Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-470

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Ottawa, 21 October 2015

Notice of hearing

17 December 2015
Gatineau, Quebec

Deadline for submission of interventions/comments/answers: 20 November 2015

[Submit an intervention/comment/answer or view related documents]

The Commission will hold a hearing on 17 December 2015 at 11 a.m., at the Commission Headquarters, 1 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, Quebec. The Commission intends to consider the following applications, subject to interventions, without the appearance of the parties:

Applicant/Licensee and Locality

  1. Anthem Media Sports & Entertainment Corp., on behalf of Fantasy Sports Media Group Inc.
    Across Canada
    Application 2015-0981-1
  2. Sivanesarajah Kandiah, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated
    St. Catharines, Ontario
    Application 2015-0091-8
  3. Said Afrajy, on behalf of a not-for-profit corporation to be incorporated
    Mississauga, Ontario
    Application 2015-0476-2
  4. Sugar Cane Community Diversity Association
    Williams Lake, British Columbia
    Application 2015-1064-4

1. Anthem Media Sports & Entertainment Corp., on behalf of Fantasy Sports Media Group Inc.
Across Canada
Application 2015-0981-1

Application by Anthem Media Sports & Entertainment Corp., on behalf of Fantasy Sports Media Group Inc. (Fantasy Media), for authority to acquire from Fight Media Inc., as part of a corporate reorganization, the assets of the national specialty Category B service FNTSY Sports Network (formerly known as The League – Fantasy Sports TV).

Fantasy Media is also requesting a new broadcasting licence to continue the operation of the undertaking under the same terms and conditions as those in effect under the current licence.

Fantasy Media is owned by Anthem Media (80%) and various minority non-Canadian shareholder, and is controlled by Mr. Leonard Asper.

Following completion of the transaction, Fantasy Media would become the licensee of FNTSY Sports Network.

The above transaction would not affect the effective control of the undertaking, which would continue to be exercised by Mr. Asper.

Applicant’s address:

171 East Liberty Street, Suite 230
Toronto, Ontario
M6K 3P6
Fax: 647-727-0983
Email: anthony@fightnetwork.com
Email to request electronic version of application: anthony@fightnetwork.com

2. Sivanesarajah Kandiah, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated
St. Catharines, Ontario
Application 2015-0091-8

Application by Sivanesarajah Kandiah, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated,for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language commercial AMradio station in St. Catharines.

The proposed station would operate at 1220 kHz with a daytime and night-time transmitter power of 10,000 watts.

The applicant proposes a classic hits music format.

The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least twenty days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

Applicant’s address:

5823 Ferry Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario
L2G 1S8
Fax: 416-298-4664
Email: sivakandiah@royalbrokers.com  
Email to request electronic version of application: ddancy@cogeco.ca

3. Said Afrajy, on behalf of a not-for-profit corporation to be incorporated Mississauga, Ontario
Application 2015-0476-2

Application by Said Afrajy, on behalf of a not-for-profit corporation to be incorporated, for a broadcasting licence to operate a developmental communityAM radio station in Mississauga.

The proposed station would operate at 1110 kHz with a daytime and night-time transmitter power of 5 watts.

As an exception to the Campus and community radio policy, the applicant is requesting permission to provide more than 40% third-language programming.

The applicant proposes to serve primarily the Arabic community in the Arabic-language (81 hours per broadcast week), but also proposes programming in French (31 hours per broadcast week) and English (14 hours per broadcast week).

The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least twenty days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

Applicant’s address:

1520 Waters Edge Road
Mississauga, Ontario
L9R 0A5
Email: frogers@bell.net
Website to view application: www.CFHR.com
Email to request electronic version of application: frogers@bell.net

4. Sugar Cane Community Diversity Association
Williams Lake, British Columbia
Application 2015-1064-4

Application by Sugar Cane Community Diversity Association for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language, very low-power Type B Native FM radio station in Williams Lake.
Sugar Cane Community Diversity Association is controlled by its board of directors.

The proposed station would operate at 100.7 MHz (channel 264VLP) with an effective radiated power of 5 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of -68.8 metres).

The applicant proposes to broadcast 126 hours of local programming per broadcast week, of which approximately 14 hours would be devoted to spoken-word programming and 112 hours to musical content.

The applicant states that 5 hours of each broadcast week would be devoted to Aboriginal-language programming (Secwepemc), with the remaining devoted to English-language programming.

The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least twenty days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

Applicant’s address:

2672 Indian Drive
Williams Lake, British Columbia
V2G 5K9
Telephone: 250-296-3507 (ext 117)
Fax: 250-296-4217
Email: heather.mckenzie@williamslakeband.ca
Email to request electronic version of application: heather.mckenzie@williamslakeband.ca

Procedure

Deadline for interventions, comments or answers

20 November 2015

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure (the Rules of Procedure) apply to the present proceeding. The Rules of Procedure set out, among other things, the rules for content, format, filing and service of interventions, replies, answers of respondents and requests for information; the procedure for filing confidential information and requesting its disclosure; and the conduct of public hearings.

Accordingly, the procedure set out below must be read in conjunction with the Rules of Procedure and its accompanying documents, which can be found on the Commission’s website under “Statutes and Regulations.” Guidelines on the CRTC Rules of Practice and Procedure, Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-959, 23 December 2010, provides information to help interested persons and parties understand the Rules of Procedure so that they can more effectively participate in Commission proceedings.

An intervention or an answer from a respondent must be filed with the Commission and served on the applicant on or before the above-mentioned date. An answer from a respondent must also be served on any other respondent.

Interventions and answers must clearly identify the application referred to and indicate whether parties support or oppose the application, or, if they propose changes to it, include the facts and grounds for their proposal.

Parties are permitted to coordinate, organize, and file, in a single submission, interventions by other interested persons who share their position. Information on how to file this type of submission, known as a joint supporting intervention, as well as a template for the covering letter to be filed by the parties, can be found in Changes to certain practices for filing interventions – Expansion of filing practices to include the filing of joint supporting comments for broadcasting policy proceedings, Broadcasting Information Bulletin CRTC 2010-28-1, 10 December 2010.

The Commission encourages interested persons and parties to monitor the record of the proceeding, available on the Commission’s website, for additional information that they may find useful when preparing their submissions.

Submissions longer than five pages should include a summary. Each paragraph of all submissions should be numbered, and the line ***End of document*** should follow the last paragraph. This will help the Commission verify that the document has not been damaged during electronic transmission.

Pursuant to Filing submissions for Commission proceedings in accessible formats, Broadcasting and Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2015-242, 8 June 2015, the Commission expects incorporated entities and associations, and encourages all Canadians, to file submissions for Commission proceedings in accessible formats (for example, text-based file formats that allow text to be enlarged or modified, or read by screen readers). To provide assistance in this regard, the Commission has posted on its website guidelines for preparing documents in accessible formats.

Submissions must be filed by sending them to the Secretary General of the Commission using only one of the following means:

by completing the
[Intervention/comment/answer form]

or

by mail to
CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2

or

by fax at
819-994-0218

A true copy of each intervention or answer from a respondent must be sent to the applicant and, in the case of a respondent to an application, to any other respondent.

Parties who send documents electronically must ensure that they will be able to prove, upon Commission request, that service/filing of a particular document was completed. Accordingly, parties must keep proof of the sending and receipt of each document for 180 days after the date on which the document is filed. The Commission advises parties who file and serve documents by electronic means to exercise caution when using email for the service of documents, as it may be difficult to establish that service has occurred.

In accordance with the Rules of Procedure, a document must be received by the Commission and all relevant parties by 5 p.m. Vancouver time (8 p.m. Ottawa time) on the date it is due. Parties are responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of their submissions and will not be notified if their submissions are received after the deadline. Late submissions, including those due to postal delays, will not be considered by the Commission and will not be made part of the public record.

The Commission will not formally acknowledge submissions. It will, however, fully consider all submissions, which will form part of the public record of the proceeding, provided that the procedure for filing set out above has been followed.

In the event that an application to be considered during the non-appearing phase of the hearing is brought to an oral phase of the hearing, and if parties wish to appear, they must provide reasons why their written interventions or answers are not sufficient and why an appearance is necessary. Parties requiring communication support must state their request on the first page of their intervention. Only those parties whose requests to appear have been granted will be contacted by the Commission and invited to appear at the public hearing.

Persons requiring communications support such as assistance listening devices and sign language interpretation are requested to inform the Commission at least twenty (20) days before the commencement of the public hearing so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

Important notice

All information that parties provide as part of this public process, except information designated confidential, whether sent by postal mail, facsimile, email or through the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca, becomes part of a publicly accessible file and will be posted on the Commission’s website. This information includes personal information, such as full names, email addresses, postal/street addresses, telephone and facsimile numbers, etc.

The personal information that parties provide will be used and may be disclosed for the purpose for which the information was obtained or compiled by the Commission, or for a use consistent with that purpose.

Documents received electronically or otherwise will be put on the Commission’s website in their entirety exactly as received, including any personal information contained therein, in the official language and format in which they are received. Documents not received electronically will be available in PDF format.

The information that parties provide to the Commission as part of this public process is entered into an unsearchable database dedicated to this specific public process. This database is accessible only from the web page of this particular public process. As a result, a general search of the Commission’s website with the help of either its own search engine or a third-party search engine will not provide access to the information that was provided as part of this public process.

Availability of documents

Electronic versions of the applications are available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca by selecting the application number within this notice. They are also available from the applicants, either on their websites or upon request by contacting the applicants at their email addresses, provided above.

Electronic versions of the interventions and answers, as well as of other documents referred to in this notice, are available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca by visiting the “Participate” section, selecting “Submit Ideas and Comments,” and then selecting “our open processes.” Documents can then be accessed by clicking on the links in the “Subject” and “Related Documents” columns associated with this particular notice.

Documents are also available from Commission offices, upon request, during normal business hours.

Location of Commission offices

Toll-free telephone: 1-877-249-2782
Toll-free TDD: 1-877-909-2782

Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
Central Building
1 Promenade du Portage, Room 206
Gatineau, Quebec
J8X 4B1
Tel.: 819-997-2429
Fax: 819-994-0218

Regional offices

Nova Scotia

Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road
Suite 1410
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3A 4S5
Tel.: 902-426-7997
Fax: 902-426-2721

Quebec

505 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West
Suite 205
Montréal, Quebec
H3A 3C2
Tel.: 514-283-6607

Ontario

55 St. Clair Avenue East
Suite 624
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 1M2
Tel.: 416-952-9096

Manitoba

360 Main Street
Suite 970
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 3Z3
Tel.: 204-983-6306
Fax: 204-983-6317

Saskatchewan

403 – 1975 Scarth Street
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 2H1
Tel.: 306-780-3422
Fax: 306-780-3319

Alberta

200 – 4th Avenue South-East
Suite 574
Calgary, Alberta
T2G 4X3
Tel.: 403-292-6660
Fax: 403-292-6686

British Columbia

858 Beatty Street
Suite 290
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 1C1
Tel.: 604-666-2111
Fax: 604-666-8322

Secretary General

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