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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-110

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Route reference: 2012-560

Ottawa, 8 March 2013

Fabrique de la Paroisse de Saint-Gérard
Weedon, Quebec

Application 2012-0921-3, received 1 August 2012
Public hearing in the National Capital Region
11 December 2012

Low-power religious (church) FM radio station in Weedon

1. The Commission approves the application by Fabrique de la Paroisse de Saint-Gérard for a broadcasting licence to operate a French-language low-power religious (church) FM radio programming undertaking in Weedon, Quebec. The new station will operate at 98.5 MHz (channel 253LP) with an effective radiated power of 1.2 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of -2.6 metres1). The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.

2. Fabrique de la Paroisse de Saint-Gérard is controlled by its board of directors.

3. The new station will broadcast 2.5 hours of local programming during each broadcast week. The station will provide live broadcasts of masses, weddings, funerals, baptisms and other such religious celebrations. The applicant committed to ensure that these programs or program segments comply with guidelines (i) through (iv) set out in section III.B.2.a) of Religious Broadcasting Policy, Public Notice CRTC 1993-78, 3 June 1993. A condition of licence to this effect is set out in the appendix to this decision.

Reminder

4. The Commission reminds the licensee that it must not rebroadcast the programming of another programming undertaking and that all programs that it broadcasts must adequately fulfill the needs of the community it serves.

Secretary General

*This decision is to be appended to the licence.

Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-110

Terms, conditions of licence and encouragement for the French-language low-power religious (church) FM radio programming undertaking in Weedon, Quebec

Terms

The licence will expire 31 August 2019.

The station will operate at 98.5 MHz (channel 253LP) with an effective radiated power of 1.2 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of -2.6 metres).

The Commission reminds the applicant that, pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, no licence may be issued until the Department of Industry (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 undertaking, the Commission also reminds the applicant that it will have to select another frequency if the Department so requires.

Furthermore, the Commission will only issue a licence for this undertaking 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 8 March 2015. 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.

Conditions of licence

  1. The licensee shall broadcast programs consisting exclusively of cult ceremonies, with the exception of a program or segments that it produces in order to achieve balance in the treatment of public interest topics. These programs or segments must conform to guidelines (i) through (iv) set out in section III.B.2.a) of Religious Broadcasting Policy, Public Notice CRTC 1993-78, 3 June 1993.
  2. The licensee must adhere to the guidelines on ethics for religious programming set out in section IV of Religious Broadcasting Policy, Public Notice CRTC 1993-78, 3 June 1993, regarding tolerance, integrity, social responsibility and solicitation of funds.
  3. The licensee shall not broadcast any commercial messages.

Encouragement

In accordance with Implementation of an employment equity policy, Public Notice CRTC 1992-59, 1 September 1992, the Commission encourages the licensee to consider employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.

Footnote

[1] These technical parameters reflect those approved by the Department of Industry.