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Re: Application 2011-0966-1 amendment: a transmitter to serve Saint John

Jul 21, 2011

Mr. Robert Morin
Secretary General
Canadian Radio‐television and Telecommunications Commission
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0N2

Dear Mr. Morin:

The above noted application was originally made public by the Commission on June 27, 2011 with a closing date for comments of July 18, 2011. Accordingly, Friends prepared and filed its comments based on that notice. On July 18th the day following the filing of our intervention, we noticed that the application no longer appeared on the Commission's Applications Open for Comment page. Curiously, neither did this application appear on the Commission's Closed for Comment page. It appeared to have vanished!

A subsequent site search for the application number revealed two procedural letters from the CRTC to the CBC. The first letter [1] dated June 27, 2011 established the closing date of July 18, 2011 for the application (upon which Friends relied) while the second letter dated July 6, 2011 brought forward the filing date from July 18th to July 11th.

We have no recollection of any previous occasion when the Commission published an intervention closing date and subsequently shortened it. We therefore seek clarification on whether or not to expect this to become prevalent practice at the Commission such that when an item is posted for public comment interested parties should as a matter or course regularly check for a truncated period for comment.

We also request that in view of the circumstances we have outlined above, our intervention be considered by the Commission, notwithstanding any process technicalities.

Yours sincerely

Ian Morrison
Spokesperson

cc: The applicant


[1] The Commission's Procedural letters of June 27, 2011 and July 6, 2011 are contained in the Appendix to this letter.

Related Documents:

Jul 17, 2011 — Policy Brief: Re: Application 2011-0966-1 amendment: a transmitter to serve Saint John
Submission to the CRTC on CBC's proposal for a digital transmitter to serve Saint John New Brunswick.