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Goldsmith-Jones: Internet improvements underway

Goldsmith-Jones: Internet improvements underway

Access to high speed, high quality internet is essential for education, businesses and our daily lives. The federal government, in partnership with the government of British Columbia, has recently announced significant funding through a program called Connect to Innovate.

Focussed on the needs of rural and remote communities and utilizing fibre-optic backbone technology, we are the recipients of funding that will benefit Earl’s Cove, Egmont, New Brighton, Gibsons, Halfmoon Bay, Langdale, Pope Landing, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Secret Cove, Welcome Beach, Williamsons Landing and Wilson Creek.

New backbone capacity will provide users with access to speeds well above five Mbps. It is expected that communities like ours – right across the country – will see a transformative change in internet speed and service.

This is really good news for the Sunshine Coast, and I would like to thank Frank Mauro and community groups in Madeira Park and Egmont areas, in particular, for their sustained advocacy about this important need in our community.

As an aside, our constituency is a combination of suburban and rural communities, as we know. I attend rural caucus meetings every week in Ottawa, so that I am sure to convey our rural concerns, and in order to capitalize on the highly effective advocacy of rural communities across the country.

On another note, our annual open house in Horseshoe Bay on Jan. 24 was very special this year. To celebrate Canada 150, community members nominated individuals who represent the idea of simply being Canadian.

I was very happy to present 20 pins, made from recycled copper from the roof of West Block on Parliament Hill, to people from all corners of our riding. Sunshine Coast recipients are: Coyote (Terry Aleck) for his commitment to healing and generosity of spirit; Gerry Zipursky for opening all doors for people – including the Gibsons Public Market project; Terry Goulet a proud Metis woman, historian and advocate; Anne Titcomb for dedication to Canada’s parks and wilderness and all her local volunteer work; Vicki Dobbyn for advocacy for women and vulnerable people; Dianne Whelan a free spirit who lives with the earth and inspires us to do the same; and Buddy Boyd for raising awareness and challenging us to live with what we need and to ensure that we recycle the rest. Congratulations. The whole community is grateful.

To learn more about what I am working on your behalf please visit: I welcome your comments and ideas, always. Email me:, connect with us on Facebook: Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, or drop by our office in Horseshoe Bay, 6367 Bruce Street 604-913-2660.

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