My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Monday, June 27, 2005

Why can't we listen to what we want?

I was happy to see satellite radio coming to Canada. However, my preference would be to have no constraints on content. Now, our culture industry is 'upset' at the 'low' Canadian content requirements for the new satellite licensees.
A coalition of arts, labour and other lobby groups is asking the federal cabinet to overturn a regulatory decision allowing satellite broadcast operators to bring pay-radio service to Canada.

The ruling by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, if allowed to stand, would erode years of efforts to promote and protect Canadian programming on the country's airwaves, said Ian Morrison of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, one of the groups challenging the decision.

“It's a slippery slope,” Mr. Morrison said in an interview.

“It's taken decades to build up the Canadian content regime in this country. ... By the stroke of a pen, the CRTC is now saying that pay radio can be delivered at a content level of only 8-per-cent Canadian.”
Couldn't consumers just make up their minds?