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Access to information requests by the Forum for Research and Policy in Communications (FRPC)

2018

Request for the dates on which CRTC Commissioners met, along with agendas of the meetings

Request:  19 December 2018

Result:  Monthly calendars of the CRTC, January 2007 to December 2018

Request to CRTC re. SCFP’s Application

Request for electronic copies of all records held or controlled by the CRTC regarding SCFP’s 13 Febuary 2018 application, including meeting agendas, minutes of meetings, e-mails, correspondence between CRTC Commissioners and/or CRTC staff, text messages, research, records of telephone conversations and briefing notes.

Request: 22 May 2018 | Result: CRTC cover letter release copy 7

Request for copies of any and all records held by the CRTC, Commissioners, or CRTC Staff, related to the statement from the 7 March 2018 staff letter to SCFP.

Request: 12 April 2018

Request to CRTC re. Fair Play Application

Request for copies of any and all communications between any Commissioner and/or Commission staffperson, and any or all of the parties set out in an appendix, which dealt with copyright infringement, online piracy, and/or website blocking.

Request16 February 2018 | Result: A201700033_release-copy

Request for copies of any and all documents from 1 January 2016 to 16 February 2018, which are held by the CRTC and deal with copyright infringement, online piracy, and/or website blocking.

Request16 February 2018 | Result: A201700032_release-copy

2015

In September 2015 the CRTC was asked for any records it held with respect to the numbers and locations of news bureaux (not stations) operated by Canadian radio programming services in Canada, for each broadcast year from 2009/10 up to and including 2013/14; in October 2015 the CRTC answered that “a search of the records under the control of the CRTC has revealed none relating to the subject” of the request

In September 2015 the CRTC was asked for the numbers and locations of news bureaux (not stations) operated by Canadian television programming services in Canada, for each broadcast year from 2009/10 up to and including 2013/14; in October 2015 the CRTC answered that “a search of the records under the control of the CRTC has revealed none relating to the subject” of the request

[The materials below predate the Forum’s establishment in 2013, but provide information that may be relevant to those studying Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications.]

2012

On 12 April 2012 the CRTC was asked for any reports, studies, research, analyses, briefing materials or memos of, or commissioned by, the CRTC concerning its Native Radio Policy, Public Notice CRTC 1990-89; on 26 April 2012 the CRTC answered that it had found “no information” relating to the request

2010

In August 2010 the CRTC was asked for any studies, research, briefings, memoranda, and/or reports of, or commissioned by, the CRTC since 1999, on the impact of efficiencies and synergies from ownership consolidation, on Canadian programming investment; in September 2010 the CRTC answered that it did not have any records pertaining to this request

In August 2010 the CRTC was asked for any of studies, research, briefings, memoranda and/or reports since 1999, concerning the achievement of the CRTC’s purpose “to reduce the administrative and regulatory burden” on over-the-air broadcasting licensees; in September 2010 the CRTC answered that it did not have any documents pertaining to this request

In September 2010 the CRTC was asked for any research or studies it had undertaken or commissioned since January 2007 about the impact of “partial deregulation” of advertising limits on conventional television stations; in October 2010 the CRTC answered that it did not have any documents pertaining to this request

2009

In 2008 the CRTC was asked for historical broadcast records, and in 2009 it disclosed that in 2008 it had “moved to a 10 year retention period for most records (paper and electronic)”.

1999 

On 2 July 1999 the CRTC was asked under the Access to Information Act for a number of historical files.  It answered on 15 July 1999, to say that it destroyed its licensee broadcasting files after fifteen years, as these files have no historical value.