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Gov’t denies aboriginal radio decision appeal

Media | 09/25/2017 3:33 pm EDT

The federal government has denied a petition to the governor-in-council to overturn a June licence decision by the CRTC regarding Indigenous radio stations. In late June, Wawatay Native Communications Society asked Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to overturn a decision that didn’t award it radio licences it was seeking in Ottawa and Toronto. That appeal was followed by a second petition by VMS Media Group Ltd., which had been denied licences in Calgary and Edmonton, Alta. In a Sept. 12 decision, the government declined to send those decisions back to the regulator, noting...

Second petition to reverse aboriginal radio decision filed by VMS

Media | 08/09/2017 1:07 pm EDT

VMS Media Group Ltd. has filed the second petition to cabinet asking the government to overturn the CRTC’s decision on licences for operating urban aboriginal radio stations, following a July appeal by an Ontario-based group. In the petition to governor-in-council dated July 28, VMS — which applied for two licences in Calgary and Edmonton, Alta. — argued that not only does the decision to award the licences to the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta (AMMSA) fail to...

Wawatay files appeal over radio licence decision

Media | 07/25/2017 2:08 pm EDT

Wawatay Native Communications Society has submitted a formal petition to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly seeking to overturn a June decision by the CRTC that handed out licences for Indigenous radio stations. In the June 29...

Wawatay seeking appeal of Aboriginal radio licence decision

Media | 06/21/2017 5:04 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Wawatay Native Communications Society will ask for an appeal of...

Increase indigenous representation at CRTC, conference hears

Media | 06/19/2017 5:18 pm EDT

OTTAWA — All of the country’s cultural institutions need a rethink when...

Reconciliation to play role in new CRTC chair’s mandate: Joly

Media | 06/16/2017 3:03 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The next chair of the CRTC will have a more explicit focus on...

Aboriginal radio licence decision ‘major disappointment’: Wawatay

Media | 06/14/2017 6:06 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved five urban radio licences in markets across the country to serve Aboriginal peoples, a decision one Ontario Aboriginal radio station said will result in fewer hours, and less diversity, of Aboriginal-language content in Ottawa and Toronto than its application would have provided. The decision, handed down Wednesday, came after a three-day hearing in March and after the regulator revoked licences for Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. in 2015 to serve those communities....