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Route reference: 2010-138

Ottawa, 11 June 2010

Nakusp Roots Music Society
Nakusp, British Columbia

Application 2010-0111-4, received 28 January 2010
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
10 May 2010

CJHQ-FM Nakusp– Acquisition of assets


1.      The Commission approves the application by Nakusp Roots Music Society for authority to acquire from Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (Alliance) the assets of the English-language low-power Type B community FM radio programming undertaking CJHQ‑FM Nakusp and for a broadcasting licence to continue the operation of the undertaking under the same terms and conditions as those set out in the current licence. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.

2.      The Commission notes that Alliance will donate its broadcasting equipment, valued approximately at $7,200, pursuant to the Letter of Understanding. The Commission does not normally require tangible benefits in transactions involving community radio stations. Therefore, the payment of tangible benefits is not required in this case.

3.      The Commission notes that in Community radio station in Nakusp, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-157, 1 August 2008 (Broadcasting Decision 2008-157), it approved the application by Alliance for a broadcasting licence to operate CJHQ-FM. Consequently, the proposed transaction would occur within the first licence term.

4.      As explained by the applicant, Alliance, the vendor, is a not‑for‑profit society that supports the development of healthy learning communities throughout the Columbia Basin. In accordance with this mandate, Alliance promotes and develops work in the Columbia Basin to enhance literacy through fully accessible programs and services. However, Alliance has had only limited resources and staff to manage the radio station since its inception. In 2008, the only staff person Alliance assigned to manage the station left her employment and no other staff at that organization expressed an interest in the position. Alliance then requested that the Nakusp Roots Music Society step in and purchase the station. The purchaser is prepared to offer the dedication and support necessary to enable the station to continue to grow, including training, professional support and volunteer recruitment.

5.      The Commission notes that the acquisition of assets involves two not‑for‑profit corporations and that the purchaser and the vendor are pursuing the same intents and mandate for the station. In view of this, the Commission considers that the licensing process will not be compromised by this transaction and that the public interest will continue to be served. 

6.      Upon surrender of the current licence issued to Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy the Commission will issue a new broadcasting licence to Nakusp Roots Music Society. The new licence will expire 31 August 2015, the current licence expiry date, and will be subject to the same terms and conditions of licence as those set out in the current licence, as stipulated in Broadcasting Decision 2008-157.

7.      The Commission reminds the applicant that it must file an executed copy of its amended by-laws by 13 June 2011.

Employment equity

8.    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.

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