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Decision CRTC 2000-252
Ottawa, 7 July 2000
Fabrique de la Paroisse de Saint-Paul de Scotstown
Scotstown, Quebec – 199916029
9 May 2000 Public Hearing
in Kingston
New religious FM radio programming undertaking


The Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for a low-power French-language religious FM radio programming undertaking at Scotstown.


Subject to the requirements of this decision, the Commission will issue a licence expiring 31 August 2006. This licence will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.


The applicant is a not-for-profit society incorporated under Quebec's An Act Respecting Fabriques and controlled by its Board of Directors.


In Public Notice CRTC 1993-78 dated 3 June 1993, the Commission announced its policy on religious broadcasting, which is essentially based on recognition of alternative values and the importance of balance in matters of public concern.


The applicant will broadcast a minimum of two hours of local programming per broadcast week. The undertaking will provide live broadcasts of masses, marriages, funerals, baptisms and other such religious ceremonies.


Therefore, it is a condition of licence that the programming consist solely of religious services, with the exception of programs or program segments produced by the applicant for the purpose of ensuring balance on matters of public concern. Such programs or program segments must also adhere to guidelines (i) to (iv) contained in section III.B.2a) of Public Notice CRTC 1993-78.


The Commission emphasizes that the applicant shall not broadcast the programming of any other programming undertaking, and that the programming broadcast by the applicant must meet the needs of the community it serves.


It is a condition of licence that the applicant adhere to the guidelines on ethics for religious programming set out in section IV of Public Notice CRTC 1993-78 regarding tolerance, integrity, social responsibility and solicitation of funds.


It is also a condition of licence that the applicant not broadcast advertising material.


The licence will only be issued and effective when 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.


As proposed, the new FM station will operate on the frequency 103.7 MHz (channel 279LP) with an effective radiated power of 0.8 watt.


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 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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