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Building Rural Ontario Together

Province moving forward with new intake for Rural Economic Development program and three broadband pilots January 20, 2020 As part of the government’s Plan to Build Ontario Together, Ontario is helping rural communities across the province attract investment, create jobs and boost economic development through the Rural Economic Development (RED) program. Earlier today while speaking […]

by ahnationtalk on January 21, 202031 Views

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Digital Technology Supercluster builds momentum with 14 new projects

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Eight capacity-building projects will help women, Indigenous peoples and citizens in remote and rural areas develop digital skills January 16, 2020 – Vancouver, British Columbia The Government of Canada is committed to growing the economy, creating middle-class jobs and keeping Canada competitive. That is why the Government has […]

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 202040 Views

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To improve internet in northern Canada, $1 million is up for grabs – Nunatsiaq News

15 January 2020 Canadian Internet Registration Authority hopes to fund projects in northern, Indigenous communities Applications for the annual Community Investment Program from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s $1 million grant initiative will open today. Not-for-profits, charities, and researchers are invited to apply for funding for projects that will “improve the health and quality of […]

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 202056 Views

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CIRA is funding digital literacy, cybersecurity, and internet infrastructure projects through $1+ million fund

This year’s granting program is open to all Canadians, but preference will be given to internet-related projects that benefit students as well as rural, northern, and Indigenous communities. OTTAWA, January 15, 2020  – The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is announcing the opening of its annual $1+ million Community Investment Program granting initiative for 2020. […]

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 202052 Views

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Indigenous Artist Jaalen Edenshaw Creates Haida-Inspired Emojis – HuffPost Canada

Jaalen Edenshaw is renowned for his totem pole and carving work. There’s seemingly an emoji for everything these days — from bagels to dancing girls to those hands that are either praying or high-fiving (or both?). And now a B.C. artist has created a set of emojis that reflect Haida culture. Jaalen Edenshaw, a member […]

by ahnationtalk on January 7, 202065 Views

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Sheridan and national tech industry association ITAC partner on initiative that addresses need for AI and cybersecurity skillset in Canadian organizations now and in the future

December 16, 2019 Sheridan College and the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) are delighted to announce a partnership that will support students and employers in roles focused on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, across all industries. Through its Career Ready Program, ITAC is reserving $162,000 in wage subsidy funding for employers who hire Sheridan Honours […]

by ahnationtalk on December 17, 2019159 Views

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It’s our inherent right’: Anishinaabemowin language app features Hamilton community members – CBC

The app has over 500 words and phrases, songs and cultural videos Dec 15, 2019 Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg, a multi-service Indigenous organization in Hamilton, has launched an Anishinaabemowin language app to reconnect people with the language and improve access to learning. Executive director Monique Lavallee said they created the free app to continue to “light […]

by ahnationtalk on December 16, 201987 Views

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Revitalizing Indigenous languages through mobile apps and human connections – The National Research Council of Canada and Indigenous experts celebrate software for verb conjugation, predictive text, and other technologies developed together

From: National Research Council Canada The National Research Council of Canada and Indigenous experts celebrate software for verb conjugation, predictive text, and other technologies developed together December 12, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario In participation and consultation with Indigenous language experts, instructors, and communities, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is working on speech- and […]

by ahnationtalk on December 12, 2019376 Views

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Closing BC’s Indigenous Internet Gap – TheTyee.ca

Up to two-thirds of First Nations communities still lack basic access. To fix that requires more than piecemeal solutions, says one advocate. Thanks to a new law implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, British Columbia is now legally required to protect and uphold Indigenous Peoples’ human rights. But — like […]

by ahnationtalk on December 12, 201970 Views

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Increasing indigenous internet connectivity underway: ministry – Alaska Highway News

Technology council wants to ensure human right to internet met December 10, 2019 Victoria says B.C.’s First Nations Technology Council needn’t worry about development of internet connectivity for Aboriginal communities after the legislature voted to enshrine the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) into legislation under Bill 41. The work is being […]

by ahnationtalk on December 11, 201971 Views

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The Native Council of PEI using technology to teach and and preserve indigenous language – The Guardian

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — When Sarah Bernard started her promotions and event co-ordinator job at the Native Council of P.E.I., she knew preserving her grandparent’s and parent’s language would be one of her top priorities. “My mother remembers asking my grandmother why she wasn’t teaching her (Mi’kmaq), and she told my mom, ‘English is what will […]

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 201971 Views

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Stoney language app connects elders, youth at Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation – CBC

First Nation’s elders have documented 5,000 words of their dialect Dec 05, 2019 An Alberta First Nation has launched its own app in hopes of connecting the next generation with the community’s dialect of the Stoney language. “We’re in that place, that transition, that could lead to a crisis situation,” said Chief Tony Alexis of […]

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 201955 Views

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Inuit sharing ancient knowledge of ice, sea and land with new app – CBC

Siku app allows users to share info about dangerous conditions, wildlife sightings and hunting stories Dec 05, 2019 A social media app geared toward the outdoor lives of Inuit launched Wednesday with features that tie traditional knowledge to smartphone technology. The Siku app and web platform, named after the Inuktitut word for sea ice, allows […]

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 201940 Views

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BC Government: Launch of connectivity fund creates opportunity for communities

Dec. 2, 2019 100 MILE HOUSE – Rural, remote and Indigenous communities can access grants for high-speed internet projects, which will help people get connected, learn, do business and access vital services. This is thanks to the largest-ever funding intake of the Connecting British Columbia program. “This is an unprecedented opportunity for communities looking to […]

by ahnationtalk on December 2, 201979 Views

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Government of Nunavut makes significant progress in system recovery efforts

Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 22, 2019) – The Government of Nunavut (GN) today confirmed its network and electronic systems affected by the November 2 ransomware are operational, following significant progress over the past weeks. “I want to say a heartfelt thank you to the many people who have been working nonstop to make sure our government […]

by ahnationtalk on November 25, 201939 Views

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Cyberattack prompts Indigenous child welfare authority in Manitoba to call RCMP – APTN News

November 24, 2019 The Southern First Nations Network of Care child welfare authority in Manitoba has called in the RCMP after being hit by a cyberattack that’s corrupted its computer files and potentially compromised the privacy of its clients. Spokesman Jim Compton said the organization’s IT department has been trying to restore service since its […]

by ahnationtalk on November 25, 201977 Views

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Government of Nunavut ransomware update

15 November 2019 The Government of Nunavut (GN) can confirm that payments for Financial Assistance to Nunavut Students (FANS), Adult Learning Training Supports and Foster Parent payments will be issued to clients today, and that future payments for those programs will be issued as scheduled. Income Assistance payments in Iqaluit are now being delivered as […]

by ahnationtalk on November 15, 201960 Views

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CRTC Broadband Fund launches second call to improve Internet access and mobile wireless services across Canada

From: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission News release November 13, 2019 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Today, the CRTC launched its second call for applications for the Broadband Fund. The CRTC is now accepting applications for all eligible projects to improve broadband access across Canada, including in areas covered by the […]

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 2019120 Views

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Government of Nunavut Ransomware Update

November 13, 2019 The Government of Nunavut (GN) can confirm employees will be paid as scheduled on Friday, November 15. Cheques issued for employees without direct deposit in communities outside Iqaluit may arrive on Monday, November 18. There will likely be delays processing non-standard pay such as overtime or acting pay. The Department of Finance […]

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 201981 Views

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Government of Nunavut says computer data backups OK, despite ransomware attack – Nunatsiaq News

12 November, 2019 Voicemail for GN’s Iqaluit offices also working again The Government of Nunavut says that backups of data contained on its computer systems have been recovered, following a recent ransomware attack that had shut down most of the GN’s workstations and servers. That good news means that information on the government’s computers, inaccessible […]

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 201963 Views

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How Indigenous Communities Helped PQA Testing Solve Its Labour Force Shortage – Huddle Today

Nov 8, 2019 FREDERICTON – If only every company could tackle their labour shortage challenge with such precision and success. In the years after Keith McInstosh founded PQA Testing in 1997, he had no problem filling jobs, with the Fredericton-based software company employing around 100 people by 2010. “In the early days, people were accessible […]

by ahnationtalk on November 8, 201961 Views

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GN Departments of Human Resources and Justice Update, November 7, 11:30 a.m.

07 November 2019   Will the Government of Nunavut offices be open on Monday, November 11, Remembrance Day? Government of Nunavut offices will be closed on Monday, November 11, Remembrance Day. Who can I call at Human Resources? Iqaluit Headquarter’s toll-free 1-888-668-9993 Qikiqtaaluk regional office toll-free 1-800-682-9033 Kivalliq regional office toll-free 1-800-933-3072 Kitikmeot regional office […]

by ahnationtalk on November 7, 201966 Views

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After ransomware attack, Nunavut will reformat all GN computers – Nunatsiaq News

7 November, 2019 “We’re not even looking at what it’s going to cost us,” premier says The Government of Nunavut is collecting the work computers of its employees following the ransomware attack that took down the government’s computer systems. Since the attack on Saturday, Nov. 2, GN employees have used paper, telephones and faxes for […]

by ahnationtalk on November 7, 201954 Views

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Ulukhaktok’s community-owned internet could deliver 10x speeds of Northwestel – CBC

Internet Society contributed $20K worth of equipment and training to get community network off ground Nov 06, 2019 The days of the internet monopoly in Ulukhaktok, N.W.T., are numbered. A $20,000 investment by a non-profit in the Arctic hamlet will establish a new community-owned and -operated internet service provider as early as next summer. The […]

by ahnationtalk on November 6, 2019110 Views

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Government of Nunavut returns to paper records and phone calls following ransomware attack – Nunatsiaq News

Far-reaching consequences may affect everything from student report cards to social assistance payments This past weekend’s ransomware attack on the Government of Nunavut has had far-reaching consequences, having frozen the government’s communications and operating systems and revived the use of telephone calls, paper record-taking and faxes for communication among the territory’s departments. For schools across […]

by ahnationtalk on November 5, 2019136 Views

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GN network impacted by ransomware

Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 3, 2019) – On Saturday, November 2, 2019, a new and sophisticated type of ransomware affected the GN, across the territory. The ransomware encrypted individual files on various servers and workstations. As a result, all government services requiring access to electronic information stored on the GN network are impacted, except Qulliq Energy Corporation. “I want to […]

by ahnationtalk on November 5, 201967 Views

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Nunavut government trying to get back online after weekend ransomware attack – APTN News

November 4, 2019 If you’re trying to reach the government of Nunavut today, don’t send an email. Crucial Nunavut government services from health to justice were still impaired Monday after a weekend cyberattack locked out civil servants from access to electronic information. And it could stay down for some time. “We are working non-stop to […]

by ahnationtalk on November 5, 201967 Views

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Six Nations Polytechnic STEAM Academy Partners with IBM Canada and Mohawk College to Launch the P-TECH School Model

Brantford, November 1, 2019 – Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP), along with IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Mohawk College, today announced they are partnering to deliver the P-TECH School Model (Pathways in Technology, Early College High School) through SNP’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Academy in Brantford, Ontario. The P-TECH model at SNP STEAM Academy will […]

by pmnationtalk on November 1, 2019266 Views

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MLAs aghast at $80 million cost increase to Nunavut-Greenland fibre cable – CBC

Oct 25, 2019 Iqaluit internet link will cost over $200 million The GN’s plan to boost internet in the Qikiqtaaluk region through an undersea fibre link between Nunavut and Greenland is going to cost $80 million dollars more than planned. MLAs approved the project, co-funded by the federal government, at around $126 million in October […]

by ahnationtalk on October 25, 201974 Views

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Ontario spends $30M on broadband project for Indigenous communities – CanadianManufacturing.com

The project will connect about 650 homes and 28 businesses, schools and government offices to high-speed internet October 21, 2019 THUNDER BAY, Ont.—Ontario says it will spend $30 million to help bring broadband internet service to five northern Indigenous communities. Premier Doug Ford announced the funding Friday for the Matawa communities north of Thunder Bay, […]

by ahnationtalk on October 21, 201970 Views

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Ontario Bringing High-Speed Internet to Remote First Nation Communities

Province improving access to education, skills training and business opportunities October 18, 2019 THUNDER BAY — The government is putting the people of Northern Ontario first by connecting five remote Matawa-member First Nation communities to fast, reliable and affordable Internet service. Today, Premier Doug Ford announced an investment of $30 million in the Matawa broadband […]

by ahnationtalk on October 20, 2019107 Views

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Indigenous teen robotics team prepares for international competition

Credits: Global News A group of Calgary students is preparing to compete in the 2019 FIRST Global challenge, an international robotics competition being held in Dubai. As Heather Yourex-West explains, the team of Indigenous teens hopes this will open doors for other Indigenous youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEAM).

by ahnationtalk on October 14, 2019324 Views

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Connectivity helps keep people safe on Haida Gwaii

Oct. 1, 2019 HAIDA GWAII – Internet connectivity plays an important role in keeping people safe in emergency situations, especially in remote areas. Chris Ashurst, president of the Masset Marine Rescue Society and Archipelago Ground Search and Rescue Society, knows this well. “Upgrades to our local internet network and cellular service are making a big […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201966 Views

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Government of Yukon supports First Nation investment in technology venture fund

The Government of Yukon is providing $2 million to the Yukon First Nation Investment Corporation to support their investment in Panache Ventures, a national technology venture capital fund. As part of the investment, Panache Ventures will develop an entrepreneurial and investor capacity-building program in the territory to support early stage start-ups through coaching, training, education, […]

by ahnationtalk on September 23, 2019194 Views

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New era of inclusivity for NAIT’s Aboriginal students and staff – techlifetoday

Coby Steinhauer loves going to school, but loves going home again, too. For the 20-year-old Management student, they’re different worlds. Steinhauer grew up in Saddle Lake Cree Nation, a community of about 5,000 people 170 kilometres northeast of Edmonton. He stays with an aunt, a university professor, during the week and heads back on weekends. […]

by ahnationtalk on September 19, 201997 Views

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Canada should look towards Indigenous population for its tech talent needs, leaders say – IT World Canada

While many organizations look overseas for talent to bridge the skills gap in the Canadian tech industry, Indigenous leaders are calling on businesses to invest in the country’s growing Indigenous population. Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band in British Columbia’s Okanagan said the Indigenous population is growing at a faster rate than any […]

by ahnationtalk on September 16, 2019178 Views

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Government of Canada announces funding for First Nations Technical Institute – Net Newsledger

OTTAWA – “The Government of Canada is pleased to support the First Nations Technical Institute in increasing its capacity while helping to break down some of the barriers currently facing Indigenous peoples in pursuing careers in aviation. This is an excellent time to help enable more candidates to enter this high demand field,” states Marc […]

by ahnationtalk on September 9, 2019143 Views

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Saskatchewan Residents To Benefit From Green And Community Infrastructure Investments

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan recognize that strategic investments in green and recreational infrastructure play a key role in supporting healthy, dynamic and sustainable communities. Today, Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, […]

by ahnationtalk on September 5, 2019105 Views

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Media advisory – MP Anthony Rota to make FedNor announcement to support technology, innovation and job creation across Northeastern Ontario

From: FedNor North Bay, Ontario, September 5, 2019 — Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming, will be in North Bay on September 6, 2019, to make a FedNor announcement in support of technology adoption in municipalities and Indigenous communities throughout Northeastern Ontario. The announcement will be made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, […]

by ahnationtalk on September 5, 2019104 Views

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Rural communities in northern Ontario will benefit from faster Internet

Dubreuilville, Brunswick House First Nation and Red Rock Indian Band to get new or enhanced Internet access thanks to Government of Canada investment August 27, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario Canadians understand the importance of building communities. They have always invested in ways to better connect with each other—from the St. Lawrence Seaway to the national railroad system to the […]

by pnationtalk on August 27, 201990 Views

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Membertou First Nation takes on tourism and technology improvements

Membertou Band Council undertakes two new projects to attract and retain business clients, visitors August 20, 2019 – Membertou, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Building progressive and prosperous relationships with Indigenous communities is integral to the economic and social wellbeing of the country. That’s why the Government of Canada is working collaboratively with partners […]

by pnationtalk on August 20, 2019172 Views

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Nunavut residents to benefit from high speed internet

From: Infrastructure Canada Iqaluit, Nunavut, August 19, 2019—Canadians understand the importance of creating successful, sustainable communities and investing in ways to connect with each other in our increasingly digital world. For Northern communities, connectivity is key to supporting economic growth, improving service delivery and creating opportunities to the benefit of all Canadians. Today the Honourable […]

by ahnationtalk on August 19, 2019121 Views

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Rural communities in Ontario will benefit from faster Internet

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Residents of four Ontario communities to get new or faster Internet access thanks to Government of Canada investment August 16, 2019 – Parry Sound, Ontario Canadians understand the importance of building communities. They have always invested in ways to better connect with each other—from the St. Lawrence Seaway […]

by ahnationtalk on August 16, 2019145 Views

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Government of Canada invests in road network technology in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon

From: Transport Canada August 12, 2019 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Transport Canada The Government of Canada supports infrastructure projects that create quality middle-class jobs and boost economic growth. Enhancing the northern transportation system supports and promotes economic growth and social development, offers job opportunities, ensures greater connectivity for Northerners, increases its resilience to a changing climate, […]

by ahnationtalk on August 13, 201995 Views

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Prices of communications services trended downwards in 2018

August 8, 2019 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Prices for most communications services decreased in 2018, according to the CRTC’s Communications Monitoring Report pricing publication issued today. The national monthly average reported price for wireless, Internet, television and home phone services (combined) was 11% lower in 2018 than in 2016. The most significant […]

by pnationtalk on August 8, 201974 Views

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Government of Canada and Province of Nova Scotia invest in projects for new technology and trade in the fish and seafood sector

From: Fisheries and Oceans Canada Lunenburg, Nova Scotia — With the longest coastline in the world, Canada’s coastal communities rely on the fish and seafood industry as an integral contributor to local and regional economies. In Canada about 350,000 jobs rely on sustainable fisheries. This is why the Government of Canada and the Province of […]

by ahnationtalk on August 7, 2019105 Views

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The Government of Canada advances cyber security innovation and cooperation

From: Public Safety Canada August 7, 2019 Ottawa, ON In Canada, we are more connected than ever. That reliance means the need for innovation and vigilance in cyber security has never been greater. Today, the Government is announcing two initiatives to help advance Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy: the release of a National Cyber Security […]

by ahnationtalk on August 7, 201972 Views

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Rural communities in Manitoba will benefit from faster Internet

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Residents to get new or faster Internet access thanks to Government of Canada investment August 2, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario Canadians understand the importance of building communities. They have always invested in ways to better connect with each other—from the St. Lawrence Seaway to the national railroad system […]

by ahnationtalk on August 5, 2019124 Views

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Nunavut government warns residents about fraudulent calls, cybersecurity – Nunatsiaq News

City of Iqaluit says it is not subject to ransomware attacks 29 July, 2019 Nunavut’s Department of Justice is warning residents about fraudulent phone calls from people who pretend to work for the department or for the Nunavut Court of Justice. The department says they’ve received reports of such callers asking potential fraud victims for […]

by ahnationtalk on July 29, 2019102 Views

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Minister Bains announces major investment in the future of connectivity for Canadians living in rural and remote communities

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Partnership with Telesat will maintain Canada’s global leadership in space technology and support 485 jobs July 24, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario Canada’s future depends on connectivity. In today’s digital world, access to high-speed Internet is a necessity for success. That is why the Government of Canada is investing […]

by ahnationtalk on July 24, 201994 Views

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