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Blais defends SimSub decision

Media | 03/03/2017 9:51 pm EST

Canada has one of the “world’s most open cultural markets” and the CRTC’s decision to ban simultaneous substitution during BCE Inc.’s broadcast of the National Football League’s championship game doesn’t raise trade issues, chairman Jean-Pierre Blais told a pair of Canadian politicians who petitioned the CRTC reverse its decision. “I know you often deal with American legislators, some of whom have expressed concern regarding the elimination of simultaneous substitution for the Super Bowl,” Blais said in his Feb. 28 response obtained by The Wire Report to Liberal members of Parliament Bob Nault and Wayne Easter, who wrote to the regulator in December. The question “of whether to permit simultaneous substitution for the Super Bowl or in any other instance does not raise...

Telus rolls out welcome mat to lead Dec. lobbying numbers

Media | 01/23/2017 9:28 pm EST

Telus Corp. led the telecom pack in December for government relations activity, according to the federal lobbyists’ registry, logging 14 monthly communication reports. In addition to getting in touch with the policy advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Justin To, Telus also bent the ears of members of the prime minister’s cabinet. According to the communication reports, which are filed by the 15th of every month for the previous month’s activity, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains were...

Canadian politicians follow U.S. in call to reverse SimSub ban: report

Media | 12/16/2016 9:16 pm EST

Two MPs are asking the CRTC to reverse its decision on simultaneous substitution for the National Football League's (NFL) Super Bowl, a week after four United States congressmen demanded the same,...