By Rebecca Burton
Associate News Editor
Local Toronto community station CKLN 88.1FM ceased broadcasting on April 15 at 6:45 p.m. after the federal court turned down the station’s request to appeal.
According to the statement released by station manager Jacky Tunistra Harrison the station was not given any notice. The decision came down at 2:11 p.m. on April 15 followed by the station’s request for various appeals and a further stay from the court but at 5:48 p.m. the attorney general wrote the CKLN lawyers asking to cease broadcasting.
The station has continued to broadcast to the community through their online website. Harrison has asked broadcasters to continue to do their shows as normal.
The licence was initially revoked on January 28, 2011 after the station was found to have breached numerous Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) regulations. The station was granted a stay that allowed them to remain on the air until now.
“A community radio license is a precious, precious thing – it is the only means that Canadians have to access the airwaves that they-the public- own,” said Harrison in a statement on their website.
There will be a mandatory meeting held on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Campus Centre room 115, to discuss the station’s future.
An official statement will be released by CKLN on April 18.
Photo: Lindsay Boeckl