Village in Haida Gwaii receives cell phone service for the first time ever

Village in Haida Gwaii receives cell phone service for the first time ever

“It’s brought us into the 21st century.”Port Clements mayor Doug Daugert is ecstatic that his tiny Haida Gwaii village, population less than 300, finally has cell phone service.Daugert said the town lobbied for years for Telus to build a tower so the town could access the network.“And this is my good news story: I was out at my cabin on Kunghit Island and I could talk to the village office on the telephone. It was great. Gave me an access that I hadn’t had before,” Daugert said.Story continues belowREAD MORE: BC Ferries need to go slower, quieter, NEB says in Trans Mountain decisionThe biggest impact on the town will be improved safety, according to Daugert. People will be able to get in touch with emergency services like search and rescue much more quickly.“Paramedics that are on call might be around in the village and it might take 10 minutes or so to track them down, even though they would have left forwarding numbers and so on,” Daugert said.“It just added to the factors in time when there was some emergency situations. It basically just makes it safer for everybody. Auto accidents happened on the road and people couldn’t phone for the ambulance.”WATCH: Should B.C. follow Ontario with school cell phone ban?

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