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Ottawa, 17 June 1996
Decision CRTC 96-228
Fabrique de la Paroisse St-Augustin de Woburn
Woburn, Quebec - 952168300
New religious radio programming undertaking
Following a Public Hearing held in Vancouver beginning on 25 March 1996, the Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for a religious French-language FM radio programming undertaking at Woburn, on the frequency 88.1 MHz, channel 201LP, with an effective radiated power of 0.6 watts.
The Commission will issue a licence expiring 31 August 2002, subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
The applicant is a not-for-profit society incorporated under Quebec's An Act Respecting Fabriques. It is thus controlled by its annually-elected Board of Directors.
In Public Notice CRTC 1993-78 dated 3 June 1993, the Commission announced its policy on religious broadcasting, which is essentially based on recognition of alternative values and the importance of balance in matters of public concern.
The applicant will broadcast 25 hours of local programming per broadcast week. The undertaking will provide live broadcasts of masses, marriages, funerals, baptisms and other such religious ceremonies.
Therefore, it is a condition of licence that the programming consist solely of religious services, with the exception of programs or program segments produced by the applicant for the purpose of ensuring balance on matters of public concern. Such programs or program segments must also adhere to guidelines (i) to (iv) contained in section III.B.2a) of Public Notice CRTC 1993-78.
The Commission emphasizes that the applicant shall not broadcast the programming of any other programming undertaking, and that the programming broadcast by the applicant must meet the needs of the community it serves.
It is a condition of licence that the applicant adhere to the guidelines on ethics for religious programming set out in section IV of Public Notice CRTC 1993-78 regarding tolerance, integrity, social responsibility and solicitation of funds.
It is also a condition of licence that the applicant not broadcast advertising material.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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