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Public Notice CRTC 2000-71

See also: 2000-71-1

Ottawa, 31 May 2000

The Commission has received the following application:
Application (199917720) by PELMOREX COMMUNICATIONS INC. to amend its licence for The Weather Network/MétéoMédia to provide an All Channel Alert (ACA) service to broadcasting distribution undertakings (BDUs) across Canada. If approved, the ACA service would broadcast timely local warnings of imminent threats to life or property caused by severe weather disturbances, natural disasters or other emergencies, on behalf of authorised government agencies such as Environment Canada. These alerts would broadcast on all channels carried by the relevant BDUs and would take the form of alphanumeric crawls.
Pelmorex is requesting that the access rules apply to the ACA service, so that all Class 1 BDUs be required to carry the service. As part of its application, Pelmorex is also seeking to increase its maximum authorised wholesale rate by $0.13 per subscriber per month, for BDUs carrying the ACA service. In addition, Pelmorex has requested that the Commission authorise BDUs to broadcast the emergency alerts on every channel that they carry, pursuant to subsection 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act, without having to obtain prior approval.
To implement this proposal, Pelmorex is proposing to replace The Weather Network/MétéoMédia’s current conditions of licence 1, 3(a) and 5, with the following:
1. The programming provided by the licensee shall be dedicated exclusively to video programming, text and graphics related to:

(a) meteorological, atmospheric and marine conditions for local, regional and national areas of Canada, and international areas as they may be of national interest to Canadians, as well as programming related to the prevention and effects of these conditions; and

(b) warnings and messages related to imminent or unexpected threats to life or property caused by severe weather disturbances, natural disasters or other emergencies in local, regional and national areas of Canada.

3. In accordance with the Commission’s position on Canadian programming expenditures as set out in Public Notice RTC 1993-93 and 1993-174.

a) the licensee shall, in each broadcast year of the licence term, expend not less than 37% of its gross revenue (Canadian subscription and advertising revenues) of the previous year, derived from that portion of the service described in condition of licence 1(a) on the investment in and/or acquisition of Canadian programs.

5. For the duration of licence term, the licensee shall charge:

a) a maximum wholesale rate of $0.23 per subscriber per month to each exhibitor of that portion of the service described in condition of licence 1(a); and

b) a maximum wholesale rate of $0.36 per subscriber per month to each exhibitor of the complete service as described in condition of licence 1(a) and 1(b); in such case, the licensee shall commence charging an exhibitor the wholesale rate the earlier of (i) 180 days after the licensee has sent that exhibitor written notice of its intention to provide the complete service as described in condition of licence 1(a) and 1(b), or (ii) the launch by the exhibitor of that portion of the service described in condition of licence 1(b).

In addition, if the Commission wishes to apply the expenditure requirement to ACA revenues (i.e. the Commission does not approve the revision to section 3 above), then Pelmorex requests that its wholesale fee be increased by $0.21 to a total of $0.44.
Examination of application:
The Weather Network
1 Robert Speck Parkway
Suite 1600
Mississauga, Ontario
L4Z 4B3
1755 René Levesque Boulevard East
Montréal, Quebec

- submit your original written intervention to the Secretary General of the Commission (CRTC, Ottawa, K1A 0N2). A true copy MUST be sent to the applicant and proof that this has been done must accompany the original intervention sent to the Commission.
Please note that you may also file your intervention by Electronic Mail
- the intervention may be filed with the Commission by electronic mail at the following e-mail address: and should indicate if a true copy has been sent to the applicant. Each paragraph of the document should be numbered. In addition, as an indication that the document has not been damaged during electronic transmission, the line ***End of document*** should be entered following the last paragraph of each document;
- please note, that only the documents (applications and interventions) electronically filed will be available on the Commission’s web site. You will be able to access these documents by indicating the public notice or the notice of public hearing number;
- the intervention must be received by the CRTC and by the applicant ON OR BEFORE the deadline date indicated below. The Commission cannot be held responsible for postal delays;
- one may also communicate with the Commission:
- by telecopier: (819) 994-0218
- your intervention should clearly identify the application and indicate whether you support or oppose the application, or if you propose changes to it, include the facts and grounds therefor. In the event that the application is brought to the oral phase of a hearing it would be helpful to the Commission if you provide reasons why your written comments are not sufficient and an appearance is necessary;
Your intervention will be considered by the Commission, and will form part of the public record of the proceeding without further notification to you, provided the procedure set out above has been followed. You will be contacted only if your submission raises procedural questions.


5 July 2000

Documents are available at the local address provided in this notice and at the Commission offices and documentation centres directly involved with these applications or, upon request, within a 48 hour delay, at any other CRTC offices and documentation centres.
Central Building
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
1 Promenade du Portage, Room G-5
Hull, Quebec K1A 0N2
Tel: (819) 997-2429 – TDD: 994-0423
FAX: (819) 994-0218
Bank of Commerce Building
1809 Barrington Street
Suite 1007
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3K8
Tel: (902) 426-7997 – TDD: 426-6997
FAX: (902) 426-2721
405 de Maisonneuve Blvd. East
2nd Floor, Suite B2300
Montréal, Quebec H2L 4J5
Tel: (514) 283-6607 – TDD: 283-8316
FAX: (514) 283-3689
55 St. Clair Avenue East
Suite 624
Toronto, Ontario M4T 1M2
Tel: (416) 952-9096
FAX: (416) 954-6343
Kensington Building
275 Portage Avenue
Suite 1810
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2B3
Tel: (204) 983-6306 – TDD: 983-8274
FAX: (204) 983-6317
Cornwall Professional Building
2125 – 11th Avenue
Room 103
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3X3
Tel: (306) 780-3422
FAX: (306) 780-3319
Scotia Place Tower Two
19th Floor, Suite 1909
10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3R8
Tel: (780) 495-3224
FAX: (780) 495-3214
530-580 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3B6
Tel: (604) 666-2111 – TDD: 666-0778
FAX: (604) 666-8322
Secretary General
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