NewsThu Apr 6, 2006 - 12:15 pm EST
Canadian Broadcast Regulators: Gay Toronto Radio OK, Catholic Radio No Way
By John-Henry Westen
TORONTO, April 6, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A decision by Canada’s broadcast regulator, the CRTC, yesterday approved a new all-homosexual radio station in Toronto.ÂIt is the first new English-language radio stationÂapproved by the CRTC since 2001.Â In 2003 the CRTC rejected the application for an all-Catholic radio station in Toronto.Â This, despite the fact that about 2 million of Toronto’s (GTA) population of 4.5 million identify themselves as Catholic and surveys have demonstrated that only 1% of Canadians identify as homosexual.
Evidence of homosexual activism at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is present in the decision rendered yesterday, as one of the conditions, set out by the CRTC, under which the radio station was permitted its licence was that they fund gay ‘pride week’.Â“The licensee shall contribute a minimum of $30,000 in each broadcast year to payments to musical artists showcased at the Pride Week celebrations,” said the ruling. (see it in full here: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/2006/db2006-128.htm )
In 2003, the CRTC rejected the application of the Catholic Radio Endeavour which attempted to commence an English-language all-Catholic radio station in the city, which is home to some two million Catholics.Â Tony Gosnach, a member of the Catholic Radio Endeavour, told LifeSiteNews.com, “After putting in lots of hard work, not to mention large amounts of money, toward an ultimately unsuccessful application for a full-time Catholic radio station in Toronto, I and others involved in that effort are appalled to learn that our federal broadcast regulatory body approved a gay FM radio station for Toronto.”Â (To read about that effort: http://www.catholicradio.ca/licence/index.html )
Gosnach, a Catholic writer, assistant editor of the Interim and a member on the editorial board of Catholic Insight, has called on Catholics to express their concerns to their members of parliament, the Canadian Heritage Ministry and the CRTC.
To send concerns to the Canadian Heritage Ministry email:
To register a complaint with the CRTC visit:
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