crtc-logoAs a result of revoking broadcasting licences for the following Type B Native radio stations held by Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. (AVR) on the basis of serious and repeated non-compliance and the inability of the licensee to adequately serve the needs of the Aboriginal communities in these markets Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa, the CRTC is holding hearings from March 27 to 29, to consider five applications received for a radio licence or licences to serve the urban Aboriginal communities in these markets.

Of the five applications under consideration, these are the applications for radio licences to service Urban Aboriginal communities in Alberta:

Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta

Calgary market

The station would operate at 88.1 MHz (channel 201C) with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 302.5 metres). The applicant proposes a music-based service that would broadcast 117.5 hours of local programming each broadcast week. Programming would be broadcast in the English, Cree, Blackfoot, Dene and Nakoda/Sioux languages.

Edmonton market

The station would operate at 89.3 MHz (channel 207C1) with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 153.7 metres). The applicant proposes a music-based service that would broadcast 120 hours of local programming each broadcast week. Programming would be broadcast in the English, Cree, Dene and Nakoda/Sioux languages.

Applicant’s address:

13245-146 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5L 4S8
Email: carolr@ammsa.com

VMS Media Group Ltd.

Applications by VMS Media Group Ltd. for broadcasting licences to operate Aboriginal and ethnic programming commercial specialty FM radio stations in Edmonton and Calgary.

Calgary market

The station would operate at 88.1 MHz (channel 201C1) with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 297.4 metres). The applicant proposes to broadcast 88 hours of local programming each broadcast week. Of the total programming broadcast during the broadcast week, at least 50% would be devoted to Aboriginal programming, up to 40% to ethnic programming and up to 10% to crosscultural programming. Aboriginal programming would be broadcast in the Cree, Blackfoot, Ojibwe and Michif languages.The applicant states that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to broadcast, in each broadcast week, programming directed to at least 13 cultural groups in at least 3 different languages.

Applicant’s address:

3545 32nd Avenue North East
Unit 838
Calgary, Alberta
T1Y 6M6
Email: ranjitsidhucalgary@gmail.com

Edmonton market

The station would operate at 89.3 MHz (channel 207C1) with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 192.8 metres). The applicant proposes to broadcast 88 hours of local programming each broadcast week. Of the total programming broadcast during the broadcast week, at least 50% would be devoted to Aboriginal programming, up to 40% to ethnic programming and up to 10% to crosscultural programming. Aboriginal programming would be broadcast in the Cree, Blackfoot, Ojibwe and Michif languages. The applicant states that it would adhere to a condition of licence requiring it to broadcast, in each broadcast week, programming directed to at least 13 cultural groups in at least 3 different languages.

Applicant’s address:

3307 20th Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T6T 0C5
Email: radiosursagar@gmail.com

First Peoples Radio Inc.

Applications by First Peoples Radio Inc. for broadcasting licences to operate English- and Aboriginal-language Type B Native FM radio stations in Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Calgary market

The station would operate at 88.1 MHz (channel 201C) with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 306.5 metres). The applicant proposes a music-based service that would broadcast 89 hours and 15 minutes of local programming each broadcast week. Programming would be broadcast in the English, Blackfoot and Cree languages.

Edmonton market

The station would operate at 89.3 MHz (channel 207C1) with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 193.1 metres). The applicant proposes a music-based service that would broadcast 89 hours and 15 minutes of local programming each broadcast week. Programming would be broadcast in the English and Cree languages.

Applicant’s address:

339 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 2C3
Email: jlarose@aptn.ca

The goal of this hearing, is to ensure that these urban Aboriginal communities have access to culturally relevant information and the opportunity to discover local talent that reflects who they are. The Canadian broadcasting system must reflect each and every one of us.

– Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTC