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Decision
CRTC 96-43

Ottawa, 6 February 1996
Central Nova Tourist Association
Amherst, Nova Scotia - 952197200
New low-power FM radio programming undertaking
Following a Public Hearing in the National Capital Region on 30 November 1995, the Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for an English-language low-power FM radio programming undertaking at Amherst, on the frequency 90.1 MHz, channel 211LP, with an effective radiated power of 20 watts.
Subject to the requirements of this decision, the Commission will issue a licence expiring 31 August 2002. This licence will be subject to the con-ditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
The program material will consist of pre-recorded messages providing information intended to attract travellers to the Central Nova Scotia Tourist Information Centre. The service will operate 24 hours a day all year round. The applicant has indicated that no commercial messages will be broadcast.
In Public Notice CRTC 1993-95 dated 28 June 1993 and entitled "A Licensing Policy for Low-Power Radio Broadcasting", the Commission stated that the licensees of low-power radio undertakings should be subject to a condition of licence that would define their programming in such a way as to ensure that they do not change their programming and begin to offer the same service as conventional licensees, without Commission approval.
The Commission has considered the circumstances of this application and is of the view that it would be appropriate to apply the policy to it. Accordingly, it is a condition of licence that this station be used solely to broadcast pre-taped public service information for the purpose of attracting visitors to the Central Nova Scotia Tourist Information Centre. It is also a condition of licence that the service broadcast no advertising material.
This authority will only be effective and the licence will only be issued at such time as construction of the undertaking is completed and it is prepared to commence operation. If the construction is not completed 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 construction and commence operation before the expiry of this period and that an extension of time is in the public interest, within such further period of time as is approved in writing by the Commission, the licence will not be issued. The applicant is required to advise the Commission (before the expiry of the twelve-month period or any extension thereof) in writing, once it has completed construction and is prepared to commence operation.
The Department of Industry has advised the Commission that this application is conditionally technically accept-able, and that a Broadcasting Certificate will only be issued once it has been deter-mined that the proposed techni-cal parameters will not create any unac-ceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.
In accordance with subsection 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence and the authority will only be granted at such time as written notification is received from the Department of Industry that its technical requirements have been met, and that a Broadcasting Certificate will be issued.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General