Canada’s Transition to Digital Television Team wins Public Service Award of Excellence

Source: Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Source: Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Dear Minister Moore,

I see that your Digital Television Transition team has received a Public Service Award of Excellence for their work on Canada’s transition.

Having spoken with members of your DTV team last year, I agree that they tried their best with the limited resources made available to them to assist citizens with the transition.

It’s also interesting to hear that 210,000 Canadians accessed your DTV website and that thousands phoned your toll free DTV hotline. I hope you release more data related to visits to your website and calls to your hotline.

The thing is, it seems a tad early to bestow such an important award on your team.

Canada’s DTV transition is far from over.

Here are just a few items/issues still on the DTV To Do list:

  • CBC/Radio-Canada upgrading its television transmitters in all mandatory digital markets.
  • CBC/Radio-Canada shutting down its analogue television transmitters across Canada
  • TVO shutting down its analogue television transmitters in non-mandatory digital markets in Ontario.
  • Shaw upgrading all of Global TV’s analogue transmitters to digital.

I’m all for awarding public servants for a job well done but I think in the case of your DTV transition team there is still plenty of work ahead.

Best,

Steven

p.s. Thanks to Dad for bringing this announcement to my attention.

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