Admin hiccups jeopardize public internet sites in Nunavut Education Minister Paul Quassa, in answer to questions in the legislature from Iqaluit Tasiluk MLA George Hickes March 2, said Community Access Program funding was not provided because the CAP board is not in "good standing.
" (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER) With money running out, a vanished Government of Nunavut administrator and a lot of confusion over what constitutes standing for a board of directors, free, public internet access across Nunavut might be in jeopardy. The funding, provided under the Community Access Program since 2012 by the GN and by the federal government prior to that, pays for new computers and internet service at public locations across the territory such as libraries and community centres. Education minister Paul Quassa confirmed that there are issues obstructing the release of that money March 2 during question period in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly. Community Access Program is a program that is run by a board, and at this time the board is not in good standing, Quassa said in response to a question from Iqaluit Tasiluk MLA George Hickes. This lack of standing means his department cannot provide any funding to the board, Quassa added. But Catherine Hoyt, chairperson of the Friends of the Iqaluit Centennial Library since 2006, told Nunatsiaq News that there must be a mix up between the education department and the Nunavut Community Access Program (or N CAP) board. Hoyt organization operates the library CAP site the only public internet access in Iqaluit. or not the N CAP board is in good standing, I have no idea. But we never dealt with the board at all. We only dealt with GN employees who administered the N CAP program. That who we always submitted our proposals to, our receipts and our invoices to, at the end of the year, Hoyt said March 2. In a letter to Quassa dated Feb. 22, shared with Nunatsiaq News, Hoyt wrote that she feared the consequences of this mix up would cause coach outlet stores louisiana hardship for some of Iqaluit most vulnerable, impoverished people. 95 per cent of our CAP site users are Inuit who do not have home computers or any other access to computing services or the internet, Hoyt wrote. cut to our funding could have devastating effects on accessibility to the internet and technology for the Nunavummiut who need it the most. Hoyt said that she received coach outlet purses summer regular assurance from an education department administrator that the roughly $6,000 in annual funding her society receives was still coming. Usually the money arrives anywhere between September and December, Hoyt said, so she didn start worrying until Christmas rolled around and the department still hadn offered a contribution agreement. And then in January, her emails to the usual administrator suddenly went unanswered. an answer came: that administrator doesn work here anymore. If you have any questions you have to contact Ron Elliott, the chair of the board Hoyt said. I thought, he? Why should I have to contact him? I would contacted him a long time ago, but I didn realize he had anything to do with the whole process. According to Hoyt, Elliott gave a different story from what she had been told by the education department. Elliott informed Hoyt that no money had been released to the N CAP board by the education department and that even if there coach outlet purses zombie was money, there was no longer a GN administrator to facilitate that release. We tried to reach Elliott for an interview, but he did not respond by our press time. Quassa explained in the house that his department couldn provide N CAP with any funds because of the board standing, but did not mention anything about the lack of an administrator. Hoyt finds all of this contradictory information confusing, and worrying. there was some kind of problem, I don understand why, instead of telling CAP site operators fine, that the money coming, why didn the department say, having an issue this year, don spend any money. Cautioning us instead of saying ahead, it business as usual, Hoyt said. Instead, Hoyt said CAP site operators coach outlet locations extraordinaire have had to dip into their own pockets assuming they would be reimbursed. In response to Hickes questions about the confusion it the second time Hickes has raised the issue during the current sitting Quassa repeated that his department supports N CAP and agreed that it is increasingly valuable across Nunavut, especially in the smaller communities. But it is those smaller communities that worry Hoyt the most. Iqaluit CAP site at the library, which had more than 13,000 visitors in 2014, has the personnel to raise money to provide a financial cushion if funding is delayed. other CAP sites don have that little cushion to draw on. For them it going to be really tough.
Some communities will be really hurt by this, Hoyt said. When questioned by Hickes in the assembly on Feb. 24, Quassa encouraged local library societies to apply for funding.
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