Cross-Canada Shortlist Announced for Tuned-In Canada

Quispamsis (NB), April 10, 2018 - The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) is pleased to announce the shortlisted nominees for our Tuned-In Canada Awards - a nationwide, annual competition designed to shine a spotlight on the great work performed by independent local providers of internet, television and telephone services across Canada.

“This year’s collection of nominations came from members in more communities than ever before,” said Jay Thomson, CEO of the CCSA. “We also introduced some new categories, which have allowed us to capture even more stories about their great efforts to connect Canadians from coast to coast.”

“Each nomination represents a story that we can share with decision makers and stakeholders in our government and regulatory environments,” continued Thomson. “These stories demonstrate the important role independent communications providers play in Canada and the positive impact they have on their communities.”

Judges Matt Polka (President and CEO of the American Cable Association), Suzanne Lamarre (Lawyer at Therrien Couture and former CRTC Commissioner), and Greg O’Brien (President of FindTV, and editor/publisher of CARTT.CA), have completed their work and the shortlisted nominees will be published on the contest website for nationwide voting on April 30, 2018.
 
The shortlisted nominees are:

Best content: community channel programming CRRS (NL) - Cain's Quest Coverage
Novus Entertainment (BC) - Dumpling King
VCTV (BC) - Valemount Fentanyl Forum
Westman Communications Group (MB) - Swan River Curling
Best people: on-camera community channel personality CityWest (BC) - Charlie Meek
Novus Entertainment (BC) - Kristine Wilson
Seaside Communications (NS) - Lynn Rosta
VCTV (BC) - Jennifer Robinson
Best people: celebrating your office hero Cable Cable (ON) - Kevin Marr
Logan Lake TV Society (BC) - David Young
Sayward Valley Communications (BC) - Ian Clark
South Island Cable (BC) - Andrew Hofmann
Best story: making your community stronger Gosfield North Communications (ON) - Connecting Migrant Workers
Olds Fibre Ltd. (AB) - Driven By Our Community
Seaside Communications (NS) - Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
Westman Communications Group (MB) - Connecting Rural Communities
Best photo: what does connecting Canada mean to your company? Cable Cable (ON) - Fibre infrastructure
CityWest (BC) - Going the Extra Mile
Lytton Area Wireless (BC) - Off Grid Tower
Westman Communications Group (MB) - Connecting the Prairies

“We hope Canada will support their local nominees by casting vote,” said Thomson. “It will be an exciting competition, so stay tuned.”

Winners will receive $1,000 to donate to a community charity of their choice.

ABOUT THE CCSA:
The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) represents more than 110 Independent companies providing internet, TV & telephone services across Canada. Those companies serve hundreds of thousands of customers in communities generally outside urban markets, from coast to coast to coast. They include community cooperatives, family businesses, municipalities and companies owned by Indigenous Peoples. They connect hundreds of thousands of Canadians who otherwise might not have access to these critical communications services.

For more information, please contact:
Cheryl Mangusso
Manager, Communications
CCSA
Phone: (506) 849-1334 ext. 217
Email: cmangusso@ccsa.cable.ca
Website: www.ccsa.cable.ca