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 www.cbsc.ca.
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