Ontario Improving Internet and Cell Phone Service in Rural and Remote Communities

Just announced and released this morning – Ontario’s rural broadband plan. Haven’t had a chance to give it a read through yet but wanted to pass it along right away. https://www.ontario.ca/page/speed-ontarios-broadband-and-cellular-action-plan Ontario Improving Internet and Cell Phone Service in Rural and Remote Communities Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan Ontario is committed to finding innovative solutions to ensure people and businesses have access to the high-speed internet and cellular services that they need. Read our plan to help expand broadband and cellular access to rural, remote and northern communities. Minister’s letter In our increasingly digital world, we need to be connected. This means being able to quickly send an email, check our cell phones for directions or enjoy an online video chat with friends or family. Students need to be connected to finish homework assignments or take a university course online. Hard-working people need to be able to easily and immediately access digital resources on the go or to work remotely. Families want to stream video to their living rooms, pay bills with the click of a mouse and securely receive medical test results faster. For businesses across all sectors, whether it’s manufacturing, agriculture or e-commerce, they all depend on fast, reliable connections. It is unacceptable to this government that not everyone in Ontario has access to the broadband or cellular connections they need. In fact, as much as 12% of our population lives in communities – mostly rural, remote or northern areas – that are unserved or underserved. We need to do better. That’s why we are introducing Ontario’s first-ever broadband and cellular action plan.... read more

Meet the Mi’kmaw lawyer who hopes her national book club helps turn the page toward reconciliation

Meet the Mi’kmaw lawyer who hopes her national book club helps turn the page toward reconciliation (The Star | 2019-07-13)  https://www.thestar.com/halifax/2019/07/13/meet-the-mikmaw-lawyer-who-hopes-her-national-book-club-helps-turn-the-page-toward-reconciliation.html Meet the Mi’kmaw lawyer who hopes her national book club helps turn the page toward reconciliation… New Brunswick’s Pam Palmater launched the Reconciliation Book Club on July 6 in response to questions Canadians were asking her about Indigenous issues.... read more