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Ottawa, 12 June 1996
Decision CRTC 96-221
Sorel-O-Vision inc.
Sorel and surrounding areas, Tracy and surrounding areas, Saint-Joseph-de-Sorel, Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel, Saint-Pierre-de-Sorel, Saint-Robert and Sainte-Victoire-de-Sorel, Quebec - 951912500
Licence renewal
Following Public Notice CRTC 1996-13 dated 19 January 1996, the Commission renews the Class 1 licence held by Sorel-O-Vision inc., for the cable distribution undertaking serving the above-noted localities, from 1 September 1996 to 31 August 2001.
The licence term granted herein, while less than the maximum of seven years permitted by the Broadcasting Act, will enable the Commission to consider the next licence renewal of this undertaking in accordance with the Commission's regional plan and to better distribute the workload within the Commission. The term is not reflective of any Commission concern regarding the licensee's performance.
The operation of this undertaking is regulated pursuant to Parts I, II and IV of the Cable Television Regulations, 1986 (the regulations) and the licence will be subject to the conditions in effect under the current licence, as well as to those conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
In addition to the services required or authorized to be distributed pursuant to the applicable sections of the regulations, the licensee is authorized to continue to distribute, at its option, WETK-TV Burlington, Vermont, a second PBS network signal, received over the air, on a discretionary basis.
Consistent with Decision CRTC 91-263 dated 26 April 1991, the licensee is relieved, by condition of licence, of the requirement of section 12 of the regulations to distribute the signals of CFTM-TV (TVA) and CFCF-TV (CTV) Montréal as well as CKTM-TV (CBC) Trois-Rivières on unrestricted channels. Should the quality of any of these signals deteriorate significantly, the Commission expects the licensee to undertake immediate corrective action including, if necessary, the distribution of the service on another channel.
The Commission reaffirms the particular importance it attaches to the development of community programming and has taken note of the licensee's expenses in the last year and of the annual budgets that will be allocated for community programming during the new licence term. The Commission commends the licensee for its efforts and encourages it to continue to develop programs that reflect community interests and concerns.
In Public Notice CRTC 1992-59 dated 1 September 1992 and entitled "Imple-mentation of an Employment Equity Policy", the Commission announced that the employment equity practices of broadcasters would be subject to examination by the Commission. In this regard, 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.
 This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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