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Decision CRTC 2000-387
Ottawa, 15 September 2000
Joel Virtanen, on behalf of Northwest Broadcasting, a company to be
Kaministiquia, Ontario – 200004789
4 July 2000 Public Hearing
in Toronto
New FM radio programming undertaking


The Commission approves the application for a broadcasting licence for a low-power English-language FM radio programming undertaking at Kaministiquia. Subject to the requirements of this decision, the Commission will issue a licence expiring 31 August 2007. This licence will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.


The new station will provide a local service to Kaministiquia and the surrounding cottage and recreational areas. It will offer a pop, rock and dance music format. All programming will be locally-produced and include hourly news and weather reports during the day with bi-hourly reports in the evening. Sports wil be reported 3 times daily.


In the area of Canadian talent development, the Commission notes the applicant’s commitment to participate in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ funding plan. As a small market participant, it will devote $400 annually to eligible third parties.


It is a condition of licence that the licensee abide by its commitment to broadcast, in any broadcast week, 25% hit material as defined in Public Notice CRTC 1997-42 dated 23 April 1997, as amended from time to time.


As proposed, the station will operate on the frequency 104.5 MHz, channel 283LP, with an effective radiated power of 50 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.


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 notes the intervention filed by C.J.S.D. Incorporated, licensee of CKPR and CJSD-FM Thunder Bay, in opposition to this application. In its reply to the intervention, the applicant reaffirmed that its service would not be directed at Thunder Bay. The Commission is satisfied that approval of the proposed station would not have an undue negative effect on the radio services of CKPR and CJSD-FM.


The Commission also acknowledges the intervention received in support of the application.
Related CRTC document

• Public Notice CRTC 1999-137New licence form for commercial radio stations

Secretary General

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