A recent study suggests that incorrect reporting may be responsible for Southern Quadra Island, Tahsis, Gold River and Sayward not qualifying for funding under the Connected Coast High Speed internet program. Their service provider reported their internet speed already met the national standard. Consequently, the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) had to arrange for loans of up to $12.5 million.
BC’s Ministry of Citizens’ Services, the Union of BC Municipalities and the Northern Development Initiative Trust hired TANEx Engineering to study reports that the amount of broad service available in rural communities is less than what servers like TELUS, Mascon Cable Services (a TELUS company) and Bell are reporting on the National Broadband Internet Service Availability Map. According to the ‘Summary of Findings,’ released by the Ministry, ‘there was medium to high evidence of possible discrepancies in 106’ of the 940 localities studied.
Continue reading Erroneous internet speed reporting may cost the SRD $12.5 million, study suggests
(Last in a series of 5 articles)
At their February 9th meeting, the SRD Board voted against setting aside $50,000 to support community climate action planning initiatives.
The motion was brought forward by Cortes Island Regional Director Noba Anderson, who suggested the project fit into their strategic objectives for 2022. (See page 43 of linked budget document)
Continue reading SRD Board votes against funding local community climate action planning
(Part 3 of 5 from the Feb 9 SRD Board Meeting)
A Strathcona Regional District motion to remove the term ‘unceded’ from acknowledgements of First Nations territory was defeated, in a 8 to 6 vote, at the Wednesday, Feb 9 Board meeting.
Continue reading SRD motion to remove ‘unceded’ from First Nations territorial acknowledgements defeated
At their January 12th meeting, the SRD Board had some good reports about the way individuals and corporations helped out during the recent cold snap.
Continue reading SRD: Individuals and corporations helping out during recent cold snap
The Strathcona Regional District Board is writing Premier Horgan, to protest the government’s new ‘reactive,’ and ‘emotionally driven’ forestry policies.
This letter appears to have largely been composed by Campbell River Director Charlie Cornfield, with some additions by SRD Chair Brad Unger.
If the authors had stuck to the idea that local government should be involved in the process, or taken a less confrontational approach, their letter would have received more support.
Instead, the decision to send it carried by a 7 to 6 vote.
Continue reading SRD protests BC’s ‘reactive’ and ‘emotionally driven’ forestry policies