Internet as an act of reconciliation – article by Mark Buell

From http://www.hilltimes.com/2017/11/17/internet-act-reconciliation/126066?platform=hootsuite Internet as an act of reconciliation The internet is a powerful tool for change, but we can’t meaningfully move forward as a country if anyone is left behind. Mark Buell writes that Internet access is still characterized by high costs, low speeds, data caps, and poor or non-existent service in many rural and remote[…]

Public funds for Bell Canada to build their fibre network into rural First Nations

From https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2017/10/bridging_the_digitaldivideinsixnorthwesternontariocommunities.html Bridging the digital divide in six northwestern Ontario communities News Release From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Over $4 million from the Government of Canada will improve high-speed Internet coverage from Stratton to Kejick October 10, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Canadians in six northwestern Ontario communities will[…]

Matawa First Nations get $69.2M to build First Mile fibre-to-the-home network

Thursday, October 5, 2017 MATAWA FIRST NATIONS WELCOME REQUIRED FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL INVESTMENTS TO PROCEED WITH A STATE OF THE ART FIBRE-TO-THE-HOME HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND INTERNET THUNDER BAY, ON: Matawa First Nations today welcomed funding commitments to assist in bringing state of the art fibre-to-the-home high-speed broadband to internet dead spots in 5 fly-in/remote First Nations[…]

Indigenous communities in Canada finally on Google Maps

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/indigenous-communities-map-1.4169515 Indigenous communities in Canada finally on Google Maps More than 3,000 Indigenous lands have been added to Google maps and Google Earth as of today By Karen Pauls, CBC News Posted: Jun 21, 2017 4:00 AM CT Last Updated: Jun 21, 2017 4:34 AM CT Steve DeRoy worked with Google Canada as a researcher and[…]

CRTC puts an end to locked cellphones and unlocking fees ..

From http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/crtc-bans-cellphone-unlocking-fees-clarifies-family-plan-rules-1.3460638 CRTC bans cellphone unlocking fees, clarifies ‘family’ plan rules Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:35PM EDT OTTAWA — Cellphone companies will soon no longer be allowed to charge customers to unlock their devices, Canada’s telecom regulator said Thursday as it unveiled sweeping changes to the wireless code of conduct.[…]

Five per cent tax on broadband Internet services recommendation rejected

From http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/trudeau-rejects-call-for-five-per-cent-tax-on-broadband-internet-services-1.3460676 Trudeau rejects call for five per cent tax on broadband Internet services Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 5:42PM EDT OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped the presses Thursday on the idea of imposing a five per cent tax on broadband Internet services as a way of “levelling the[…]

New $50M digital skills training program from ISED announced

Government of Canada launches $50-million coding program for young Canadians From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Digital skills program will prepare next generation for future jobs June 14, 2017 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Young Canadians will get the skills they need for the well-paying jobs of the future as[…]

Transforming the Indigenous health research landscape hope of new project

From https://www.dal.ca/news/2017/06/13/building-capacity-for-the-next-generation-of-indigenous-health-r.html BUILDING CAPACITY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF INDIGENOUS HEALTH RESEARCH SCHOLARS Michele Charlton – June 13, 2017 Faculty of Health Professions’ Debbie Martin. (Nick Pearce photo) Researchers from eight Atlantic Canadian universities are hoping to transform the Indigenous health research landscape within and beyond the region. They are recent recipients of a $999,990 Training[…]

Jean-Pierre Blais’ Term as CRTC Chair – Michael Geist blog

From http://www.michaelgeist.ca/2017/06/blaiscrtc/ Putting the Internet at the Centre: Taking Stock of Jean-Pierre Blais’ Term as CRTC Chair June 12, 2017 Barring a last minute extension, CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais’ term will come to an end this week. For those new to the CRTC, it is difficult to overstate just how much changed both procedurally and substantively[…]

First Mile team presents at several conference at Congress 2017

The First Mile work in First Nations across Canada (http://firstmile.ca) was well represented at Congress 2017 during the week long event held at Ryerson University in Toronto the week of May 27 to June 2. At the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Rob was a member of a panel presenting the chapter he[…]