The Canadian Press/Emma Tranter
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Laying fibre into the far Canadian North, with help from Norway

OTTAWA — Madeleine Redfern was the mayor of Iqaluit when the one satellite providing internet access in the far North failed for almost a full day in 2011.

“Everything came to a complete halt. I mean, literally, you couldn’t go to the bank and get money and buy gas or groceries,” she recalled in an interview with The Logic. That was a decade ago, but it still happens in the Nunavut capital sometimes, when there’s a blizzard or a bad rainstorm.

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