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Ottawa, 31 July 1984
Decision CRTC 84-625
Radio Communautaire FM de la Haute-Gatineau Inc. Maniwaki, Quebec
Communications Communautaires des Portages Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec Radio Communautaire du Bas St-LaurentRimouski, Quebec
In Decisions CRTC 84-300, 84-301 and 84-302 dated 29 March 1984, the Commission approved the applications by the three licensees noted above to replace their conditions of licence pertaining to the broadcasting of restricted advertising with the revised condition of licence described in the Policy statement on the Review of Radio dated 3 March 1983 (Public Notice CRTC 1983-43). The Commission denied, however, the applications by the Rivière-du-Loup and Rimouski licensees to increase the amount of restricted advertising broadcast at certain times of the day. As well, the Commission noted several contraventions by the three licensees of their conditions of licence pertaining to restricted advertising, and stated its intention to review the matter further at the time of licence renewal.
In the same decisions, the Commission recognized the financial difficulties experienced by some community radio stations, and noted that there had been a gradual movement by these stations in recent years towards greater commercialization. It stated that such a trend was contrary to the mandate extended to community radio stations and could affect, either directly or indirectly, their community nature and the balance of broadcasting services available in their markets. The Commission concluded by stating that it would review the situation within the broader context of a Public Hearing on the nature, role and regulation of community radio in Canada.
Accordingly, in a Public Notice issued today the Commission has announced that it plans to hold, at an early date, a series of consultative meetings with community and student broadcasters, private broadcasters, and their respective associations, to examine the various aspects of the current situation. Following these meetings, a Public Hearing will be held in 1985 at which the Commission will consider the applications for licence renewal of most of the community stations in Quebec.
In light of the above, the Commission hereby renews the licences of CHGA-MF Maniwaki, CION-FM Rivière-du-Loup and CKLE-FM Rimouski for a period of six months, from 1 October 1984 to 31 March 1985, subject to the same conditions contained in the current licences. This period will enable the licensees of the stations in Maniwaki, Rivière-du-Loup and Rimouski, to participate productively in the consultations. It will also allow the Commission to examine to what extent the requirements and commitments set out in Decisions CRTC 84-300, 84-301 and 84-302 have been met.
The Commission reminds the licensees that it can only undertake a satisfactory assessment of their specific circumstances if and when the broadcasting undertakings are operated in compliance with the requirements of Decisions CRTC 84-300, 84-301 and 84-302, as well as with their conditions of licence, their Promises of Performance, and with the Commission's policies and regulations. The Commission also cautions the licensees that any failure on their part to comply may compromise the subsequent renewal of their licences.
Fernand Bélisle Secretary General

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