September 1997

Ottawa, September 30, 1997–The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) announces the appointment of John Backhouse to its B.C. Regional Council.

Mr. Backhouse, a Professional Librarian, is the Director of Institutional Development for the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. He represents the public on the B.C. Regional Council. From 1986 to 1996 he served as the Mayor of the City of Prince George, prior to which he was an Alderman for six years. Mr. Backhouse is also a Director of the Board of B.C. Transit, a member of the Forest Sector Strategy Committee, a member of the Minister's Advisory Council on Housing and a Director of the Fraser Basin Council. He is a Freeman of the City of Prince George, a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and was recently entered onto the Roll of Honour of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

CBSC National Chair Ron Cohen stated: “In the past three weeks, the Council has received an outpouring of complaints, primarily from Quebec and Ontario, but also from across Canada, about the Howard Stern Show, which has recently begun to be broadcast in the Montreal and Toronto markets. The thoughtful, dedicated and unbiased role played by the CBSC's volunteer members from industry and the public alike is the backbone of our decision making process. We are fortunate to be able to attract individuals with the community stature of John Backhouse to join in our deliberations.”

The B.C. Council, like all CBSC Regional Councils, is made up of three public and three broadcast representatives. The Chair of the B.C. Council is Erin Petrie, Vice President of Programming for Okanagan Radio Limited who, along with Hudson Mack of CHEK-TV and Debbie Millette of U-TV (CKVU), represent the broadcasting industry. Sally Warren, Regional Vice-Chair, and Lynn Smith, Q.C., are public members.

Created in 1990 to administer industry self-regulatory codes on ethics, gender portrayal and violence, the CBSC's membership includes approximately 400 private sector television and radio stations from across Canada. The CBSC received formal endorsement from the CRTC in 1991. To date over 80 decisions have been released by the CBSC, most of which are available, in addition to our codes and other relevant information, on the net at .

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Ottawa, September 15, 1997–The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) announces the appointment of Hudson Mack, Debbie Millette, C. Lynn Smith and Sally Warren to its British Columbia Regional Council.

Hudson Mack, a broadcaster member, is the Anchor and Assistant News Director of CHEK-TV in Victoria, BC. He also serves as the President of the Radio-Television News Directors Association, the Chair of National Editorial Committee for Broadcast News Limited and a member of the Victoria Harbourside Rotary Club. In 1996 Hudson received both the RTNDA National Best Television Newscast Award and the TV WEEK Magazine Most Popular Television Personality Award.

Debbie Millette, a broadcasting member, started her television career at CJOH-TV in Ottawa but moved to Vancouver and U-TV (CKVU) in 1981 where she has been involved in programming and other responsibilities before being named Program Manager in June 1997.

Lynn Smith, Q.C., a public member, is a professor at the U.B.C. Faculty of Law where she served as Dean from July 1991 to June 1997. She practised law in Vancouver for several years and was named Queen's Counsel in 1992. She is well published and has acted as an arbitrator and advisor on several committees including as a Member of the National Forum on Heath. In 1990 she was named as one of the Y.M.C.A.'s “Women of Distinction.”

Sally Warren, a public member, served as a part-time CRTC Commissioner before becoming Regional Commissioner for British Columbia and the Yukon for a five-year term, which ended in May 1997. She has extensive experience as a journalist, editor and publishing executive. She was editor and manager of Vancouver Calendar Magazine for 11 years and served as Director of the Media Centre at Expo 86 in Vancouver. She is currently completing a book which will be published in 1998.

CBSC National Chair Ron Cohen stated: “This is a crucial moment in the history of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. We have begun to take on new broadcast members and are about to administer the new television ratings system and this past year has been one of significant activity for the Council in British Columbia. None of the challenges presented to the Council, including the current radio talk show controversy, could be met without the dedication and thoughtfulness of our Regional Council volunteers. We are fortunate to have been able to attract persons with such significant records of public service, commitment and leadership.”

The B.C. Council, like all other CBSC Regional Councils, is made up of three public and three broadcast representatives. The Chair of the B.C. Council is Erin Petrie, Vice President of Programming for Okanagan Radio Limited and past Chair of the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters. At present there is one public member vacancy on the B.C. Council.

Created in 1990 to administer industry self-regulatory codes on ethics, gender portrayal and violence, the CBSC's membership includes approximately 400 private sector television and radio stations and several specialty services from across Canada. The CBSC received formal endorsement from the CRTC in 1991. To date over 80 decisions have been released by the CBSC, most of which are available, together with our codes and other relevant information, on the world wide web at .

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Ottawa, September 12, 1997 — The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) announces the appointment of Marc Gervais and Peta Tancred to its Quebec Regional Council.

Marc Gervais, a public member, is Professor of Film at Concordia University. He is also a past CRTC Commissioner and a respected author. Father Gervais was one of the founders of Lonergan University College of Concordia University and is now Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Loyola Jesuit Peace Institute for Studies in International Peace. He is this year's recipient of the “Peace Award” from the International Institute for Advanced Studies and UNESCO.

Peta Tancred, a public member, is Professor of Sociology at McGill University, having served as the Director of the McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women from 1990-96. Dr. Tancred is the editor/author of several volumes on women and work, including the 1996 issue of Recherches feministes and is presently completing a book on women architects entitled “Designing Women: Gender and the Architectural Profession in Canada, 1920-1992”. She has been a Visiting Fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and has lectured at various universities in Canada and abroad.

CBSC National Chair Ron Cohen stated: “This is a crucial moment in the history of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. We have begun to take on new broadcast members and are about to administer the new television ratings system. We are also faced with important challenges in the radio talk show area with the arrival of a new style of program in Montreal and Toronto. None of these challenges could be met without the dedication and thoughtfulness of our Regional Council volunteers. We are fortunate to have been able to attract persons with such significant records of public service and leadership.”

The Quebec Regional Council, like all other CBSC Regional Councils, is made up of three public and three broadcast representatives. Pierre Audet, Chair, is the other public member while Yvon Chouinard, Executive Vice President of Power Broadcasting, is the Vice Chair. There are currently two vacancies to be filled by broadcaster representatives.

Created in 1990 to administer industry self-regulatory codes on ethics, gender portrayal and violence, the CBSC's membership includes approximately 400 private sector television and radio stations and several specialty services from across Canada. The CBSC received formal endorsement from the CRTC in 1991. To date over 80 decisions have been released by the CBSC, most of which are available, together with our codes and other relevant information, on the world wide web at .

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Ottawa, September 11,1997–The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) announces the appointment of Krista Christensen, Dorothy Dobbie, Vic Dubois and Daniel Ish to its Prairie Regional Council.

Krista Christensen, a broadcaster member, has been the Operations Manager of CKCK-TV in Regina since 1995, where she has been working since 1980. She was a founding member of CKCK's Employee and Family Assistant Program and continues to play an active role on the station's EFAP Committee. She sits on the Executive Committee of the Alliance for Suicide Awareness and Prevention and, in 1994-95, served on the Mental Health Steering Committee, which reported on mental health priorities to the then newly formed Regina Health Board.

Dorothy Dobbie, a public member, was the M.P. for Winnipeg South from 1988 to 1993. During this time she was Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers of Indian & Northern Affairs 1989 – 1991, as well as portfolios with Consumer and Corporate Affairs 1991-1993 and the Environment 1993. Ms. Dobbie received the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce “Outstanding Business Citizen of the Year” in 1983 and the YM-YWCA “Business Woman of the Year” award in 1987. She continues to play a very active role in Winnipeg community life and is currently President of Publishers Financial, Chair of both the Red River Community College Ten Year Development Plan and the Citizen's Committee of the Aboriginal Heritage Centre of Winnipeg.

Vic Dubois, a broadcaster representative, is Senior Vice President of Forvest Broadcasting and General Manager of CJWW/CFQC-FM Saskatoon. He is the past President of the Saskatchewan Association of Broadcasters and has a lengthy history of involvement with several volunteer boards including Junior Achievement, Crimestoppers and the YMCA.

Daniel Ish, Q.C., a public member, is a Professor of Law at the University of Saskatchewan where he served as Dean from 1982-88 and 1996-97 and Director of the Diefenbaker Centre for the Study of Co-operatives from 1989 to 1995, prior to which he taught at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. He is a member of the Saskatchewan and Alberta Bars and has taught and written on many areas of law. He has, since 1979, been an active arbitrator and mediator. Professor Ish has taught in Australia and New Zealand and in 1995 was a Fulbright Fellow at Stanford University.

CBSC National Chair Ron Cohen stated: “This is a crucial moment in the history of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. We have begun to take on new broadcast members and are about to administer the new television ratings system. None of these challenges could be met without the dedication and thoughtfulness of our Regional Council volunteers. We are fortunate to have been able to attract persons with such significant records of public service and leadership.”

The Prairie Council, like all other CBSC Regional Councils, is made up of three public and three broadcast representatives. The other members include Sally Hall, a public member, the Prairie Regional Council Chair and Daryl Braun, a broadcaster representative, who will serve as Vice Chair.

Created in 1990 to administer industry self-regulatory codes on ethics, gender portrayal and violence, the CBSC's membership includes approximately 400 private sector television and radio stations and several specialty services from across Canada. The CBSC received formal endorsement from the CRTC in 1991. To date over 80 decisions have been released by the CBSC, most of which are available, together with our codes and other relevant information, on the world wide web at .

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Ottawa, September 4,1997 — “Today's statement by B.Q. Leader Gilles Duceppe to the effect that the Bloc will be bringing pressure on the Government to create a code of ethics for Canada's private broadcasters is totally unnecessary,” stated Ron Cohen, National Chair of the Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council (CBSC). “The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council is already dealing with the numerous complaints it has received, primarily from Quebecers, dealing with the Howard Stern show.”

Mr. Cohen's letter advised Mr. Duceppe that such a code already exists and is vigorously applied by the CBSC in the area of human rights. He also pointed out that the CBSC has already rendered a substantial number of decisions dealing with human rights pursuant to that very Code of Ethics and that the Quebec Regional Council will deal with this issue with the same energy and determination which the CBSC has brought to its previous decisions.

The CBSC is the self-regulatory body created in 1990 by private broadcasters to respond to complaints and administer industry standards on ethics, journalistic practices, gender portrayal and television violence. The Council received the formal endorsement of the CRTC in 1991. Nearly 400 radio and television stations from across Canada are members of the Council.

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All CBSC decisions, Codes, links to members' and other web sites, and related information are available on the CBSC's website at www.cbsc.ca. For more information, please contact the CBSC National Chair, Mme Andrée Noël CBSC Executive Director, John MacNab