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Public Notice

  Ottawa, 6 August 1998
  Public Notice CRTC 1998-85
  Order in Council P.C. 1998-800 Concerning the Reservation of Radio Frequencies in the Toronto Market
  1. The Commission announces that it has received an Order in Council concerning the reservation of radio frequencies in Toronto. The Order, which came into force on 7 May 1998, states:
  The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is hereby directed to reserve frequency 93.5 MHz or any other appropriate frequency on the FM band and frequency 740 kHz on the AM band, for the use of radio services in Toronto which will contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Canadian broadcasting policy set out in subparagraph 3(1)(d)(iii) of the Broadcasting Act.
  2. Subparagraph 3(1)(d)(iii) of the Broadcasting Act states that the Canadian broadcasting system should, "through its programming and employment opportunities arising out of its operations, serve the needs and interests and reflect the circumstances and aspirations, of Canadian men, women and children, including equal rights, the linguistic duality and multicultural and multiracial nature of Canadian society and the special place of aboriginal peoples within that society."
  3. The Commission notes that one of the two frequencies referred to in the Order, namely 93.5 MHz, is still being used by the English-language FM station operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Peterborough. While the Corporation has filed an application to change this frequency, the proposal has not yet been announced for public comment.
  4. Moreover, there are a number of Commission policies affecting radio that are scheduled to come under review in the upcoming months. These matters, outlined in Public Notice CRTC 1997-105 dated 1 August 1997 entitled An Agenda for Reviewing the Commission's Policies for Radio, and the Commission's April 1998 Vision Action Calendar, include a review of the Commission's policies for campus and community radio, as well as of its policy for ethnic broadcasting. Changes to policies that might follow these reviews could be of significance to parties interested in providing radio service to Toronto.
  5. The Commission also notes that some of the changes announced on 30 April 1998 in its revised commercial radio policy will necessitate amendments to the Radio Regulations, 1986. The Commission will make these amendments in the near future, following consideration of comments that may be received from interested parties pursuant to Public Notices CRTC 1998-80 and 1998-81 dated 30 July 1998. Licensees will be required to comply with the amended regulations, which the Commission expects to become effective by early January 1999.
  6. Accordingly, while the Commission recognizes that a call for applications to provide radio service to Toronto would likely generate much interest, it considers that such a step would be premature until the policy reviews noted above have been concluded, and its final determinations are available to potential applicants, the broadcasting industry, and the public. The Commission expects to conclude these reviews in the spring of 1999, following which a call would be issued.
  Laura M. Talbot-Allan
Secretary General
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