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Ottawa, 24 September 1997
Decision CRTC 97-558
Liard First Nation FM Society
Acquisition of assets and addition of a transmitter
1. Following a Public Hearing in the National Capital Region beginning on 15 July 1997, the Commission approves the application for authority to acquire the assets of the radio programming undertaking CHWA-FM Watson Lake from Liard Broadcasting Society, and for a broadcasting licence to continue the operation of this undertaking.
2. The Commission will issue a licence to Liard First Nation FM Society, expiring 31 August 2003, upon surrender of the current licence. The licence will be subject to the same conditions as those in effect under the current licence, as well as to any other condition in the licence to be issued.
3. The licence term granted herein, while less than the maximum of seven years permitted under the Broadcasting Act, will enable the Commission to consider the renewal of this licence in accordance with the Commission's regional plan and to better distribute the workload within the Commission.
4. The Commission also approves the applicant's proposal to amend the licence for CHWA-FM by adding a transmitter at Upper Liard, operating on the frequency 99.9 MHz, channel 260VLP, with an effective radiated power of 1 watt.
5. The Commission notes that the applicant is currently operating CHWA-FM.
6. The authority with respect to the transmitter at Upper Liard will only be effective and the licence will only be amended at such time as the construction of the transmitter 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 periods of time as are approved in writing by the Commission, the licence will not be amended. 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.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General
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