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Canadian News: Oct. 9-15, 2017

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Press Releases and Decisions: Oct. 9-15, 2017

CRTC Decisions

  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-359: Call for comments on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models
    • Press Release: Share your views on the future of programming in Canada: The CRTC is inviting Canadians to share their views on how they will access audio and video content in the coming years and its impact on the Canadian market. The CRTC is accepting comments until November 24, 2017
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-160-1: Notice of hearing – 16 October 2017 – Gatineau, Quebec – Renewal of the broadcasting licences for terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings that will expire in May 2018 – Deadline for the filing of undertakings: 27 October 2017 – Deadline for the filing of final written submissions: 3 November 2017 – Deadline for the filing of final written replies: 10 November 2017
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-358: Avenue Radio Ltd. – Kelowna, British Columbia – APPROVED – Application for authority to acquire the assets of the English-language commercial radio station CJUI-FM Kelowna from Vista Radio Ltd. and for a broadcasting licence expiring 31 August 2024 to continue the operation of the station – DENIED – Request for an exception to the requirement to pay tangible benefits
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-360: Cochrane Christian Radio – Cochrane, Ontario – APPROVED – Application to renew the broadcasting licence for the English-language low-power commercial specialty (Christian music) radio station CFCJ-FM Cochrane

Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada

  • [CULTURAL FUNDING] Helping Northern Ontario grow its creative economy and cultural tourism: Greater Sudbury will soon be home to a new multi-disciplinary arts centre thanks in part to a Government of Canada investment of $3 million. The arts complex will include state-of-the-art 300-seat performance hall, an art gallery, studios and multi-purpose spaces
  • [INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY] Parliamentary Secretary Lametti discusses how intellectual property is critical to fostering innovation: The strategic use of intellectual property rights helps firms grow and compete in a modern and global economy. That was the message delivered by David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Mnister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)—a gathering of professionals who specialize in intellectual property rights including trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs and patents
  • [BROADBAND POLICY] Bridging the digital divide in six northwestern Ontario communities: Canadians in six northwestern Ontario communities will be able to connect with friends and family across Canada and around the world, participate in distance education, seize new business opportunities and search for jobs online, thanks to Government of Canada funding of up to $4.03 million for high-speed Internet

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Weekly News (Oct. 10th-15th)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar

Research Assistant, Networked Communications Governance Lab

M.A. Candidate, Communication and New Media, McMaster University

Canadian News: Oct. 2-8

International News: Oct. 2-8

Press Releases and Decisions: Oct. 2-8

Supreme Court of Canada

  • [ACCESS TO INFORMATION] Canada (Attorney General) v. Fontaine– 2017 SCC 47 – 2017-10-06 Supreme Court Judgments Civil procedure – Class actions – Courts – Jurisdiction – Inherent jurisdiction – Implied undertaking – Interpretation of settlement agreement – Privacy – Access to information – Exemptions – Third party information – Personal information – The appeal from the judgment of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Numbers C59310, C59311 and C59320, 2016 ONCA 241, dated April 4, 2016, heard on May 25, 2017, is dismissed with costs to the Independent Counsel. Reasons for judgement.

Federal Court of Appeal

  • [PATENT] Apotex Inc. v. Pfizer Inc.: This is an appeal of the decision of Diner J. of the Federal Court dismissing Apotex Inc.’s (Apotex) motion for partial summary judgment. Apotex contended that the respondents’ failure to pay the proper application fee for the issuance of Canadian Patent No. 1,339,132 (the 132 Patent) invalidated the patent. The Federal Court disagreed: 2016 FC 136, [2017] 1 F.C.R. 3. Apotex appeals.

CRTC Decisions

  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-356: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Sudbury and Timmins, Ontario – APPROVED – Application to change the authorized contours of the rebroadcasting transmitter CBON-FM-25 Timmins
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-355: THEMA Canada Inc. – Across Canada – APPROVED – Application to add Canal+ International, a non-Canadian French-language service, to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-354: CFPV-FM Radio Ltd. – Pemberton, British Columbia – APPROVED – Application to renew the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial radio station CFPV-FM Pemberton
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-351: International Harvesters for Christ Evangelistic Association Inc. – Halifax and Wolfville, Nova Scotia – APPROVED – Application to renew the broadcasting licence for the English-language specialty (Christian music) radio station CJLU-FM Halifax and its transmitter CJLU-FM-1 Wolfville
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-259-1: Call for comments – Reconsideration of Telecom Decision 2017-56 regarding final terms and conditions for wholesale mobile wireless roaming service – New deadline for second phase of interventions: 27 October 2017 – New deadline for further comments on second phase of interventions: 3 November 2017 – Revised deadline for final submissions: 1 December 2017 – File number: 1011-NOC2017-0259
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-357: TELUS Communications Company – Revision to Interexchange channel rental service – File numbers: Tariff Notices 628 and 628A
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-353: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff applications: Northwestel Inc., TNs 998 and 999
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-352: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff application: Independent Telecommunications Providers Association, TN 116
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-350: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the proposed tariff pages filed in the following tariff application: Northwestel Inc. TN 1000
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-349: Streamlined order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff applications: Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership TN 511; TELUS Communications Company TN 528 (TCC) and TN 630 (TCQ)

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Weekly News (Oct. 2nd-Oct. 8th)

Communications Governance in the News

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar

Research Assistant, Networked Communications Governance Lab

M.A. Candidate, Communication and New Media, McMaster University

Canadian News: Sept. 25-Oct. 1

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Press Releases and Decisions: Sept. 25-Oct.1

CRTC Decisions

  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-346: Blackburn Radio Inc. – Wingham and Bluewater, Ontario – APPROVED – Application to renew the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial radio station CIBU-FM Wingham and its transmitter CIBU-FM-1 Bluewater
  • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017: 348: Total Change Christian Ministries – Campbell River, British Columbia – APPROVED – Application to renew the broadcasting licence for the English-language low-power non-commercial specialty (Christian music) radio station CHVI-FM Campbell River
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-344: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff application: TELUS Communications Company TN 527
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-345: Streamlined Order – The Commission approves on a final basis the following tariff applications: TELUS Communications Company TNs 525 and 526
  • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-347: Streamlined order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff application: Northwestel Inc. TN 1001

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Communications Governance in the News

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M.A. Candidate, Communications and New Media, McMaster University

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    • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-340: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – Toronto, Ontario – DENIED – Application for authority to use the subsidiary communications multiplex operations channel of CBL-FM Toronto to broadcast a predominantly Tamil-language radio service
    • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-339: Rogers Media Inc. – Across Canada – APPROVED – Application for a one-year extension to fulfil the tangible benefits commitments relating to the change in effective control of The Score Television Network Ltd. to Rogers, and its acquisition of Sportsnet 360
    • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-338: Radio Montmagny inc. – Montmagny and Saint-Fabien-de-Panet, Quebec – APPROVED – Application to amend the broadcasting licence for the French-language commercial radio station CIQI-FM Montmagny in order to operate an FM rebroadcasting transmitter in Saint-Fabien-de-Panet
    • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-337: Canal Évasion inc. – Across Canada – DENIED – Application to amend the broadcasting licence for the Category A discretionary service Évasion (formerly Canal Évasion) in order to decrease its Canadian programming expenditure requirement
    • [BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-336: CIAM Media & Radio Broadcasting Association – Fort Vermilion, Burnt Hills and Saskatoon Hill, Alberta; and Rose Prairie and Boston Bar, British Columbia – APPROVED – Applications to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language radio station CIAM-FM Fort Vermilion in order to operate rebroadcasting transmitters in Burnt Hills and Saskatoon Hill, Alberta, and Rose Prairie and Boston Bar
    • [TELECOM] Telecom Decision CRTC 2017-335: Bell Canada – Various applications related to Bell Canada’s dedicated wholesale high-speed access services (legacy and fibre-to-the-node)
    • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-343: Northwestel Inc. – Final Approval of a Tariff Application
    • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-342: Streamlined order – The Commission approves on an interim basis the following tariff application: TELUS Communications Company TN 629 (TCQ)
    • [TELECOM] Telecom Order CRTC 2017-341: Streamlined order – The Commission approves the following tariff application: Communication Stratford, coop de solidarité en câblodistribution TNs 1 and 1A
    • [POLICY] Voter Contact Registry in effect during federal by-elections in Alberta and Quebec
  • Industry Canada
    • [INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY] Revised Chapters of the MOPOP Released: CIPO has revised several sections in various chapters of the Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP) to remove all references to “representative” to reflect a recent change to the Patent Act in which section 29 was repealed

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  • [BROADCASTING]: Broadcasting Decision 2017-236: Ethnic Channels Group Limited – Across Canada – APPROVED – Application to add Kino Polska Muzyka, a non-Canadian third-language service, to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
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Kickstarting Canadian Music: Survey Results

Sara Bannerman and the Networked Communications Governance Lab recently conducted a survey of Kickstarter users who campaigned successfully in English using the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to raise money for their Canadian music projects.

We were able to invite 103 of the 112 Kickstarter users who fit this description, and 12 responded to our survey.  Users who completed the survey received a $20 iTunes gift card.

Here’s what we found:

 

Time spent

The amount of time committed to and invested in projects varied greatly, but much more time was spent in the execution of the project than in the administration of the campaign. The given times include time spent by all those involved in the creation and facilitation of the project, not solely the primary respondent. Each bar represents one campaign.

 

Some artists reported spending years writing, while others spent comparatively little time on the project altogether:

 

Money and Profit

The projects raised various amounts of money, but all surveyed artists met their “target” amount. Most projects were regarded as profit generating, however a good portion were considered non-profit.

 

Outside of Kickstarter, the projects were largely funded by the artists personal incomes.

 

The amount of money raised was mostly used for production costs. However, about half of the respondents were able to claim some profits for themselves.

 

We asked the participants what other money they had applied for, specifically if they had applied for a FACTOR grant. The artists were split evenly between those who had applied for a factor grant and those who had not.

 

With regards to Kickstarter’s fees, most artists felt the website charged a reasonable amount.

 

Music Production through Kickstarter: genre and music releases

All of our participants thought of their project as “indie” in one sense or another.  This was either because their music was not on a major label or was part of the indie genre.

 

We asked artists where they were likely to release their music. Most indicated that they will releasing their projects with online music retailers, and personal websites/events. Almost all were not offering a free release.

 

The Experience of Kickstarter

Close to all of the artists had some sort of experience with musical projects. However, most respondents believed that Kickstarter furthered their knowledge of the music production process. Respondents were asked to rate their understanding of crowdfunding scale at the outset of their experience.  They were then asked about previous experience with musical projects, on the same scale.

 

Support networks

The following results concern a perceived change in support networks. Most participants felt that Kickstarter had helped them in gaining new fans and supporters.

 

If new fans were gained:

If new supporters of their project were gained:

 

 

The artists were also asked about how Kickstarter helped them gain credibility for their work or opened doors for future success. Most indicated that their Kickstarter campaign had helped them to produce more successful projects. However, a large number of respondents also indicated that Kickstarter was a neutral factor in convincing people to work with the artists or impressing people.

If telling people about the Kickstarter campaign opened doors:

 

 

If the campaign helped convince people to work with the artist:

 

 

If the fact of the campaign impressed people:

 

Demographics: Employment and Income

Respondents were asked to describe their present employment status. About half were employed outside of their Kickstarter/music endeavours.

 

They were also asked about current income, independent of funds raised through Kickstarter and found that more than half made under $35, 000 a year.

 

Age and Education

Respondents were asked their age, largely skewing younger:

 

And their level of education:

 

Our survey helped researchers gain a sense of how and why Canadian artists are engaging with Kickstarter. They mostly viewed their experience in a positive light, however, they remained cautious in assuming that Kickstarter would supply them a full wage/income. This research will be extended to theorize the relationship between crowdsourcing incomes, artists and the economy of making music.