The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. During Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage hearings on media consolidation over the last few weeks, some witnesses questioned why the CRTC didn’t do more to control cross-media ownership when they renewed CTV and Global Television’s licences. But NDP MP Wendy Lill scored a good point when she preferred to lay the blame on the government’s lack of resolve to curbing cross-media ties. She noted that the government has failed to give the regulator, or any other body, direction on the matter. Lill, the NDP critic for culture and communications, unsuccessfully appealed the CTV and Global licence renewals to Cabinet last September. At that time, Lill argued that allowing companies to control both TV and newspaper holdings with few safeguards "constitutes an alarming concentration of power of public expression." She also said it marked a major policy change that should have resulted from government legislation, not a CRTC decision (CCR, Oct. 11/01). With media giants Quebecor, Bell Globemedia, and CanWest Global already allowed to own newspapers, Internet portals and television properties, it seems unlikely that media consolidation in Canada will be reversed – particularly if there is no government will to do so. Are there more safeguards that would help preserve the diversity of voices, particularly when some of the media conglomerates see their newspapers and TV stations more as advertising machines than vehicles that can set public agendas or spark debate on issues? The CRTC cannot reverse the tide of media consolidation on its own, particularly when it has no jurisdiction over newspapers.  Absent government will, it’s unlikely that any changes will be made. But there may yet be hope for proponents of strengthening the diversity of voices in Canadian media. The CRTC’s new framework for the licensing of community and low-powered TV stations opens the door for new players in the broadcasting arena. And the power and openness of the Internet provides Canadians with the ability to start up locally run Internet sites to provide a unique voice.