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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...

Ethics commish says MP broke rules writing letters to CRTC

telecom | 02/24/2016 7:45 pm EST

Mary Dawson, the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner, said Wednesday that former conservative MP Parm Gill breached the Conflict of Interest Act by sending letters of support to the CRTC. Gill sent two letters regarding radio licence applications to the CRTC while serving as a parliamentary secretary. Dawson’s office said in a press release that it found Gill contravened section nine of the act, which “prohibits public office holders from using their position to seek to influence a decision of another person so as to improperly further...

Dawson scolds parliamentary secretaries over letters to CRTC

telecom | 01/25/2013 8:35 pm EST

The federal ethics commission has instructed a pair of parliamentary secretaries to refrain from writing letters that could influence the decisions of quasi-judicial tribunals such as the CRTC. In a pair of letters sent out Thursday, Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson said Eve Adams—the parliamentary secretary to the...