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Route reference: 2014-541
Ottawa, 16 February 2015
Radio communautaire enfant-ado Gatineau-Ottawa
Gatineau, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario
Application 2014-0942-5, received 8 September 2014
Public hearing in the National Capital Region
13 January 2015
CJEU Gatineau/Ottawa - Acquisition of assets
- The Commission approves the application by Radio communautaire enfant-ado Gatineau-Ottawa (Radio enfant-ado) for authority to acquire from Fondation Radio Enfant (du Canada) (Fondation) the assets of the French-language community AM radio programming undertaking CJEU Gatineau/Ottawa, and for a new broadcasting licence to continue the operation of this undertaking under the same terms and conditions as those in effect under the current licence. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
- Radio enfant-ado and Fondation are not-for-profit corporations controlled by their respective board of directors.
- The Commission notes that in Community radio station in Gatineau/Ottawa, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-89, 19 March 2007, it approved an application by Fondation Radio Enfant (du Canada), on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, for a broadcasting licence to operate a French-language community AM radio station in Gatineau/Ottawa. The authorized licensee filed the constituting documents in 2008 under the name Fondation Radio Enfant (du Canada), and the station launched in 2009 under the call sign CJEU. All subsequent applications relating to the station were filed by Fondation.
- In 2014, Fondation informed the Commission that CJEU had been operated by Radio enfant-ado since its launch. Moreover, Fondation explained that its role was in fact to provide administrative assistance to Radio enfant-ado during the start-up of CJEU, particularly in dealing with requests for funding and serving as an intermediary in communications with the Commission. To rectify the situation, the Commission requested that Radio enfant-ado file an application to have the broadcasting licence re-issued to CJEU’s appropriate licensee, Radio enfant-ado.
- The Commission does not normally require tangible benefits in transactions involving community radio stations. Consequently, the payment of tangible benefits is not required in this case.
- Upon surrender of the current licence issued to Fondation Radio Enfant (du Canada), the Commission will issue a new broadcasting licence to Radio communautaire enfant-ado Gatineau-Ottawa, which will expire 31 August 2019. The terms and conditions of licence are set out in the appendix to this decision.
* This decision is to be appended to the licence.
Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-47
Terms, conditions of licence, expectation and encouragement for the French-language community AM radio programming undertaking CJEU Gatineau/Ottawa, Quebec and Ontario
The licence will expire 31 August 2019.
Conditions of licence
1. The licensee shall adhere to the conditions set out in Standard conditions of licence for campus and community stations, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2012-304, 22 May 2012.
As set out in Campus and community radio policy, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-499, 22 July 2010, the Commission expects all community and campus licensees to file yearly updates on the composition of their boards of directors. These annual updates can be submitted at the time of submission of annual returns, following annual board of directors’ elections, or at any other time. As noted in Appendix 3 to that regulatory policy, licensees may submit such documentation via the Commission’s website.
The Commission considers that community radio stations should be particularly sensitive to employment equity issues in order to reflect fully the communities they serve. It encourages the licensee to consider these issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its management of human resources.
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