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By E-mail:

Ottawa, 10 November 2014

Bev Kirshenblatt
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/ Société Radio-Canada
181 rue Queen
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1K9

Procedural Letter: Part 1 Application 2014-1108-2
Request for temporary relief to condition of licence 5 in Appendix 4 to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-263 – National Public Alerting System

Dear Ms.Kirshenblatt,

This letter is in response to the above-referenced application regarding a request to amend the conditions of licence outlined in Appendix 4 of Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-263 for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (the CBC) radio services.

The application requests an amendment to temporarily relieve condition of licence 5 in order to postpone the implementation of a public alerting system on all of the CBC’s English- and French-language radio services identified in Appendix 1 of the decision.

Procedural Request

In your application dated 29 October 2014, you requested that the Commission make an exception to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Rules of Practice and Procedure (Rules of Procedure) and process your application using a shortened intervention and reply period. Your rationale for this request states that an expedited process would allow the Commission to consider the request before condition of licence 5 would come into effect.

Commission staff notes that this application involves no additional amendments aside from the amendment to condition of licence 5. Furthermore, the application is not proposing any revocation to a condition of licence or an amendment to any technical parameters that could otherwise impose a change in the service provided to the public or an impact on other broadcasters.

Commission staff notes that the condition of licence at issue requires the implementation of a public alerting system by 31 December 2014. Commission staff considers that a reasonable timeframe must be given to ensure that the public has sufficient time to submit interventions.

In the circumstances, Commission staff is of the view that it would be reasonable to shorten the timelines for interventions and replies set out in the Rules of Procedure. Therefore, your procedural request is accepted. Your application will be processed as a Part 1 application and will be subject to the following new intervention and reply deadlines:

Intervention period deadline: 24 November 2014
Reply period deadline, if necessary: 1 December 2014.

A copy of this letter will be added to the public record associated with your application.


John Fernandez,
Radio Analyst

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