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Decision

Ottawa, 19 July 1989
Decision CRTC 89-478
Nor-Net Communications Ltd.
(formerly 332540 British Columbia Ltd.)High Prairie, Alberta - 890416100
Following a Public Hearing in Winnipeg on 16 May 1989, the Commission approves the application for a licence for an English-language AM radio broadcasting transmitting undertaking at High Prairie on the frequency 1020 kHz, with a transmitter power of 1,000 watts (day-time) and 400 watts (night-time) to rebroadcast the programs of CFOK Westlock, Alberta and to broadcast 24 hours per week of local programming from studios located at High Prairie.
The Commission will issue a licence expiring 31 August 1991, subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued. This term will enable the Commission to consider the renewal of this licence at the same time as that of other radio stations in the area.
In assessing this application, the Commission has considered an intervention received from the Peace River Broadcasting Corporation, licensee of CKYL Peace River, opposing the application on the grounds that the economic base of High Prairie could not support two AM licensees and that the proposed station would cause undue harm to the existing station. In reply, the licensee stated that unlike CKYL, which is located in Peace River some 130 km from High Prairie, the new station would provide a much-needed local service and that, in order to best serve High Prairie, two full-time employees will reside in the area.
The Commission is satisfied that the licensee has adequately responded to the intervener's concerns and that approval of the application is in the public interest.
With respect to the development of Canadian talent, the Commission notes that the licensee will allocate $500 in direct expenditures for the on-air promotion of Canadian artists and that the applicant intends to broadcast occasionally from the local cultural center. The Commission reaffirms the particular importance it attaches to the development of Canadian talent and encourages the licensee to continue its efforts in this regard during the new licence term.
It is a condition of licence that the applicant adhere to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' (CAB) self-regulatory guidelines on sex-role stereotyping, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
It is also a condition of licence that the applicant adhere to the provisions of the CAB's Broadcast Code for Advertising to Children, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission. It is a condition of this licence that construction of this undertaking be completed and that it be in operation within twelve months of the date of this decision or, where the applicant applies to the Commission within this period and satisfies the Commission that it cannot complete implementation before the expiry of this twelve-month period and that an extension of this period is in the public interest, within such further period of time as is approved in writing by the Commission.
Fernand Bélisle
Secretary General