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CACTUS Submission to Spectrum Auction Framework 2015

CACTUS' comments to Industry Canada regarding its proposal to align its television spectrum usage plans with those of the US.

Quebec: Plan Culturel Numérique--$750,000 for Quebec Community Channels to Upgrade to Digital

In March, the Quebec government released its "Plan Cultural Numérique" (Digital Cultural Plan).

In it is a provision of $750,000 to be shared among Quebec's not-for-profit community television corporations to spend on technological upgrades so that equipment is digital and HD, and to enable digital archiving of content.

For more information, details about the plan (in French) can be found here:

Quebec Government Press Release Concerning Aid to Quebec Community TV Channels

Plan Culturel Numerique

Unfortunately, community-owned and -operated television channels outside Quebec receive no financial assistance from any government or industry body. Most still broadcast in SD and have limited resources for archiving their content.

Meanwhile, many cable community channels have jettisoned decades worth of analog audio-visual content documenting every aspect of life in their host communities, because it has no long-term commercial value to them.

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ACORN Canada: Organizing 101

Educational or How to / 5 minutes /

ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) Canada is membership based national organization of low- and moderate-income families. We have over 70,000 members organized into twenty neighbourhood chapters in nine cities across Canada. We believe that social and economic justice can best be achieved with a national active membership who are invested in their organization and focused on building power for change! We spend the majority of our resources going door to door in low and moderate income bringing people together to fight for social and economic justice! We have members in every province across he country and have won several important victories including: Provincial Payday Lending legislation working in coalitions to raise the Minimum Wage in Ontario to $11/hour plus indexing to inflation and many tenant right victories. Other national and provincial campaigns: Remittance Justice, Digital Access to Opportunities, Healthy Homes and Disability and Social Assistance Rights. We are looking to reach low and moderate income families across the country. This video focuses on our door to door work.

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ACORN Canada: Digital Divide

Other / 4 minutes /

ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) Canada is membership based national organization of low- and moderate-income families. We have over 70,000 members organized into twenty neighbourhood chapters in nine cities across Canada. We believe that social and economic justice can best be achieved with a national active membership who are invested in their organization and focused on building power for change! We spend the majority of our resources going door to door in low and moderate income bringing people together to fight for social and economic justice! We have members in every province across he country and have won several important victories including: Provincial Payday Lending legislation working in coalitions to raise the Minimum Wage in Ontario to $11/hour plus indexing to inflation and many tenant right victories. Other national and provincial campaigns: Remittance Justice, Digital Access to Opportunities, Healthy Homes and Disability and Social Assistance Rights. We are looking to reach low and moderate income families across the country. This video focuses on our national Digital Access to Opportunities Campaigns and why low and moderate income families across the country need to get involved.

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OpenBroadcaster Inc.

Open Source Community Media Servers and broadcast consulting services.

Let's Talk TV Summary of Submissions Relevant to Community TV

This document summarizes submissions to phase III of the CRTC's "Let's Talk TV" consultation (CRTC 2014-190) from industry groups and stakeholders. It does not reflect comments by individual Canadians.

CACTUS Phase III Submission to "Let's Talk TV" (CRTC 2014-190)

This is CACTUS' written submission to Phase III of the CRTC's "Let's Talk TV" consultation (CRTC 2014-190).

Municipal World Article:

An article written by Catherine Edwards about the potential role of public libraries as the nuclei for the digital community media centres of the future.

CACTUS Intervention Against Bell Moving Away from Linear Community Channel

CACTUS' intervention against an application by Bell to the CRTC to allocate part of its local expression spending toward an Internet platform, and away from a linear community channel.

Bell's Application for Bilingual Community Channels in Ottawa and Montreal

CACTUS' intervention to Bell's application to retain 4% of its revenues to offer bilingual community channels in Ottawa and Montreal.