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Ottawa, 10 February 2012

Sent by E-mail:
Mrs. Claude Laflamme
Vice-President, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs
Astral Media Radio G.P. (Astral)
1717 René-Lévesque Blvd. East
Montreal, Quebec
H2L 4T9

Re: 2011-1627-8 Toronto, Ontario

Dear Mrs. Laflamme:

This is in reference to your application to amend the broadcasting licence of your AM radio station CFRB by adding a nested FM rebroadcasting transmitter in Toronto to address certain signal deficiencies encountered in the downtown core. The new transmitter would operate on frequency 96.9 MHz (channel 245B1) with an average effective radiated power of 214 watts.

You state in your application that use of the 96.9 MHz frequency, which is currently assigned to Humber Communications Community Corporation (Humber College) for its campus radio station CKHC-FM Toronto, is the only viable technical solution that is capable of addressing CFRB’s signal deficiencies. You further state that you would help Humber College to move to the 102.7 MHz frequency (currently vacant).

The panel of the Commissioners presiding over the Toronto hearing (the Panel) notes that Humber College is authorized to use the 96.9 MHz frequency on a protected basis for its English-language campus radio station CKHC-FM Toronto. The Panel further notes that although Astral has had preliminary discussions with Humber College with respect to its proposal, it was unable to finalize an agreement before the 19 December 2011 Toronto call for applications filing deadline.

The Panel notes that to proceed with Astral’s application, the Department of Industry would not only have to deem the application to be technically acceptable (TA) but would also have to issue a TA for Humber College’s proposed use of the 102.7 MHz frequency. The Panel is therefore of the view that these two applications are non- severable. Additionally, the Panel notes that it has not received any formal written agreement between Humber College and Astral nor has it received an application from Humber College to vacate the 96.9 MHz frequency and move CKHC-FM to the 102.7 MHz frequency.

In light of the above, the Panel has determined that your application cannot be processed as filed and therefore will not be retained or considered as part of the Toronto competitive applications.

Please note that this application is now considered closed and that the Commission has disposed of all related documents.

Should you require further information concerning your application, please do not hesitate to contact Lyne Cape, Manager, Radio Policy and Applications, by telephone at 819-997-9383 or by e-mail at


Original signed by

John Traversy,
Secretary General

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