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Ten-digit dialing will come to local calls in Newfoundland and Labrador April 1, 2023.
The Telecommunications Alliance, a group of major Canadian communications companies, is leading a public awareness campaign to inform residents and businesses. Residents will need to dial 10 digits – the area code followed by the seven-digit phone number – for all local calls. The introduction of 10-digit dialing is the result of a decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
Between April 1, 2023, and May 31, 2023, local calls that are dialed using only seven digits will receive a recorded announcement reminding callers to to use 10 digits. Starting May 31, 2023, local calls dialed without the area code will not be connected.
How to prepare for 10-digit dialing
Residents and businesses need to add their area code to programmed numbers in all of their communications devices and equipment (including phones, auto dialers, computers and lifeline equipment) and verify that their alarm systems are compatible with local 10-digit dialing. Companies that use numerous communications systems and devices should also take the necessary steps to update their equipment. All adjustments need to be completed before May 31, 2023. Additional information is available on the Telecommunications Alliance website at dial10.ca.
Police have located missing teenager Shelby Yetman-Morgan and confirmed her safety.
On Tuesday, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary received a missing person report concerning the 13-year-old girl. Shelby was last seen in the area of Burger King on Topsail Road, St. John’s, sometime on Nov 29.
Yetman-Morgan is described as being 5-foot-4, 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair with highlights. When last seen, she was wearing a white cropped hoodie, ash coloured pants and Blundtstone boots.
The RNC Major Crime Unit is continuing the search and is seeking the assistance of the general public. Anyone who has any information pertaining to the whereabouts of Shelby Yetman-Morgan is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.
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