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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-156

  Ottawa, 23 April 2004
  3077457 Nova Scotia Limited
St. Stephen, New Brunswick
  Application 2003-0626-8
Public Hearing at Halifax, Nova Scotia
1 March 2004

Low-power tourist information service


The Commission approves the application by 3077457 Nova Scotia Limited for a broadcasting licence to operate a low-power English-language FM radio programming undertaking to provide a tourist information service in St. Stephen, New Brunswick.


3077457 Nova Scotia Limited is directly owned by Jack McGaw (50%) and indirectly by Robert Stapells (50%).


The station will operate on a year-round basis. It will broadcast regularly updated 30- minute pre-recorded messages informing travellers approaching the Canada-US border of current border regulations and wait times, weather and highway safety conditions as well as attractions and services in the St. Stephen area.


The station will operate at 96.5 MHz (channel 243LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts.


The Commission received seven interventions in support of 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.


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


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 before 23 April 2006. 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.
  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:

Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-156


Conditions of licence

  1. The licensee shall use the station solely for the purpose of providing pre-recorded messages relating to local and provincial safety conditions, current border crossing regulations and wait times, tourist attractions, events and community activities.
  2. The licensee shall not broadcast more than six minutes of advertising material per clock hour.
  3. The licensee shall not broadcast musical selections, except as incidental background music.

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