Welcome to Telecommunities Canada 1997 Conference


August 15-18, 1997 Halifax, Nova Scotia

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The fourth annual Telecommunities Canada conference takes place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, August 15-18. It brings together people from across Canada and around the world who are interested in Community Networking and Community Access.

In the past four years, cyberspace has become increasingly accessible to people in communities large and small. The theme of TC'97 is Partnerships. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore the impact these grassroots organizations have made on electronic communications, and hear speakers from around the world share their experience, knowledge and visions for the future. The conference is hosted by Chebucto Community Net, one of the first community nets in Canada and is co-sponsored by Industry Canada.


Telecommunities Canada is a federally incorporated, non-profit society that supports the existing and organizing community networks across Canada.

Their mission is to ensure that all Canadians are able to participate in community-based communications and electronic information.

Telecommunities Canada grew out of the 1993 and 1994 community network conferences in Ottawa because the attendees felt the need for a national body to co-ordinate lobbying efforts and provide information and assistance to new and existing community nets.

For more information about Telecommunities Canada or about TC'97, contact:

Telecommunities Canada
Room 402 Dunton Tower
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6 http://www.tc.ca

Bernard Hart, Regional Contact for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland

41 Swanton Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2C6
Phone:(902) 434-1900
Fax: (902) 422-5485
E-mail: bhart@tc.ca


Workshop #1: CAP Sites and New Community Nets

This workshop, which is limited to 40 people, is designed for those involved in working with CAP sites or new community nets. The workshop will feature small group sessions and a hands-on approach. Topics will include:
  1. fund raising and financial management
  2. developing a board with view to community support
  3. sustaining a community access organization
  4. attracting and maintaining information providers
  5. expanding from a site to an enterprise centre and/or community net

Participants will be able to chose between a session on web site design or gathering, arranging and disseminating community information.

Workshop only: $60.00
Workshop with conference registration: $40.00

Workshop #2: A Community Net with CSuite

This workshop, which will be limited to 25 people, will provide exposure to CSuite software for running Community Nets. Topics will include:
  1. overview of CSuite features
  2. pre-install planning and background
  3. installation, testing and troubleshooting
  4. training of assistants
  5. maintenance of major sub-systems
  6. bug reporting
  7. planning for the future
  8. CSuite directions

A technical background or aptitude and interest will be assumed. The workshop will prepare participants to install CSuite on their own.

Workshop only: $90.00
Workshop with conference registration: $60.00