#SamKnows #Yellowknife Broadband Measurement Project #NWT #CRTC #Whitebox

SamKnows #Yellowknife Broadband Measurement Project #NWT #CRTC #Whitebox
https://youtu.be/st8OX9ihAUM


“… Dear GEORGE
Thank you for participating in the Canadian Broadband Measurement Project.
Unfortunately, your unit has not reported any data since 10-Dec-16, and we are wondering if the unit is still connected.
To resolve the problem: Ensure your Whitebox is connected to your modem/router. Reboot the Whitebox by either switching the power off and on or briefly unplugging the device.
Please send us an email to […] and we will confirm if the problem is fixed.
We really do need your consistent support for the long term, so please switch your test box back on today. As part of the SamKnows panel, we give you access to your own data via an online reporting system, and also a monthly email report card to allow you to compare performance and communicate with your ISP.
Thank you for your support.
Kind regards,
SamKnows …”
“… Join our Canadian campaign… Sign up with us today to accurately measure your broadband performance
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and SamKnows have established the ‘Measuring Broadband Canada’ program in order to provide Canadian citizens with reliable and accurate data concerning broadband provision across the country.
Anyone who would like to be part of this project just needs to sign up. It might be worth reading the requirements before doing so just to make sure you’re eligible to join!
On signing up, volunteers will receive a purpose-built broadband measurement unit, also known as a SamKnows Whitebox. The Whitebox is easy to install; once it has been plugged into the existing modem / router then it is good to go. Volunteers will also be able to see their own data from their broadband connection using a purpose-built SamKnows dashboard.
Please note, not everyone who registers will necessarily receive a SamKnows Whitebox. We do want to thank everyone for signing up and for working together to make Canadian broadband better!…”
https://www.measuringbroadbandcanada.com/

“…What is the Broadband Measurement Project?
In 2015, the CRTC launched a project to objectively measure broadband Internet performance, including actual connection speeds, in Canadian homes. It collaborated in this innovative project, a first for Canada, with major Canadian Internet service providers (ISPs) and SamKnows, a UK-based company that has built a global Internet measurement platform that spans five continents.
The data, collected from approximately 5,000 Canadian volunteers, from across the country, will inform the CRTC’s future broadband policy-making.
The data will also provide Canadians with a greater understanding of whether Internet services from participating ISPs are delivered at the advertised speeds and allow ISPs to improve their networks to better serve existing customers, and promote products to potential new customers.
The key output of the project is the annual report, developed and reviewed by all participants.
How is data collected for the Broadband Measurement Project?
A device known as a Whitebox is connected to a volunteer’s home modem or router and monitors the broadband performance when no one is using the Internet connection. This performance data is made available to the volunteer via a Web portal and is also available to the CRTC and the ISP providing the service. …”
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/internet/proj.htm

Read Un/Covering the North: News, Media & Aboriginal People

@melindatrochu Read Un/Covering the North: News, Media & Aboriginal People http://ow.ly/IB9D307e8R4 #ValerieAlia #FB http://ow.ly/ENyP307e8SA

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NWT’s The Sun at Midnight actor wins award

Yellowknife's Kirsten Carthew on the set of The Sun at Midnight, a Canadian film which she directed, wrote, and produced. (submitted)

Yellowknife’s Kirsten Carthew on the set of The Sun at Midnight, a Canadian film which she directed, wrote, and produced. (submitted)

“… The first full-length feature film shot in the N.W.T. is quickly becoming a celebrated selection at some major Canadian film festivals.
Mohawk-actor Kawennárhere Devery Jacobs won the award for best performance in a Canadian film at the Whistler Film Festival on Sunday for her performance in The Sun at Midnight.
“I’m just filled with gratitude,” said Jacobs in an interview Tuesday. “I had no expectations going to shoot it in the Northwest Territories. We just went to film this ultra low-budget project, and it was such a passion project that I really hold dear to my heart.” […]
It’s the first acting award Jacobs has received, and she credits Carthew’s talent for the win.
“It’s all because of our writer-director [#Yellowknife’s] Kirsten Carthew. Her writing, if you look at the film, there really isn’t a lot of plot-driven stories, so it really rests on the shoulders of myself and [co-star] Duane Howard to carry the film, which I haven’t’ had the opportunity to do in past projects.” […]
The Whistler Film Festival marks the film’s second screening outside the N.W.T.
The Sun at Midnight also screened at imagineNATIVE in October, complete with a standing ovation from the audience.…”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/sun-at-midnight-performance-award-1.3884105

John McFadden on his Acquittal on Obstructing Police charge in Yellowknife NT

John McFadden on his Acquittal on Obstructing Police charge in Yellowknife NT  October 21, 2016


For more on this story see
Yellowknife journalist found not guilty of obstruction (CBCNorth)
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/john-mcfadden-decision-expected-1.3814759
‘Free McFadden’ T-shirts support Yellowknife journalist on trial
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/free-john-mcfadden-t-shirt-1.3674422
Yellowknife Court Reporter on Trial for Obstructing Police by  Cody Punter July 1, 2016
http://www.canadalandshow.com/yellowknife-court-reporter-trial-obstructing-police/
Exiled to the North, a Reporter Finds a New Enemy in the RCMP by Dave Bidini July 7, 2016
http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/exiled-to-the-north-a-reporter-finds-a-new-enemy-in-the-rcmp
ICYMI: Objection! Local Journo’s Trial an Expensive, Questionable Circus
Nobody looks good in the case of an NNSL reporter charged with obstruction of justice
Sep 1, 2016
https://edgenorth.ca/article/icymi-objection-local-journo-s-trial-an-expensive-questionable-circus

Exiled to the North, a Reporter Finds a New Enemy in the RCMP

Reporter John McFadden by Walter Strong.

Except – “…When McFadden first showed up in Yellowknife, people didn’t know what to make of him. He carried a big city sense of journalistic duty to a place smaller than his hometown of Orangeville, Ontario; 20,000 vs 27,000. He gained readers quickly, but made enemies just as fast. It was the RCMP who jumped the line; banning him from news conferences, forcibly removing the writer from the courthouse in an episode that resulted in the Justice department compensating him for torn clothes. But most profoundly, it led to the Mounties challenging McFadden after he criticized the force for refusing to alert the public when sexual predators were released from prison, even though it’s a policy that was changed after the reporters’ protests. … This was merely a prelude, however, to what happened last July in Yellowknife outside the Black Knight pub, where McFadden was cuffed, thrown in a police cruiser and hauled off to the cells, where he was kept for a number of hours after being charged with obstruction of police, an offence related to pictures he was taking of a van that the police were tearing apart in one of the city’s busiest downtown neighbourhoods. McFadden claims that he was not obstructing police procedure, while the cops—three of whom were questioned on the stand a few weeks ago at the beginning of the most sensational trial in Yellowknife in the last decade—insist that he was inside the van, or “breaking the plane,” in the words of one of the officers. If the three policemen who testified produced varying accounts of the incident, one thing was consistent: McFadden, who emerged from the Black Knight after midnight to investigate the nature of the police operative (centred around the van’s stolen plates and the identification of the vehicle’s owner, a very drunk man who immediately complied with the search), was portrayed as a person who was “yelling and screaming” and creating havoc as he approached the van. The presence of the reporter might have been alarming to the constables, but it was one in which most Yellowknifers, by this point, have become familiar. You heard him, and you knew who it was. You either turned around or charged forward, depending on what kind of night you were looking to have. ..”
http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/exiled-to-the-north-a-reporter-finds-a-new-enemy-in-the-rcmp?utm_source=vicefbca

FOXY seeks a Female Digital Storytelling Facilitator only

FOXY seeks Female applicants only
for a Digital Storytelling Facilitator
for our 2016 Peer Leader Retreats!
FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) is an arts-based sexual/mental health and leadership organization with an office located in Yellowknife. We offer programming for Northern and Indigenous young women (and soon, young men!) across the Canadian North. Our focus is on the process of learning through the arts, rather than producing artistic masterpieces. We are recruiting a Digital Storytelling Facilitator for two FOXY Peer Leader Retreats that will be offered to Northern youth who identify as female in summer 2016. These Retreats will occur at beautiful Blachford Lake Lodge, NWT, which is a 20-minute floatplane flight from Yellowknife.

The ideal FOXY Digital Storytelling Facilitator:
·       LOVES working with youth (aged 13-17 years)
·       Thinks creatively and outside the box
·       Enjoys being challenged
·       Works well within a diverse team
·       Has experience with producing short films and facilitating film workshops with youth
·       Has interest/experience in comprehensive sexual health education, mental health, health promotion, leadership education with youth, the North
·       Is adaptable and flexible as the Retreat is a constantly evolving environment
·       Is available July 26-August 5 and/or August 10-19, 2016 and can be at Blachford Lake Lodge with little or no Internet/phone access for a week at a time
·       Can provide a clean criminal records check (including vulnerable sector)
·       Should have valid First Aid/CPR
·       Female applicants only for this position; preference will be given to long-time Northerners and/or those who identify as Indigenous

This is a contract position; honoraria will be provided (as well as airfare and travel expenses for an individual who resides outside Yellowknife). All accommodation/food expenses are covered while at Blachford Lake Lodge.

For more information about FOXY, please check out our website at http://www.arcticfoxy.com, find us on Facebook at facebook.com/arcticfoxyNWT, or on Twitter @Arctic_FOXY.

Interested applicants please submit a resume and cover letter to FOXY Executive Director Candice Lys at Candice@arcticfoxy.com. This position will remain open until filled.
http://arcticfoxy.com/facilitatorjob/

Candice Lys, MA, PhD Candidate
Executive Director, FOXY
Ashoka Canada Affiliate
Research Associate, Institute for Circumpolar Health Research
FOXY; 240 Borden Drive, Yellowknife, NT  X1A 3R4
Tel: +1.867.444.9108 | Fax: +1.888.518.4945
Web: http://www.arcticfoxy.com
Email: candice@arcticfoxy.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArcticFoxyNWT
Twitter: @Arctic_Foxy

ENCOURAGING ABORIGINAL VOICES AND ISSUES IN THE MEDIA

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The CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowships offer two Aboriginal journalists with one to 10 years of experience the chance to explore issues of interest to First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples. The award aims to foster better comprehension of Aboriginal issues in Canada’s major media and community outlets.
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 19, 2016
http://cjf-fjc.ca/awards/aboriginal_fellowship
Please take a look at the award details
before submitting your application.
http://www.cjf-fjc.ca/cjf_awards/?category=aboriginalform

The Northern Journal is for sale

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Publishers Don & Sandra Jaque wish to retire
(after 40 years).
Seeking someone who wishes to carry it on.
Award winning with NWT/Alberta circulation of 5000 (print) and 4700 (online)…
Includes trained, quality staff of five …
Most profitable if operated in Yellowknife or Hay River

207 McDougal Road, P.O. Box 990
Fort Smith, Northwest Territories
(867) 872-3000

Contact don@norj.ca

http://norj.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/NorthernJournal/

Funding available for Canadian campus or community radio stations

“… Youth on  Air! is a pilot program developed by the  CRFC to  provide a radio experience to young  people  through  training  grants.  In addition to  falling under several of the CRFC’s program priority  areas, this program aims to achieve the objectives set forth in  the CRTC policy on the Canadian Content Development (CCD).Funding must be dedicated to initiatives that provide high quality audio content for broadcast and mustinvolve direct expenditures that are allocated to the support, promotion, training, and development of  Canadian musical or spoken word talent, including journalists. Youth on Air! is  aimed  at  stations that are seeking to work with young Canadians in search of  mentorship, education, and/or training in broadcasting within a community – oriented radio station.
The goal of the program is to increase capacity and outreach of stations through the recruitment, hiring, and training of young talented radio programmers while contributing  to new and innovative programming. The components the program are:
(a) the mentorship, education, and/or training of a youth intern(s);
(b) music or local- interest spoken word programming produced by the intern(s).
Who is eligible?
Eligible applicants are not – for – profit Canadian stations who hold a CRTC – issued  campus (community – based campus or instructional) or community (type A or B) radio broadcasting licence (as set out in Public Notices CRTC 2000 – 12, 2000 – 13, or 2010 -499).
Any previous recipient with outstanding reports or amounts owed to the CRFC will not be eligible for any new funding until they have fulfilled these obligations. […]
What amount is available ?
Eligible stations may receive funding up to$10,000 […]
What is the eligible funding period?
Projects must take place between May 1st, 2016 and October 31 st, 2016.
Funding term will cover a maximum 26 weeks project and will run for a minimum of 8 weeks.  [..]
Application deadline
The CRFC will accept applications until Monday, February 29st, 2016 at midnight, Pacific Time (PST)….”
See the PDF file here
http://www.crfc-fcrc.ca/images/documents/YOA_Guidelines_2016.pdf

This City III – Residency & Social Art Project – YK ARCC, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

This City III – Residency & Social Art Project – YK ARCC, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Deadline: August 1st, 2015
Disciplines: Activism, Art Education, Collaboration, Community, Conceptual Gardening Theory, Crafts & Trades, Curatorial, Design, Experimental, Film & Video

This City III – Residency & Social Art Project – YK ARCC, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

This City III – Residency & Social Art Project – YK ARCC, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

, Installation, Media Arts, Music & Sound, Other, Performance, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Visual Arts.

Location: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Duration: 3 weeks. Programming begins mid-September to early October 2015 (flexible).

Eligibility: Establishing and Professional Artists are welcome to apply.

Costs / Support: There are no costs to the artist except for travel.  The artist will be paid for their exhibition, workshop and/or artist talk(s) along with accommodations and a daily stipend.  Although travel costs are not covered, YK ARCC will write a support letter for CCA travel grant upon request.  Housing and artist studio are provided.

Program Description:  In Yellowknife, a city of approximately 20,000 inhabitants, homelessness is undeniably disproportionate and affordable housing options are limited. On the other hand, there is an abundance of unoccupied space in town. These spaces could be used in creative ways to display art and generate dialogue about how space is used in our town.  Finding creative solutions is on our agenda.

“This City III” is a project that falls in line with finding creative solutions to our city’s complex, intersectional needs.  For its third year running “This City III” continues to address social concern and engage our community through the use of art.

YK ARCC is looking for an artist to take to the streets and explore our city– our community, the locals, our local economies, our spaces, and create a project that offers findings, questions, and/or commentary relevant to our city. We ask that the project take place outside of the white box in order to further the opportunities for community engagement and reinforce the values of the project.

Duties & Responsibilities:  The artist is responsible for the research, development and completion of their own project in line with “This City III”, including: one measurable needs assessment, one artist talk, and one workshop (that lends itself to the project at hand) and finally one presentation of the work in form of exhibition/performance/installation/etc.

Applications:  Please send anything you find relevant to show your interest areas and previous works to: ykarcc [at] gmail.com. Make sure you include a short text explaining your motivation to come and work on this particular project. Optionally you can include a short description of a project you wish to realize here.  CVs are not necessary but accepted.  There is no fee to apply.   A committee of local artists will look at applications on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible.

Application Deadline is August 1st 2015

URL: http://www.ykarcc.ca

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