The Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System (NWT&Y)…or how we got to Northwestel …

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… or how we got to Northwestel

“…In 1922, the vast Canadian north, from Hudson Bay to the Alaska border, comprising of the Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory, had no means of communication with civilization, or “outside” as it was known, except a limited mail service by boat in summer and dog-team in winter. In addition to this limited mail service Dawson City, YT was served by a telegraph line from Hazelton, BC operated by the Dominion Government Telegraph Service. The telegraph line was none too reliable due mainly to maintenance difficulties as it ran for hundreds of miles through uninhabited wilderness and over extremely rugged terrain. […] The story of the Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System (NWT&Y) is a virtually unknown saga in the history of the development of northern Canada. The contributions of the men who staffed the stations are largely unheralded. In his post-script to the official history, WO1 Cal Vince says: “Northerners will also remember Signals primarily as magistrates, Airways and Transportation agents, acting minions of the law and prime movers in community affairs. It is the unmistakeable fact that the fine reputation built by the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals during 37 eventful years of service in the north country was not the result of the efforts of one, two or even three individuals, but rather the results of the combined efforts of every officer and man who served on this now non-existent arm of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.” These are not the normal roles of soldiers on active service. But there in the Canadian northland they were engaged in unusual circumstances and eventful times. Not only was Canada’s northern frontier and its resources in the early stages of exploration and development, but the science, technology and practical applications of global telecommunications and air transportation were also probing new frontiers. The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals was asked by the Government of Canada to step into the breach and fill the void in long-distance telecommunication to serve those industries and the embryonic communities in the northern territories. In the process the Signallers found themselves, perforce, fulfilling duties far beyond anything they had learned at the School of Signals in Vimy Barracks. In enthusiasm, ability, dedication and inventiveness they were not found wanting. In the nearly four decades (1923-59) that their System operated they left behind them a proud and impressive legacy…”
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Media Habits of Francophone Communities in the NWT, Nunavut & the Yukon

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Media Habits of Francophone Communities in the NWT, Nunavut & the Yukon

Information is lacking on the expectations and media consumption habits of official language minority communities.
What do they read? What do they watch and listen to? What do they expect from the media that serve them in their language? How important do they consider the French and English languages in their everyday lives?
The Let’s Talk Media survey was conducted to answer these questions and provide members of the Alliance of Official Language Minority Media with reliable and credible data on their target customers.
The survey objectives were to determine the following:
-Consumption patterns for print and electronic media

-Patterns of Web and social network use

-Readership of local Francophone weeklies and readers’ perceptions of these newspapers

-Community Radio Audience and perceptions of these radio stations

-Profiles of their target customers

The survey was conducted by telephone with 102 respondents,18 years of age or older whose native language is French, or who use the French language in their daily lives, and who live in the Northwest Territories, Yukon or Nunavut.
In addition to the telephone survey, 39 respondents participated in the survey via the Internet, for a total of 1,095 respondents. Web participants were recruited through :

-Several organizations (socio-cultural associations, school boards, etc.) which promote language diversity and invited their members and partners to participate
-Announcements and invitations published and disseminated in the media and on AMM member websites

-Respondents from the Leger Marketing Web panel in some markets where the concentration of eligible
clients was less than 30% of the population
Data Collection
Telephone interviews were conducted from March 23 to July 6, 2011, whereas the Web interviews were conducted from November 28, 2010 to April 25, 2011.
Weighting and Margin of error
Final survey data were weighted according to age, gender and native language to ensure a representative sample of the Francophone population of the territories studied. Since the presented results combine Web and Telephone respondents, it is not possible to assign any margin of error to the figures.
Due to differences in the measuring instruments, target populations and data collection methods, the results of this report are not directly comparable to other readership or audience studies such as those by ComBase, NADbank or BBM.

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Yukoner’s Windy Arm pond hockey video goes viral – Got 100,000 hits on Youtube in 3 days

Yukoner’s Windy Arm pond hockey video goes viral

This video shows the players skating on smooth-as-glass ice

surrounded by mountains on Windy Arm, Yukon, which is part of Tagish Lake. (YouTube)

See the CBCNorth coverage of the story here…

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