On February 26, 2009, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”) approved an application for a French-language specialty programming service that would be dedicated to the broadcast of obituary notices, notices of hospitalization and messages of thanks and prayers. The channel, called “Je me souviens”, will also air documentaries on the life of popular or important individuals.

According to a Montreal Gazette report, the station plans to go to air this summer. If it is successfully, the promoter plans to launch an English language channel for the rest of Canada.

The channel will be able to air national ads. The channel will also raise money by charging a fee, as yet undisclosed, for airing the obituaries.

Gerald Dominique, the promoter, says that his channel will give family and friends an opportunity to broadcast more information about their deceased loved ones: more than what can be published in a standard death notice. “My goal is that no death goes unnoticed.”

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Paul Trudelle