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Decision CRTC 2001-638

Ottawa, 5 October 2001

Cameron Bell Consultancy Ltd.
Squamish, British Columbia

10 September 2001 Public Hearing
National Capital Region

New low-power tourist information service


The Commission approves the application for a new low-power English-language FM radio station at Squamish. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.


The applicant proposes an information service that will provide a voice for the Squamish area tourist industry to inform travellers of the variety of attractions. Programming will consist of a recorded 25 minute programming loop promoting attractions, festivals and events in Squamish and immediate areas. The service will operate on a year-round basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


In its licensing policy for low-power radio broadcasting undertakings, the Commission indicated that the licences for these undertakings would be subject to conditions that would define programming so as to ensure that licensees do not begin to offer the same service as a conventional licensee, without prior Commission approval (Public Notice CRTC 1993-95). These conditions are set out in the appendix to this decision.


The Commission acknowledges the interventions submitted in support of this application

Related CRTC document

. Public Notice 1993-95 - A licensing policy for low-power radio broadcasting

Secretary General

This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined at the following Internet site:

Appendix to Decision CRTC 2001-638


Terms of licence


The Commission will only issue the licence, and it will only be effective at such time as:

  · the licensee confirms in writing that it is ready to begin operation. This must take place within 12 months of today's date. Any request for an extension to that deadline requires Commission approval and must be made in writing within that period.
  · the Department of Industry, having advised that the application is conditionally technically acceptable, has determined that there is no unacceptable interference with NAV/COM services and indicated that it will issue a broadcasting certificate (section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act).

The licence, when issued, will expire 31 August 2008.


As proposed, the station will operate on the frequency 88.1 MHz, channel 201LP, with an effective radiated power of 49.3 watts.


The technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service. The applicant would have to select another frequency for the operation of the service if required to do so to permit the best use of the frequency band.


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 (Public Notice CRTC 1992-59).


Conditions of licence


The licence will be subject to the conditions specified below and to any other condition specified in the licence to be issued.

  1. The licensee must use the station solely to provide information, originating from the Squamish area tourist industry, to travellers concerning the variety of attractions.
  2. The licensee must not broadcast more than six minutes per clock hour of commercial messages.
  3. The licensee must not broadcast any musical selections, except as incidental background music.

Date Modified: 2001-10-05

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