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October 29, 2002 Board Minutes

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
October 29, 2002


  • Mark Alberstat
  • Ed Dyer
  • Reg Hody
  • Marilyn MacDonald
  • Gerard MacNeil
  • Bill Matheson
  • John McKay
  • Chris Watt
  • Andrew D. Wright


  • Bernie Hart
  • Mark Rushton
  • Jeff Warnica

Call to order

Called to order by Marilyn MacDonald.

Minutes of Previous Meeting

Change past minutes to read Sept 17.
Under #7 Strike sentence about HRM ads.
In 8. Replace "Bd" with "Board".
Moved by Gerard, Seconded by Mark to accept the minutes as amended. Carried.

Staff Matters:

A replacement for Johnathan Thibodeau will be needed as of January. Andrew has been working on a job description for the position.

Montréal Conference Report:

Most Community Networks appear to have multiple paid technical support people paid for either through activities as a commercial ISP or through partnerships with other large organizations.

The CorDECT wireless system in use in India shows great promise for rural (or Urban) use in Nova Scotia.

The topic of Cultural Imperialism was frequently brought up.

Inner City Initiative - Update

John Odenthal has been hired to act as the director of the Inner City Initiative, and is presently involved in orientation and setting up the ICI office.

There is some desire to arrange a meeting between Chebucto representatives and members of the community to discuss what services Chebucto can and should provide.

Hope Cottage - Update

The installation of computers has been completed and they are now awaiting software.

Proposals for:
a) National and/or International community net conferences

Andrew has proposed that Chebucto host a conference in Halifax to discuss administrative and technical problems facing community nets.

Moved by Ed Dyer that the board investigate the possibility of motivating Chebucto members towards the implementation of a workshop to be hosted by Chebucto. Seconded by Andrew Wright. Motion is carried with one contrary.

b) Computer swap/recycle event.

It has been proposed that Chebucto host a computer swap meet and recycling event (to dispose of obsolescent equipment in an environmentally friendly fashion) which will both help to increase the availability of working low-grade computers and improve Chebucto's public profile.

Andrew has been asked to pursue the possibility of such an event. Possibly as part of the Inner City Initiative.

Herald and Mail column - update

The initial submissions were considered "too introductory", the Herald would like information aimed at computer literate people and looking for shortcuts.


Committee Reports

Technical Committee

Eastlink has basic wiring in place and are awaiting the arrival of unspecified missing hardware prior to bringing 56K service online for testing purposes. The exact date of activation remains unclear, but Eastlink indicates that the 56K lines should be available to Chebucto by November 8.

Andrew suggests that a mailout be done to inform users of the progress and request volunteers for testing the new service.

Some glitches have occurred in the Chebucto mail system.

Renovations to the Chase building are still pending, no date has been given.

Referred to the Tech committee to investigate the possibility of an exchange of backup mail and DNS services with K-PC Ltée.

Finance Committee

Chebucto is behind projected earnings and currently showing a deficit of about $3000.

Chebucto has continuing difficulty in locating a willing faculty sponsor.

Moved by Ed Dyer that we receive Bernie Hart's financial statement for the year to date. Seconded by Andrew Wright. Carried.

Policy Committee

The Policy committee has been considering the account signup process. In particular is it possible to streamline the process to the point that a user could obtain an account entirely online.

External Committee

The External committee has been involved in preparing the Herald column. Additionally a mailing list has been produced from the list of people who signed up for the free draw at Word On The Street. Planning for the next AGM is in the initial stages.

Internal Committee

The Internal committee is working on communication to encourage non-paying IP and neighborhood account holders to contribute to Chebucto.


Other Business



Moved by Ed Dyer. So declared.





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