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ACORN Members do Social Distancing and Virtual Internet for All Actions as Liberal Government Leaves us in Debt and OFFLINE!
ACORN members from across the country from most provinces including Alberta, BC, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia got together virtually as well as did social distancing actions to demand Internet for All as the need for the internet is greater than ever!
We did a national zoom action where more than 70 members participated. We went through the history of ACORN Canada’s Internet for All Campaign and then discussed how to put pressure on politicians and big telecom companies to ensure that our demand is met. The zoom action ended with sign making and then members holding up their signs reinforcing the message that we need affordable internet.
Without guaranteed and affordable internet access, Lekan Olawoye fears some Canadians could be left behind economically as the pandemic's physical distancing measures remain in place for months to come.
"It's absolutely imperative that right now, in 2020 ... people have access to this, especially when you are thinking about historically underrepresented groups, like black professionals," said Olawoye, the outspoken founder of the Black Professionals In Tech Network.
"If you want a job, you need to be able to do webinars and live interviews."
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted renewed calls for widespread affordable internet and wireless services. Alongside calls for a guaranteed basic income, some are calling for guaranteed universal, affordable internet access.
There was a time when Internet access was a luxury – a ‘nice to have,’ -- but that time has long since past. Now, with COVID-19, Internet access is an essential lifeline to health appointments, school, work, food and medicine deliveries, banking, government emergency funding – and so much more.
Every household needs Internet access.
With the novel coronavirus, not having Internet access can mean the difference between life and death. Having to leave the household for essential goods and services, instead of accessing them online from the safety of your home, can mean risking your safety and that of your loved ones.
Yet Internet access remains unaffordable for many Canadians.