Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
October 8, 2009
- Richard Connolly
- Terry Dalton
- Bernie Hart
- Michael Marshall
- Kent Murray
- Johnathan Thibodeau
- Alan Turner
- Jeff Warnica
- Andrew D. Wright
- Marilyn MacDonald
- Mary Rigby
- Joe Thomas
Minutes of last meeting
The meeting was called to order by Bernie at 6:30 pm.
INTRODUCTION: Of new Board member, Terry Dalton, well known to
Chebucto Community Net as the Chair of ACORN-NS, of which CCN is a
member, which among other things, runs the Nova Scotia portion of
the Internet backbone.
MINUTES: Of last meeting, Mary having circulated the September 10th
Board meeting minutes online on October 2nd, they were approved as
circulated on a motion by Alan and seconded by Jeff.
Alan submitted a written report, showing that
income was close to last year, CCN is in deficit but less than
The most significant change was that Johnathan had a new job at Dal.
Discussion that followed was over whether we should now pay Andrew
a full salary but more hours - Andrew opposed to this - would merely
worsen our deficit position drastically by next year's AGM. He felt an
aggressive campaign of fundraising should be explored instead.
Discussion of last CCN pay cheque for Johnathan to bridge him until his
first Dal pay cheque.
Andrew said his time had been focused on the
survey of our members regarding their use of Chebucto and the internet -
it had come in with a good rate of return, indicating that members are
still keenly interested and committed to keeping our "access-for-all"
IP service going into its second decade.
Answers back were much what we expected, but in addition that many
high income members were still on dial-up; the digital divide not
just being financial but also of lack of knowledge and confidence
about going into the newer areas of the internet world.
A new problem had come up - Hotmail declining to take Chebucto
emails via our Eastlink service.
Richard said he realized just how hard it was for
potential customers to visit CCN office due to all the parking spots
being filled in the afternoon weekday hours when office is actually
open to public.
Discussion on whether an online method of signing the membership
set of conditions would be do-able, in addition to our traditional
printing out and mailing in (or hand delivering) of the form.
Joe Howe Manor
Alan reported on the meeting with residents at Joe
Howe Hall, 25 people turned up and 20 signed up. We sent them a letter
indicating we are still working on the Fenwick Tower antenna issue.
Johnathan and Jeff felt to fiber optically set up Joe Howe would be
$60,000 and $600 a month for Aliant ( ballpark figures) - we really
need Fenwick's height for best line of sight to Joe Hall - other,
lower, apartment towers not as good.
Bernie hand delivered a draft agreement from
CCN to Templeton (Andrew Metledge) but no response as yet. As we are a
registered charity, Templeton could get an income tax receipt from us.
Bernie for Marilyn indicated it is set for October 20th, 5
minutes for 15 years of CCN - will be on cable tv. All possible Board
members should try and attend.
Discussion on how many HRM council members were known personally
by CCN board members - how to indicate that in each and every district,
1 out of 4 of their constituents don't have home access to internet.
Terry asked about slide presentations - was assured all
had indicated would have slides and so a laptop and screen would be
Andrew mentioned that CBC Radio would tape the entire Town Hall and
rebroadcast portion in the following week on Maritime Noon show and
feature a phone discussion of digital divide and privacy.
Terry indicated ACORN would pay for Herald ad on Town Hall. Andrew
said it was hoped the Herald would run a story on CCN's 15 years
before Town Hall.
Michael was worried about turnout and asked that Bernie send out a
strong email appeal to all CCN members indicating outcome of this
meeting could be crucial to CCN future and asking members to come
out in good numbers.
On motion Michael and Jeff, this was agreed to.
Andrew said the survey was providing good local information
on the digital divide but that we really need other material on
situation of digital divide elsewhere.
But key fact remains, Halifax is falling badly behind where it was
15 years ago. One fifth of paid up individual members responded to
date. Three indicated they are under 45. 55% were 56 to 70. 13% were
70 plus. 40% use text only, 60% use chebucto plus graphics.
The number of well-to-do members on dial-up really is marked -
combining with their age, suggests a public adult education role for
CCN, with government funding support.
One new member from Joe Howe, wants money returned. Discussion agreed best
to keep Joe Howe tenants positive until antenna sorted - on motion Alan
and Michael, agreed to return money in this particular case.
Adjourned 8:30 pm, to meet again November 12th.