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November 12, 2009 Board Minutes

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
November 12, 2009


  • Terry Dalton
  • Bernie Hart
  • Marilyn MacDonald
  • Michael Marshall
  • Kent Murray
  • Mary Rigby
  • Johnathan Thibodeau
  • Joe Thomas
  • Alan Turner
  • Jeff Warnica
  • Andrew D. Wright


  • Richard Connolly

Minutes of last meeting

The meeting was called to order by Bernie at 6:35 pm.

The minutes of the 8 October Board Meeting were approved as circulated. Moved by Alan, seconded by Mike.


Board membership

Johnathan is no longer an employee, but remains deeply involved with CCN as Chair of the Technical Committee.

MOTION: Moved that Johnathan be accepted as a member of the Board and take on this role immediately. Moved by Michael, seconded by Bernie. Unanimous.


Committee Reports

Financial Report

Alan Turner, Treasurer, presented the financial statement for the month of October 2009.

The revenue of $5545 for the month was significantly lower than the previous month. October saw only one renewal for Domain hosting whereas four or five were expected. Total income for the year thus far is $73137.

Expenses for October were $8096, which appears significantly higher than that of the previous month. The high cost was in part due to the $3497 payment to Eastlink which covered two months. CCN now has no outstanding Eastlink charges. The expenditures for 2009 stand at $79915.

The bank balance is $13316.

Acceptance of the report moved by Alan, Seconded by Marilyn. Passed.

Technical Report

Johnathan noted there were no major technical problems and work done during the past month was largely routine maintenance.

A server recently donated by the Math Department was installed and is now scanning incoming mail. The former system was swamped during an excessive surge in spam. Traffic has slowed down, but the newly installed system is working smoothly and is capable of handling large volumes. Shutdowns associated with large volumes of spam should not be a problem in the near future.


Presentation to HRM Council

Bernie thanked Marilyn for writing and presenting "the Chebucto story" to the HRM Council during their 20 October meeting, and asked her to comment on the five minutes CCN had before the councillors. Marilyn said she felt the councillors were not particularly attentive during her presentation. However, a few members, including Dawn Sloane, who asked a question at the end of the presentation, may be receptive to discussions with CCN and should be contacted individually.


Town Hall Programme and Follow up

Bernie began the discussion focused on the Town Hall programme held at the Dalhousie Student Union on October 26 by thanking Mike, Terry, Jeff and Andrew for the work they did to make it happen.

Mike noted in hindsight he would have not have brought in a major speaker focused on Copyright but have held to the topic of the Digital Divide.

Costas Halavrezos, who was the Moderator for the evening, used clips on Radio Noon and shared a phone in session with Andrew and David Fraser the following week. The CBC material will be available on podcast for a year, but Andrew noted it would have been useful to have recorded the session. He felt some good connections had been made and it may be possible to be part of a series of sessions on the subject(s) early next year.

Terry noted he received positive feedback from members of both the ACORN and CANARY networks. Bernie hoped results of the evening may serve to bring about a new relationship with C@P and it might come up during meetings in Ottawa next week.


Press coverage

The Town Hall was well advertised. CCN did not feature in any written material, but it did well in the CBC coverage. The article the Herald promised it would print on CCN came out in this week's community issues. It was the cover story in the issue for downtown and Halifax West and an internal story in issues covering the rest of metro.


Wireless equipment location

After a discussion on the value of retaining wireless equipment on Fenwick Tower versus moving it to a University owned building it was decided to remove CNN equipment from Fenwick within the next few days.

MOTION: To not accept a contract with Templeton but to remove all CCN equipment from Fenwick tower by Sunday.

Moved by Johnathan, seconded by Michael. Unanimous. Discussion with Dalhousie will be started as soon as possible, hopefully wireless equipment can be installed on Gerard Hall within two months.


Joe Howe Manor

A letter will be written on CCN letterhead and hand delivered to residents of Joe Howe who expressed interest in CCN wireless service. The letter will note the relocation of CCN's equipment and inform people that we look forward to contacting them when the equipment is in place and the service has been tested.


Irving Grant Fund

Joe noted possible a source of funds: Irving Foundation grants development funds to community associations and groups. He thinks CCN might qualify.


Other business

Andrew suggested a digital camera could assist CCN in recording events such as the Town Hall and might be helpful in documenting and perhaps disseminating training sessions.

MOTION: To investigate digital cameras appropriate to CCN's need and recommend one for purchase that is no more than $350. Moved by Johnathan, seconded by Michael. Passed.


Next meeting

The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, 10 December, 6:30 pm.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.





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