Pirate Radio operator thumbs nose at Industry Canada
Yesterday Digital Home broke the story of a 13 year old boy whose pirate radio station in Ottawa was shut down by Industry Canada.
Despite a cease and desist order from the feds on Tuesday, Jayhaed Saadé, and his father George Saadé simply waited a few hours and began broadcasting again on Wednesday afternoon.
The illegal radio station is being operated by Mr. Saadé and his son out of Saadé International Inn, a shabby looking hotel and strip club on Bank Street, north of Greely in Ottawa.
The radio station had been operating sporadically for several months on various frequencies but came to Industry Canada last Saturday. The agency began investigating on Monday and issued a cease and desist order on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Mr. Saadé and his son began broadcasting again. In a interview with the Ottawa Citizen, Mr. Saadé thumbed his nose at Industry Canada saying rather than shutting them down, “they should be encouraging him to do this.”
In an email to Digital Home, a representative for Industry Canada said the agency “could consider taking enforcement measures”
According to the Radiocommunication Act, the operator of an illegal radio station is liable to a fine of up to five thousand dollars or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or both.
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