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Chebucto Community Net is operated by the Metro Community Access Network Society
(commonly called "Metro*CAN"), a not-for-profit society with a Board of Directors. This column will keep
members and users informed of board activities.
Canadian Internet Awards
This first edition of board notes is just in time to announce the
awards garnered by CCN, David Trueman, and Dalhousie's Computing Science Department at the first annual Canadian Internet
Awards. The presentations were made last month after a month of online
nominations and voting. Here's how we cleaned up: David Trueman
won "Internet Person of the Year" for his work on Chebucto
Community Net and Chebucto
Suite, the software that helps make CCN
what it is. Chebucto Community Net won the community site of the
year; Dalhousie's Computing Science Department won Best Development Team or Collaboration for their part in the development of Chebucto Suite. (Dalhousie University also won Best Academic or Education Site!) Congratulations to
David, to Dalhousie, and to the entire CCN community for a job well
New Membership Fee Structure
Local developments were highlighted by the completion of a survey of all
MetroCAN members on the possibility of a new membership fee
structure for the coming year. The society remains dedicated to
the principle of free access to community resources. But the
system is not free to run and that is why we sell memberships in
the society. The survey revealed that members are willing to
accept a modest increase in the basic fee along with a differential
fee for families, youth under 18, and persons who are unwaged. Information on
the MetroCAN society, including the new fee structure is available by
by using the command [g metrocan].
Internet Access Contract Negotiations
The contract for providing internet service to CCN will be up for
renegotiation in the months ahead and the society has created a
strategy for getting the best deal out of the next agreement. A
committee will be struck with the purpose of deciding what will be
our goal in the coming negotiations. This committee will consist
of two or three members of the MetroCAN board plus two members at
large of the MetroCAN society. This is NOT the negotiating team!
The job of this committee will be to decide what we cannot do
without, what we'd really like to have, and what we don't want in
the next Internet Service Contract. Once that has been decided, a
small negotiating team will work to get the best deal for internet
service from one of the local suppliers.
A social event is in the works!
A committee chaired by Ryan Deschamps
has been busy organizing a summer social event for CCN users in the
Metro area. The bar-b-que area off the shore road at Point Pleasant
Park in Halifax will be reserved for CCN users and friends from 4:00
p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 3rd (August
10th - rain date). Bring your own picnic supper or plan a cook-out in
the bar-b-que pits provided. The Board hopes lots of Metro*CAN members
and CCN users will take the opportunity to meet on-line friends in person.
First Meeting of Nova Scotia Federation of Community Networks
On the July 7th weekend an important step was taken in the
Community Net movement in Nova Scotia when eight regions came
together to form a Federation. This meeting was a follow-up to a
provincial conference held in Truro last November.
Perhaps the most important action taken at the meeting was an
agreement to cooperate with the Department of Education in
providing e-mail accounts for anyone in the Province who wishes
to use one of the Public Access Terminals the Department will be
locating in all Libraries, Museums and Community College
Both Cape Breton Net and Chebucto who will play major roles in
this program have offered to support other regions who wish to
have a community net but would prefer, at least at this point.
not to own their own equipment. The first regions to try this
new approach will likely be Windsor, Bridgewater and Yarmouth.
The officers of the new Federation are Paul Surette, from Yarmouth (Chair), Bernie Hart, from
Metro (Vice Chair), Debbie McGean, from Sydney (Secretary) and Paul Armstrong, from Kentville (Treasurer).
As much as possible the business of the Federation will be
conducted on-line but face to face meetings will be held probably
at least twice a year.
David Trueman will be playing a key role in preparing the first
draft of a proposal for the Provincial and Federal Governments
for financial assistance for the "incubator" program being
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