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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Algonquin Park, Ontario
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
29 September 2003
New English- and French-language FM radio station in Algonquin Park
The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), on behalf of Environment Canada, for an English- and French-language FM radio programming undertaking to provide a weather and environmental information service in Algonquin Park, Ontario.
The station will broadcast, on a year-round basis, identical English- and French-language programming that will consist of pre-recorded messages informing campers, canoeists and hikers of weather conditions in this popular tourist destination.
The station will operate at 103.7 MHz (channel 279A1) with an effective radiated power of 115 watts.
The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
The licence will expire 31 August 2010 and will be subject to the conditions set out in the appendix to this decision.
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.
The Commission reminds the applicant 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.
Furthermore, the licence for this undertaking will be issued once the applicant 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 before13 November 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.
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.
Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-556
Conditions of licence
1. The licensee must use the station solely for the purpose of providing weather and environmental information provided by the Environment Canada.
2. The licensee shall not broadcast any advertising material.
3. The licensee shall not broadcast musical selections, except as incidental background music.
4. The Environment Canada shall install, maintain and operate the transmitter on behalf of the CBC.