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General News · 9th January 2022
Candice
Deadline for comments is January 31st, 2022

Telus has returned with a new cell tower proposal. See attached .pdf attachment of the public notice letter for more info.

"The public will be invited to comment on the proposed site in response to a public notice that will be placed in The Birds Eye publication. The public notice will run for two consecutive issues on December 1st and December 8th, 2021. The public will then have 30 days to submit comments and questions to [Brian Gregg] on behalf of TELUS. TELUS has expanded the public comment period since it will run through the holiday season.
[Brian Gregg] will acknowledge receipt of comments and questions received within 14 days and address all relevant and reasonable concerns within 60 days. The commenting member of the public will then have 21 days to reply to the response. A summary of all comments received and our responses will then be submitted to ISED."

Contacts:
TELUS
C/O Brian Gregg, SitePath Consulting Ltd., Land Use Consultant 2528 Alberta Street, Vancouver, BC V5Y 3L1
Phone: 778-870-1388
Email: briangreggsitepathconsulting.com

Tla’amin Nation
C/O Denise Smith
4779 Klahanie Rd, Powell River, BC V8A 0C4 Email: denise.smithtn-bc.ca
Phone: 604 483 9646 ext. 121

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
250-363-3803 Fax: 250-363-0208
Email: ic.spectrumvictoria-victoriaspectre.iccanada.ca

Should you have any specific questions regarding the proposal, please feel welcome to contact the contacts listed herein, or return the enclosed comment sheet by mail or email to TELUS by January 31st, 2022.

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Alternatives to cell towers
"....When telecoms control the network, federal policy permits them to install 4G and 5G transmitters, coined “small cells,” on existing structures like telephone poles near homes without public knowledge or consent.” .... Is this what we want here on Cortes?

Here is a very interesting article regarding fibre-optic options that Salt Spring Island is working on, particularly for emergency services: "Let’s Connect Salt Spring’s approach to improving emergency services is to connect hospitals, fire and police, search and rescue, as well as all emergency transmission sites, with wired fibre."

Is this something we could achieve on Cortes, or is the only option another cell tower (or two, or three?)

https://watershedsentinel.ca/articles/a-public-wired-network-for-salt-spring-island/