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Monday, November 21, 2005 at 15:29



There is more political support for the continuation of the two-way radio service in northern Saskatchewan.


Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River MP Jeremy Harrison backs the idea of keeping the old communications system for northerners around.


Harrison says he has sent a letter to the minister responsible for SaskTel, Maynard Sonntag, to highlight the importance of the service for northern trappers, fishers and other traditional land users.


He says switching to satellite phones would not be very practical, citing the cost and the recharging needs of the sat phones.


The Prince Albert Grand Council has similar arguments, and is appealing to SaskTel and the CRTC to keep the current system operational.


SaskTel has applied to the CRTC to have the two-way radio service in northern Saskatchewan abandoned early next year.