catherine Edwards, the spokesperson of the Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations. Feedback and input to this document are welcome, as the situation by country is dynamic.
The Transition to Digital Over-the-Air Television: New Opportunities
Politiques de télévision communautaires et pratiques dans le mondeUn rapport au sujet de la télévision communautaire autour le monde... dans 28 pays. Preparé pour le CRTC en juin, 2009.
2011 CRTC Community Channel AuditIn 2011, the CRTC conducted the most comprehensive audit of cable community channels ever undertaken. CACTUS has examined these logs and has published a comprehensive analysis of cable company claims (regarding local and access contents).
Executive Summary of CACTUS Analysis of Cable Community Channel Logs 2011The three-page executive summary of CACTUS' full analysis of cable community channel logs submitted for March 6-12, 2011.
CACTUS' LPIF Submission to the CRTCCACTUS' Written Submission to the CRTC's 2012 Consultation to Review the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF or FAPL in French)
LPIF PrinciplesA 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.
Paper: "Public-Community Partnerships to Improve Local Media"Research paper presented by Karen Wirsig of the Canadian Media Guild and Catherine Edwards of the CACTUS at the Journalism Strategies conference at McGill April 19-22, 2012.
Transition vers le numérique - nouvelles possibilitesUne ressource pour aider les communautés a comprendre les bénéfices de les technologies numériques pour la radiodiffusion.
CACTUS Submission to CRTC 2012-0509-7 (CBC Analog Shutdown)
CACTUS Intervention to Bell-Astral Purchase HearingClick 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).