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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-212

Ottawa, 29 July 2002

Jack McGaw Consulting Incorporated
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Application 2002-0114-5
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
3 June 2002

Low-power tourist information service in Halifax


The Commission approves the application by Jack McGaw Consulting Incorporated for a low-power English-language FM radio station to provide a tourist information service in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


The station will broadcast, on a year-round basis, pre-recorded messages informing tourists of weather and highway conditions as well as attractions and services in the Halifax area.


The station will operate at 97.9 MHz (channel 250LP) with an effective radiated power of 10 watts.


The licence will expire 31 August 2008. The conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.


The Commission acknowledges the intervention filed in support of this application.


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


The Commission reminds the licensee that, pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, no licence may be issued until the Department notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met, and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.


Furthermore, the licence for this undertaking will only be issued once the licensee has informed the Commission in writing that it is prepared to commence operations. The undertaking must be operational at the earliest possible date, and in any event no later than 24 months from the date of this decision, unless a request for an extension of time is approved by the Commission before 29 July 2004. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least 60 days before this date.


Given that the technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM service, the Commission also reminds the licensee that it will have to select another frequency if the Department so requires.

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 Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-212


Conditions of licence


1. The licensee must use the station solely for the purpose of providing a traveller and tourist advisory service which will integrate current weather forecasts, weather bulletins, highway conditions, other traveller safety information and current information for visitors to Halifax including descriptions of attractions, events and heritage, cultural, recreational and commercial sites. Each program element will be updated daily, hourly or as necessary.


2. The licensee shall not broadcast more than six minutes of advertising material per clock hour.


3. The licensee shall not broadcast musical selections, except as incidental background music.

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