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Each year, we try to pop into the Belo Mansion for the annual daylong symposium organized by Unlocking DOORS, the Dallas-based reentry advocacy nonprofit that helps people get on their feet after they are released from prison. This year, it feels even more relevant as calls for police reform grow louder. Even the city of Dallas included funding for a reentry program of its own in next year’s budget.

There is always something interesting at these symposiums, showing the machinations that power our criminal justice system. Like in 2017, when a panel between Chief U. Reneé Hall, then-DA Faith Johnson, then-Sheriff Lupe Valdez, and Public Defender Lynn Pride Richardson got a little testy when Richardson noted the more than 4-to-1 discrepancy between investigators in the district attorney’s office to investigators in the public defender’s office . That year, public defenders took on 45,000 cases with only 116 attorneys and 17

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a man standing in front of a computer: Kyle Napier, with DigitalNWT, says the slow internet in some northern households and organizations is 'endangering communities … sacrificing or compromising their learning.'


© Submitted by Kyle Napier
Kyle Napier, with DigitalNWT, says the slow internet in some northern households and organizations is ‘endangering communities … sacrificing or compromising their learning.’

A Northwest Territories digital literacy organization is shining light on the sluggish speeds, limited bandwidth and high prices many northern internet users put up with simply because of where they live. 

DigitalNWT launched its #NWTDigitalDivide campaign on Sept. 10 in an attempt to get northerners, particularly those in smaller and remote communities, to share their challenges accessing the internet.

Kyle Napier, a spokesperson for DigitalNWT who’s originally from Fort Smith, N.W.T., says some places in the territory have “incredibly low” internet speeds — “less than a megabyte per second.” 

The purpose of the campaign, he said, is to raise awareness of the “digital divide” between urban and remote communities, so that policy-makers have the information they need to create more accessible internet. 

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