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NCRA Engages in Federal Copyright Consultation

Today the NCRA submitted a memo to the Government of Canada's public consultation on copyright. Industry Canada and Canadian Heritage launched this consultation together, asking for input into copyright act reform. The process has received thousands of submissions from industry stakeholders and individual Canadians, and our submission aims to put the needs of community-based radio stations forward as part of the copyright reform agenda.

Please see the attached document for our full submission.

Regional community radio conference - in Kingston!

This Fall, from October 16-18, CFRC-FM in Kingston will host a regional community radio conference, bringing together NCRA members, other community stations and interested members of the community to talk shop. In addition to hands-on workshops and panel discussions there will be a tour of the Communications and Electronics museum, radio yoga, local music and a radio drama performance! For more details, click the title of this post. Or register now at http://www.ncra.ca/conference/regional.pdf And watch this space for even more information coming soon.

An open letter to Redbeard

Dear Redbeard (aka Jeff Corbett), This is to express our profound thanks: You’re the first volunteer programmer in the country to respond to the NCRA’s funding needs by throwing a grassroots benefit for the association, and we greatly appreciate it. Thanks to you and 91.3 FM CJTR in Regina.

A Big Step Forward at CKLN

A new Board of Directors has been elected!

Thanks to local volunteers, and the facilitating work of two NCRA volunteers, CKLN is one giant step closer to restoring itself as Ryerson University's campus radio station, and taking back its role in supporting local arts, culture and information.

Click on the title for more information.

Summer student begins research project on preservation of indigenous languages

The NCRA is glad to welcome aboard Kiera-Dawn Kolson, a young musician and student in Yellowknife, who is working for six weeks as our summer student researcher on the preservation of indigenous languages through community radio.

CRTC review of community radio policy

The CRTC just released its Notice of Consultation for its upcoming policy review of campus and community radio.

The Commission is asking for people's suggestions on how to reform current regulations and the NCRA will be preparing an official submission representing the views of our members.

So get reading and feel free to let us know what you're thinking and any questions you may have about the process.

The hearing is on November 30 and the deadline for submitting comments is September 11, 2009.

Click on the headline for more information

Community radio in Canada raises 'The Copyright Issue'

The NCRA released a pamphlet today that is designed to educate parliament about how copyright affects community broadcasters.

Called "The Copyright Issue", the pamphet was written by new NCRA President Charlotte Bourne with colleagues from the community radio sector.

"Copyright is a looming problem for community media and is actually holding some of our stations back from typical broadcasting activities," she said, giving the example of community radio stations that don't podcast because they are fearful of retroactive tariffs.

Download The Copyright Issue at: http://www.freewebs.com/programpolicyexchange/copyrightpamphlet.pdf

A day of national First Nations programming

June 21st marks National Aboriginal Day. The first annual VOICES OF OUR NATIONS broadcast celebrates Aboriginal identity, history and culture, and is an opportunity for inter-tribal dialogue and storytelling about the on-going issues around land rights, resources, missing and murdered indigenous women, 2010 Olympics and the 120-year history of Residential schools. It is hosted by the Native Caucus of the National Community and Campus Radio Association and CKUT 90.3FM in Montreal, on Mohawk territory.

After centuries of land and resource theft, attempts at assimilation and hundreds of missing and murdered women, it is time indigenous peoples take something back. Join us as we take back the airwaves!

Winners earn their spikes -- Outstanding community radio producers celebrated

Montreal — Community radio stations across the country have been honoured for programming that ranges from a show about the effect of climate change in the North, to live music in Brandon, Manitoba to an 18-hour day of programming about Palestine that brought together participants from North America, Europe and Palestine itself.

These and 10 other categories were part of the National Campus and Community Radio Association’s annual Community Radio Awards held in Montreal last week.

National Cooperative Community News Radio Program Goes Bi-weekly

A national collective voice for community news is getting stronger this summer.

GroundWire, a national collaborative community news magazine, is a milestone in cooperation between community radio news departments, and has been running each month for more than a year. GroundWire is a project of the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA/ANREC).

A recent grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada -- itself in its first year of funding community radio projects -- makes the project possible.