On­tario to up­grade prov­ince’s pub­lic safety ra­dio net­work

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - NEWS -

TORONTO — The On­tario gov­ern­ment says it will re­pair and up­grade the prov­ince’s ag­ing pub­lic safety ra­dio net­work.

Premier Doug Ford says the sys­tem, which first re­spon­ders rely on dur­ing emer­gen­cies, is prone to daily out­ages and is in need of mod­ern­iza­tion.

The net­work is cov­ers 750,000 square kilo­me­tres across the prov­ince, in­clud­ing ar­eas in the north where cell­phone ser­vice is not avail­able.

It helps first re­spon­ders com­mu­ni­cate and co-or­di­nate dur­ing for­est fires, po­lice op­er­a­tions and med­i­cal emer­gen­cies.

The up­graded net­work is ex­pected to be fully op­er­a­tional by 2023.

The Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment did not dis­close how much the project is ex­pected to cost, say­ing it would be invit­ing bids from com­pa­nies in­ter­ested in tak­ing on the project and didn’t want to im­pact that process. The Cana­dian Press

The In­de­pen­dent Se­na­tors Group cur­rently rep­re­sents the largest bloc in the cham­ber with 47 mem­bers; there are also 31 Con­ser­va­tives, 10 in­de­pen­dent Lib­er­als, 11 who are not af­fil­i­ated with any group and four va­can­cies. The Cana­dian Press

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