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Ottawa, 7 August 1996
Decision CRTC 96-330
Shaw Cablesystems Ltd.
Duncan, North Cowichan, Saltair, Quamichan, Cowichan District, Lake Cowichan, Mesachie Lake, Honeymoon Bay and Youbou, British Columbia- 951844000
Licence renewal
Following Public Notice CRTC 1996-25 dated 20 February 1996, the Commission renews the Class 1 licence held by Shaw Cablesystems Ltd., for the cable distribution undertaking serving the above-noted localities, from 1 September 1996 to 31 August 2000.
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, KING-TV (NBC), KOMO-TV (ABC), KCTS (PBS), and KIRO-TV (IND) Seattle, Washington as well as KSTW-TV (CBS) Tacoma, Washington, received via microwave, as part of the basic service.
Further, the licensee is authorized to continue to distribute, at its option, the audio services of KBSG-FM Tacoma and KLSY-FM Bellevue as well as KUBE-FM, KMPS-FM, KUOW-FM, KLTX-FM, KXRX-FM, KPLU-FM, KING-FM, KEZX-FM, KISW-FM, KSEA-FM and KPLZ-FM Seattle, Washington, received via microwave, on audio channels of the undertaking.
Consistent with Decision CRTC 91-666 dated 28 August 1991, the licensee is relieved, by condition of licence, of the requirement of section 12 of the regulations to distribute the signal of CHEK-TV (CTV) Victoria on an unrestricted channel. Should the quality of the signal 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 annual budgets that will be allocated for this purpose during the new licence term. The Commission encourages the licensee to continue its efforts to develop programs that reflect community interests and concerns.
In Public Notice CRTC 1992-59 dated 1 September 1992 and entitled "Implementation 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.
In accordance with subsection 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act (the Act), this renewal is subject to the issuance of a Broadcasting Certificate by the Department of Industry.
The Commission draws the licensee's attention to subsection 22(4) of the Act which provides that any broadcasting licence issued, amended or renewed in contravention of section 22 of the Act is of no force or effect.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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