2006 January onward
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.
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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
Seven Years War Timeline
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.
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
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|
New Democratic Party of Nova Scotia|
Liberal Party of Nova Scotia|
(none in Queens)
Green Party of Nova Scotia|
(Not affiliated with any party)
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.
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.
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...
Photographs: Grand Pre Attack 1747 historic monument Kings County
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...
Photographs: Battle of Bloody Creek historic monument Annapolis County
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 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.
• 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
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
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.
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.
Preparations for the Calling of the first Assembly
Board of Trade and Plantations - January 31, 1758
Nova Scotia was the first part of what is now Canada to win representative government...
Conservative Party of Canada
Liberal Party of Canada
(Both URLs point to the same site.)
New Democratic Party of Canada
Green Party of Canada
Canadian Action Party
Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
Conservative Party of Canada
Liberal Party of Canada
New Democratic Party of Canada
Green Party of Canada
Canadian Action Party
Christian Heritage Party
Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
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.
Early June 1760
Historical narrative (title and author not known)
...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...
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
8 April 2010
The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella
Speaker of the Senate
280-F, Centre Block
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.
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
Hank Snow Hits
Hank Snow Country Music Centre
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]
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
• 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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