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Ottawa, 14 August 1996
Decision CRTC 96-416
Shaw Cablesystems Ltd. (formerly Trillium Cable Communications Limited)
Metro Toronto (part of), Ontario - 951066000
Licence renewal
Following Public Notice CRTC 1996-46 dated 27 March 1996, the Commission renews the Class 1 licence held by Shaw Cablesystems Ltd. (Shaw), for the cable distribution undertaking serving Metro Toronto, from 1 September 1996 to 31 August 2003.
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.
Pursuant to subparagraph 10(1)(g)(i) of the regulations, the licensee is authorized to continue to distribute, at its option, the programming services of WGRZ-TV (NBC) and WIVB-TV (CBS) Buffalo, New York, received over-the-air, as part of the basic service. The Commission notes that the licensee has been distributing these signals on its undertaking for many years.
Consistent with Decision CRTC 96-141 dated 10 May 1996, the licensee is authorized, by condition of licence, to insert, at its option, certain promotional material as a substitute for the "local availabilities" (i.e. non-Canadian advertising
material) of non-Canadian satellite services. At least 75% of these local availabilities must be made available for use by licensed Canadian programming services for the promotion of their respective services, for the promotion of the community channel and for unpaid Canadian public service announcements. A maximum of 25% of the local availabilities may be made available for the promotion of discretionary programming services and packages, customer service information, channel realignments, cable FM service and additional cable outlets.
With respect to the development of community programming, the Commission draws to Shaw's attention that, in Decision CRTC 95-57 dated 17 February 1995, it noted that, for each of its undertakings, Shaw will meet or exceed the Commission's policy guideline announced in Public Notice CRTC 1991-59, that 5% of base portion revenues be devoted to the operation of the community channel, exclusive of capital expenditures.
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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