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Route reference: Part 1 application posted on 22 April 2013

Ottawa, 3 April 2014

Dufferin Communications Inc.
Toronto, Ontario

Application 2013-0593-8

CIRR-FM Toronto – Technical changes

1. The Commission approves an application by Dufferin Communications Inc. (Dufferin) to change the authorized contours of the English-language commercial radio programming undertaking CIRR-FM Toronto by increasing the average effective radiated power (ERP) from 50 to 107 watts (maximum ERP from 50 to 225 watts),Footnote 1 by decreasing the effective height of antenna above average terrain (EHAAT) from 131.5 to 123 metres, by changing the antenna’s radiation pattern from non-directional to directional, and by relocating the transmitter.

2. Dufferin stated that the requested changes are necessary in order to solve some of the interference and reception issues affecting the station’s listeners.

3. The Commission notes that in Broadcasting Decision 2010-357, it approved an application by Dufferin to change the authorized contours of CIRR-FM by increasing the average ERP from 50 to 128 watts (maximum ERP from 50 to 250 watts), by increasing the EHAAT from 131.5 to 156 metres, and by relocating the transmitter. However, due to a lease-negotiation failure regarding the proposed transmitter site, those technical changes were not implemented. The technical parameters approved in the present decision were proposed to be compatible with the newly proposed transmitter site.

4. The Commission received an intervention commenting on the application from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Province of Ontario, as well as an intervention opposing the application from an individual, which did not relate directly to the substance of the present application. The licensee did not reply to the interventions. The public record for this proceeding is available on the Commission’s website at under “Public Proceedings.”

5. The comment from the Province of Ontario related to the participation of CIRR-FM in the National Public Alerting System (NPAS). As specified in its three-year plan, the Commission will be looking at measures to ensure the participation of Canadian broadcasters and telecommunications service providers in the NPAS. To this end, in Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-85, the Commission proposed regulations that would require the participation of broadcasters in the NPAS by 31 December 2014. Therefore, it will not impose conditions of licence requiring the participation of broadcasters in the NPAS at this time. However, the Commission continues to expect all licensees to voluntarily participate in the NPAS so that Canadians receive timely warnings of imminent perils.


6. Pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act (the Act), this authority will only be effective when the Department of Industry (the Department) notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.

7. Further, pursuant to section 22 of the Act, the broadcasting licence will cease to have any force or effect if the broadcasting certificate issued by the Department lapses.

Secretary General

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*This decision is to be appended to the licence.


Footnote 1

These technical parameters reflect those approved by the Department of Industry.

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