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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-6

Ottawa, 7 January 2003

Association communautaire fransaskoise de Gravelbourg Inc.
Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan

Application 2001-1135-2
Public Hearing in the National Capital Region
3 June 2002

Community FM radio station in Gravelbourg


The Commission approves the application by Association communautaire fransaskoise de Gravelbourg Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a Type A community French-language FM radio programming undertaking in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan.


The applicant stated that the station would broadcast 105 hours of programming in each broadcast week. Of that, 80 hours would originate with Réseau francophone d'Amérique. The remaining 25 hours would be produced by the station and would include children's programming, newscasts, weather reports, community activity reports, information on politics, the economy and culture, and musical selections of all types.


The station will operate at 93.1 MHz (channel 226LP) with an effective radiated power of 48 watts.


The Commission received twelve interventions in support of the application.


In accordance with the definition set out in the Community Radio Policy, Public Notice CRTC 2000-13, 28 January 2000 (Public Notice 2000-13), a community radio station must be owned and controlled by a not-for-profit organization which provides for membership, management, operation and programming primarily by members of the community at large. Consistent with Public Notice 2000-13, the Commission expects the licensee's board of directors to be representative of the community that would be served by the proposed station.


The applicant reported that it has reviewed its articles of incorporation and by-laws to ensure that the community's needs and interests are reflected. The Commission expects the applicant to file a duly signed copy of those documents as soon as they are available.


The Commission notes that it generally expects Type A stations to devote, during each broadcast week, 15% of their programming to community-oriented spoken word programming.


The licence will expire 31 August 2009 and will be subject to the conditions specified in New licence form for community stations, Public Notice CRTC 2000-157, 16 November 2000.


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.


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.


Furthermore, the licence for this undertaking will 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 7 January 2005. 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.


In accordance with Implementation of an employment equity policy, Public Notice CRTC 1992-59, 1 September 1992, 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.

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:

Date Modified: 2003-01-07

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