PRRD hopes new grants will address local telecommunications coverage deficits

first_imgPeace River Regional District chair Karen Goodings is hopeful new provincial funding will help improve telecommunications in remote areas of our region.At the wrap of the Union of BC Municipalities Meeting last week, Premier Gordon Campbell announced two new initiatives to improve connectivity for those living in remote and rural areas of BC. The “Connecting Citizens” program will provide up to $50,000 per community to deliver improved telecommunications coverage to remote communities on the province. – Advertisement -Goodings says she’s pleased that the province is beginning to address the district’s connectivity issues. However, she says, it remains to be seen how the funding will apply to unincorporated regions of the district. [asset|aid=373|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=37b595f25624495b7d41bfc8edf95e1b-Goodings – 1_1_Pub.mp3] Telus’ recent shutoff of analog services Canada-wide left some residents with satellite phones as their only means of telecommunication.Advertisementlast_img read more

Cancer bus operator says charity can account for every cent

first_imgA cancer charity at the centre of an investigation into its finances has said it can account for every cent it has fundraised for.The Good and New charity, which operates a bus service for cancer patients in Co Donegal, has been found to have received over €400,000 more than it spent in the past two years.In its return to the charities regulator, the charity reported income of more than €815,000 over 2015 and 2016, and expenditure of €390,780. However, despite concerned being expressed over the transparency of its finances, the charity’s chairman says every cent of the funding has been banked.Eamonn McDevitt revealed that the charity is to hold a meeting with its committee on Wednesday night and a statement will then be made on its position.The charity says it is also tax complaint and that the Revenue Commissioners office can verify their accounts.Mr McDevitt had initially said that the charity’s accountant was in Australia and that he would not be able to contact him until January. In its return to the charities regulator, the Good and New Shop reported income of more than €815,000 over 2015 and 2016, and expenditure of €390,780.The charity runs a once-a-week bus service to Galway from Donegal for patients needing cancer treatment.The charity says it costs an average of €1,000 a week to run the service.The charity bought a Mercedes bus last year which is understood to have cost more than €200,000.As well as running a second-hand shop, the charity receives donations from across the North-West region through a variety of sources including individuals who fundraise to keep the bus on the road. Cancer bus operator says charity can account for every cent was last modified: December 20th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buscancercharityEamonn McDevittGood and Newlast_img read more