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View Rathika Sitsabaiesan Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for being here.
I am going to read a quote from a letter that I think has already been mentioned. It was signed by the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, the National Congress of Italian-Canadians, the Canadian Ethnocultural Council, the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, the Urban Alliance on Race Relations past president, Ryerson University, and the Yee Hong foundation. A lot of these organizations and their members are represented in my constituency, and are very concerned about cuts.
View Rathika Sitsabaiesan Profile
NDP (ON)
Their letter states as follows:
On the 7th day of May—Asian Heritage Month—...Rogers announced the elimination of all newscasts on its OMNI TV stations. For over 30 years OMNI TV has played a vital and essential role in reflecting and connecting Canada’s culturally diverse and multilingual communities. OMNI TV news programming creates a voice for Canada’s ethnocultural communities to challenge social injustices; it provides programming that pertains to their needs; and more importantly it gives these communities information that the mainstream media does not provide.
From what we've learned, this decision was made without consultation of community members and leaders, who have watched and benefited from OMNI TV for decades. In my opinion, and I know in the opinion of many who have written to me specifically, Rogers has abandoned the spirit of OMNI TV's licence by eliminating the local Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, and Italian news programming. We feel it's systematically dismantling OMNI's ability to meaningfully serve the multilingual audiences.
I know you said, Mr. Pelley, that you have a fiduciary responsibility to your shareholders. That means, quarter over quarter, trying to turn a profit. Your vice-presidents, in a conversation I had with them before, mentioned that not really much has changed: we still have services or programming in the same languages, it's just a pop-culture, news-ish kind of conversation show that's happening now.
But that's not what the communities are looking for. We know that well over a million people rely on OMNI for the news they're receiving on what is happening in this country. You may say that it's not making money....
Well, let me hear what you have to say. What is it you can say about the seniors and many people in my community in Scarborough who rely on the Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, and Italian to get news—not just current events conversation but news on what's happening in our country—in their language?
View Rathika Sitsabaiesan Profile
NDP (ON)
I'm glad you brought up advertisers. I'm sorry to cut you off, but I don't have a lot of time.
View Rathika Sitsabaiesan Profile
NDP (ON)
My understanding from the local businesses in these language communities is that they haven't really been courted by OMNI. You're saying that you don't have the advertising revenue coming in from the communities, the Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, or Italian communities, and yet I'm speaking with local chambers of commerce and individual entrepreneurs and they're saying that they really haven't been courted.
View Rathika Sitsabaiesan Profile
NDP (ON)
Maybe that's something to bring up with your advertising department.
View Rathika Sitsabaiesan Profile
NDP (ON)
I tend to disagree with your disagreement because I'm speaking with people on the ground and this is what they're telling me. It is what it is and I'm sure my 15 seconds are up now. Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Rathika Sitsabaiesan Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you to everyone.
Madame Bissonnette, I have to disagree for a second with a comment you made that classical ballet cannot be the foundation for all professional dancers. Being a professional classical Indian dancer, I never had ballet training for a day of my life. I saw Madam Maboungou's face when you made that comment, and I'm sure we all have different avenues of classical training before we can get to.... But that's not my question at all. No worries.
My question is about supporting our artists domestically. I've heard all of you mention the importance of developing our domestic talent. I'd like to ask all of you about the benefits of implementing partnerships with schools. Just like sports are integrated right into our curriculum across the country in our schools, what would you say are the benefits of broadening the interest for young people by integrating dance into our school system?
Ms. Molnar, do you want to go first?
View Rathika Sitsabaiesan Profile
NDP (ON)
I spent over eight hours every weekend dancing, every weekend for at least eight hours.
Do you have anything else to add?
View Rathika Sitsabaiesan Profile
NDP (ON)
It has been. Thank you.
Ms. Molnar, did you say the U.K. produced a report before they made those changes?
They did. Okay.
View Rathika Sitsabaiesan Profile
NDP (ON)
Great. Thank you.
I have a quick question. Ms. Molnar, you mentioned, and I think Madam Maboungou you also might have mentioned, about moving productions globally.
Is our government currently doing enough to help establish international partnerships so you can grow our productions internationally?
View Rathika Sitsabaiesan Profile
NDP (ON)
We have 30 seconds left.
View Rathika Sitsabaiesan Profile
NDP (ON)
Ms. Molnar, what changes would help?
View Rathika Sitsabaiesan Profile
NDP (ON)
First of all, I want to apologize to Madame Bissonnette if I cut you off earlier because I only had two and a half minutes then, and now I have two minutes again. Did you want to finish what you were saying?
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