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  Decision CRTC 2000-132

  Ottawa, 28 April 2000

  Russel C. Cook, on behalf of a non-profit corporation to be incorporated
Opaskwayak Cree Nation (The Pas), Manitoba – 199906947

  21 February 2000 Public Hearing
in Vancouver

  New low-power Type B FM native radio programming undertaking


The Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence to carry on a Native- and English-language FM radio programming undertaking at Opaskwayak Cree Nation near The Pas.


Consistent with Public Notice CRTC 1990-89 dated 20 September 1990 and entitled Native Broadcasting Policy, and subject to the requirements of this decision, the Commission will issue a licence for a Type B FM native radio undertaking, expiring 31 August 2006.


The new station will broadcast at least 84 hours each week of local programming of which 80% will be in Cree and Oji-Cree and 20% in English.


The Commission reminds the applicant of the requirements for Canadian musical selections set out in the Radio Regulations, 1986.
  Conditions of licence


This licence will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued. By condition of licence, the licensee must:
  • broadcast no more than an average of 4 minutes of advertising per hour per day, with a maximum of 6 minutes in any given hour, in accordance with the native radio policy for Type B stations;
  • adhere to the guidelines on gender portrayal set out in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' (CAB) Sex-Role Portrayal Code for Television and Radio Programming, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission; and
  • adhere to the provisions of the CAB's Broadcast Code for Advertising to Children, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
  Other matters


The new FM station will operate on the frequency 96.1 MHz, channel 241LP, with an effective radiated power of 46.2 watts.


The technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service. Accordingly, the applicant would have to select another frequency for the operation of the service should optimum utilization of the broadcasting spectrum so require.


The licence will only be issued and effective when:
  • the Commission receives documentation establishing that an eligible Canadian corporation has been incorporated in accordance with the application in all material respects and that this corporation may be issued a licence; and

  • the new station is ready to begin operation. When the licensee has completed construction and is prepared to commence operation, it must advise the Commission in writing. If the station is not constructed and ready to operate within 12 months of today’s date, extensions to this time frame may be granted provided that the licensee applies in writing to the Commission before the 12-month period or any extension of that period expires.


The Department of Industry has advised the Commission that this application is conditionally technically acceptable. The Department will only issue a broadcasting certificate once it has determined that the proposed technical parameters will not create any unacceptable interference with aeronautical NAV/COM services.


In accordance with section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission will only issue the licence and grant the authority to operate when it receives notification from the Department of Industry that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.

  Secretary General

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