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Canada’s New Government Brings High-Speed Internet to North Vancouver Island

September 19, 2007

Port MacNeill, British Columbia

Photo of Brenda Swanson and Evelyn Clark of Community Futures of Mount Waddington demonstrate the new high speed internet access in the office.

Brenda Swanson and Evelyn Clark of Community Futures of Mount Waddington demonstrate the new high speed internet access in the office.

Access to the global marketplace for local entrepreneurs is just one of the benefits for residents of Northern Vancouver Island, as Canada’s New Government, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, invests $60,000 for high-speed Internet access.

Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, announced the funding today at the Community Futures Development Corporation of Mount Waddington.

“Online access is vital for successful businesses in urban and rural communities across British Columbia,” said MP Ron Cannan. “This investment will enable businesses in the northern part of Vancouver Island to compete and prosper in the global marketplace.”

Through Western Economic Diversification Canada, funding will go to the Ragged Edge Community Network Society. Championed by Community Futures Mount Waddington, the Society will work in cooperation with the Regional District of Mount Waddington, as well as with local stakeholders, to equip Zeballos, Coal Harbour and Quatsino First Nation high-speed Internet access.

As a result of this investment, residents in those communities will soon have access to online services, distance learning and improved business communications with the global market.

“High-speed technology today is what the telephone was at the turn of the 20th century,” said Brenda Swanson, Chair, Community Futures Mount Waddington. “The potential for economic development and small business success in rural and remote North Island communities will be enhanced by the establishment of this service."

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is a department of the Government of Canada that works in partnership with the provinces, industry associations and communities to stimulate and encourage diversification of the western economy, as well as to represent the interests of the West in national decision-making.

For additional information, contact:

Sandra Souchotte
Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
(604) 666-1318

Evelyn Clark
Community Futures Mount Waddington
(250) 956-2220
Web site:

WD Toll-Free Number:1-888-338-WEST (9378)
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-877-303-3388
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My Note:

Canada New Government Brings High Speed Internet To North Vancouver Island in 2007

What a miracle! High speed internet was already here with Keta Cable, another documented lie by our local Politicians. What it should say: The Chair of the Regional District, Brenda Swanson brought high speed to her house in Mitchel Bay. She was the Chair of Mount Waddington Regional District, the Chair of the Board of the Community Futures Development Corporation of Mount Waddington and was also on the Board of Ragged Edge Community Network Society (RECNS) that was created to look after that service, which was completely against the rules of BC3, not to compete with the existing provider.

“online access is vital for a successful business” (another joke)

We live in an industrial site where most of the small businesses are suppose to be called Twin Peaks Industrial Park on highway 19 just a few miles out of Port Mc Neill. It was impossible to have access to that service from RECNS. BUT Ms Swanson was living in the bush in Mitchel Bay it serves half a dozen families, they have to build a tower on Cormoran Island but all in complicit they make it happen for themselves and left us out of the loop, but they expect respect. You can have respect where the sun doesn't shine, in my behind.


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