Ontario man told by feds to shut down incredible Christmas light show

Ontario man told by feds to shut down incredible Christmas light show

CAMBRIDGE — The federal government is saying ‘Bah humbug’ over an Ontario man’s over-the-top holiday light show on his front yard.

According to CTV News, Dave Baker of Cambridge, Ont., was ordered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) on Dec. 17 to “cease operation” of radio equipment that was being used for his nightly Christmas display.

The transmitter, which broadcasts a signal about 150 feet to allow spectators to tune into music synchronized to the display, was apparently interfering with aircraft landing at nearby Region of Waterloo International Airport.

Ron Singer, spokesperson with Nav Canada, a private corporation that runs Canada’s air navigation services, said that several planes reported having trouble hearing its broadcasts from the air traffic control tower.

As a result, two ISED inspectors arrived on Baker’s doorstep on Sunday to test his FM transmitter for themselves. They then handed him a cease order for “operating an unlicensed and noncertified FM transmitter on 95.1 MHz as part of a holiday season light display,” said the federal department in an official statement.

Baker, who’s been using the transmitter for years, said this is the first time he’s ever been notified about possible interference. “If I’m causing interference with aircraft, I have zero issues shutting it down,” he said.

But he also added that the inspectors confirmed to him there was “zero interference” coming from his device.

So why the shutdown?

“They said there’s not interference coming out of it but since it’s not approved, we’ve got to shut it down,” said Baker.

So now holiday revellers are forced to watch Baker’s Christmas spectacle without the added joy of festive music. But the flashing of over 20,000 colourful lights is still remarkable on its own, if you ask us.

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