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Ottawa, 20 December 1996
Decision CRTC 96-798
Coultis Broadcasting Limited
St. Catharines, Ontario - 199608502
Licence renewal for CHSC
Following Public Notice CRTC 1996-110 dated 2 August 1996 and Decision CRTC 96-517 dated 27 August 1996, the Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CHSC St. Catharines, from 1 January 1997 to 31 August 2003, subject to the conditions in effect under the current licence, as well as to those conditions specified in the licence to be issued.
In Decision CRTC 90-229 dated 13 March 1990, the Commission approved the application by Coultis Broadcasting Limited (Coultis) for authority to acquire the assets of CHSC. Coultis proposed a benefits package totalling $337,992 over a period of five years. As part of its renewal application, the licensee advised that it was unable to meet those commitments due to the ongoing financial losses incurred by the station.
Since the implementation of its Benefits Policy (Public Notice CRTC 1993-68), the Commission has taken a much more flexible approach towards the scheduling of benefit expenditures beyond the standard five-year period with consideration being given to a station's financial performance. In view of the foregoing, the Commission authorizes Coultis to defer the station's benefit commitments, until such time as the station achieves a positive operating income.
The Commission reminds the licensee that it is expected to notify and seek prior approval from the Commission if changes to an approved benefits package are anticipated.
The Commission reaffirms the particular importance it attaches to the development of Canadian talent and notes that the licensee will allocate $3,000 annually to FACTOR and will offer an annual $100 bursary to a Niagara College graduate. It encourages the licensee, during the licence term, to continue its efforts towards the support, development and on-air exposure of local and regional talent.
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.
The Commission acknowledges the intervention submitted in support of this application.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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