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Ottawa, 20 December 1996
Decision CRTC 96-799
Classic Communications Ltd.
Parts of Richmond Hill, King City, King Township, Markham, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario - 199605846
Licence renewal
Following Public Notice CRTC 1996-99 dated 12 July 1996 and Decision CRTC 96-518 dated 27 August 1996, the Commission renews the Class 1 licence held by Classic Communications Ltd., for the cable distribution undertaking serving the above-noted localities, from 1 January 1997 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.
Consistent with Decision CRTC 91-770 dated 25 September 1991, by condition of licence, the licensee is relieved of the requirement of section 9 of the regulations that it distribute TFO, the French-language educational television programming service operated by TVOntario, on the basic band, so long as the service is distributed as part of the basic service.
Also consistent with Decision CRTC 91-770, the licensee is relieved, by condition of licence, of the requirement of section 12 of the regulations to distribute the signals of CHCH-TV Hamilton and CIII-TV-41 Toronto, on unrestricted channels. Should the quality of the signals deteriorate significantly, the Commission expects the licensee to undertake immediate corrective action including, if necessary, the distribution of these services on other channels.
Consistent with Decision CRTC 94-792 dated 29 September 1994, the licensee is relieved, by condition of licence, of the requirement of subsection 16(2) of the regulations that it distribute the local service of CFYZ, Lester B. Pearson International Airport.
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.
This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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