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  Decision CRTC 2000-133

  Ottawa, 28 April 2000

  L'Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
– 199911540


  21 February 2000 Public Hearing
in Vancouver

  New community radio station


The Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for a French-language FM community radio programming undertaking at Yellowknife. The new station will operate on the frequency 93.3 MHz, channel 227A1, with an effective radiated power of 164 watts.


Subject to the requirements of this decision and in accordance with the Community radio policy (the policy), the Commission will issue a licence for a Type A community radio station. This licence will expire on 31 August 2006.


The Commission expects community radio, as its primary focus, to provide community access to the airwaves and to offer diverse programming that reflects the needs and interests of the community that it is licensed to serve. The programming must include music by new and local talent, music not generally broadcast by commercial stations, spoken word programming and local information.


In this regard, the Commission notes that the station will broadcast 126 hours of programming per broadcast week, with 15 hours (12%) to be produced by the station and 111 hours (88%) originating from the Réseau Francophone d'Amérique, property of L'Alliance des radios communautaires du Canada inc. authorized in Decision CRTC 98-23 dated 4 February 1998. The Commission reminds the licensee that it shall not increase or decrease its weekly broadcast time by more than 20% without the Commission's prior approval.


The licensee made the following commitments. In accordance with the requirements of the new policy, it will devote, each broadcast week, at least 15% of its programming to news and spoken word - other. In addition, the licensee committed to devote 2% of its programming to news: 0.25% to local, 0.25% to regional news and 1.5% to provincial/territorial/national news. The Commission expects the licensee to honour these commitments and to increase the level of local and regional news offered, as financial resources become available.


In Public Notice CRTC 2000-44, dated 21 March 2000, the Commission proposed amendments to the Radio Regulations, 1986 that are designed to increase the percentage of Canadian musical selections broadcast each broadcast week, from 30% to 35% for category 2 selections and from 10% to 12% for category 3 selections. The Commission notes that the licensee has committed to meet these new percentages.


The Commission expects the licensee to implement the initiatives set out in its plan for Canadian talent development.


The Commission notes that the measures proposed by the licensee to encourage the participation of volunteers meet the objectives set out in the new policy. It expects the licensee to give effect to the measures outlined in its application.
  Conditions of licence


The licence will be subject to the conditions specified in the licence to be issued. Further, as conditions of licence the licensee must:
  • devote, each broadcast week, a minimum of 20% of its musical selections to musical selections from content subcategories other than subcategory 21 (Pop, rock and dance);
  • devote, each broadcast week, a minimum of 5% of its musical selections to musical selections from content Category 3 (Special interest music);
  • adhere to the guidelines on gender portrayal set out in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' (CAB) Sex-Role Portrayal Code for Television and Radio Programming, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission;
  • 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.
  Other matters


The licence of this community station will be held by a not-for-profit organization whose structure provides for membership, management, operation and programming by members of the community at large. The Commission notes however that the board of directors is ultimately responsible for adherence to the Radio Regulations, 1986 and the station’s conditions of licence. The Commission expects the licensee to submit a complete list of the members of the board of directors indicating their citizenship, the date of their appointment to the board and a copy of the board's by-laws.


In Public Notice CRTC 1992-59 dated 1 September 1992 and entitled Implementation of an Employment Equity Policy, the Commission announced that the employment equity practices of broadcasters would be subject to examination by the Commission. It considers that campus and community radio stations should be particularly sensitive to this issue in order to reflect fully the communities they serve. It encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.


The licence will only be issued and effective when the new station is ready to begin operation. When the licensee has completed construction and is prepared to commence operation, it must advise the Commission in writing. If the station is not constructed and ready to operate within 12 months of today’s date, extensions to this time frame may be granted provided that the licensee applies in writing to the Commission before the 12-month period or any extension of that period expires.


The Department of Industry has advised the Commission that this application is conditionally technically acceptable. The Department will only issue a broadcasting certificate once it has determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.


In accordance with section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence and grant the authority to operate when it receives notification from the Department of Industry that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.


The Commission acknowledges the intervention filed in support of this application.

  Related CRTC documents

• Public Notice 2000-13 – Community radio policy

• Public Notice 2000-14 – Revised content categories and subcategories for radio

• Public Notice 2000-44 – Call for comments – Proposed regulatory amendments for the purpose of implementing certain aspects of the revised policies for campus radio and community radio, and incorporating revised content categories for radio
  Secretary General

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