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PIAC to represent consumers during CRTC hearing on the proposed acquisition of Astral Media Inc. by Bell Canada

On May 7, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), Consumers’ Association of Canada (CAC), Council of Senior Citizens’ Organization of British Columbia (COSCO), National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation (NPSCF) and Option consommateurs (OC) will appear before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to oppose the proposed acquisition of Astral Media Inc. by Bell Canada, a division of BCE Inc.

In comments filed on April 5, the groups argued that Bell and Astral’s new proposed merger is not in the public interest and thus should be denied. The 5 groups stated the deal would be bad for consumers and outlined several concerns. More information and links to the full written intervention are at this post

WHO:
Janet Lo, Legal Counsel, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

WHEN:
Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 9:00 AM

WHAT:
Appearing at the CRTC public proceeding “Application by Astral Media Inc. (Astral) for authority to change its effective control, and control of its licensed broadcasting subsidiaries, to BCE Inc. (BCE). CRTC Application 2013-0244-7.

WHERE:
Hôtel Gouverneur Place Dupuis
1415 Saint-Hubert Street
Montréal, Quebec
Hearing Room: Room Capitale

PIAC is a non-profit organization that provides legal and research services on behalf of consumer interests, and, in particular, vulnerable consumer interests, concerning the provision of important public services.

Media Contacts:

Janet Lo
Legal Counsel
Public Interest Advocacy Centre
ONE Nicholas Street, Suite 1204
Ottawa, Ontario
(613) 562-4002×24
(613) 816-5688 (cell)
jlo@piac.ca

John Lawford
Executive Director and General Counsel
Public Interest Advocacy Centre
ONE Nicholas Street, Suite 1204
Ottawa, Ontario
(613) 562-4002×25
(613) 447-8125 (cell)
jlawford@piac.ca

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