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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-3

Ottawa, 7 January 2003

Care Radio Broadcasting Association
Fort Vermilion, Alberta

Application 2001-1272-2
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
3 June 2002

Community radio station in Fort Vermilion

1.

The Commission approves the application by Care Radio Broadcasting Association for a broadcasting licence to operate a low-power Type B English-language FM community radio programming undertaking in Fort Vermilion.

2.

The new station will broadcast a minimum of 126 hours of station-produced programming in each broadcast week, including an average of 88 hours in English and a minimum of 32 hours in Aboriginal languages. Initially, the station will offer programming in Cree, the principal language spoken in the broadcast area. It will broadcast local and regional news.

3.

To maintain diverse and balanced programming, the station will reflect the community's religious and spiritual needs. The licensee agreed to adhere to the guidelines on ethics for religious programming set out in Religious Broadcasting Policy, Public Notice CRTC 1993-78, 3 June 1993.

4.

The licensee stated that it will provide equal opportunities to all members of the community wishing to participate in the station's activities and provide training for volunteers.

5.

In the area of Canadian talent development, the licensee has initiated a local talent development plan designed to offer existing and upcoming artists access to the airwaves. All of the music and spoken word programming will originate within the community, providing a setting for performances by local talent.

6.

The Commission received one intervention in support of this application.

7.

The new station will operate at 92.3 MHz (channel 222LP) with an effective radiated power of 30 watts.

8.

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 Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for adherence to the Radio Regulations, 1986 and the station's conditions of licence.

9.

The licence will expire 31 August 2009 and will be subject to the conditions set out in New licence form for community radio stations, Public Notice CRTC 2000-157, 16 November 2000. It will also be subject to the following condition.

The licensee shall, by condition of licence, adhere to the guidelines on ethics for religious programming, as set out in Religious Broadcasting Policy, Public Notice CRTC 1993-78, 3 June 1993, regarding solicitation of funds and religious programming practices.

10.

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

11.

The Commission reminds the licensee that, pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, no licence may be issued until the Department notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.

12.

Given that the technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service, the Commission also reminds the licensee that it will have to select another frequency if the Department so requires.

13.

Furthermore, the licence for this undertaking will be issued once the licensee has informed the Commission in writing that it is prepared to commence operations. The undertaking must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 24 months from the date of this decision, unless a request for an extension of time is approved by the Commission before 7 January 2005. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least 60 days before this date.

14.

The Commission considers that community radio stations should be particularly sensitive to employment equity issues in order to reflect fully the communities they serve. It encourages the licensee to consider these issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.

Secretary General

This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined at the following Internet site: www.crtc.gc.ca

Date Modified: 2003-01-07