Columbia Lake Tech Centre — the Podcast

As many rural communities struggle to reinvent their economies in the wake of wrenching change, the small BC town of Canal Flats has embraced new & emerging technologies as a means of establishing a new economic base for the town and surrounding East Kootenay region. In this BC Rural Centre podcast, Brian Fry, the co-founder Continue reading


Rural Connectivity an Issue for Every Canadian

Cybera is an Alberta not-for-profit, technical agency that helps the province advance its IT frontiers. It operates through a strategic investment by its members and the Ministry of Alberta Economic Development and Trade. The following report by Meagan Hampel will be of interest for rural innovation advocates across the country. As part of our core mandate, Cybera Continue reading


Rural tech

Technology Boosts Rural Life

Is it true that technology boosts rural life?   Conventional wisdom has it that the rural economy is in decline due to seismic shifts in the modern economy.   Traditional rural industries are shrinking, or are moving abroad. Mainstay activities like farming need fewer people as they become more efficient.  There is poor broadband and mobile Continue reading


Canal Flats Welcomes New Rural Tech Centre

Canal Flats welcomes new rural tech centre, as highlighted in this article by Kootenay Association of Science & Technology’s Tracey Connery.   It’s a new era and the Village of Canal Flats, a small community located on the scenic southern shore of Columbia Lake in the East Kootenay, is ready to embrace the possibilities with Continue reading


Innovation & tech are important in rural places

Innovation Can Transform Small Towns!

There are only two approaches to dealing with the often-wrenching changes sweeping over small towns these days — stick with the ol’ “tried & true,” and be overwhelmed by the tsunami of change that seems the hallmark of the 21st century. Or roll up the digital sleeves, start thinking way outside the 20th century box, Continue reading


Innovation & tech are important in rural places

Innovation & Technology Make a Big Difference in Rural BC

  Innovation in rural BC — its importance, and how it can be deployed to help with everything from boosting local economies to coping with a changing climate — is an enormously important issue. We highlight this in three wide-ranging interviews with BC rural tech leaders — Salmon Arm’s Lana Fitt, Revelstoke’s Jean-Marc La Flamme, and Trail’s Continue reading


Haida Gwai gets fibre optic internet

Haida Gwaii homes to get high-speed fibre optic internet

 A $4.9-million project will connect hundreds more Haida Gwaii homes to affordable high-speed internet, reports Andrew Hudson of the Haida Gwai Observer. Thanks to funding announced Tuesday by the Canadian and B.C. governments as well as Gwaii Trust, local internet provider Gwaii Communications will soon start extending the islands’ fibre-optic internet network and offering free Continue reading