This meeting was intended to acquaint people with the Federal-Provincial
program designed to provide public access to information technologies and
the internet. The purpose was to gather interested groups together to give
an overview of this program and to explore together the possibilities for
establishing community access arrangements in Dartmouth East.
Community Access Program - Overview
Bernie Hart gave a presentation on the Community Access Program. The
program is addressing the issue of the "digital divide" between those who
access to information technology and those who don't. Many government
services are being phased out and availability will only through the
internet. For example the government bookstore will close but it will be
available on-line. The direction is to have all services on line by 2004.
Key points covered in the presentation were:
- Is a joint program of Industry Canada and the province (Technology &
- what a CAP site is
- requirements to meet funding ?
- rural and urban approaches to CAP
- since 1996 140 sites established with
224 as the target
- components of CAP.
The rural and urban approaches to CAP were highlighted. In Urban HRM the
cluster concept has been adopted with 13 potential clusters identified.
Each would have a library and high school (either junior or senior) as its
core sites with other sites depending on community need. A list of cluster
sites was distributed.
Dartmouth East Community Needs
Discussion centered on what the needs were, who else needs to be involved
and where potential sites might be located. A map outlining the "cluster"
areas was looked at and discussed. The lines for what we are referring to
as Dartmouth East look fine.
- What about Port Wallace area?
- Westphal school
- Dartmouth Teachers Resource Centre - Rosalind MacDonald - 435-8341
- Woodlawn Church - Don Hill
- Has an active food bank (4 churches - run by volunteers), seniors crafts,
- Could be an ideal location?
- Staffing is an issue
- Elementary schools Michael Wallace and Ian Forseyth - nothing else in that area
- Strip mall off main street - individual there who has lobbied council for a
library in the area
- Although the NSCC and YMCA could not attend this meeting - discussions have
been held with NSCC and they are prepared to look at hosting a site.