The meeting was preceded by an excellent presentation by Ed Dyer. He
focused on the practical implementation of the wireless service in the
vicinity of Fenwick Tower in southend Halifax and future development based
on the interest of community areas in other parts of the metro region.
The meeting was called to order by Bernie Hart at 8:10 pm.
Minutes of the 2006 Annual General Meeting were circulated in the folder
provided. Moved by Bernie Hart, seconded by Doris Balch that the minutes
be accepted. Carried.
Report from the Chair (by Bernie Hart)
For the second year in a row Chebucto reported a deficit, but there is
hope that implementation of a wireless service will help Chebucto retain
members and bring new members on board.
Both the maintenance of the dial-up service and the development of the
wireless service have largely been undertaken by Chebucto.s two staff
members, Andrew Wright and Johnathan Thibodeau, and Technical Chair Ed
Dyer. In mid 2007 dial-up service members saw their mailboxes double in
size. Mail upgrades have thus far been able stem the tide or ever
Chebucto continues to be in touch with other remaining Community Nets in
Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria. The strength of the two
in British Columbia is in part due to their close relationship with the
Community Access Programme (CAP). Chebucto is seeking to regain effective
contacts with HRM CAP and is exploring possible partnerships with other
Moved by Tony Cianfaglione, seconded by Doug Brown that the report be
Report from the Policy Committee (by Andrew Wright)
The Policy Committee saw little activity during 2007. There were no
complaints against individual users. The complaints from organizational
mailing lists hosted on Chebucto came from AOL users, who had actually
signed up for the mail but brought their complaints to CCN rather that
contact the mailing list manager or unsubscribe themselves from the
An issue not covered in the currenct user agreement, but raised by the
implementation of the wireless Service, is one of internet connection
sharing. In the Chebucto wireless service Internet connection sharing
will be strictly forbidden.
Moved by Ed Dyer and seconded by Jim MacLennan that the report be
Technical Report (by Ed Dyer)
The most challenging and satisfying technical aspects accomplished during
the past year were those associated with the implementation of the
wireless or wifi system soon to be rolled out in the south end of Halifax
in the vicinity immediately north west of Fenwick Tower.
Spam continues to increase. Its containment presents a challenge but so
far Chebucto has been able to maintain a working filter system. Chebucto
receives over 1 million spam messages most days. Scattered among this
barrage we receive an estimated 5000-6000 legitimate messages per day,
which represents about 0.5% of the total incoming mail. It is this latter
mail that users receive in their inboxes. Any messages that our filtering
identifies as suspicious will be delivered to the JUNKMAIL folder and
automatically expunged after 30 days. Users can be review and delete junk
messages or recover incorrectly assigned messages from the JUNKMAIL folder
in the mailbox at anytime.
Moved by Tony Cianfaglione, seconded by Thérèse Mackintosh
that the report
be accepted. Carried.
Financial Report (by Alan Turner, Treasurer)
2007 was a financially disappointing year for Chebucto, the second on in
row. The loss of income from memberships was compensated for by the fact
that expenses were held to a minimum and there were no major equipment
The financial situation experienced over the past two years is cause for
concern. Membership, which is the source of Chebucto.s revenue, must be
both increased and retained. The internet service cannot be continued
indefinitely at a loss. Chebucto exists solely for the benefit of the
members, but if the income derived from the membership is not sufficient
to maintain the service the Society must suspend its operation.
Moved by Tony Cianfaglione, seconded by Jim MacLennan that the report be
Appointment of Auditor
It was proposed to continue with the current auditor Harnish Sutherland
and Watt. Moved by Alan Turner, seconded by Ed Dyer. Carried.
Election of Directors
Four vacancies exist. Four names were put forward: Charles Schafer, Joseph
Thomas, Maxwell Russell and Roswell James. There being no further
nominations from the floor these members were declared elected by
Recognition of Volunteer
Bernie Hart expressed deep appreciation for the commitment and untiring
work Ed Dyer has given CCN throughout the years. Ed is stepping down from
the Board, but will continue to work on the technical aspects of CCN.
Bernie presented Ed with a wall plaque containing a modem from Chebucto.s
initial communication system mounted above an engraved message of sincere
Bernie Hart noted the seriousness of the membership loss over the past two
years and hence the Society.s poor financial situation at present. He
asked the members present to consider and be prepared to vote on the
following statement he then read:
Whereas, it is only due to the financial donations made by the Board along
with some members as well as the tremendous sacrifices by staff that
Chebucto has been able to meet its expenses.
In order to survive Chebucto must retain the existing memberships and also
enroll new members.
The Board will require the support of all members in advertising Chebucto
services and in enrolling new members. Be it resolved that we the members
of Chebucto attending the 2007 Annual General Meeting are aware of the
financial difficulties being experienced by the Board and encourage them
to continue the service.
Those present were unanimous in their agreement with the statement. After
several minutes of discussion it was decided that a meeting focused on
membership would be called within a month. It will be announced on the
website but all members present would receive an email concerning the
Ed Dyer, on behalf of the group as a whole, voiced a sincere thank you to
Deborah Dostal, the Director of Spencer Seniors Centre. The Society
appreciated the opportunity to meet in the Centre.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 pm