Open letter to Wade Istchenko, minister of public works:
Thank you for your letter dated December 12, 2013 regarding the CBC signal at Tagish. I sincerely thank you for the information and details regarding the situation explained in your letter. After listening to some of the frustrating answers given by your colleague, Mr. Brad Cathers, in the House on this matter after being questioned by the MLA for the Southern Lakes region, Mr. Kevin Barr, the exchange of information you supplied in your letter was much appreciated and clarified the situation greatly.
After almost a year of lobbying I was delighted to be informed that the transmitter on Jubilee Mountain, Tagish, was once again operational on a new frequency of 103.1 FM. I sincerely thank your government for the financial contributions to achieve this.
Having just spent almost two weeks in Tagish, I and many others really appreciate being able to listen to CBC on the new frequency. In mid December, your staff kindly left a telephone message informing me that the transmitter was functional. I certainly appreciated that notification.
I should report that reception is excellent; not only in Tagish, but also in the Marsh Lake area, Carcross and even Crag Lake, which until very recently had little or no radio reception.
I want to thank you and your department for working to provide the audible CBC signal to the Tagish region once again. Not only has an important safety and emergency communication system been reinstated, but devoted listeners to CBC – yes, there are many – are able once again to enjoy audible broadcasts of our national network programs and local news coverage.
May I wish you and your department officials all the very best for 2014 and once again thank you all for your efforts in supplying the CBC signal to Tagish once again.
Richard C. Martin