Canada has a fifty-year tradition of supporting community media: community TV and radio, via regulation at the CRTC. However, last month, the CRTC redirected more than $100 million annually away from community TV and media to give back to large vertically and horizonally integrated cable and satellite companies (Rogers, Bell, Shaw, Videotron) to support their private news properties.
It’s a crippling blow to Canada’s community and alternative media infrastructure. The petition to restore support for robust community media centres that can enable Canadians access to digital media skills training and content distribution will be presented by multiple MPs in Parliament during the fall of 2016.
The petition has application to all themes at the World Social Forum, including social justice, the environment, First Nations, labour movements and so on. Without strong alternative and community media, these movements do not have visibility and can’t stimulate dialog in Canadian society for change.
We would like to present the petition in all of the assemblies of convergence, so provide participants with the opportunity to support it/sign it by riding, after which they will be presented to MPs to present. (Some MPs such as Pierre Nantel, the NDP Heritage critic, and Julie Dabrusin, Liberal MP on the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage helped draft the petition, and are already committed. Others will be approached as the petition grows.)
This initiative has been presented via convergence assembly : https://fsm2016.org/en/activites/assemblee-de-convergence-medias-libres-technologies-et-droit-a-la-communication/
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