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TELUS now provides service to all British Columbian communities with 1,000 residents or more
Vancouver, B.C. – TELUS has invested $2 million to build two new cell sites in Gold River and Tahsis, bringing vital wireless voice and Internet services to these west coast Vancouver Island communities for the first time. In addition to this investment, TELUS is collaborating with the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation to upgrade wireless services in the community of Tsaxana later this year.
“Without question, all Canadians should have access to the transformative benefits of connectivity, including the tools and resources to connect them to the people and information that matter most” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. “Our team’s efforts to increase wireless capacity in rural and urban communities across Canada, including our home province of British Columbia, will ensure residents have access to the personal, educational, health, and economic benefits that will enable them to participate fully in our global digital society. Residents also now have access to the Babylon by TELUS Health service, a free downloadable app that enables British Columbians to have one-on-one virtual consultations with a B.C.-licensed physician at their convenience from their smartphone. Recognizing more than 800,000 British Columbians do not have a family doctor, this service promises to be life-changing in providing more residents access to critical healthcare. This connectivity also marks a critical milestone for TELUS as we have now connected every community in British Columbia with 1,000 residents or more to our world-leading network. We thank the communities of Gold River and Tahsis for their continued support and advocacy, and we look forward to working with provincial and local governments to continue prioritizing rural connectivity across our province.”
These new cell sites connect users to TELUS’ 4G LTE network, which has earned global recognition as the best network in Canada from third party organizations. Just last week, TELUS announced it has been recognized as the best network in Canada for 4G Wireless Availability, Video Experience, Download Speed Experience, Latency Experience, and Upload Speed Experience in Opensignal’s Canada: Mobile Network Experience Report, in addition to earning 2019 Fastest Mobile Network and Best Mobile Coverage Speedtest Awards™ in Canada from Seattle-based Ookla® for Q3-Q4 2019.
In 2019, TELUS was recognized by industry-leading experts, including OpenSignal, Ookla, J.D. Power, PCMag, and Tutela, building on an outstanding record of achievement with respect to network excellence, having earned the top spot in four out of five of the major mobile network reporting for the third consecutive year in a row or more. Notably, these awards are based on TELUS’ national networks, inclusive of both urban and rural coverage. A recent Opensignal report found that if rural Canada was its own country, it would rank 12th in the world in respect to wireless download speeds, with rural Canadian users on average experiencing faster 4G speeds than users in the United States, Sweden, New Zealand, and France.
“Our government has been a champion of connectivity; we are working hard to ensure people across our province have reliable cellular service. The benefits to people and BC’s economy are immense from education, emergency response, and the ability to do business quickly and efficiently,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “This investment will have a direct impact on the local communities and I want to thank TELUS for supporting cell service in Tahsis and Gold River.”
“Tahsis and Gold River are vibrant communities with an entrepreneurial spirit – they are gateways to West Coast adventure that welcome visitors from all over the world,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and MLA for the North Island. “This technology is important for our coastal communities and their strong tourism sectors. Improved connectivity will also help businesses.”
“Gold River is very excited to finally have cell coverage,” said Gold River Mayor Brad Unger. “This will definitely increase Tourism and business opportunities in the future. It will also be a huge benefit for our protective services (Police, Fire, Ambulance and Health Clinic). We have worked with TELUS for many years to achieve this strategic priority. Thanks for your investment in Gold River TELUS.”“Tahsis is celebrating the arrival of cell service as increased connectivity is central to promoting our community’s economic development, especially tourism. TELUS heard our pitch for cell service and delivered,” said Mayor Martin Davis of Tahsis.
This investment is part of TELUS’ commitment to invest $4.7 billion throughout British Columbia between 2017 and 2020, at no cost to taxpayers.
About TELUS TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications and information technology company with $14.7 billion in annual revenue and 15.2 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video and security. We leverage our global-leading technology to enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. TELUS Health is Canada’s largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers the most innovative business process solutions to some of the world’s most established brands.
Driven by our passionate social purpose to connect all Canadians for good, our deeply meaningful and enduring philosophy to give where we live has inspired our team members and retirees to contribute more than $700 million and 1.3 million days of service since 2000. This unprecedented generosity and unparalleled volunteerism have made TELUS the most giving company in the world.
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NEWS RELEASE, FEB 25, 2020
CAMPBELL RIVER, BC – In its ongoing efforts to recognize the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Province of BC’s Bill 41 and Canada’s steps towards reconciliation, Grieg Seafood BC has created a new position – the Director of Reconciliation.
Orland “OD” Hansen, who is of Inuit-Danish descent, recently accepted the position and joins the Grieg BC family with over 20 years of experience in Indigenous relations in the oil and gas industry.
“We are very excited to welcome Orland Hansen to the Grieg team,” said Rocky Boschman, Managing Director of Grieg Seafood BC. “His professional and personal experience in Indigenous relations and reconciliation will help us grow, not only as a company, but as people and partners going forward.”
“We appreciate the value and importance of our Indigenous partners in the territories where our farms are operating, but I think there are a lot more opportunities to learn from them, listen to them and grow with them. Having our employees recognize UNDRIP and our commitment to reconciliation will be a part of that, and this will be supported by the insight Orland has developed over several decades.”
As the Director of Reconciliation, Hansen will work with coastal Indigenous communities. He will then liaise with Grieg BC’s employees to help the company move towards better understanding of the importance and purpose of reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples, as well as UNDRIP.
“I thought that it was very interesting and forward-thinking for a company to appreciate that the climate is changing across the country in every industry,” Hansen said. “To me, it’s progressive for a company like this to realize, ‘Let’s be in front of the curve and lead by example, let’s become engaged now rather than because you have to, and take the lead.’”
“I think it’s going to be an educational tool so that everyone has an appreciation of where they are, why they’re here and that we should appreciate that we are allowed to be here. It’s important to have that appreciation because then they can build relationships and partnerships that work for everyone, as opposed to a process where you check off consultation and have no regard for the desires of the Indigenous peoples.”
Hansen “grew up in the bush” with his hunting and trapping family in Aklavik, Northwest Territories but eventually relocated to his current home of Calgary with his family to be closer to better health and education services.
He received his applied degree in Petroleum Engineering Technology from SAIT in 1997 and began travelling back and forth between Alberta and NWT. As the lead on many projects in NWT, Hansen became more involved with Indigenous engagement and consultation, which he eventually focused on full time with companies like Schlumberger and Husky Energy prior to joining Grieg Seafood.
“I’m really excited,” Hansen said about his new role. “This is dear to me, and something I’d really like to do. It shows respect. It shows that the company and their ideals are such that they have an appreciation of where they are and of the people that are indigenous to that area. It’s in my job title, but I would have to gain appreciation from the communities here and what they think reconciliation means to them and what they think we as a company should be working towards.”
“The onus is now on industry as well as government to keep [reconciliation] going, to keep showing that you’re serious about working with Indigenous communities, about listening to them and following up on it – taking their advice and requests and actually doing something about it.”
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