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2001-11-21

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 shortly. - 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: http://www.rac.ca/faqgovt4.htm - 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 website at http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/SSG/sf01778e.html