Intervention, observation ou réponse de l'intimé / Intervention, comment or answer by respondent

Date reçu / Date Arrived: 2014-09-08

Numéro de processus public / Public Process Number: 2014-426
Numéro d'intervention / Intervention Number: 12
Demande(s) / Application(s): 2014-0696-8
Cas / Case: 219188

Demande à comparaître à l'audience publique / Request to appear at the public hearing: Non/No
Intimé / Respondent: Non/No

Commentaire / Comment
My name is Gail Neff Bell and I live at 239 55th Street in Tsawwassen, Delta, British Columbia.

I advise the CRTC to issue a cease-and-desist order to Radio Station Sher-E-Punjab. Sher-E-Punjab appears to be operating without a proper Canadian licence and in doing so causing damage to the Canadian social fabric and to me personally.

As a border-defying concern, Sher-E-Punjab does damage to the Canadian social fabric in that it is beyond effective regulatory control. Canadian laws and values that an all-Canadian station would be censured for not following--- say, advertising cigarettes, allowing a commentator to incite hatred, or failing to provide Canadian content--Sher-E-Punjab can afford to ignore. This is an unfair competitive advantage as well as a social danger.

This operation also damages my personal interests. I understand Sher-E-Punjab is linked through family ownership with the BBC Holdings group of companies ("BBC"). One of these companies proposes to erect an array of transmitters in Point Roberts, USA, a few city blocks from my Tsawwassen, BC home, which is within the contour where blanketing interference is normally encountered. BBC's preferred tenant for these towers is Sher-E-Punjab, which stands to benefit from a stronger nighttime signal than it currently has.

I fear various effects, starting with interference with electronic devices and extending, according to studies in Europe and Asia, to potential disease in children.

I have been told that the American regulator (FCC) knew that Tsawwassen was within the contour and that its population density is such that it were an American town, these radio towers would be disallowed.

I do not believe this.

It seems unlikely that the FCC governing statute states flatly that the population of a friendly neighbouring country is to be ignored. My view is that if the FCC had been informed that Tsawwassen was just across the border they would have found a means of accommodation --as, I believe, the CRTC would do if the situation were reversed.

I understand and believe that the FCC made its decision based solely on submissions by BBC, with no corrective submissions from residents of Point Roberts. Indeed, the residents of Point Roberts did not know the application was being made. BBC did publish a notice that it was making the application, but it published it only in the Bellingham Herald. BBC ought to have known, or perhaps did know, that the Bellingham Herald is not available in Point Roberts.

Furthermore, I have seen a map that I understand and believe was part of the BBC application. It shows empty space where Tsawwassen is located. The most charitable explanation of this map is that it is sixty years out of date.

I do not see good faith in these actions of the BBC group. Sher-E-Punjab is the intended beneficiary of these actions and is tainted by the actions.

I ask the CRTC to issue a cease-and-desist order against Sher-E-Punjab Radio Broadcasting Inc. and to consider any other penalties the law allows.

I do not wish to appear at the public hearing.

Copie envoyée au demandeur et à tout autre intimé si applicable / Copy sent to applicant and to any respondent if applicable: Oui/Yes

Information du client / Client information

Nom / Name: gail neff bell
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Adresse postale / Address: 239 55th Street, delta (tsawwassen), BC
Code postal / Postal code: V4M3J4
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