Bert Braybrook from TELUS appeared before the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) at the Oct. 2 board meeting in Williams Lake to give an update on the progress for wireless and broadband services in the Cariboo.
Braybrook explained that the capital investment in the Cariboo in the past 18 months is in excess of $20 million.
CRD directors expressed concerns specific to service in their electoral areas, including pay phone service in remotes areas and cell and Internet service throughout the region.
Tourism continues to be on the rise in the South Cariboo, giving hope that there may be some bounce back from weak overall job numbers.
August saw an almost 30 per cent rise in the number of visitors to the region compared to the same month last year; a phenomenon not unique to the Cariboo, says South Cariboo Visitor Centre manager Julie Gilmour.
The August numbers saw an increase of almost 1,500 people when compared to 2014.
School District #27 (SD27) superintendent Mark Thiessen and school board chair Tanya Guenther attended the Oct. 2 Cariboo Regional District (CRD) board meeting to provide background information about dual credits trades training in SD27.
CRD directors agreed to write a letter of support that Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) cross-regional and mountain-pine beetle funds be allocated to the “Beyond Northern Opportunities: Expanding Dual Credit Trades Training” in School Districts 27 and 28.
The CRD will request the NDIT board to fund this initiative.
The program allows high school students to begin accessing trades training.