Intervention, observation ou réponse de l'intimé / Intervention, comment or answer by respondent

Date reçu / Date Arrived: 2017-11-01

Numéro de processus public / Public Process Number: 2017-365
Numéro d'intervention / Intervention Number: 3739
Demande(s) / Application(s): 2017-0586-5
Cas / Case: 245404

Demande à comparaître à l'audience publique / Request to appear at the public hearing: Non/No
Intimé / Respondent: Non/No

Commentaire / Comment
Application number 2017-0586-5; and Consultation number: 2017-365

It is my understanding that this fall, the CRTC will review the broadcasting licence of The Weather Network and MétéoMédia and will determine whether the services will remain on the basic television service available to all subscribers, or if they will be moved to more expensive TV packages.
The City of Thunder Bay (City) supports the important role The Weather Network and MétéoMédia plays in providing safety, weather and environmental information programming that helps Northerners plan and stay safe all day, every day.

The Weather Network and MétéoMédia provide a custom local forecast to residents of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario which is beneficial to commuters in the City and region. The public emergency alerting system notifies the public of imminent or unfolding hazards through the network and is an important safety tool. For many communities The Weather Network and MétéoMédia are the only source of up-to-date local or regional weather, including road weather information and weather warnings and watches.

Removing the weather network channel from the basic service would require Canadians to pay more to access The Weather Network and would affect the Weather Networks ability to serve some of the small communities and rural areas in Northwestern Ontario.
The basic television service remains the most available, affordable and accessible way for the public to access essential news, information and entertainment services. Removing The Weather Network and MétéoMédia from the basic television service will require all TV subscribers to access this service through a higher-priced channel package or for a standalone fee. We cannot afford a more expensive cable and satellite TV package.

The City supports the application to keep The Weather Network and MétéoMédia as part of the basic package for a seven-year licence term, at the same rate it has received since 1993.






Copie envoyée au demandeur et à tout autre intimé si applicable / Copy sent to applicant and to any respondent if applicable: Oui/Yes

Information du client / Client information

Nom / Name: Keith Hobbs
Titre / Title: Mayor
Au nom de la compagnie / On behalf of company: Mayor - City of Thunder Bay
Adresse courriel / E-mail address: khobbs@thunderbay.ca
Adresse postale / Address: 500 Donald Street East, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
Code postal / Postal code: P7E 5V3
Téléphone / Telephone: 807-625-3600
Facsimilé / Fax: 807-623-1164