Lest We Forget

Last year, the Remembrance post began with “A new election, a new government, and possibly new hope for surviving veterans.”

The new government has already begun to make a difference by gradually reopening Veterans Affairs offices across the country.

Today, and every day, may we continue to remember those we’ve lost, and may we continue to assist those who are still with us.

We thank them for their courage and their sacrifices.

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Everything is Data

This post has been updated on April 15, 2016.

Last year, the CRTC launched Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134 – Basic Telecommunications Services with the goal of finding out what’s wrong with Canada’s Internet and try to fix it. This was a multiple-phase process with the final stage to be held on April 11 of this year with a public hearing.

There will be 90 intervenors at this hearing,  and we were number 4 on the agenda.

Here’s the video we’ve presented at the hearing on April 11, 2016.

And here’s the questions and answers portion of our appearance following our presentation.

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Merry Christmas! What a year!

All of us at The Canadian Public would like to wish everyone plenty of health and prosperity in the new year.

It definitely has been a busy year for TCPub Media Inc. We’ve completed our move from Montreal to Ottawa last summer and couldn’t be happier! We truly believe that relocating to the nation’s capital will open up many new opportunities for us in the coming year, which will include new stick figure and product review videos!

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Our phone has been disconnected (fixed)

Note: the phone line has been restored. You can now reach us at our original number.

Because of a major screw-up between two competing phone companies, our office no longer has any phone service.

Until this problem is fixed, you can reach us by calling Dare Corporate Centre’s main switchboard at (613) 233-3152.

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A New Hope

A new election, a new government, and possibly new hope for surviving veterans.

It is no secret that the former Conservative government’s treatment of veterans was deplorable to say the least, from cutting access to services to forcing veterans to constantly prove their missing limbs haven’t grown back.

But with a new Liberal government now in power, one can now hope our veterans will be better treated over time, including veterans from the Afghanistan conflict who have a significantly higher suicide rate than the general population.

In our efforts to treat their broken bodies, we’ve neglected to treat their broken minds.

On this Remembrance Day, let’s not just remember the soldiers who have fallen on the battlefield. We must also remember the soldiers who have returned from the battlefield, and are still struggling to stay alive.

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We’re moving!

Yes, The Canadian Public is moving from Montreal, Quebec to Ottawa, Ontario this summer!

On July 1st, the corporation’s current address and phone number will no longer be valid. We’ll publish the corporation’s new address and phone number shortly before the move.

The corporation’s Web sites and associated email addresses will remain the same.

Update: the move is complete. It’s nice to be back in Ottawa after 40 years. You’ll find the corporation’s new address in the Contact page.

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Signal Substitution Is On Notice

On January 29, 2015, a decision was released by the CRTC in regards to signal substitution. Starting in 2017 (the NFL’s 2016-2017 season), the Super Bowl can no longer be signal substituted.

Additionally, the CRTC has limited the use of signal substitution only to broadcasters with an Over-The-Air (OTA) presence. Canadian channels available only on cable, IPTV or satellite services can not use signal substitution.

Furthermore, the CRTC has put broadcasters on notice in regards to signal substitution errors. On top of compensating BDU subscribers affected by signal substitution errors, action could be taken against the practice if too many complaints are received for a broadcaster and/or BDU’s sloppy application of signal substitution.

Broadcasters might even choose to drop unpredictable content such as live events and substitute the programming with Canadian content instead of running the risk of encountering too many signal substitution errors and possibly lose all of their signal substitution privileges as a result.

This decision on signal substitution may not be entirely what we wished for, but the fear of losing one’s signal substitution privileges could still result in a significant increase in the amount of Canadian content presented on Canadian television.

CRTC link to the decision.

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Merry Christmas and Big News!

First, all of us at The Canadian Public would like to wish everyone plenty of health and prosperity in the new year!

Second, TCPub Media Inc. Will be moving from Montreal to Ottawa this summer! 2015 will be very busy for us!

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A significant Remembrance Day

This year’s Remembrance Day is significant in many ways.

  • World War I started 100 years ago.
  • Parliament Hill was attacked last month by a lone gunman after he shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a member of the military on ceremonial guard duty at the War Memorial. (Thank you for stopping him, Mister Vickers!)
  • Earlier that same week, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed in St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu by a deliberate hit-and-run. (story here)
  • In January, the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs, Julian Fantino, has demonstrated the importance of always standing up against bullies like himself. (context here)

To all the veterans, we salute you.

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The Canadian Content

This is a short film about the problems with Canadian television, and how we can fix them. It was presented as an intervention at the CRTC’s “Let’s Talk TV” hearings on September 19th 2014 at Gatineau, Quebec.

The video received generous applause at its conclusion which, apparently, is an extremely rate event at a CRTC hearing.

A link to the CPAC video of the CRTC hearing will be provided once it’s available.

Our big thanks goes to all of the people who supported us in this project, and to the CRTC for allowing us to present our intervention in this unusual but highly effective format.

Written, produced, narrated and animated by François Caron.
Script editor: Jacinthe Caron.
Ending theme “Meaty Meaty Meat Pie” by Uncle Ghastly.
© Copyright 2014 TCPub Media Inc.

This channel may be technically in hiatus, but we’re still very busy in the background. As Monty Python would say: “We’re not dead!”

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