Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) celebrated International Women’s Day 2018 by launching its Gender Impact Report. The report documents JHR’s work towards gender equality, with a focus on programming in South Sudan, Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It finds women are still radically underrepresented in media. Globally, the percentage of women reporting the news is 37 per cent – a figure that hasn’t changed since 2010. Women hold just 27 per cent of media management positions, worldwide.
Cogeco Connexion has been named Company of the Year for 2018 by Women in Communications and Technology. The award honours the Canadian company that has made the most significant contribution to industry practices in equity and diversity, creating a workplace that supports women’s advancement. The award will be officially presented at the Women in Communications and Technology’s Annual Awards Gala on Apr. 16, in Gatineau.
The RTDNA has announced its regional finalists including the Central Region, with winners to be announced at the regional awards ceremony Apr. 14 in Toronto; West Region, with winners will be announced at the regional awards ceremony on Apr. 21 in Vancouver; Prairie Region, with winners to be announced Apr. 21 in Regina; and East Region, with winners to be announced Apr. 21 in Dartmouth, NS.
Eastlink has expanded its wireless service further into New Brunswick, announcing its launch in Saint John. Eastlink Wireless first launched in Nova Scotia in 2013, and expanded into Moncton in the summer of 2016.
Bell has announced that Lucky Mobile, its new low- cost prepaid wireless service, is now available in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Launched initially in Ontario, Alberta and B.C. in December, Lucky Mobile prepaid plans start at just $20 for unlimited local talk with no long-term commitment.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada has announced a combined investment of $38 million to help bring or improve high-speed Internet to 33 rural and remote communities in B.C. The funding, which is in addition to a $45.4 million announcement in January, will benefit 33 communities, 13 of which are Indigenous communities. Shaw Communications will build the majority of the fibre backbone, receiving $11.73 million from the federal government and $9.01 million from the Government of British Columbia to connect a total of 16 communities, while projects will also be carried out by CityWest Cable & Telephone Corporation, Gwaii Communications and the Sts’ailes Band.