Annapolis County cellphone coverage 'number one issue' says councillor
Councillor Gregory Heming says little to no service from Delaps Cove to Margaretsville
Residents of Parker's Cove and Delaps Cove in Nova Scotia's Annapolis County say cellphone coverage is a required service that they're not getting.
A petition is being circulated that residents hope to present to Premier Stephen McNeil, the area's MLA.
A meeting will be held Wednesday night to discuss the issue.
"It's absolutely the number one issue," said Annapolis councillor Gregory Heming.
"First responders, you know fire and emergency services, if they can't make this connection then it's an accident waiting to happen and I'd like to avoid that."
Heming says there's no service along the Shore Road. From Parker's Cove down into Margaretsville, he says, also has very poor reception.
The area is known for its scenery and wilderness trails. In June, students from an elementary school were on a field trip when a student was injured. Their teacher tried to call 911 but didn't have any service and couldn't get any help.
Fishermen say they have to use expensive satellite phones when they're on the water.
Others say a lack of cell service is hurting the local economy.
"We need to be able to communicate with the rest of the world," said Shawn Everett, owner of Nautical Seafoods.
"If you don't answer your cell phone when people are calling you, they get the wrong impression. They get the impression you know what these guys don't want to do business when in fact I struggle night and day to do business."
Jack Halliday of The Cove Oceanfront Campground says he doesn't understand how the issue has carried on this long. People who come to his campground from outside the province, he says, have similar reactions.
"They're surprised that there's a place in North America with no cellphone service that this amount of people live in year round," he said.
"You would think that somebody who has either a) the monoploy on cell phone service or b) who's in the position of government of some kind would just tell somebody to a) put up a tower and b) provide some service."