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Decision

Ottawa, 10 February 1993
Decision CRTC 93-46
Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta
Boyer River, Bushe River, Chard, Child Lake, Desmarais, Driftpile, Fort McKay, Goodfish Lake, Kinuso, Meander River, North Tallcree, Peavine, South Tallcree, Paddle Prairie, Saddle Lake, Sturgeon Lake, Sucker Creek and Slave Lake, Alberta - 912975000 - 912976800 - 912977600 - 912978400 - 912979200 - 912980000 - 912981800 - 912983400 - 912984200 - 912985900 - 912986700 - 912987500 - 912988300 - 912989100 - 912990900 - 912992500 - 912993300 - 912991700
Pursuant to Public Notice CRTC 1992-43 dated 25 June 1992, the Commission approves the applications to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CFWE-FM Lac La Biche (the originating station), by authorizing the licensee to add transmitters at the communities noted above, each on the frequency 89.9 MHz (88.7 MHz at Slave Lake), with an effective radiated power of 10 watts.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) submitted interventions opposing the applications to add transmitters at Fort McKay, Goodfish Lake and Saddle Lake on the grounds that the channels proposed for these undertakings might interfere with existing or planned CBC operations. The Commission is satisfied with the applicant's response to the concerns raised by the CBC.
Moreover, the Commission notes the advice received from the Department of Communications (DOC) that, since the applicant would be using low-power facilities with unprotected frequencies, any of those transmitters that cause interference to the CBC's protected frequencies would have to move to another frequency. DOC also indicated that the applicant has made commitments to change the frequencies or take other remedial action should the implementation of the new transmitters cause any interference.
In the case of Boyer River, Bushe River, Child Lake, Driftpile, Goodfish Lake, Kinuso, Meander River, Peavine, Paddle Prairie, Saddle Lake, Sucker Lake and Slave Lake, the DOC has advised the Commission that the applications pertaining to these twelve communities are conditionally technically acceptable, and that Broadcasting Certificates will only be issued once it has been determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.
In accordance with subsection 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the amended licence, and the authority granted herein may only be implemented, at such time as written notification is received from the DOC that its technical requirements have been met, and that Broadcasting Certificates will be issued.
This approval is subject to the requirement that construction of the transmitting facilities be completed and that they be in operation within twelve months of the date of this decision, or, in the case of the twelve above-noted communities, within twelve months of the date of receipt of the DOC certification referred to in the preceding paragraph.
Where the licensee applies to the Commission and satisfies the Commission that it cannot complete implementation before the expiry of the stated period and that an extension is in the public interest, the authority may be implemented within such further periods of time as may be approved in writing by the Commission. Should the Commission refuse to approve an extension of time requested by the licensee, the authority granted shall lapse and become null and void upon the termination of the last approved extension period.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General