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Many of us have the Internet in our pocket; an instant connection to news, email and, during an emergency, information that can even save lives.
For others, the Internet is a distant concept. And not just in Third World countries - here in Ottawa too.
The cost of an Internet connection is more than some people can afford, despite the fact that highspeed connections are literally at their front door. Information is power, as well as a key element of a modern education. Without a decent connection to the worldwide web, people who are already behind the rest of Canadian society are destined to fall further behind.
On April 17, 2014, ACORN members from across the Lower Mainland rallied for affordable internet outside Federal Industry Minister James Moore's constituency office in Port Moody. Noel Ouellette, New West ACORN Chapter Co-Chair, led up the action where 15 members from Surrey to Maple Ridge made it out to show their support.
Ottawa South News: Protesters demand telecom giants close digital divide; Low-income advocacy group lobbying for cheap Internet access
For Elmvale resident Robert Fitzpatrick, the Internet is a lifeline.
Without online access to services, the U.S. resident says he wouldn't even be able to live in Canada with his Canadian wife.
"If it wasn't for the Internet, I wouldn't even be here right now," said Fitzpatrick.
43 Ottawa ACORN members attended the kick off rally for Digital Access, fighting for $10/month internet regulation with subsidized computers on Thursday (April 17). Press included: Ottawa Sun, Ottawa Citizen, CBC Radio, Radio-Canada Television, CBC Television, CTV, CFRA, 1310 News, EMC Community News South, and Le Droit. We then marched 10k around the city taking us 2.5 hours, stopping at Minister James Moore's office towards the end. The minister's office refused to come down, even with the media present. The rally and march was led by board members Kat Fortin and Robert Fitzpatrick.
Ottawa ACORN members march 10km for $10/month internet in this CTV Ottawa story on the rising cost of utilities.