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

Chapter 82
2006 January onward





2006 April 12

960 CHNS abandons AM for the FM band

The AM dial is on its final legs in Halifax

Staff Writer, HalifaxLive.com, Halifax

Radio in Halifax is changing and life on the AM dial will never be the same as 960 CHNS is abandoning ship for the more lucrative FM band.  CHNS has a long history on the AM band, but reality bites as the vast majority of radio listeners abandoned the AM band several years ago.  CHNS will be moving to 89.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts.  During the transition period, the CRTC ruled that the broadcaster will be allowed to simulcast the programming of the new FM station on CHNS for a period of three months following the commencement of operations of their FM station.

The format is changing too.  With the move to FM, CHNS will dump the stale and long-in-the-tooth oldies format for a more commercial Adult Contemporary music format with a mix of locally relevant programming service that is community-centred and community-driven.

With CHNS moving out, Halifax will be left with just two local AM stations clinging for life in a market with very few listeners and slick FM competition and the new 'HOT' Canadian Satellite Radio networks Sirius and XM picking off their listeners on a daily basis.

The recently released spring radio ratings show 920 CJCH at the bottom of the heap in the AM market with a market share of 2.7 down from 3.3 in the fall 2005 ratings.  CFDR AM (780/KIXX) sits at 3.9 down from 4.3 and rounding out the AM ratings, CHNS AM sits in second with a 3.5 down from 3.7.  All three AM stations suffered losses over the previous period.  The writing appears to be on the wall, the AM dial is on its final legs in Halifax.

Rating for the remaining two AM broadcasters in Halifax will likely continue to plummet as CHNS takes a large chunk of the AM audience with them into the future of Halifax radio.

The Wayback Machine has archived copies of this news item:
960 CHNS abandons AM for the FM band

Archived: 2006 April 19
http://web.archive.org/web/20060419225622/http://www.halifaxlive.com/content/view/664/2/

Archived: 2006 June 29
http://web.archive.org/web/20060629232413/http://www.halifaxlive.com/content/view/664/2/

Archived: 2006 October 30
http://web.archive.org/web/20061030100925/http://www.halifaxlive.com/content/view/664/2/



Below are the most recent radio ratings in the Halifax market
Source: See archived news article above
Halifax BBM
Adults 12+
Spring
2006
Fall
2005
C100 FM 18.5 24.4
CFRQ FM (Q104) 17.8 18.0
CHFX FM (FX 101.9) 14.9 11.2
CBC Radio One 14.7 10.6
CKUL FM (KOOL-FM 96.5) 12.8 13.7
CFDR AM (780/KIXX) 3.9 4.3
CHNS AM 3.5 3.7
CJCH AM 2.7 3.3
CJNI FM (NEWS 95.7) 1.5 n/a




2006 May 18

250th Anniversary

England Declares War on France
18 May 1756

The Seven Years War

On 18 May 1756, England formally declared war on France.  This war is known as the Seven Years War in Canada and Europe, but in the United States it is called the French and Indian War.  In 1756, France controlled far more territory in North America than England did — five years later this had changed forever, with England having taken all of France's territory on mainland North America.
Seven Years War Timeline
    http://ns1763.ca/remem/7yw-timeline-w.html

The Seven Years War, 1756-1763, was a worldwide war fought in Europe, North America, and India between France, Austria, Russia, Saxony, Sweden, and Spain on the one side and Prussia, Great Britain, and Hanover on the other.



2006 June 11   (Two days before the election)

Nova Scotia
Provincial General Election

Political Websites

On Saturday, 13 May 2006, Premier Rodney MacDonald
announced a Provincial General Election
to be held on Tuesday, 13 June 2006.

The previous general election was held on 5 August 2003.
Just before the election was called, the
party standings in the Legislature were:
25   Progressive Conservative
15   New Democratic Party
10   Liberal
  1   Independent
  1   vacant




Nominations for candidates closed at 2:00pm on Tuesday, 30 May 2006.
In all, 210 people officially declared themselves as candidates.
The PCs, New Democrats and Green Party are represented in all 52 ridings.
The Liberal Party has 51 candidates (none in Queens County).
Three candidates are running as Independents.

Parties are listed below in the order of their standings
in the Legislature just before the election was called.





Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia

http://www.pcparty.ns.ca/
http://www.rodneymacdonald.ca/

52 candidates






New Democratic Party of Nova Scotia

http://www.ns.ndp.ca/

52 candidates






Liberal Party of Nova Scotia

http://www.liberal.ns.ca/
http://www.liberal.ns.ca/campaign/

51 candidates

(none in Queens)





Green Party of Nova Scotia

http://www.greenparty.ns.ca/

52 candidates






Independent Candidates

(Not affiliated with any party)

3 candidates




All of the above URLs and e-mail addresses
were reproduced here by Copy and Paste.
There are no typing errors in them,
because no typing was involved.




2007

400th Anniversary

Sieur de Poutrincourt
Water-powered Grist Mill
1607

The first grist mill in North America

Photographs: Poutrincourt's Mill 1607 historic monument Annapolis County
    http://ns1763.ca/annapco/lequille.html




2007 January 30

Microsoft Windows Vista Releases Worldwide

Windows Vista is the latest release of Microsoft Windows, a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops.  More than 90% of all desktop computers in the world run on some version of Microsoft's Windows operating system.  On 8 November 2006, Windows Vista development was completed and released to manufacturing.  Over the next two months it was released to MSDN subscribers, and computer hardware and software manufacturers.  On 30 January 2007, it was released worldwide to the general public, and became available for download from Microsoft's website, more than five years after the release of its predecessor, Windows XP.  Windows Vista features a slick new graphics set, more security functions and a new version of Microsoft's browser, Internet Explorer.  Vista requires at least 512 megabytes of memory to run in bare-bones mode, but for the whole experience, the company recommends at least one gigabyte of memory, and two gigabytes would be even better.  The operating system also needs at least a 40 gigabyte hard drive with 15 gigabytes free space and a DVD drive.




2007 February 11

260th Anniversary

Attack at Grand Pre
11 February 1747   3am

History of Nova Scotia: Battle at Grand Pre, 1747 by Peter Landry
...This was December in the Bay of Fundy and it could not have been expected that any great time would be made by sailing. The vessels would have had to buck head winds; and, so too, they had to buck the reversing tides of the Fundy, the fastest and the highest in the world. The land loving men on the sailing vessels, at one point, became nervous and they were put ashore at the "French Cross" (Morden), on the other side of the North Mountain; they would simply meet the sailors and their vessels at Grand Pre, whenever they got there. Thus, on Christmas eve of 1746, we would have seen a couple of hundred New Englanders being put ashore; they were to make their way from there, best they can. This second group, while they might have originally thought that they were to have the easier time of it, had a tough eight day march, "without paths or guides," through the winter snow, over the Aylesford mountain and along unmarked sidehills, northeast, down the valley, until, finally, they met the south bank of the River Gaspereau, and there to find their comrades; who, most likely, were by then, well settled in at their destination, Grand Pre. It was now January; the ground would most likely have been frozen and covered with the snows of winter...
    http://www.blupete.com/Hist/NovaScotiaBk1/Part5/Ch03.htm


Photographs: Grand Pre Attack 1747 historic monument Kings County
    http://ns1763.ca/kingsco/attack1747.html




2007 December 8

250th Anniversary

Battle of Bloody Creek
8 December 1757

Footnotes to Chapter 10: Port Royal and The English Takeover: 1690-1744 by Peter Landry
The ambush took place about 12 miles northeast of the fort on the north side of the Annapolis River. Now known as Bloody Creek, a memorial marks the spot today on the south side of the river just where highway 201 intersects Bloody Creek, a mile west of the present day community of Carleton Corner...
    http://www.blupete.com/Hist/NovaScotiaBk1/Part2/Ch10fn.htm


Photographs: Battle of Bloody Creek historic monument Annapolis County
    http://ns1763.ca/annapco/bloodycrk.html




2008 April 8

AM Broadcast Radio spectrum falling silent

For the last fifteen years or so, AM broadcast radio stations in Nova Scotia, as well as many throughout Canada, have been converting their broadcast signal from AM (amplitude modulation) to FM (frequency modulation).  Today there are just seven commercial AM radio stations remaining in operation in Nova Scotia:

CJCB  1270 kHz AM   Sydney            
             •  CKDH   900 kHz AM   Amherst
             •  CJCH   920 kHz AM   Halifax (see note 3)
             •  CFDR   780 kHz AM   Dartmouth (see note 4)
             •  CFAB  1450 kHz AM   Windsor (see note 1)
             •  CKAD  1350 kHz AM   Middleton    
             •  CKDY  1420 kHz AM   Digby          

Note 1: In 2006, CFAB Windsor received official approval from the CRTC to convert from AM to FM in 2008.  This conversion was precipitated by the twinning of Highway 101 in the Windsor area, which soon will take the site of CFAB's transmitting tower for the highway, forcing CFAB to build a new tower in another location.  Maritime Broadcasting Company, owner of CFAB, decided to make the change to FM at this time.  (On November 20, 2008, the CRTC approved an extension until November 27, 2009, of the deadline for transition to FM.)
–  Source: CFAB Wikipedia


Note 2: CKEC New Glasgow ceased broadcasting on AM just one month ago, in mid-March 2008.  In 2006, CKEC New Glasgow was licensed by the CRTC to convert to FM.  As of December 11, 2007, CKEC launched its FM station, 94.1MHz at 9:41am.  Simulcasting on both the AM and FM stations continued for 90 days, before converting entirely to FM in mid-March 2008.
–  Source: CKEC-FM Wikipedia


Note 3: CHCH Halifax continued broadcasting on AM for another seven weeks after this date.  Then, on May 30, 2008 at 10:00am AST, CJCH went silent on AM and the new station CJCH-FM launched on 101.3MHz.  The station did not take advantage of its right to simulcast on both frequencies for three months as is customary in such cases.
–  Source: CJCH-FM Wikipedia


Note 4: CFDR AM Dartmouth went off the air permanently on July 27, 2009 at 10:00am ADT.


CBA 1070 kHz AM goes silent

CBA AM signed off forever at 7:00am yesterday, 7 April 2008.  The 50 kW CBA transmitter was located on the Tantramar Marsh near Sackville, New Brunswick, about five km north of the Nova Scotia border, but its signal was strong throughout most of Nova Scotia.  In Nova Scotia in the 1940s and 1950s, CBA was the voice of CBC radio, and it continued as the main signal for CBC Radio One through the 1990s and into the new millennium.  On 8 January 2007, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved the station's proposed move to 106.1 MHz FM.  The call sign for the new FM signal was to be CBA-FM.  The old 1070 kHz AM signal signed off for the last time on 7 April 2008.




2008 April 8

FM Broadcast Radio stations in Nova Scotia

CFXU-FM      92.5 MHz FM   Antigonish
             •  CJFX-FM      98.9 MHz FM   Antigonish
             •  CKBW-FM      98.1 MHz FM   Bridgewater
             •  CKJM-FM     106.1 MHz FM   Cheticamp
             •  CIFA-FM     104.1 MHz FM   Clare
             •  CHCN-FM     106.9 MHz FM   Cole Harbour
             •  CJLS-FM-2    93.5 MHz FM   Digby
             •  CFEP-FM      94.7 MHz FM   Eastern Passage
             •  CKOA-FM      89.7 MHz FM   Glace Bay
             •  CKDU-FM      88.1 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CFDR-FM      88.9 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CHNS-FM      89.9 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CBHA-FM      90.5 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CBAX-FM      91.5 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CBAF-FM-5    92.3 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CJLU-FM      93.9 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CJNI-FM      95.7 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CKUL-FM      96.5 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CIRH-FM      97.9 MHz FM   Halifax (moving to 107.7 MHz)
             •  CKRH-FM      98.5 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CIOO-FM     100.1 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CJCH-FM     101.3 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CHFX-FM     101.9 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CBH-FM      102.7 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CKHZ-FM     103.5 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CFRQ-FM     104.3 MHz FM   Halifax
             •  CJFX-FM-1   102.5 MHz FM   Inverness
             •  CIJK-FM      89.3 MHz FM   Kentville
             •  CKWM-FM      94.9 MHz FM   Kentville
             •  CKEN-FM      97.7 MHz FM   Kentville
             •  CKBW-FM-1    94.5 MHz FM   Liverpool
             •  CBHL-FM      97.1 MHz FM   Liverpool
             •  CJIJ-FM      99.9 MHz FM   Membertou
             •  CBH-FM-1     93.3 MHz FM   Middleton
             •  CBHM-FM     105.5 MHz FM   Middleton
             •  CBAF-FM-6   107.5 MHz FM   Middleton
             •  CBH-FM-2    103.1 MHz FM   Mulgrave
             •  CBHB-FM     106.7 MHz FM   Mulgrave
             •  CBAF-FM-11  107.5 MHz FM   Mulgrave
             •  CBAF-FM-10   88.7 MHz FM   New Glasgow
             •  CBHN-FM      89.5 MHz FM   New Glasgow
             •  CKEC-FM      94.1 MHz FM   New Glasgow
             •  CIGO-FM     101.5 MHz FM   Port Hawkesbury
             •  CKBW-FM-2    93.1 MHz FM   Shelburne
             •  CJLS-FM-1    96.3 MHz FM   Shelburne
             •  CKPE-FM      94.9 MHz FM   Sydney
             •  CBAF-FM-14   95.9 MHz FM   Sydney
             •  CBIT-FM      97.1 MHz FM   Sydney
             •  CHER-FM      98.3 MHz FM   Sydney
             •  CHRK-FM     101.9 MHz FM   Sydney
             •  CKCH-FM     103.5 MHz FM   Sydney
             •  CBI-FM      105.1 MHz FM   Sydney
             •  CBHC-FM      89.1 MHz FM   Truro
             •  CINU-FM      98.5 MHz FM   Truro
             •  CKTY-FM      99.5 MHz FM   Truro
             •  CKTO-FM     100.9 MHz FM   Truro
             •  CJIS-FM     107.1 MHz FM   Truro
             •  CKDY-1-FM   103.3 MHz FM   Weymouth
             •  CBHY-FM      92.1 MHz FM   Yarmouth
             •  CJLS-FM-3    94.7 MHz FM   Yarmouth
             •  CJLS-FM      95.5 MHz FM   Yarmouth
             •  CBAF-FM-9   107.3 MHz FM   Yarmouth
— Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_radio_stations_in_Nova_Scotia



2008 April 15

Dot-ca Reaches One Million

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced today, 15 April 2008, that on Monday 13 April 2008, dot-ca crossed a significant milestone – the registration of the one-millionth dot-ca domain name.  As one of the world's most wired nations, Canadians continue to use the Internet for personal and business reasons in ever increasing numbers. Reaching the one million dot-ca domain name milestone demonstrates Canada's strong Internet presence and the popularity of Canadian websites.  Dot-ca is a made-in-Canada success story that started with the registration of the first dot-ca domain name in 1988 and follows the rapid growth of the Internet.

The dot-ca domain name was established in 1987 by a group of volunteers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and transferred to CIRA in 2000.  In 1988 the first dot-ca domain name, upei.ca, was registered by the University of Prince Edward Island.  Since then dot-ca domain name usage has grown at over 20% per year.  This growth is remarkable considering that dot-ca domains are reserved exclusively for Canadians.  "Dot-ca represents Canada on the Internet.  A dot-ca domain name, website, or email address means you can be confident that you are dealing with a Canadian or Canadian business online," says Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA.

Dot-ca now ranks as the seventeenth largest Internet domain name registry when compared to generic domain names like dot-com and country specific domain names like dot-uk (United Kingdom).  "The registration of over one million dot-ca domains is a testament to the great work being done by CIRA.  On behalf of the entire ICANN community, congratulations," said Dr. Paul Twomey, President and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the global organization that governs Internet domain names.

To thank Canadians for making a dot-ca their domain name of choice CIRA has launched a celebration website, www.onemilliondomains.ca to highlight dot-ca success stories.  Dot-ca domain names are available through a network of over 140 Canadian domain name registrars who also provide a range of Internet solutions including website hosting, email service, and website design.

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is the not-for-profit, member-driven organization that manages Canada's dot-ca (.ca) domain name registry, develops and implements policies that support Canada's Internet community, and represents the dot-ca registry internationally.  CIRA processes over 300 million requests per day to connect Internet users with over one million dot-ca Internet addresses.

— Source: http://www.cira.ca/en/media-room/news/224.html




2008 October 2

250th Anniversary

First Representative Government in Canada
2 October 1758

Most of Canada's basic Constitutional Rights
were first won in the Nova Scotia legislature

First page of the Nova Scotia Statutes of 1758
"...being the First General Assembly convened in the said province."
First page of the Nova Scotia Statutes of 1758
Source: The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia 1758-1983: A Biographical Directory
edited and revised by Shirley Burnham Elliott, ISBN 088871050X
published 1984 by the Province of Nova Scotia

Representative government: A term used for government with an elected assembly.  These assemblies, in the British tradition, are the only body with the right to legislate and tax citizens.  In Canada, representative government was first won in Nova Scotia in 1758.

Responsible government: A term used for government responsible to the electorate (for example, through elections).  In Canada, the term was coined in the 1830s in Upper Canada to refer to a government that was responsible to the elected members of the House of Assembly.  Prior to 1848, governors could select the Executive Council (the equivalent of today's Cabinet) without the support of the Assembly.  On the instructions of the colonial office in Britain, the first responsible government in British North America was formed in Nova Scotia in 1848.


Page 18, Statutes, Treaties and Documents of the Canadian Constitution 1758-1929
(above) page 18 of Statutes, Treaties and Documents of the Canadian Constitution 1758-1929
Source: http://www.canadiana.org/ECO/PageView/9_03428/0004?id=33f3359cf7b028d2&size=2
Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions:   CIHM 9_03428
The First Nova Scotia General Assembly consisted of 22 members:
sixteen members elected for the province at large, four members for the
Township of Halifax, and two members for the Township of Lunenburg.
"...too many of the Members chosen are such as
have not been the most remarkable for promoting unity
or obedience to His Majesty's Government here..."
— Letter from Governor Lawrence to Lords of Trade, 26 September 1758
The rules, governing who was eligible to vote
in the election of Members, are found on
page 14 of Statutes, Treaties and Documents
of the Canadian Constitution 1758-1929
.
    http://www.canadiana.org/ECO/PageView/9_03428/0043?id=58ae6c84630086d7

Preparations for the Calling of the first Assembly
Board of Trade and Plantations - January 31, 1758


(below) title page of of Statutes, Treaties and Documents of the Canadian Constitution 1758-1929
Source: http://www.canadiana.org/ECO/PageView/9_03428/0047?id=33f3359cf7b028d2&size=3
Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions:   CIHM 9_03428
Title page,





More Information

Canada in the Making, Constitutional History: Nova Scotia 1749-1759
Nova Scotia was the first part of what is now Canada to win representative government...
    http://www.canadiana.org/citm/themes/constitution/constitution4_e.html





2008 October 11   (Three days before the election)

Federal General Election
On The Internet

Election date: 14 October 2008



Federal Party Campaign Websites

All of these URLs were working as of 13 October 2008


Conservative Party of Canada
    http://www.conservative.ca/


Liberal Party of Canada
    http://www.liberal.ca/
    http://web1.liberal.ca/

(Both URLs point to the same site.)

New Democratic Party of Canada
    http://www.ndp.ca/


Green Party of Canada
    http://www.greenparty.ca/

    http://green.ca/

Other Registered Political Parties
(listed alphabetically)

Canadian Action Party
    http://www.canadianactionparty.ca/


Christian Heritage Party of Canada
    http://www.chp.ca/
    http://www.chpelection.ca/


Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
    http://www.mlpc.ca/



Election Websites by Citizens

Canada Federal Election 2008 by David A. MacDonald
    http://www.nodice.ca/elections/canada/

Political Parties in Canada by Ron Gunzburger
    http://www.gunzburger.com/links.htm



Candidates Nominated in Nova Scotia

Conservative Party of Canada
http://www.conservative.ca/
http://www.youtube.com/cpcpcc
http://www.myspace.com/pm_harper
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmharper
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephen-Harper/9106562109 [17,640]

13 October 2008
Conservative Candidates in Nova Scotia
Candidates nominated in all eleven ridings.
http://www.conservative.ca/?section_id=1051&regionId=29&postal_code=&submit.x=15&submit.y=4
Cape Breton–Canso

Alan Murphy
http://www.conservative.ca/?section_id=1051&linkTo=true&districtId=1255
http://www.allanmurphy.ca/
Email:  info@allanmurphy.ca
Cape Breton–Canso Wikipedia
Central Nova

Peter MacKay
http://www.conservative.ca/?section_id=1051&linkTo=true&districtId=1257
http://votepetermackay.ca/
Email:  Centralnovacampaign@ns.sympatico.ca
Peter MacKay Wikipedia
Central Nova Wikipedia
Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley

Joel Bernard
http://www.conservative.ca/?section_id=1051&linkTo=true&districtId=1267
http://www.votejoel.ca/
Email:  votejoel@eastlink.ca
Joel Bernard Wikipedia
Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley Wikipedia
Dartmouth–Cole Harbour

Wanda Webber
http://www.conservative.ca/?section_id=1051&linkTo=true&districtId=1259
http://www.wandawebber.ca/
Email:  info@wandawebber.ca
Dartmouth–Cole Harbour Wikipedia
Halifax

Ted Larsen
http://www.conservative.ca/?section_id=1051&linkTo=true&districtId=1261
http://www.tedlarsen.ca/
Email:  ted@tedlarsen.ca
Halifax (electoral_district) Wikipedia
Halifax West

Rakesh Khosla
http://www.conservative.ca/?section_id=1051&linkTo=true&districtId=1263
http://www.rakeshkhosla.ca/
Email:  info@rakeshkhosla.ca
Halifax West Wikipedia
Kings–Hants

Rosemary Segado
http://www.conservative.ca/?section_id=1051&linkTo=true&districtId=1265
http://www.rosemarysegado.ca/
Email:  campaign@rosemarysegado.ca
Kings–Hants Wikipedia
Sackville–Eastern Shore

David Montgomery
http://www.conservative.ca/?section_id=1051&linkTo=true&districtId=1269
http://www.davidmontgomery.ca/
Email:  info@davidmontgomery.ca
Sackville–Eastern Shore Wikipedia
South Shore–St. Margaret's

Gerald Keddy
http://www.conservative.ca/?section_id=1051&linkTo=true&districtId=1271
http://www.geraldkeddy.ca/
Email:  HQ@geraldkeddy.ca
Gerald Keddy Wikipedia
South Shore–St. Margaret's Wikipedia
Sydney–Victoria

Kristen Rudderham
http://www.conservative.ca/?section_id=1051&linkTo=true&districtId=1273
http://www.kristenrudderham.ca (Automatically redirects to URL below)
http://kristen-rudderham.blogspot.com/
Email:  kristen@kristenrudderham.ca
Sydney–Victoria Wikipedia
West Nova

Greg Kerr
http://www.conservative.ca/?section_id=1051&linkTo=true&districtId=1275
http://www.gregkerr.ca/
Email:  votegregkerr@ns.aliantzinc.ca
Email:  votegregkerr@gregkerr.ca
West Nova Wikipedia





Liberal Party of Canada
http://www.liberal.ca/
http://www.thisisdion.ca/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephane-Dion/7874631159 [14,138]

13 October 2008
Liberal Candidates in Nova Scotia
Candidates nominated in ten ridings (none in Central Nova).
http://www.liberal.ca/candidate_e.aspx?province=NS
Cape Breton–Canso

Rodger Cuzner
http://www.rodgercuzner.ca/
This URL (above) automatically redirects to the URL below:

http://www.rodgercuzner.parl.gc.ca/
Incredibly, public access to this website (above) is forbidden:
"Access Denied / Accès refusé
Access denied by security policy
Accès refusé dû à une politique de sécurité
The parliamentary network security policy prevents this site from being accessed.
La politique de sécurité du réseau parlementaire empê che d'accéder ce site."

http://www.liberal.ca/candidate_e.aspx?riding=12001
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rodger-Cuzner/6229329915 [245]
Email:  CuzneR@parl.gc.ca
Rodger Cuzner Wikipedia
Cape Breton–Canso Wikipedia
Central Nova

There was no Liberal candidate in this riding.
http://www.liberal.ca/candidate_e.aspx?riding=12002
Central Nova Wikipedia
Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley

Tracy Parsons
http://www.liberal.ca/candidate_e.aspx?riding=12007
http://www.tracyparsons.ca/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tracy-Parsons/19982941534 [39]
Email:  tracy@tracyparsons.ca
Tracy Parsons Wikipedia
Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley Wikipedia
Dartmouth–Cole Harbour

Michael Savage
http://www.liberal.ca/candidate_e.aspx?riding=12003
http://mikesavage.liberal.ca/default_e.aspx
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Savage/6250529798 [265]
Email:  reelectmikesavage@gmail.com
Michael Savage Wikipedia
Dartmouth–Cole Harbour Wikipedia
Halifax

Catherine Meade
http://www.liberal.ca/candidate_e.aspx?riding=12004
http://catherinemeade.liberal.ca/default_e.aspx
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Catherine-Meade/26861577654 [114]
Email:  meade@votemeade.ca
Halifax (electoral_district) Wikipedia
Halifax West

Geoff Regan
http://www.liberal.ca/candidate_e.aspx?riding=12005
http://www.geoffregan.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Geoff-Regan/19891033712 [473]
Email:  info@geoffregan.com
Geoff Regan Wikipedia
Halifax West Wikipedia
Kings–Hants

Scott Brison
http://www.liberal.ca/candidate_e.aspx?riding=12006
http://www.votebrison.ca/
Email:  scott@votebrison
Scott Brison Wikipedia
Kings–Hants Wikipedia
Sackville–Eastern Shore

Carolyn Scott
http://www.liberal.ca/candidate_e.aspx?riding=12008
http://www.carolynscottliberal.com/
Email:  carolyn.scott@canada.com
Sackville–Eastern Shore Wikipedia
South Shore–St. Margaret's

Bill Smith
http://www.liberal.ca/candidate_e.aspx?riding=12009
http://www.billsmith.ca/
Email:  billsmith.liberal@ns.aliantzinc.ca
South Shore–St. Margaret's Wikipedia
Sydney–Victoria

Mark Eyking
http://www.liberal.ca/candidate_e.aspx?riding=12010
http://markeyking.liberal.ca/default_e.aspx
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Eyking/6398633761 [170]
Email:  markeyking@gmail.com
Mark Eyking Wikipedia
Sydney–Victoria Wikipedia
West Nova

Robert Thibault
http://www.liberal.ca/candidate_e.aspx?riding=12011
http://robertthibault.liberal.ca/default_e.aspx
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Robert-Thibault/7903942110 [226]
Email:  (none found)
Robert Thibault Wikipedia
West Nova Wikipedia
Note: The number in [square brackets] is the number of
"supporters" shown in each candidate's Facebook page
as of noon Monday, October 13th, 2008.





New Democratic Party of Canada
http://www.ndp.ca/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-Layton/6330284938 [24,157]

13 October 2008
NDP Candidates in Nova Scotia
Candidates nominated in all eleven ridings.
http://ridings.ndp.ca/en/NS/
Cape Breton–Canso

Mark MacNeill
http://markmacneill.ndp.ca/en/
Email:  markmacneill@ndp.ca
Cape Breton–Canso Wikipedia
Central Nova

Louise Lorefice
http://louiselorefice.ndp.ca/en/
http://www.louiselorefice.ca
Email:  louiselorefice@ndp.ca
Central Nova Wikipedia
Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley

Karen Olsson
http://karenolsson.ndp.ca/en/
Email:  karenolsson@ndp.ca
Email:  karenolssonteam@live.com
Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley Wikipedia
Dartmouth–Cole Harbour

Brad Pye
http://bradpye.ndp.ca/en/
Email:  bradpye@ndp.ca
Dartmouth–Cole Harbour Wikipedia
Halifax

Megan Leslie
http://meganleslie.ndp.ca/en/
http://www.meganleslie.ca/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Megan-Leslie/28349247982 [284]
Email:  meganleslie@ndp.ca
Halifax (electoral_district) Wikipedia
Halifax West

Tamara Lorincz
http://tamaralorincz.ndp.ca/en/
http://www.tamaralorincz.ca/
Email:  tamaralorincz@ndp.ca
Email:  halifaxwestndp@gmail.com
Tamara Lorincz Wikipedia
Halifax West Wikipedia
Kings–Hants

Carol Harris
http://carolharris.ndp.ca/en/
http://ndpkingshants.ca/
Email:  carolharris@ndp.ca
Email:  harrisce@uvic.ca
Kings–Hants Wikipedia
Sackville–Eastern Shore

Peter Stoffer
http://peterstoffer.ndp.ca/en/
http://www.peterstoffer.ca/
Email:  peterstoffer@ndp.ca
Peter Stoffer Wikipedia
Sackville–Eastern Shore Wikipedia
South Shore–St. Margaret's

Gordon Earle
http://gordonearle.ndp.ca/en/
Email:  gordonearle@ndp.ca
Gordon Earle Wikipedia
South Shore–St. Margaret's Wikipedia
Sydney–Victoria

Wayne McKay
http://waynemckay.ndp.ca/en/
Email:  waynemckay@ndp.ca
Sydney–Victoria Wikipedia
West Nova

George Barron
http://georgebarron.ndp.ca/en/
Email:  georgebarron@ndp.ca
West Nova Wikipedia
Note: The number in [square brackets] is the number of
"supporters" shown in each candidate's Facebook page
as of noon Monday, October 13th, 2008.





Green Party of Canada
http://www.greenparty.ca/

http://green.ca/

13 October 2008
Green Party Candidates in Nova Scotia
Candidates nominated in ten ridings
(none in Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley).
http://greenparty.ca/en/campaigns/ns/
Cape Breton–Canso

Dwayne MacEachern
http://greenparty.ca/en/campaign/12001
http://www.dwaynemaceachern.ca/
http://www.geocities.com/dwaynemaceachern/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dwayne-MacEachern/9047367933 [71]
Email:  dwaynemaceachern@greenparty.ca
Cape Breton–Canso Wikipedia
Central Nova

Elizabeth May
http://greenparty.ca/en/campaign/12002
http://www.elizabethmay.ca/
http://www.demanddemocraticdebates.ca/
http://www.new.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeth-May/20647428344 [5,228]
Email:  central.nova@greenparty.ca
Email:  emayfacebook@gmail.com
Elizabeth May Wikipedia
Central Nova Wikipedia
Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley

There was no Green candidate in this riding.
Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley Wikipedia
Dartmouth–Cole Harbour

Paul Shreenan
http://greenparty.ca/en/campaign/12003
Email:  paul.shreenan@greenparty.ca
Dartmouth–Cole Harbour Wikipedia
Halifax

Darryl Whetter
http://greenparty.ca/en/campaign/12004
http://darrylwhetter.greenparty.ca/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Darryl-Whetter/79241235150 [56]
Email:  darryl.whetter@greenparty.ca
Email:  halifax@greenparty.ca
Halifax (electoral_district) Wikipedia
Halifax West

Michael Munday
http://greenparty.ca/en/campaign/12005
Email:  michael.munday@greenparty.ca
Halifax West Wikipedia
Kings–Hants

Brendan MacNeill
http://greenparty.ca/en/campaign/12006
Email:  brendan.macneill@greenparty.ca
Kings–Hants Wikipedia
Sackville–Eastern Shore

Noreen Hartlen
http://greenparty.ca/en/campaign/12008
Email:  noreen.hartlen@greenparty.ca
Sackville–Eastern Shore Wikipedia
South Shore–St. Margaret's

Michael Oddy
http://greenparty.ca/en/campaign/12009
http://greenshore.org/index.html
Email:  michael.oddy@greenparty.ca
South Shore–St. Margaret's Wikipedia
Sydney–Victoria

Collin Harker
http://greenparty.ca/en/campaign/12010
Email:  collin.harker@greenparty.ca
Sydney–Victoria Wikipedia
West Nova

Ron Mills
http://greenparty.ca/en/campaign/12011
Email:  ronald.mills@greenparty.ca
West Nova Wikipedia
Note: The number in [square brackets] is the number of
"supporters" shown in each candidate's Facebook page
as of noon Monday, October 13th, 2008.





Canadian Action Party
http://www.canadianactionparty.ca/

13 October 2008
Canadian Action Party Candidate in Nova Scotia
Candidate nominated in one riding.
http://www.canadianactionparty.ca/
Central Nova

Paul Kemp
http://www.PaulKemp.info
Email:  davidcampus@ns.sympatico.ca
Central Nova Wikipedia





Christian Heritage Party
http://www.chp.ca/
http://www.chpelection.ca/

13 October 2008
Christian Heritage Party candidates in Nova Scotia
Candidates nominated in five ridings.
http://www.chpelection.ca/ns.html
Central Nova

Michael MacKay
http://www.chpelection.ca/ns_centralnova.html
Email:  m_mackay04@yahoo.com
Central Nova Wikipedia
Dartmouth–Cole Harbour

George Campbell
http://www.chpelection.ca/ns_dartmouthcoleharbour.html
Email:  georgecampbell@eastlink.ca
Dartmouth–Cole Harbour Wikipedia
Halifax West

Trevor Ennis
http://www.chpelection.ca/ns_halifaxwest.html
Email:  chp_hfxwest@live.ca
Email:  donnaennis@gmail.com
Halifax West Wikipedia
Kings–Hants

Jim Hnatiuk
http://www.chpelection.ca/ns_kingshants.html
Email:  DeputyLeader@chp.ca
Kings–Hants Wikipedia
South Shore–St. Margaret's

Joe Larkin
http://www.chpelection.ca/ns_southshorestmargarets.html
Email:  kevinswaine@ns.sympatico.ca
South Shore–St. Margaret's Wikipedia





Independent Candidates

13 October 2008
Independent Candidates in Nova Scotia
Three Independent candidates nominated in two ridings.
Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley

Bill Casey
http://www.billcasey.ca/
Email:  electbillcasey@ns.aliantzinc.ca (Truro office)
Email:  billcasey08@ns.aliantzinc.ca (Amherst office)
Email:  caseyb@parl.gc.ca (Ottawa office)
Bill Casey Wikipedia
Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley Wikipedia
Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley

Rick Simpson
http://www.phoenixtears.ca/vote.html
Email:  (None known)
Rick Simpson Wikipedia
Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley Wikipedia
West Nova

Cindy M. Nesbitt
(No known website or e-mail address)
West Nova Wikipedia





Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
http://www.mlpc.ca/

13 October 2008
Marxist-Leninist Party Candidate in Nova Scotia
Candidate nominated one riding.
http://www.mlpc.ca/MLPCcandidates.html
Halifax

Tony Seed
http://www.mlpc.ca/candidates/NovaScotia/Halifax_Seed_MLPC2008.html
Email:  halifax@mlpc.ca
Halifax (electoral_district) Wikipedia




2010

250th Anniversary

Planters' Arrival
1760

In 1759, New England farmers and fishermen sent agents to Halifax to discuss with Governor Lawrence the settlement of the underdeveloped areas of Nova Scotia. Substantial immigration began in 1760 and by late 1763 several thousand settlers were established throughout Nova Scotia.

They were particularly successful in the area around Minas Basin, where they took up the fallow lands of the displaced Acadians.

By 1780, Edmund Burke could describe the province of Nova Scotia as "formed by the overflowings of the exuberant population of New England". The influx was to have a significant effect on the character and development of the province.

Photographs: Planters Monument, 1760 Horton Landing, Kings County
    http://ns1763.ca/kingsco/plantermon.html


Photographs: Planters Cairn, 1760 Town Plot, Starr's Point, Kings County
    http://ns1763.ca/kingsco/starrspt.html


Early June 1760

Historical narrative (title and author not known)
http://www.csmaginnis.com/NOVASCOTIA.htm


...The Haliburton family records tell of an even larger number of settlers,
who sailed together in a fleet of twenty-two vessels conveyed by a brig-of-war
with sixteen guns under the command of Captain Pigot that reached the
Cornwallis Town Plot on June 4, 1760.  Horton Landing in King's County on
the opposite side of the river from Cornwallis had been the chief place of
anchorage for vessels going to Grand Pre through the whole French period in
Acadia, but there is no record of a ship landing at Horton until Sunday,
June 7, 1760, the day Betty Wickwire, the daughter of Captain Peter Wickshire
of New London, was born in the harbor of Horton.  Soon there would be ports
at Hortonville, Wolfville, and Avonport...
    http://www.csmaginnis.com/NOVASCOTIA.htm

The Wayback Machine has archived copies of this historical narritive.

Archived: 2002 November 18
http://web.archive.org/web/20021118114153/http://www.csmaginnis.com/NOVASCOTIA.htm

Archived: 2003 June 13
http://web.archive.org/web/20030613073125/http://csmaginnis.com/NOVASCOTIA.htm

Archived: 2004 April 30
http://web.archive.org/web/20040430181331/http://www.csmaginnis.com/NOVASCOTIA.htm


These links were accessed and found to be valid on 13 October 2008.





2010 April

Deficient Government Website

In recent years, many countries have embraced open data initiatives, including both the United States and United Kingdom  Others, such as Australia, have adopted open licences to make government content more readily usable and accessible.  We have started to see the same thing in Canada at the municipal level, with Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto leading the way.  Open government data is consistent with government transparency goals and holds great economic potential by inviting Canadian businesses to add value to public data.  Canadian policy should encompass open government data, the removal of crown copyright or adoption of open licenses, and a commitment to equality for open source software procurement...
      New Media in Canada: Michael Geist Appears Before the Heritage Committee

Senate's Dinosaur Website

  Senate Speaker's website as it appeared in April 2010 (displayed in contemporary Firefox browser), riddled with coding mistakes – attributable to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
Senate Speaker's website as displayed in contemporary Firefox browser.
The numerous errors (here shown circled in red) are attributable not to the browser,
but to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
as explained in the letter (below) dated 8 April 2010.


Senate Speaker's website as it appeared in April 2010 (displayed in contemporary Firefox browser), riddled with coding mistakes – attributable to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
Senate Speaker's website as displayed in contemporary Firefox browser.
The numerous errors (here shown circled in red) are attributable not to the browser,
but to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
as explained in the letter (below) dated 8 April 2010.


Senate Speaker's website as it appeared in April 2010 (displayed in contemporary Firefox browser), riddled with coding mistakes – attributable to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
Senate Speaker's website as displayed in contemporary Firefox browser.
The numerous errors (here shown circled in red) are attributable not to the browser,
but to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
as explained in the letter (below) dated 8 April 2010.




8 April 2010

The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella
Speaker of the Senate
280-F, Centre Block
Parliament Buildings
Ottawa, Ontario    K1A 0A4

Re: The Senate's Obsolete Website

Dear Mr. Speaker:

The purpose of this letter is to draw your attention to the current deplorable state of the Senate's website.  Substantial parts of the website are astonishingly outdated. Numerous sections, including the Speaker's section and those operated by several Senate committees, that are offered online this week, fail to meet the website design standards of 2005, let alone 2010.  Please see the attached screen images, captured in the last few days from the Senate's website, which provide extensive documentation of this statement.

The principal problem is that the Senate website is designed to work properly only with the Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) browser.  This practice may have been marginally defensible in the years 2002-2005, when the MSIE browser was used by about 90% of citizens, but that time is long gone.  In 2010, 35% of Canadians choose to use browsers other than the MSIE browser, and there is a continuing trend toward the increased use of these alternatives.  The design of the Senate's website should not be ignoring one Canadian in three.

A website that is funded by taxpayers, like the website operated by the Canadian Senate, should be governed by a policy that specifies a design that works properly with whatever browser a citizen may choose to use.  It is not difficult to produce an inclusive website that will work properly with any of the five most popular of the currently available browsers, as opposed to the current exclusive Senate website that works properly with only one.  It is important to note that this inclusive website design works properly with all of the currently-available browsers, including MSIE.  That is, there is a website design method available today that produces websites that will work properly with more than 99% of the browsers now used by Canadians.  This design method costs no more than the proprietary design method now used in the Senate website; all that is required is that the generating software be chosen to produce website code that adheres to the appropriate standard.

As a concerned citizen and taxpayer, I respectfully ask that at your earliest convenience you give consideration to the adoption of a policy that all pages in the Senate website http://sen.parl.gc.ca/ shall be designed to meet a standard that ensures that each page will work properly with any of the five browsers currently most popular with Canadians – these being Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera, in addition to MSIE.  There is no need to develop a policy for each of these individual browsers, because all of them are designed by their corporate suppliers to work properly within one standard, the international website design standard that has been available and widely recognized for years.  It will be sufficient if the Senate's website design policy is updated to bring it into agreement with this one standard.

I also ask that the design policy for the Senate website should be published online in the Senate website, for the information of anyone who may be interested.  This step could be implemented quickly, by posting the existing policy, whatever it may be, without waiting for consideration of the policy change mentioned above.

Finally, I ask that you give consideration to establishing an independent advisory panel, made up of citizens with relevant knowledge and experience, for the purpose of exchanging information and providing feedback, advice, challenge, encouragement and support in identifying possible areas for improvement in the Senate's website, with the objective of encouraging and assisting in improving Canada's performance in keeping abreast of information technology including access, use, and technology skills.  We now rank 21st in the world, down from 18th in 2007, as reported last month by the International Telecommunications Union in its annual global measurement of the information society, “Measuring the Information Society 2010” http://www.itu.int/newsroom/press_releases/2010/pdf/PR08_ExecSum.pdf

The Senate's website could be leading by example, instead of its current posture of stiff resistance to long-overdue improvements.

Sincerely,





Senate Speaker's website as it appeared in April 2010 (displayed in contemporary Chrome browser), riddled with coding mistakes – attributable to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
Senate Speaker's website as displayed in contemporary Chrome browser.
The numerous errors (here shown circled in red) are attributable not to the browser,
but to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
as explained in the letter (above) dated 8 April 2010.


Senate Speaker's website as it appeared in April 2010 (displayed in contemporary Chrome browser), riddled with coding mistakes – attributable to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
Senate Speaker's website as displayed in contemporary Chrome browser.
The numerous errors (here shown circled in red) are attributable not to the browser,
but to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
as explained in the letter (above) dated 8 April 2010.


Senate Speaker's website as it appeared in April 2010 (displayed in contemporary Chrome browser), riddled with coding mistakes – attributable to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
Senate Speaker's website as displayed in contemporary Chrome browser.
The numerous errors (here shown circled in red) are attributable not to the browser,
but to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
as explained in the letter (above) dated 8 April 2010.


Senate Speaker's website as it appeared in April 2010 (displayed in contemporary Chrome browser), riddled with coding mistakes – attributable to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
Senate Speaker's website as displayed in contemporary Chrome browser.
The numerous errors (here shown circled in red) are attributable not to the browser,
but to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
as explained in the letter (above) dated 8 April 2010.


Senate Committee website as it appeared in April 2010 (displayed in contemporary Chrome browser), riddled with coding mistakes – attributable to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
Senate Committee website as displayed in contemporary Chrome browser.
The numerous errors (here shown circled in red) are attributable not to the browser,
but to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
as explained in the letter (above) dated 8 April 2010.


Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce website as it appeared in April 2010 (displayed in contemporary Chrome browser), riddled with coding mistakes – attributable to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce
website as displayed in contemporary Chrome browser.

The numerous errors (here shown circled in red) are attributable not to the browser,
but to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
as explained in the letter (above) dated 8 April 2010.


Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence website as it appeared in April 2010 (displayed in contemporary Chrome browser), riddled with coding mistakes – attributable to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence
website as displayed in contemporary Chrome browser.

The numerous errors (here shown circled in red) are attributable not to the browser,
but to the Senate's use of obsolete website management software
as explained in the letter (above) dated 8 April 2010.




2010 July 22

New South Shore Radio Station
CJHK   100.7 MHz   FM

Acadia Broadcasting Limited launches Hank FM

CKBW moves to new North Street, Bridgewater, location

It's been an exciting summer of change in the radio broadcasting industry here on the South Shore.  Acadia Broadcasting Limited, the company responsible for longtime South Shore broadcasting mainstay CKBW, officially launched its new radio station serving the South Shore on July 22, 2010.

CJHK, which will be known more popularly as Hank FM, is broadcasting at 100.7 MHz, offering a listening menu that includes today's best country music and yesterday's favourites.  The new station also has its own fully staffed newsroom that will be providing coverage on matters close to the heart of South Shore residents.

The launch of the new station coincides with the migration of the Acadia Broadcasting Limited headquarters from its former location at the Gateway Plaza on Bridgewater's west side to new, state-of-the-art studios at 135 North Street, Bridgewater.  Jim MacMullin, the vice-president of Acadia Broadcasting Limited, said the energy surrounding the new developments, both on the air and off, is palpable.  "It's really exciting to finally launch our new station after two years of planning, approvals and construction," he said, via a press release.

"Hank FM will carry on the tradition of its sister station, CKBW, providing reliable local news, promoting community events and, now, playing the best variety of country music on the South Shore."

Acadia Broadcasting has had a presence in our region dating back more than 60 years.  After several years of preparation, CKBW began transmitting in 1947 on Christmas Eve at 1000 kHz on the AM band.  The first official broadcast took place two days later, at 8pm on Boxing Day, with president of the company and Lunenburg resident C.J. Morrow being the first to say, "Welcome to our listeners."

In the early days, Acadia Broadcasting had about a dozen employees at CKBW working under station manager John Hirtle.  After decades of local success and a variety of formats over the years, the station flipped to the FM band in 2001, broadcasting at 98.1 MHz in Bridgewater.

John Wiles, the current manager for CJHK and its sister station, said that while getting new headquarters has been enough excitement on its own, being part of the launch of an entirely new station, which will cater to a very special demographic, is especially riveting.

"It's one thing to move CKBW to beautiful new surroundings," he said, "but it's even more amazing to launch a new station at the same time."

The first live broadcast from Hank FM began at 6am on July 22, 2010, with Nick Yorston reading the news, sports and weather.  Mr. Yorston was immediately followed by morning announcer Jonathan Crouse, who played the first two songs, Hank Snow's "I've Been Everywhere" and Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now?"...

Source: Acadia Broadcasting Limited launches Hank FM, christens new North Street location by Patrick Hirtle, Lighthouse Publishing Company, 3 August 2010
    http://www.southshorenow.ca/archives/2010/080310/business/index002.php


Hank Snow Hits

Hank Snow
Hank Snow Country Music Centre

Hank Snow
Wikipedia




On 1 January 2003, Acadia Broadcasting Company Limited and New Brunswick Broadcasting Company Limited were amalgamated as Acadia Broadcasting Limited Société Acadienne de Radiotélévision Limitée, Saint John, New Brunswick.  Acadia Broadcasting Limited Société Acadienne de Radiotélévision Limitée [RJSC ID#3077742] has its registered office at 10 Sydney Street, Saint John, New Brunswick.  The company's directors, as of 10 February 2011, were:
•  Anne C. Irving Oxley, Director, Saint John NB
•  John E. Irving, Director, Chairman & CEO, Saint John NB
•  John K.F. Irving, Director & President, Saint John NB


Source: Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies [RJSC]
     http://www.gov.ns.ca/bacs/rjsc/




2012 April 20

Rabbit ears become museum artifacts
Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 20 April 2012

CBC shuts down its analog TV transmitters by end of July 2012

Snow is in the forecast if you still watch CBC or Radio-Canada television using rabbit ears.

CBC is shutting down the last of its analog TV transmitters at the end of July in response to losing $115 million in the federal budget.  This means viewers who have older TVs and do not have cable or satellite subscriptions will no longer receive a signal.

"In Canada, only 1.7 per cent of the population still receives our television signals via an analog, over-the-air transmitter," said CBC/Radio-Canada President Hubert Lacroix in a statement.

Shutting down the 620 analog transmitters will save ten million dollars, he said.

Angus MacKinnon, a CBC spokesman, said most people who still use rabbit ears "don't care" about TV. If they wanted to continue watching TV, they would have obtained a digital converter or subscribed to cable, he said.

Other broadcasters ended their analog transmission in major cities by 31 August 2011, as required by the CRTC.  CBC converted its transmitters to digital in Halifax and 26 other markets. CBC/Radio-Canada applied for and received a one-year extension for a number of "secondary transmitters," including Radio-Canada in Halifax.

Analog is a dying technology.  The United States and most of Europe now use digital transmitters, so the equipment is becoming scarce and expensive.  Digital transmission provides better picture and sound and gives unlimited space for channels.  Since digital uses fewer airwaves, this space is freed up for emergency communications and mobile phone services.

This airspace is owned by the federal government.  In 2008, Ottawa auctioned off airspace to telecommunications companies, raising more than $4 billion.  Industry Canada plans to begin the next round of auctioning in 2013, their website says.

In the United States, the government started a program to reimburse viewers who bought a digital converter for their TV sets.  The money for the coupons was raised during a spectrum auction.

Scott Simms, the Canadian Heritage critic for the Liberal party, is concerned about where Canada's auction money will go.

"You would think some of that money would go back to supporting the people who will lose service," he said, as it did in the United States, but no such plan seems to be in the works.

"A lot of people are not going to have a service that they normally do," he said. "(The Conservative party) claim they're speaking up for people, but the attitude is 'fend for yourself.' "

A helpline set up by the federal government is no longer in service although some information is available at digitaltv.gc.ca.

MacKinnon said that getting rid of analog wasn't an easy decision to make.

Even though he expects the impact to be minimal, "we commiserate with people who will lose our services."




2013 March 01

Live Webcast “First Time”

Nova Scotia Liberal Party

Annual General Meeting live webcast

“For the first time, we will be sharing the
Friday night events with our membership online”

Friday Mar 1, 2013 at 12:18pm
Nova Scotia Liberal Party: Announcement - Annual General Meeting live webcast, first time

Tonight, Liberals from across Nova Scotia will meet many of our Liberal candidates for the first time.  Liberal MLAs will take the stage, and our leader, Stephen McNeil, will deliver his keynote address to our membership as we head into an election year.

While we sincerely hope you are able to attend the Annual General Meeting and tonight's events, we would like to offer you the opportunity to watch the action live on our website.  For the first time, we will be sharing the Friday night events with our membership online.  We understand that not all Liberals will be available to attend the meeting in Halifax - with our live stream from the Westin, everyone can be part of the action.

To view, tune in HERE [http://www.liberal.ns.ca/2013-agm-live/] tonight at 7pm.




Friday Mar 1, 2013 at 7:26pm
Nova Scotia Liberal Party: Annual General Meeting live webcast = screenshot at 7:26pm, Halifax Mayor Mike Savage speaking

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage addressing the Liberal Party AGM 2013
This screenshot shows the image delivered live (simultaneously)
in Wolfville over the WWW (not TV) through a high-speed
(20 megabits per second) Internet connection.




2013 October 25

Greenwood-Kingston Movie Theatre Closes

Movies no longer available in 35 millimetre (analog) format

As of October 25, the Zedex movie theatre in Greenwood, Kings County, will be closed for an undetermined period of time.  Susan Mackintosh, manager of the Zedex, said they found out earlier this week they couldn't access any 35 millimetre films to show and the agent was not hopeful another would arrive this way any time soon.  The problem is the 1945 film projector, once a top-of-the-line model, but nearly obsolete now that the movie industry is increasingly releasing new titles in digital formats making film reel projectors a thing of the past.  Finding new titles on 35 millimetre film is no easy task, she added.  Movie studios only release a few titles on 35 millimetre film and there is a great demand for these films, she says.  About 10 to 12 prints of these films are distributed across Canada and the competition is fierce among smaller theatres.  A new digital projector is estimated to cost as much as $50,000 and Mackintosh says that taking on a capital expense that large is not on the books for the business at this time.  Until recently the Zedex has been able to maintain access to new titles through cooperation with two other theatres in Nova Scotia, but these two theatres were converting to digital formats.  Without a new digital projector, it is likely that the Zedex Theatre will be forced to close permanently.  The last film, Prisoners, showed for the final night yesterday, Thursday, October 24 and the doors will close today, October 25, 2013.   (hyperlinks added)

—Source: “Zedex to close for foreseeable future
in the Annapolis County Spectator website, 25 October 2013



Digital or bust for Greenwood movie theatre
TC Transcontinental Daily Business Buzz, 21 May 2013

Digital or bust
Annapolis County Spectator, 24 May 2013

Greenwood theatre can't afford new projector as movies go digital
Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 12 June 2013



Zedex Theatre, Building 221 Birchall Training Center
14 Wing, Greenwood, Kings County, Nova Scotia
Friday, 25 October 2013

Nova Scotia, Kings County, Zedex Movie Theatre website home page, Friday, 25 October 2013
Friday, 25 October 2013     Zedex Movie Theatre website home page,
Greenwood, Kings County, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia, Kings County, Zedex Movie Theatre website 'Now Playing' page, Friday, 25 October 2013
Friday, 25 October 2013     Zedex Movie Theatre website 'Now Playing' page,
Greenwood, Kings County, Nova Scotia



2015 May 14

The first modern fiber optic cable in more than a decade
connecting North America to Europe

New transatlantic cable causing headaches for crab harvesters
CBC News - May 14, 2015

The 4,600-kilometre cable, which Capacity Magazine – a publication of Capacity Media, a company focused on the wholesale telecommunications industry – named the top telecommunications project for 2015, will connect Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Cork, Ireland, and Slough, England.  It's said to be the first modern fiber optic cable connecting North America to Europe in more than twelve years, catering to the need for additional fast and high-performing global network capacity.

References:
Greg's Cable Map
Discovery made an excellent documentary on a cable-laying ship
doing maintenance, it's called Mighty Ships: Tyco Resolute.
Mighty Ships - Tyco Resolute - Number 7, Season One
Submarine (underwater) communications cable
Hibernia Networks





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