I can comment in an informed manner only from the point of view of the community sector. The 2008 diversity of voices hearing occurred before the most recent mega-mergers—before Bell bought CTV, before Shaw bought Global. We are, as you heard from Professor Winseck, in a much more media-concentrated environment, even more now than we were then, when it was of concern to the CRTC.
From the point of view of the community media sector, it's meant to be like a grassroots safety valve of last resort in a democracy. For example, when nobody would report in an unbiased way on Stephen Harper as a young Reformer in the west, he was on community media in Calgary when I was the volunteer coordinator there. When Elizabeth May can't get on a big platform, she can go to community media.
It's extremely important in a really media-concentrated environment. That's when you need community media the most, to provide a diversity of voices and an ability...even for professional journalists. We had a town hall in Toronto last year to talk about having a community media platform in Toronto. To our surprise, in addition to the usual suspects, so to speak—minority groups, the disabled, and Ethiopians who came and said that they're not seen on mainstream media—half the room was full of professional broadcasters who said, “We just want our voices to get out anywhere. We can't even have our documentaries seen anywhere if we have an important topic. And we can't find training.” As Nathalie was saying, it's very difficult. At the CBC you're not allowed to touch an audio cable if you're an editor. It's hard to get those skills.
For all those reasons, community media is the place where we can make sure, at least at the grassroots, there's a diversity of voices. That then percolates up and serves as a creative underpinning for our professional production industry.
So yes, we think it needs an update. Community media has a big role to play there.