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Saturday, March 20, 2010

'Honest mistake' sparked library Internet uproar (Canada)

'Honest mistake' sparked library Internet uproar (Canada)"Stephen Harper's Conservative MPs were told in caucus today that 'an honest mistake' led to libraries and community groups being told their public funding for Internet access was ending. Senior Industry Canada bureaucrats had 'misunderstood' the plan, which simply involved moving money to a different pot, according to Tory insiders. That misunderstanding, however, resulted in much controversy and a huge outcry as letters went out from Industry informing Community Access Program sites that their funding was being cut as of April 1. The 16-year-old program helps link rural communities and allows Canadians who can't afford computers access to the Internet. The confusion resulted in some red faces as Industry Minister Tony Clement had to call a press conference to explain the situation. He said the program was not being cut rather it is being funded for another year. The funding was simply coming from a different pot. The minister has not, however, made any commitments past this year" - Globe and Mail

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