Author Archives: Fred Waterer

“Don’t throw out that radio in the basement after all”

“Don’t throw out that radio in the basement after all”. Well that got my attention.

With the wildfires in the North West Territories causing the evacuation of the Territorial Capital I received a daily email from the Canadian version of The Conversation with that subject line.

The article outlines the difficulty of getting information to thousands of Yellowknifers who have scattered to communities and cities in BC and Alberta, from Edmonton to Calgary and to remote campgrounds by the sides of major highways. Some are thousands of kilometers from home. At the same time Meta is in a dispute with the Federal Government and has blocked the posting of news articles of any kind on Facebook.

This has complicated things and left AM and FM radio as the key and sometimes only method of informing this diverse population. CBC Yellowknife has even relocated to Calgary.

It makes for interesting reading here:

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