History of Nova Scotia
with special attention given to
Communications and Transportation

Chapter 78
2001 March




We have built a communication system that lets anyone in the world send information to anyone else in the world, arriving in seconds, at any time, at an extremely low and falling cost.

This was not a mistake.  It was not an accident!

The world collectively has spent trillions of dollars and millions of person-years, over hundreds of years, to build this system — because it makes society vastly better off than when communication was slow, expensive, regional, and unreliable.

150 years ago, warriors killed civilians and each other for months after the combatants had signed peace treaties, because the news of peace had not reached them yet.  Even a decade ago, a friend of mine died of a rare cancer, because the existing Japanese research paper that showed how to treat it wasn't findable in time by his US doctors.  These are just the tiny tip of an iceberg of problems and inefficiencies that rapid cheap worldwide communication has solved...

John Gilmore
    http://www.toad.com/gnu/

John Gilmore was employee number five at Sun Microsystems Inc.  He is a co-founder, with Mitch Kapor, John Perry Barlow, and Steve Wozniak, of Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The above appeared in an e-mail, 28 February 2002, to PoliTech, Declan McCullagh's politics and technology mailing list
PoliTech   http://www.politechbot.com/
Electronic Frontier Foundation   http://www.eff.org/



2001 March 1

Nova Scotia Fire Department Websites

Nova Scotia Fire Department Websites
as of 1 March 2001
  1. Abercrombie Fire Department
    Pictou County
        http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/3255/
        http://www.geocities.com/abercrombiefire/
  2. Alma Fire Department
    Pictou County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/WestvilleNSCA/
  3. Aylesford & District Volunteer Fire Department
    Kings County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/AylesfordNSCA/
  4. Bay Road Fire Department Station 59
    Halifax County: Lewis Lake
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/HalifaxNSCA/
  5. Bay Road Junior Fire Department Station 59
    Halifax County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/Halifax2NSCA/
  6. Bear River Fire Department
    Annapolis and Digby Counties
        http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/dave-esther.lewis/FireWeb/fire.htm
  7. Bedford Volunteer Firefighters Association
    Halifax County
        http://bvfd.firedirectory.com/main1.htm
  8. Berwick & District Volunteer Fire Department
    Kings County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/BerwickKingsCounty2NSCA/
  9. Cape Breton Regional Municipality Fire Services
        http://www.cbnet.ns.ca/~cbrm/fire.html
  10. Dayspring & District Fire Department
    Lunenburg County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/Bridgewater2NSCA/
  11. Dutch Settlement & Area Volunteer Fire Department
    Halifax County
        http://www.navnet.net/~dcampbell/
  12. Guysborough Fire Department
    Guysborough County
        http://www.grassroots.ns.ca/guys/firedept/guysfire.htm
  13. Greenwich Volunteer Fire Department
    Kings County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/WolfvilleNSCA/
  14. Halifax and Regional Fire and Emergency Service
        http://www.region.halifax.ns.ca/Fire/index.html
  15. Halifax Regional Municipality Zone Four Volunteer Fire Department
    Halifax County: Devon, Fall River, Fletchers Lake, Goffs, Grand Lake, Lakeview, Oakfield, Waverley, Wellington, and Windsor Junction.
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/WaverleyNSCA/
  16. Hammonds Plains Volunteer Fire Department
    Halifax County
        http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/ns/fletch/hpvfd.htm
  17. Howie Centre Fire Department
    Cape Breton County
        http://highlander.cbnet.ns.ca/~hcvfd/
  18. Ingonish Beach & Area Volunteer Fire Department
    Victoria County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/IngonishBeachNSCA/
  19. Kennetcook Volunteer Fire Department
    Hants County
        http://www.twrsoft.com/Kennetcook/firedept.htm
  20. Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department
    Halifax County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/TimberleaNSCA/
  21. Lakeside Fire Department Halifax Regional Station 58
    Halifax County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/Timberlea2NSCA/
  22. Lantz Volunteer Fire Department
    Hants County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/LantzNSCA/
  23. Lawrencetown & District Volunteer Fire Department
    Annapolis County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/LawrencetownNSCA/
  24. Lawrencetown Beach Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services
    Halifax County
        http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/amackay/lbvfes/lbvfes.htm
  25. Little Brook Voulunteer Fire Department
    Digby County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/LittleBrookNSCA/
  26. Little Harbour Volunteer Fire Department
    Pictou County
        http://www.firehall.com/lharbour/index.html
  27. Lunenburg & District Fire Department
    Lunenburg County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/LunenburgNOVASCOTIACANADA/
  28. Maitland & District Volunteer Fire Department
    Hants County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/MaitlandNSCA/
  29. Middleton Fire Department
    Annapolis County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/MiddletonNSCA/
  30. Milford Volunteer Fire Department
    Hants County
        http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/molenaar/mvfd/
  31. Mira Road Volunteer Fire Department
    Cape Breton County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/SydneyNSCA/
  32. New Victoria Volunteer Fire Department
    Cape Breton County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/NewVictoriaNSCA/
  33. New Waterford Volunteer Fire Department
    Cape Breton County
        http://www.cbnet.ns.ca/cbnet/comucntr/nwcomreg/nwfiredp/main.htm
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/NewWaterfordNSCA
  34. Nictaux & District Volunteer Fire Department
    Annapolis County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/NictauxNSCA/
  35. Nine Mile River and District Volunteer Fire Department
    Hants County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/NineMileRiverNSCA/
  36. Noel & District Volunteer Fire Department
    Hants County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/NoelHantsCountyNSCA/
  37. North River & District Fire Department
    Colchester County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/TruroNSCA/
  38. Oakhill and District Fire Department
    Lunenburg County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/OakhillNSCA/
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/BridgewaterNSCA/
  39. Onslow Belmont Fire Brigade
    Colchester County
        http://www.angelfire.com/oh/obfb/
  40. Parrsboro Volunteer Fire Department
    Cumberland County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/ParrsboroNSCA/
  41. Pictou Landing Fire Department
    Pictou County
        http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Villa/1085/
  42. Port Morien Fire Department
    Cape Breton County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/PortMorienNSCA/
  43. Prospect Road & District Fire Department
    Halifax County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/ShadBayNSCA/
  44. Pugwash & District Volunteer Fire Department
    Cumberland County
        http://pugwashfire.homestead.com/home.html
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/PugwashNSCA/
  45. Rawdon District Volunteer Fire Department
    Hants County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/RawdonNSCA/
  46. Sackville Volunteer Firefighters Organization
    Halifax County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/SackvilleNSCA/
  47. Saint Bernard Volunteer Fire Department
    Digby County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/DigbyCountyNSCANADA/
  48. Shag Harbour - Bear Point Volunteer Fire Department
    Shelburne County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/ShagHarbourNSCA/
        http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/cdsmith/index.html
        http://home.klis.com/~cdsmith/fdhomepage2.html
  49. Shinimicas Volunteer Fire Department
    Cumberland County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/AmherstNSCA/
  50. Sydney River Volunteer Fire Department
    Cape Breton County
        http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/srvfd.rescue/
  51. Emergency Medical Care — Tantallon Station
    Halifax County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/HalifaxRegionalNSCA/
  52. Thorburn Fire Department
    Pictou County
        http://www.thorburnfd.cjb.net/
  53. Uniacke & District Volunteer Fire Department
    Halifax County
        http://welcome.to/udvfd/
  54. Wallace and District Volunteer Fire Department
    Cumberland County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/WallaceNSCA/
  55. Wedgeport & Plymouth Fire Department
    Yarmouth County
        http://www.geocities.com/wedplyfd/
  56. Westmount Volunteer Fire Department
    Cape Breton County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/WestmountNSCANADA/
  57. West River Fire Department
    Pictou County
        http://www.geocities.com/cwrfd/
  58. Windsor Fire Department
    Hants County
        http://www.glinx.com/~wfd/
  59. Wood's Harbour Volunteer Fire Department
    Yarmouth County
        http://www.fire-ems.net/firedept/view/WoodsHarbourNSCA/




•  Nova Scotia Fire Marshal
         http://www.gov.ns.ca/enla/ofm/

•  Fire Prevention Act, Chapter 171 of the Revised Statutes, 1989
         http://www.gov.ns.ca/legi/legc/statutes/firprev.htm

•  Firefighters Museum of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth
         http://museum.gov.ns.ca/fm/

•  Guysborough County Volunteer Fire Departments
         http://www.grassroots.ns.ca/guys/comnty/fire.htm

•  Nova Scotia Firefighters' Burn Treatment Society
         http://home.istar.ca/~mlavoie/about.html

•  Halifax Regional Professional Fire Fighters Association
         http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/iaff268/



2001 March 4

Decision-Makers Never Use the Service

A Sunday Daily News survey over the last two weeks discovered not one of Halifax Regional Municipality's 24 political leaders uses the public transit bus service regularly.  Six haven't taken a public bus in more than a year.  Three haven't in ten years, and it's been more than twenty years for two others.  And one councillor has never ridden a Metro Transit bus.  These 24 regional councillors are the people who make all the important decisions about this public transit service.
[Halifax Sunday Daily News, 4 March 2001]



2001 March 6

New Online Newspaper

ALLnovascotia.com

Frank founder David Bentley and daughter Caroline Wood are launching an online newspaper this week.  Relax — it's about business.

The two, who worked side by side at the gossipy biweekly almost since its 1987 start, have given up newsprint for cyberspace.  "I think Web publishing is certainly going to be where it's at, with its accessiblity.  Regular newspapers just can't compete with that," says Wood, who followed her 58-year-old dad out the door of Frank after he retired last year.  The 38-year-old Dalhousie accounting grad had been the business manager for Frank since 1989.

For the past year they have been planning to combine her business acumen with Bentley's news instincts to create a five-day-a-week Nova Scotia business newspaper on the Internet.  Their office consists of two computers in Wood's Halifax home.

She is publisher.  Bentley's new title?  "Dad," says Wood.  "I see myself doing the lion's share of the work.  He's supposed to be in retirement mode."

The two have hired Elmsdale computer consultant Miles Thompson to set up the Web site: ALLnovascotia.com.  They will file three to four stories a day and compile classifieds.  The site will also have an up-to-date list of who's suing whom.  The online newspaper won't have any paid advertisements, but will survive on subcriptions.  Readers will be offered a free trial and then can sign up for $2 a week.  The official launch date is Tuesday, March 6th.

[Halifax Sunday Daily News, 4 March 2001]

Reference:
ALLnovascotia.com website
    http://www.ALLnovascotia.com

Calling all Nova Scotians who thinks this province is ready for its very own daily business newspaper!  ALLnovascotia.com has just started to publish Monday through Friday over the Internet — and our aim is to fund our operations exclusively from a two dollar-a-week subscription.  That means no paid ads to clutter our site (but we are planning to give subscribers free classifieds).  You can sign up for your free introductory subscription by e-mailing us your name and phone number to us now.  We'll e-mail your temporary password to you within the hour.
Source (4 March 2001):
    http://www.allnovascotia.com/newpage2.php




David Bentley and his little gang of journalists
produce a respected website for business people
– and for the cheaters who won't pay $1 a day

King's Journalism Review, 14 October 2004


ALLnovascotia.com succeeds
August 2010

ALLnovascotia.com now (August 2010) has 5,000 subscribers and 14 employees because, despite what the pundits say, there is still a strong solid case for paid news content, no matter what format...
—  Source:
The Incredible Mr. Bentley, pages 16-17 in Frank 591, 4-17 August 2010



2001 March 6

Two Nova Scotia Byelections,
All Six Candidates Ignore the Internet

On this day, two byelections were held in Nova Scotia to fill vacant seats in the legislature — one in Cape Breton North and the other in Halifax Fairview.  On March 1st, five days before these elections, I did an extensive search of the Internet to find any campaign websites which might exist.  No trace of any campaign website was found, not even so much as an e-mail address for any candidate.

Nova Scotia Progressive-Conservative Party

No trace was found of a campaign website for either Cecil Clarke, the PC candidate in Cape Breton North, or for Narayana Swamy in Halifax Fairview.  The following websites/pages contained no mention of any campaign website related to either of these byelections; in fact, with the single minor exception noted below, none even mentioned the byelections.
Nova Scotia Progressive-Conservative Party
(No mention of byelections)
    http://www.pcparty.ns.ca/

Blue Links
(No links to campaign websites)
    http://www.pcparty.ns.ca/cgi-bin/view?src=bluelinks2001_index
    http://www.pcparty.ns.ca/cgi-bin/view?src=links

Nova Scotia Progressive-Conservative Caucus
(No mention of byelections)
    http://www.pccaucus.ns.ca/

NSPC Caucus press releases
The only item here about the byelections was a brief four-sentence press release dated 25 January 2001, announcing that two byelections had been scheduled.  The candidates were not named.
    http://www.pccaucus.ns.ca/releaselist.asp

The Wayback Machine has archived copies of this website:
Progressive Conservative Caucus
of Nova Scotia

Archived: 1998 June 28
http://web.archive.org/web/19980628225758/http://www.pccaucus.ns.ca/releaselist.asp

Archived: 1998 December 06
http://web.archive.org/web/19981206073652/http://www.pccaucus.ns.ca/releaselist.asp

Archived: 1999 February 10
http://web.archive.org/web/19990210163119/http://pccaucus.ns.ca/releaselist.asp

Archived: 1999 October 03
http://web.archive.org/web/19991003051607/http://pccaucus.ns.ca/releaselist.asp

Archived: 1999 November 17
http://web.archive.org/web/19991117042648/http://www.pccaucus.ns.ca/releaselist.asp

Archived: 2000 November 02
http://web.archive.org/web/20001102085109/http://www.pccaucus.ns.ca/releaselist.asp

Archived: 2000 December 11
http://web.archive.org/web/20001211034500/http://www.pccaucus.ns.ca/releaselist.asp





Nova Scotia Liberal Party

No trace was found of a campaign website for either Wes Stubbard, the Liberal candidate in Cape Breton North, or for Jeremy Akerman in Halifax Fairview.  The following websites/pages contained no mention of any campaign website related to either of these byelections; in fact, with the single minor exception noted below, none even mentioned the byelections.
Nova Scotia Liberal Party
(No mention of byelections)
    http://www.liberal.ns.ca/

Keeping in Touch — Constituency Event Announcements
(No mention of byelections)
    http://www.liberal.ns.ca/keepingintouch/index.htm

Nova Scotia Liberal Caucus
(No mention of byelections)
    http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

N.S. Liberal Caucus press releases
The only item here about the byelections was a brief six-sentence press release dated 25 January 2001, acknowledging that two byelections had been scheduled.  The two Liberal candidates were named, but there was no contact information for them.
    http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/press_releases.shtml

The Wayback Machine has archived copies of this website:
Nova Scotia Liberal Caucus

Archived: 2000 April 16
http://web.archive.org/web/20000416162030/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

Archived: 2000 June 05
http://web.archive.org/web/20000605195841/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

Archived: 2000 October 02
http://web.archive.org/web/20001002033128/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

Archived: 2000 December 04
http://web.archive.org/web/20001204154100/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

Archived: 2001 February 26
http://web.archive.org/web/20010226184300/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

Archived: 2001 March 09
http://web.archive.org/web/20010309113640/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

Archived: 2001 May 16
http://web.archive.org/web/20010516033947/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

Archived: 2001 September 26
http://web.archive.org/web/20010926003808/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

Archived: 2002 January 21
http://web.archive.org/web/20020121220504/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

Archived: 2002 June 08
http://web.archive.org/web/20020608222323/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

Archived: 2002 September 29
http://web.archive.org/web/20020929163843/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

Archived: 2002 December 01
http://web.archive.org/web/20021201041249/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

Archived: 2003 March 24
http://web.archive.org/web/20030324123926/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

Archived: 2003 June 08
http://web.archive.org/web/20030608080457/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/index.html

Archived: 2003 October 04
http://web.archive.org/web/20031004131354/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/

Archived: 2003 December 31
http://web.archive.org/web/20031231040052/http://www.liberalcaucus-ns.com/




Nova Scotia Young Liberals (NSYL)
(No mention of byelections)
    http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Parliament/4319/

NSYL Upcoming Events in Nova Scotia
(No mention of byelections)
    http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Parliament/4319/nsylevents.html

NSYL Links
(No links to campaign websites)
    http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Parliament/4319/nsyllinks.html





Nova Scotia New Democratic Party

No trace was found of a campaign website for either Helen MacDonald, the NDP candidate in Cape Breton North, or for Graham Steele in Halifax Fairview.  The following websites/pages contained no mention of any campaign website related to either of these byelections; in fact, none even mentioned the byelections.
Nova Scotia New Democratic Party
(Nothing here — "Under Construction — "Please visit the caucus website for current news")
    http://www.ns.ndp.ca/

Nova Scotia New Democratic Party Caucus
(A search of the news releases on keyword 'byelection' reported no results)
    http://www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/

The Wayback Machine has archived copies of this website:
Nova Scotia NDP Caucus

Archived: 1999 Aug 30    Highway robbery: $750,000 for...consultants before...
http://web.archive.org/web/19990830194424/http://www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/$750000.html

Archived: 1999 Aug 30    Holm urges independent investigation of highway dangers
http://web.archive.org/web/19990830200510/http://www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/104-sava.html

Archived: 1999 Aug 30    Toll road deal is MacLellan's GST
http://web.archive.org/web/19990830202348/www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/104a29.html

Archived: 1999 Aug 30    Highway corporation should be charged, says NDP critic
http://web.archive.org/web/19990830205313/http://www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/104au996.html

Archived: 1999 Aug 30    Legislature's endorsement of ten health care goals helps...
http://web.archive.org/web/19990830210925/www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/10goalso31.html

Archived: 1999 Aug 30    13.3% Unemployment...
http://web.archive.org/web/19990830213628/http://www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/13-3jobs.html

Archived: 1999 Aug 30    Government must put money where mouth is on domestic violence
http://web.archive.org/web/19990830221432/http://www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/2ndchance.html

Archived: 1999 Aug 31    Liberals have failed Cape Bretoners on natural gas
http://web.archive.org/web/19990831004515/http://www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/97-07-04.html

Archived: 1999 Aug 31    Savage clings to bad economic policies right to the end
http://web.archive.org/web/19990831012858/www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/97-07-11.html

Archived: 1999 Aug 31    Deja vu all over again on decentralizing jobs, says Holm
http://web.archive.org/web/19990831014050/http://www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/97-07-21.html

Archived: 1999 Aug 31    Acadia case proves need for action against privatization
http://web.archive.org/web/19990831023612/http://www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/97-07-25.html

Archived: 1999 Aug 31    1997 brings another unfunny liberal April fool's joke
http://web.archive.org/web/19990831024917/http://www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/9703apr032797.html

Archived: 1999 Nov 05    More than 25,000 metro voters missed by enumeration
http://web.archive.org/web/19991105003543/www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/25000vtro6.html

Archived: 1999 Nov 05    Improved marks for doing nothing
http://web.archive.org/web/19991105021519/www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/3mgov.html

Archived: 1999 Nov 05    Chisholm wants strict conditions on Sable approval
http://web.archive.org/web/19991105085218/www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/97-07-07.html

Archived: 1999 Nov 05    NDP critic wants refinery deal cancelled
http://web.archive.org/web/19991105153906/www.ndpcaucus.ns.ca/97-07-22.html







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