Marginal note:Deadline for filing reply
27 (1) The applicant may file a reply to an answer or to the document of an intervener with the Commission within 10 days after the deadline for the filing of the answer or the deadline for intervening in the proceeding, as the case may be, or, if a notice of consultation is posted by the Commission on its website, within the time period set out in the notice.
Marginal note:Form and content of reply
(2) The reply must
(a) be restricted to the points raised in the answer or the document;
(b) admit or deny the facts alleged in the answer or the document;
(c) state the grounds of objection or opposition, if any, to points raised in the answer or the document;
(d) be accompanied by a list of the persons on whom the reply is served and the email address of each, if any; and
(e) be served on the respondents and the interveners to whom the applicant is replying and any other persons that the Commission directs.
Request for Information or Documents
Marginal note:Requirement for information and representations
Marginal note:Authority to represent other person
(2) The Commission may also require the representative of a person to file with it evidence of their authority to represent the person.
Marginal note:Request for documents
29 (1) A party may request in writing that any other party produce for the requesting party’s inspection a copy of any document that has been referred to in a document that the other party has filed with the Commission and permit the requesting party to make copies of it.
Marginal note:Filing and service of request
(2) The requesting party must file its request with the Commission and serve it on the other party.
Marginal note:Failure to produce document
(3) A party that fails to produce a copy of the document within 10 days after the day on which the request is filed must not rely on the document.
Marginal note:Electronic version or link
(4) In order to comply with the request, the party may produce an electronic version of the document or provide an electronic link to the document, where it may be accessed free of charge.
Marginal note:Documents public
30 In broadcasting matters, the Commission must make available for public inspection any information submitted to the Commission in the course of proceedings before it to the extent that the information is not designated as confidential.
Note: Section 38 of the Telecommunications Act provides for the same rule in relation to telecommunications matters.
Marginal note:Designation subject to filing
Note: Subsection 39(1) of the Telecommunications Act provides for the same rule in relation to telecommunications matters.
Marginal note:Timing of designation
(2) The party must make the designation at the time that they file the document that contains the information.
Marginal note:Reasons for designation
32 (1) The party that designates information as confidential must provide reasons, as well as any supporting documents, why the disclosure of the information would not be in the public interest, including why the specific direct harm that would be likely to result from the disclosure would outweigh the public interest.
Marginal note:Abridged version
(2) The party must either file with the Commission an abridged version, intended to be made available to the public, of the document that contains the information or provide reasons, as well as any supporting documents, why an abridged version cannot be filed.
Marginal note:Request for disclosure
33 (1) A party that files a request with the Commission for the disclosure of information that has been designated as confidential must provide reasons, as well as any supporting documents, why the disclosure would be in the public interest, including how the information is relevant to the Commission’s regulatory responsibilities.
(2) The requesting party must serve the request on the author of the designation.
(3) The author of the designation may file a reply with the Commission within 10 days after the day on which the request is filed, and must serve the reply on the requesting party.
Marginal note:Reply to request from Commission
(4) If the Commission requests disclosure of the information, the author of the designation may file a reply with the Commission within 10 days after the day on which they receive the request.
Marginal note:Disclosure criterion
Note: Subsection 39(4) of the Telecommunications Act provides in part for the same rule in relation to telecommunications matters.
Marginal note:Information not admissible in evidence
(2) If the author of the designation is an applicant and confirms the designation, the Commission must not disclose or require the disclosure of the information and the information is not admissible in evidence.
Rules Applicable to Public Hearings
Marginal note:Obligations of applicant
(a) no later than five days after the day on which the Commission posts the notice of consultation on its website, post the notice or an electronic link to it on a page of their own website that is accessible from the homepage of the website and keep it posted until the deadline for intervening in the proceeding; and
(b) give notice of the notice of consultation in any manner that the Commission directs, including through broadcast over the applicant’s facilities or by service to any person that the Commission directs, which notice must set out
Marginal note:Obligations of licensees and telecommunications service providers
(2) When a public hearing is held in respect of a regulatory policy, the Commission must determine, if it is in the public interest to do so, which licensees and telecommunications service providers must fulfill the obligations set out in subsection (1).
Marginal note:Notice of appearance
36 (1) No later than 10 days before the date of the commencement of the public hearing, the Commission must notify in writing any party that the Commission requests to appear before it in person or by videoconference.
Marginal note:List of persons appearing
(2) No later than seven days before the date of the commencement of the public hearing, the party must file with the Commission a list of the persons who will represent or accompany the party.
Marginal note:Preparatory conference
37 The Commission may request the parties to appear prior to a public hearing before one of its members, as defined in section 2 of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, or any other person designated by the Commission, on a day and at a time and place specified by the Commission, for the purpose of formulating the issues and considering
(a) the simplification of the issues;
(b) the necessity or desirability of amending the application, answer, intervention or reply;
(c) the making of admissions of certain facts, the proof of certain facts by affidavit or the use by a party of matters of public record;
(d) the procedure to be followed at the hearing;
(e) the mutual exchange by the parties of documents and exhibits that the parties intend to submit at the hearing; and
(f) any other matters that might aid in the simplification of the evidence and disposition of the proceedings.
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