Sunday, January 29, 2006
Makes you wonder how can fascists people from Ontario come down here and deny New Brunswickers our right to asks some straight forward question?
What's next for Rogers???
Rogers radio talk show???
Old Germany in New Brunswick? I knew the CRTC wouldn't act on my complaint. What a waste of taxpayers money! A few readers told me what to do for plan B. Anyone else has any ideas of how to fight Rogers Television facists ways????
Dear Mr. LeBlanc
Thank you for taking the time to contact the CRTC concerning your access to Rogers Cableâ€™s community channel.
The Commission's role is to ensure that cable companies operating community channels do so in light of the requirements set out in its 2002 policy on community-based media. Here are eLinks to the news release providing highlights of the 2002 policy on community-based media: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/NEWS/RELEASES/2002/r021010.htm and to the Public Notice outilining the policy: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Notices/2002/pb2002-61.htm
Following an extensive public process, the CRTC strengthened its former community channel policy framework to ensure that local voices are represented and that Canadians benefit from free and open access to this facility.
When a matter of public concern becomes the topic of a community channel program, a cable television operator is required to provide a reasonable opportunity for the public to be exposed to the _expression of differing views on that matter. To attain balance, equal time need not be necessarily given for each point of view. Rather it is expected that a variety of points of view will be presented in the programming offered by a cable television operator to a reasonably consistent viewer over a reasonable period of time. Balanced treatment need not be given to all issues, only to those of "public concern".
It is the cable television operator's responsibility to decide whether an issue is a matter of public concern and to determine the manner in which balance is to be achieved.
Ultimately, the cable company has the final word on what is aired. Under the Broadcasting Act (the Act), the Commission does not have the mandate to dictate content nor to order a cable operator to provide air time to a particular individual or group or for the coverage of certain events.
You may be interested to know that the cable industry has established a self-regulating organization, the Cable Television Standards Council (CTSC), which administers a Code of Community Channel Standards covering such things as terms and conditions for access to the community channel, balance in programming on issues of public concern, and cable companies' procedures for responding to public complaints. The Council also mediates complaints from cable subscribers served by Rogers Cable, a member of the Cable Television Standards Council.
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Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 19:02:40 -0800 (PST)
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I was told that it would be a waste of time to send
you this email but I feel that I must forward a
complaint against Rogers Television in New Brunswick.
We donâ€™t have too many talk shows in this Province.
We have CFBC Radio. This show is called â€“ Talk of the
This informative program has been around for over 20
I might add that I have been a regular caller for over
A few years back, Rogers Television came out with a
program call â€“Melanson Live.
This talk show was on the air for four years.
I was also a regular caller.
I became good friend with the host â€“Dennis Melanson
I was calling from Saint John to the show which is
located in Fredericton.
I might add that I was a live guest on Melanson Live
on two different occasions.
Another talk show Rogers Television has on its agenda
is called - Voice of the Province.
This show had politicians as their guests every
Thursday. I would always be on of the first callers
and my main issue was Ritalin.
Ritalin is a drug that is being over prescribed to our
children in New Brunswick.
I took advantage of this show to spread the word of
the way the Government are ignoring the issue of
drugging our children.
One former host was Andrew Holland. I also became good
friend with this individual.
He left in the summer of 2003 but to this day I still
remain good friend with the guy.
Changes were in the making for Rogers Television in
New Brunswick but I never had the slit less clue that
I would be included in those changes.
Fall arrived and the two talk shows in New Brunswick
were all set to begin a new year.
One of the changes were Melanson Live.
Dennis was no longer the host and a new young kid in
his early 20s was at the helm. His name is Rich
At first, I didnâ€™t bother calling because I wasnâ€™t
comfortable with the new host.
One evening, they were debating the issue of Autism.
I decided to call in with my view on this very
A talk show would take the first caller who first
calls in. Itâ€™s only fair.
Myself, I always call minutes after the show airs so
therefore there would be no excuse.
Rogers never return my call and I was concern.
I once again called the show during the second half of
the show and they put me on hold.
I waited but seconds before I was going to go on the
air. The producer Patrick Watt quickly intervened and
I might add that he was very nice to me.
He told me that he didnâ€™t know what was going on but
the new host Rich Crosby have given the orders not to
take my calls.
I found this very strange because I have never crossed
that line when Iâ€™m on the air.
The Producer told me that I could still call the talk
show- Voice of the Province the next evening.
I was confused but I decided to test the waters. I was
told in the past that they were some people from
Ontario who didnâ€™t like my style but I just ignored
I must tell you that I live in a Rooming house and I
used the pay phone on many occasions to call these
I talk to the guy who takes the calls and he told me
that they can no longer accept calls from me because
Iâ€™m on a pay phone.
I sorted laugh at that comment but I remain calm.
I walked down the hallway and use a home phone from a
The guy was confused when I called.
He sounded surprised.
A woman quickly took over the phone and told me that I
can leave my question on the Rogers viewer hotline.
I said - This is a joke right?
But she let it known that this wasnâ€™t a joking matter.
My days of phoning Rogers talk shows were officially
The next morning, I phoned the talk show in Saint John
and asked the host if I ever crossed that line that I
wouldnâ€™t be accepted as a caller?
You see? Rogers has a three seconds delay to cut off a
caller who would be rude but Thatâ€™s not enough time.
I guess Rogers Television donâ€™t wish to spend the
extra money for this devise.
My main concern is Rogers Television are denying
certain group of people the right to speak out on
If the poor cannot use a pay phone to call these
shows? I do have a problem with this.
I might add that Rogers Television are truly pushing
New Brunswickers patience with the new host Rich
This kid announced a topic on the show.
Lets say? Breast Cancer would be the topic.
Before the show airs, he voices his opinion on
different issues of the day but the public are not
allowed to call him to counter his views because the
show would be on breast Cancer.
This is not right!
I wish the C.R.T.C. to investigate Rogers Television
of the matter they are denying New Brunswickers the
right to speak out.
Especially the show- Voice of the Province.
They are screening the callers so the politicians will
not have to explain their action to the audience.
Myself, at first it bothered me that I am denied my
freedom of speech in Canada.
But I use my freedom of speech in a different way in
todayâ€™s world. I am a blogger.
I had over 55,000 visitors to my site and itâ€™s a great
way to spread my message.
I will add this letter to my site so the readers
including the staff of Rogers Television will know
that I am not taking this issue likely.
Please investigate the matter that people from Ontario
are denying our rights to speak out!
DO NOT FORGET TO ENTERTAIN STRANGERS, FOR BY SO
DOING SOME PEOPLE HAVE ENTERTAINED ANGELS
WITHOUT KNOWING IT.
( HEBREWS 13:2 *NIV )
One of the functions of angels is to watch over God's Children
here on Earth. For it is written; HE WILL COMMAND HIS
ANGELS CONCERNING YOU TO GUARD YOU IN ALL YOUR
WAYS. ( PSALM 91:11 ) After all; ARE NOT ALL ANGELS
MINISTERING SPIRITS SENT TO SERVE THOSE WHO WILL
INHERIT SALVATION? They sure are! ( HEBREWS 1:14 )
Now let me ask you this, have you ever met an angel? Well,
I bet you have! An angel doesn't have to be a spiritual being,
sometimes they are human beings just like you and me.
Further, when you think about it, we all have encountered
another person who has been just like an angel to us. A person
who has reached out to help, comfort and guide us in times of
need. The World is full of these human angels! I'll even bet that
someone has even called you an angel at one time or another!
So Charles, the next time you encounter a person in
need, reach out and be an angel to them! For it is written;
I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, WHATEVER YOU DID FOR ONE
OF THE LEAST OF THESE BROTHERS OF MINE, YOU
DID FOR ME. Amen. ( MATTHEW 25:40 )
In closing, may; THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU
THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE SHINE UPON YOU AND BE
GRACIOUS TO YOU; THE LORD TURN HIS FACE TOWARD
YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE. Amen. ( NUMBERS 6:24-26 )
With My Love & Prayers,
your servant Allen
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