On the Way to Cape Breton

home   ·   about   ·  contact   ·  linkup   ·  events   ·  advertise

Reading Room

photo albums

need to know
tour the shore

places to go

things to do
events calendar

people to see
real estate/rentals
business resources

sustainable living
environmental issues
house & garden
lifestyles arts/culture

the mailbag

more links


Did you know?
Highway 7 Online welcomes over
30,000 site visitors a month. Find out more.


"The Smart Community project will help us reach our ultimate goal of making the Western Valley more economically self-sufficient through innovation"
Leslee Fredericks, Project Manager, WVDA

"Community Fibre Spells Bright Future";
"Genealogy Project Brings The Past To Life"
"Smart Seniors Use Internet To Bridge The Digital Divide"


 More of this Topic

• "Getting Connected" Glossary of Terms
• Broadband Dictionary
• Community Portal 'How-to'

• CAP Sites Explained

A CAP Site for Jeddore

• Sheet Harbour BBIS

A first glance at the headlines on Industry Canada's "Smart Communities" website might suggest small town Ontario, but in fact, these 'success stories' describe the way the Acadian Shore of Nova Scotia has moved into the highspeed lane.

As one of Canada's 12 demonstration projects, the Western Valley Development Authority is the driving force behind the region's decision to abolish the high costs of a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and offer high speed connection to its residents via a community owned and managed fibre optic cable network.

And that's just for starters. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) project is databasing information on land parcels, building permits, sewers, water, civic addresses, heritage districts and historical sites. Video conferencing and public information kiosks are being planned.

Other community enhancements include a "Smart Mentoring Program' which has provided computer and Internet training to 750 participants; a Smart Seniors pilot program which has a waiting list of seniors eager to learn about the Internet; a genealogy project that digitizes the records of Acadian settlers; and several youth-oriented programs that provide on-line education and internships. "

The Western Valley 'Smart Community' project was a part of a Federal Government taskforce initiative that was given a mandate to :"find the best approaches to make high-speed broadband Internet services available to businesses and residents in all Canadian communities by the year 2004".

Now, a followup program called "Connecting Canadians" is well on the way to the country's goal of making Canada "the most connected country in the world".

Other Nova Scotian communities are queueing at the onramp but for now, the pots of federal 'test' funding have run low. Instead, local CAP sites, where most connectivity and speed issues in rural Canada are centred, are offered a catalogue of broadband resources and "toolkits" to assist them in evaluating and deploying the advantages of community driven highspeed connectivity.

On the Eastern Shore, as in other rural communities, broadband presents an opportunity to bolster rural development through opportunities in tele-work, distant access to public services and e-commerce. While some schools of thought fear that enhanced ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) pose a threat rather than an opportunity for rural areas by reinforcing the attractiveness and influence of urban centres, communities along the 'e-shore' are slowly merging into the fast lane.

In Sheet Harbour, a secondary CAP site called "SHARC" (Sheet Harbour Area Resource Centre) has opened to the public. According to Larry Horton, long time volunteer co-ordinator for the Bridge to Bridge Internet Society, high speed access opens the possibility of establishing an ACCESS Nova Scotia site in the Eastern region of the province, so the need to travel to New Glasgow, Truro, Halifax or Dartmouth for registration renewals, licenses, Registry of Joint Stocks, etc. would be eliminated.

Other CAP sites along the 300 km. long Eastern Shore are also seeking to resolve issues of distance to services, education and employment through the advantages of high speed broadband accessibility.

Eastern Nova Scotia CAP sites include Jeddore-Musquodoboit, Eastern Passage, North Preston, Lawrencetown, Tangier, Sheet Harbour, Moser River, Country Harbour, Sherbrooke, Canso and Antigonish

CAP Sites Explained

Community Access Program (CAP) Sites are part of a nationwide federal initiative of up to 10,000 such sites supported by Industry Canada to bring computer technology, learning & internet access to Canada's communities. Nova Scotia now administers its CAP site program through the Technology and Science Secretariat.

In many cases, CAP sites are manned by volunteers from the community, who work towards self-sufficiency for the site. A CAP site derives its revenue by a combination of community service offerings such as renting computer time, workshops, seminars and Internet access, usually for bare bones fees. Please support your local CAP site!

Affordable, accessible, community electronic resources

 Related Features

The Bay of Islands Center
Working to find solutions for a wholesome rural lifestyle that will not diminish the natural inheritance of future generations.

The Sustainable TIMES
This on-line quarterly periodical includes articles, opinions and success stories in these areas: Canada, Our World, Sustainable Business, and Natural Living.

"If you don’t change course,
you’ll end up where you’re headed."

Ancient Chinese Proverb.

Sheet Harbour Cap Site


Did you know?
Highway 7 Online welcomes over
30,000 site visitors a month. Find out more.

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now". Chinese Proverb
Order Customized Tree Seedling Favors for Your 2017 Wedding or Corporate Event
Valentine Weddings, Earth Day!

Search Our Sites With



Did you know?
Highway 7 Online welcomes over
30,000 site visitors a month. Find out more.


home    ·    about    ·    contact    ·    linkup    ·    advertise    ·    forum

All contents © 1995 - 2017 Highway7.com unless otherwise attributed
Highway7 E-zine, a publication of Hatch Media, is an electronic journal with a focus on commercial, historical, cultural and ecological issues concerning the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia in Canada. Topics include a growing resource of currently more than 300 articles. More articles and image galleries are added frequently as new material is brought to our attention. With Highway7.com, our primary aim is to serve, inform and reflect the rural communities on the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia, as well as to acquaint new residents, visitors, tourists, and investors with the special beauty and enormous potential of our region.
Last Change: 01-Feb-2017