By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman
NEEPAWA, Man. — Over the last few decades, the Internet has burst open the once locked doors of information. As the Internet has become an ever-increasing part of our daily lives, so too has its culture of open information.
According to Statistics Canada data, in 2000, it was estimated that 13 million Canadians, or about 53 percent of the population, used the Internet at home, at work or somewhere else in the previous 12 months. By 2012, when Stats Can conducted the Canadian Internet Survey, 83 percent of Canadians had Internet access in their homes, up from 79 percent in 2010. Even outside major metropolitan areas, home Internet access was reported by 75 percent of Canadians. As well as the much wider prevalence of Internet service, most of it is high-speed, 97 percent of Canadians with Internet have a high-speed connection.