Hi! Welcome to Athens/3116.
Canning, Nova Scotia, Canada

This site is always under construction.

Nova Scotia stuff

This site, Athens/3116, was "staked out" 7 February 1996,
and the first page file was uploaded to this site
at 3:35pm AST on 8 February 1996.

At that time, GeoCities had about 28,000 homesteaders.
On 18 March 1998, GeoCities had 1,700,000 homesteaders.

As of April 1998, this website
is among the oldest 2% of GeoCities homesteads.

Formal education is still organised according to
subject categories that were set in stone
in the nineteenth century...

Schools thus have entrenched hierarchies of
knowledge and power, as well as stringent control
over the content and form of communication within
the school, and educational practices which
compartmentalise the universe of knowledge.

Libraries display many of these same
characteristics. Like schools, they display
an essentially one-way flow of information.

The roles of the participants in cyberspace are
much more fluid than in either schools or libraries.
Most are both seekers of information and actual
or potential sources of information.

As seekers of information
we are not bound by pre-defined hierarchies,
but are free to search out and organise
information (any way we like)...

Engaged in Triumphant Retreat?
Public Libraries and the Social Impact of the Internet,

by Jennifer Cram, Manager, Library Services,
Queensland Department of Education,
Brisbane, Australia.

blue ball Marconi's Three Transatlantic Radio Stations in Cape Breton

blue ball Marconi Wireless Telegraph in Nova Scotia

blue ball Nova Scotia's Electronic Attic
Specializing in on-line information about Nova Scotia

blue ball Nova Scotia Schools on the Internet

blue ball Nova Scotia Quotations

blue ball Nova Scotia Pony Express, 1849

blue ball A Fierce War: The Electric Telegraph Lines Between New York and Halifax
...The vexations endured by the Associated Press management in the early days (1849-1850) were aggravated by dissentions which grew up between the managers of some of the Morse telegraph lines and the press. There were also contentions between the members of the press in Boston and other places, fanned if not engendered by the jealousies of some of the Morse lines, and especially by those under the control of F.O.J. Smith. This gentleman refused to have steamers' news come over his line from Halifax, for the Associated Press, unless they dismissed Mr. Craig, then acting as their Halifax agent. This led to a rupture, by which the press of Boston became divided. The Association retained Mr. Craig, and ran a special locomotive express at an enormous expense with each steamer's news, from Portland to Boston, there being no telegraph between these two points except that owned by Smith. From Boston it came over by the Bain line to New York. The Association also, by its encouragement, caused a company to extend the Bain line from Boston to Portland, where it connected with the lines extending thence to Halifax, and which were beyond the control of Smith. The war was a very fierce one; many phamphlets appeared on both sides, including one by Mr. Craig in his defence against Smith's charges. The latter left no stone unturned. Among other efforts to thwart the Association, it is said that he endeavored to get control of one of the links on the Halifax line east of Portland. He also appealed to the Provincial Legislature of New Brunswick, and protested against the management of the Halifax line by its superintendent; but all without avail. His success in putting the newspaper press by the ears was not only less difficult, but more complete. At one time Smith refused to receive and transmit private messages handed in by merchants and others for Halifax, or to let anything come over his line from Halifax...
[Page 140, Historical Sketch of the Electric Telegraph, by Alexander Jones, 1852, published by George E. Putnam, New York.]
(Alexander Jones was the first General Manager of the Associated Press in New York.)

blue ball The Search Warrant, 22 September 2000

blue ball Bay of Fundy, Satellite View

Image by World View Digital Imagery Ltd., Falmouth, Nova Scotia

blue ball Tides at Burntcoat Head, Hants County, Nova Scotia.
The world's highest tides occur in the Bay of Fundy, between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and the highest tides in the Bay of Fundy occur at Burntcoat Head.

Facts about tides
Tide measurements
Mean Large Tides And Extreme TIdes At Selected Ports

Official Tide Gauge Installed at Burntcoat Head

David Flater has written XTide: Harmonic tide clock and tide predictor which you can use to find accurate predictions of future tidal conditions at Burntcoat Head and elsewhere.

blue ball Minas Tides — Eighth Wonder of the World one of Ed Coleman's columns

Note: On 8 February 1997, at Burntcoat Head, between the high tide at 2:07 pm and the low at 8:29 pm, the tidal range was 16.65 metres (54 feet 7 inches)! Around 5 pm the tide was falling at the rate of one foot every four minutes. Earlier that day, around 11 am, the tide was rising at the rate of a foot every four minutes. This extreme tidal range occurred because the Moon was about as close to the Earth as it ever gets — the Moon was at perigee at 5pm on 7 February with a Moon to Earth distance of 356,847 km, the shortest distance of any perigee during 1997. At the same time, the Earth to Sun distance was close to a minimum, with the Earth having passed perihelion on 1 January.
Similar tidal ranges occurred in 1998, on 28 February, 1 March, and 30 March.

blue ball Spring Equinox dates and times of day, for a thousand years

blue ball Westray Scrapbook Fifty clippings about the Westray coal mine disaster

blue ball Westray Coal Mine Disaster

blue ball Index to the On-Line Transcript Westray Mine Public Inquiry hearings

blue ball Photograph of my workplace at 3 am, 10 January 1997

blue ball 1997 Jan 07, Home Invasion Robbery Appeal Decision
Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, Decision on: Her Majesty the Queen, Appellant, and Scott Alexander Fraser, Respondent.

blue ball 1996 Sep 05, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
Decision on the Appeal by Gail Brenda Roose, and Cross-Appeal by Douglas Hollett and the Attorney General of Nova Scotia.

blue ball Historical Errors in The Dominion Institute's Great Questions series

blue ball UARB Power Failure Report The official report of the Nova Scotia Utilities and Review Board, requested by Premier Russell MacLellan, "into the manner in which Nova Scotia Power Inc. provided service to its customers during Power Outages occurring on its System during the months of November and December 1997."

The 1887 Strawberry Swindle
Maguire letter, pages 4 and 1 left half, page 4 — right half, page 1
Maguire letter, pages 2 and 3 left half, page 2 — right half, page 3
Explanation of the Maguire letter
Text of the Maguire letter

Railway Photographs

Photographs by G. Wayne Hines, Kentville.
Laying new track in the Annapolis Valley
December 1996

The Dominion Atlantic Railway, which operated in the Annapolis Valley for nearly 100 years, was abandoned on 29 August 1994. That same day, the Windsor & Hantsport Railway, a new short line company, bought all the remaining track, and began operations. In December 1996, the W&HR built a new siding at New Minas. Here are five photographs taken during the construction of that new siding, which has a capacity of eight cars. The first train to use this siding arrived on 26 December 1996, when the daily freight westbound from Windsor Junction stopped here to run the engines around the train for the trip back to Windsor. This was the first train to operate along this section of the main line since 16 September 1993, when the Last Train From Kentville passed here eastbound. Until January 1990, there was daily passenger service along this main line, between Yarmouth and Halifax.

Photograph #1 At the east switch of the new siding, looking eastward along the main line toward Wolfville and Windsor.

Photograph #2 Construction equipment, backhoe and tamper. The main line is in the foreground.

Photograph #3 At the west switch of the new siding, looking eastward along the main line toward Wolfville and Windsor.

Photograph #4 At the east switch of the new siding, looking westward along the main line toward Kentville. The track gang has just finished work for the day. We see piles of crushed stone, ready to be spread as ballast for the siding. Some crushed stone has been spread over the switch ties. In the distance we can see the highway overpass, which carries Middle Dyke Road over the W&HR main line and the Cornwallis River. As of November 1996 - March 1997, the end of track is about 1000 feet beyond this overpass.

Photograph #5 The tamper stands on the new siding at New Minas; on the main line is the weed cutting machine rented from CP for four weeks. The weed cutter has hydraulically-powered arms that can reach as far as 30 feet on either side of the track, to cut brush and small trees with rotating cutting blades — much like a lawn mower on steroids. Crushed rock ballast has been dumped on the new track. The next step is for the workers to use track jacks to lift and level the new track; then, to complete the job, the tamper will force crushed rock under the ties to make the track permanently level. After this, the track will be finished and ready for use.

blue ball Reproduction (image) of an invoice for software, November 1983 773 kilobytes
for Commodore PET computers at the Bridgewater High School
                   Invoice Date  23 11 83

          Code            Title             Price
      1   F0M100   MERL PHYS 1 DISK PET     110.00
      1   F0M190   WAV VIBRTON DISK PET     138.00
      1   F0M390   LAB SIMLATN DISK PET      99.00
      1   F0M559   MATH SCI SRS 12PR PE     207.00
      1   F0M737   ELEC 16 SERIES PET       275.00
      1   F2M190   CM NMN SR PET-64 DSK      66.00
      1   F5M211   CLS MGR 2 PET-64 DSK      95.00

Ivan Smith 902-582-3783
9847 Main Street, Canning, Nova Scotia B0P 1H0, Canada
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