The Canadian government believes the internet is an essential service. Over the next three years, the “Connect to Innovate” program will invest $500 million bringing, or improving, high-speed Internet to 300 Canadian rural and remote communities. A local ingredient is the sub-sea fibre optic cable, connecting communities between Prince Rupert and Vancouver, as well as around Vancouver Island. Victoria Smith, the Strathcona Regional District’s Special Projects and Sustainability Manager, confirmed that Cortes Island is a proposed recipient for improved high speed Internet.
Cortes Island is three ferry trips north of Vancouver. There are three hours of driving time. As you also spend a significant amount of time waiting, the trip can take six hours in peak season. Some people think of Cortes as a throwback to the 1970‘s; others regard it as one of BC’s sustainable hubs. The major industry is tourism. There are around a thousand inhabitants, three hamlets and a number of non-profit organizations. There is also an EV charging station. I am told it has only been used once. This says a great deal about the extent of BC’s expanding EV infrastructure. Continue reading British Columbia’s Expanding EV Infrastructure→