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NorthwesTel extends 4G coverage in Dawson City

NorthwesTel extends 4G coverage in Dawson City

Whitehorse (December 16, 2013): According to a NorthwesTel media release today, the company has extended its 4G network to Dawson City airport.

The media release says, “The company, which currently provides 4G wireless service in Dawson City, extended the coverage to residents who live outside the downtown core as part of its Modernization Plan. Expanded service is now available. This upgrade means that customers as far as the Dawson City Airport have access to 4G wireless service. Residents in these areas will now be able to call, text, browse and download on the latest handheld devices.”

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NorthwesTel extends 4G coverage in Dawson City

NorthwesTel extends 4G coverage in Dawson City

Whitehorse (December 16, 2013): According to a NorthwesTel media release today, the company has extended its 4G network to Dawson City airport.

The media release says, “The company, which currently provides 4G wireless service in Dawson City, extended the coverage to residents who live outside the downtown core as part of its Modernization Plan. Expanded service is now available. This upgrade means that customers as far as the Dawson City Airport have access to 4G wireless service. Residents in these areas will now be able to call, text, browse and download on the latest handheld devices.”

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Yukon seeks input into proposed regulations including minimum rental standards

Yukon seeks input into proposed regulations including minimum rental standards

WHITEHORSE (December 11, 2013): The Yukon government is asking for feedback on proposed regulations under the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, including minimum rental standards. This is the last step required before the new legislation is proclaimed into effect.

“When finalized, the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act and its supporting regulations will provide Yukoners with legislation that reflects best practices from across Canada,” Minister of Community Services Brad Cathers said. “The public’s input will help us in balancing the rights of tenants and landlords in support of a healthy rental market in Yukon.”

The Residential Tenancies Office, created by the new Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, is leading the development of the regulations that it will use to administer the legislation. The new office will also provide public information and support to clients, hear and settle disputes outside of the courts, and have the ability to make binding decisions in relation to those disputes.

The proposed regulations will cover areas such as:

  • Permitted and prohibited deposits,
  • Issues that must be addressed in tenancy agreements,
  • Permitted fees under tenancy agreements, and
  • Dispute resolution fees.

Minimum standards are proposed for exteriors and interiors of residential properties, including mandatory compliance with upcoming changes in the Oil Fired Appliance Safety Statutory Amendment Act.

Amendments to this act will require smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in all dwellings with an oil-fired appliance or an attached garage.

The public participation document is available on the Community Services website at http://www.community.gov.yk.ca/consumer/new_rlta.html.

Print copies are also available at community libraries and at the main information desk in the Government of Yukon administration building at 2071-2nd Avenue in Whitehorse.

The public is invited to participate and provide comments from December 11 to March 11, 2014.

Source: Yukon Government Press Release

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NorthwesTel boosts internet speed up to 100 Mbps

NorthwesTel boosts internet speed up to 100 Mbps

Whitehorse (December 10, 2013): According to the NorthwesTel media release this morning, its new Internet service will also include 100 Mbps download speed.

“The company will launch 100 Mbps Internet service next week, bringing the fastest Internet speeds to the city to date. This new upgrade demonstrates Northwestel’s commitment to bringing next generation services to northern Canada under its Modernization Plan.
Residential and small business customers in Whitehorse who subscribe to Northwestel’s new service can now browse, download and stream at speeds up to 100 Mbps – two times faster than previously available. With download speeds of up to 100 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 5 Mbps, customers will be able to download a high definition movie in less than 10 minutes and upload files faster than ever before.”

The new service also increases monthly usage caps to a northern-leading 250 gigabytes (GB) and provides a 50% lower rate for additional usage. With a 250 GB cap, customers can send and receive 50 million e-mails, download 60,000 songs, or watch more than 100 standard definition movies in a single month.

“Northwestel is committed to meet the ever growing demand for bandwidth and telecommunications services,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Flaherty. “We are very thrilled to launch this new service in Whitehorse and will continue to provide innovative services that northerners want to see in the future.”

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NorthwesTel boosts internet speed up to 100 Mbps

NorthwesTel boosts internet speed up to 100 Mbps

Whitehorse (December 10, 2013): According to the NorthwesTel media release this morning, its new Internet service will also include 100 Mbps download speed.

“The company will launch 100 Mbps Internet service next week, bringing the fastest Internet speeds to the city to date. This new upgrade demonstrates Northwestel’s commitment to bringing next generation services to northern Canada under its Modernization Plan.
Residential and small business customers in Whitehorse who subscribe to Northwestel’s new service can now browse, download and stream at speeds up to 100 Mbps – two times faster than previously available. With download speeds of up to 100 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 5 Mbps, customers will be able to download a high definition movie in less than 10 minutes and upload files faster than ever before.”

The new service also increases monthly usage caps to a northern-leading 250 gigabytes (GB) and provides a 50% lower rate for additional usage. With a 250 GB cap, customers can send and receive 50 million e-mails, download 60,000 songs, or watch more than 100 standard definition movies in a single month.

“Northwestel is committed to meet the ever growing demand for bandwidth and telecommunications services,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Flaherty. “We are very thrilled to launch this new service in Whitehorse and will continue to provide innovative services that northerners want to see in the future.”

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The Yukon Commissioner’s Annual Youth Showcase Concert- The Northern Muses Strike Young

The Commissioner of Yukon, the Honourable Doug Phillips speaking at the concert. (Photo: Alina Dragomir/ Yukon Times)

By Alina Dragomir

[dropcap]We[/dropcap] all know the territory is home to some of the finest artistic talent – from craft artisans to musicians to visual artists, the North seems to play the role of muse for many Yukoners, who contribute to our wonderful and diverse cultural richness.

This trend appears to be present in Yukon’s youth as well, who are receiving much less limelight even though they are exhibiting no less talent.

It is with this in mind that the Commissioner of Yukon, the Honourable Doug Phillips, was inspired to present young artists from all over the territory with unique opportunities to showcase their talent.

Mr. Phillips has been involved in Yukon public life for over 15 years as part of his political career, and continues to do so since his appointment as Commissioner of Yukon in 2010.

In this role, he considers himself to be in the ideal position to achieve positive impact for Yukoners. “You get to see the benefit while being in a non-political role,” Phillips said.

Barndance Band open the Showcase Concert.
Barndance Band open the Showcase Concert.

Mr. Phillips’ dream was to promote and highlight Yukon’s talented youth. “There’s so little opportunities for youth to perform,” explained Lyndsey Hamilton, of the office of the Commissioner.

To address this, the Commissioner’s Youth Showcase program was created, which aims to recognise and encourage young artists and musicians in the Yukon through performances and artwork displays held during several events each year.

On Friday, November 22, the Commissioner hosted the 2nd Annual Youth Showcase Concert at the Old Fire Hall. This event invited the public for a lineup of music and dance performances, as well as an art exhibit displaying visual pieces by young artists from all over the Yukon.

The dual-purpose of this event was to give youth a chance to perform in front of a large audience, as well as to give Yukoners a chance to be exposed to these youth.

The reception and concert was entirely hosted by the Commissioner's Office.
The reception and concert was entirely hosted by the Commissioner’s Office.

Featured artists are chosen for this and other events twice a year by an impartial committee of volunteers. In addition to the chance to perform, selected young artists are also presented with a framed certificate in recognition of their achievement, as well as a gift certificate to encourage them in their artistic pursuits.

“It was like a dream,” Phillips said in an interview following the event. “I was a bit emotional, it was better than what I had in mind.”

Some participants at the Showcase Concert are also invited to perform at other events such as the Commissioner’s Tea and Ball held annually in Dawson City.

Visual art exhibit during the 2nd Annual Commissioner's Youth Showcase Concert.
Visual art exhibit during the 2nd Annual Commissioner’s Youth Showcase Concert.

Over the course of these events, Phillips realised that it’s not only a positive experience for the youth involved, but that “the effects can be far-reaching.” The parents and the teachers benefit, while the audience itself is transformed, he explained.

“If even one of these kids becomes successful in his or her career – and likely more than one will,” added Phillips, he or she will be able to look back on this experience as an opportunity to gain confidence and will to persevere.

Mr. Phillips hopes that the Commissioner’s Youth Showcase program, along with the associated events, will become integrated into the Commissioner’s role even after his term ends, and that the next appointed Commissioner will continue to promote and encourage talented Yukon youth.

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For a great cause

For a great cause

Whitehorse artist Claire Ness and Paddy’s Place owner Patrick Singh worked together to organize a fund-raising event called “Swingin’ For The Philippines” on November 17, 2013. Many well-known artists like Ryan McNally, David Bruce Haddock, Lonnie Powell, Robert Bergman, and Duncan Sinclair came to perform there. All proceeds went to the Philippines for the Typhoon Relief Fund through UNICEF.

(The Canadian government says it will match any donations to registered Canadian charities providing aid to the Philippines to deal with the devastating and deadly effects of Typhoon Haiyan.)

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Northwestel Wireless moves to Bell Mobility

NorthwesTel

Northwestel announced on October 21, 2013 the transfer of its wireless business to Bell Mobility, offering northern consumers and businesses better access to the best wireless products and services available in Canada. Northwestel and Bell Mobility are subsidiaries of Bell Canada.

“We are very pleased that Northwestel and Latitude wireless customers are gaining access to Bell Mobility’s world-beating products and services,” said Paul Flaherty, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwestel. “Increased access to advanced wireless services is an important part of our Modernization Plan for the North, and we’re working closely with Bell Mobility to meet all of our commitments. With its national scale, Bell Mobility is well positioned to deliver on the capital investments required to bring new mobile technologies to the North while Northwestel remains focused on expanding the availability and capabilities of our wireline services that we know are extremely important to northerners.”

The transfer is expected to take effect in the first quarter of 2014 and be seamless for all post-paid and pre-paid Northwestel and Latitude wireless customers. Existing customers will retain their current cell phones and phone numbers, and contracts, including current rates and charges, will simply be transferred to a Bell Mobility account.

“The Bell Mobility team is thrilled to welcome wireless customers in Canada’s North and we look forward to investing in new mobile networks and services to make service across the region even better,” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility. “Bell is acknowledged in Canada and globally for our network investment and innovation, delivering the best mobile products the world has to offer to both consumers and business users. We’re bringing that same focus and energy to northern Canada and to meeting the targets set out in Northwestel’s Modernization Plan.”

As part of the transition, Northwestel has acquired from the Dakwakada Development Corporation (DDC) its interest in Latitude Wireless, a partnership originally formed by Northwestel and DDC to provide digital cellular service across the Yukon.

“We are extremely thankful to our customers and proud of what we’ve accomplished with Northwestel over the past seven years,” said Brian MacDonald, Chair of DDC. “While we’ve successfully rolled out advanced cell phone technology to many communities, we believe the scale and expertise of a world leader like Bell Mobility is necessary if consumers and businesses in the North are to keep pace with the global evolution in wireless services. DDC looks forward to new business opportunities that will foster growth in the Yukon.”

Northwestel and Latitude wireless customers will receive more information in the coming weeks and months, including details about the transition of their accounts to Bell Mobility. Information is also available at http://www.nwtel.ca or http://www.latitudewireless.ca.

Source: Northwestel Media Release, October 21, 2013.