From: RAC Headquarters
Date: November 21, 2001
Subject: CARAB 17 Meeting in Ottawa
The semi-annual fall meeting of the Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board (CARAB) took place in Ottawa on November 13, 2001. It was attended by representatives from RAC and Industry Canada.
The following were some of the highlights of the meeting:
- An Industry Canada document pertaining to the examination of
disabled candidates will be ready for incorporation into an RIC
by January 31, 2002. This document, based on a proposal from
RAC, will provide guidance to medical doctors when asked to
justify an exemption for disabled candidates for the Amateur
Radio examination process.
- A list of Accredited Examiners has been provided by Industry
Canada and is now available on the RAC web site. The list is
sorted by both city and name.
- RAC again raised concern over the continuing errors and
printing problems associated with Industry Canada's amateur
radio examination generator software. Industry Canada is
looking into the problems and hopes to rectify the situation
- RAC and Industry Canada entered into discussions regarding
the development and maintenance of the Amateur Question
Banks (RIC 7 and RIC 8) and the examination generator
software. It is hoped that RAC may be able to play a viable role
in both programs.
- Industry Canada provided a follow up report on the proposed
'Prudent Avoidance Policy' in the City of Toronto. Health
Canada's Safety Code 6 provides guidelines for Radiofrequency
Fields Safety. There is a need to establish protocols to provide a
model for municipalities to utilize.
- Industry Canada representatives reiterated that IC is prepared
to discuss and take action on documented cases of flagrant
disregard for regulations. The amateur community must
demonstrate to the local Industry Canada offices that such action
is necessary, however. For further information visit:
- Industry Canada presented a status report on new reciprocal
operating agreements. A Canadian proposal is being considered
by the Thai government. Hong Kong has also entered into
discussions and is awaiting a response from Canada. Several
other countries have shown little interest in setting up reciprocal
operating agreements with Canada at this time. Unless policies
change, nothing further can be done.
- Discussion took place concerning the CARAB terms of
reference and participation. Industry Canada emphasized the
importance of having a strong national representative voice for
all amateur radio operators in Canada. Industry Canada
indicated that it would be open to modification of the terms of
reference of CARAB if the current provisions were inadequate
for RAC's needs.
Complete details of the meeting will be provided at a later date
in the CARAB 17 Minutes and posted on the Industry Canada