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Charles Dalfen, the former head of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and a respected telecommunications lawyer, died suddenly yesterday.

The cause of Mr. Dalfen's death was unclear but, according to a spokesman for his law firm Torys LLP, his passing was "sudden and unexpected." Mr. Dalfen was believed to be 66 years old.

During his four years as chair of the CRTC between 2002 and 2006, Mr. Dalfen was known as a strong champion of Canadian content. Under his leadership, the CRTC's complex web of content and market rules faced numerous challenges from advances in new media, such as the Internet, and the rise of controversial ethnic specialty television programming such as Al-Jazeera television.

A full obituary is forthcoming.


Editor's Note: The original version of this article incorrectly reported that Mr. Dalfen was believed to be 56. This online version has been corrected.

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