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Municipalities look to Elon Musk for improved internet – Hanna Herald

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The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities’ board  of directors passed a resolution Sept. 15 in support of Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet project.
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Sarah Cooke, Local Journalism Initiative

Internet access and remote/rural communities usually don’t go together well in a sentence, but Elon Musk’s satellite internet project  aims to fix that.
The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities’ board  of directors passed a resolution Sept. 15 in support of Starlink —  which is a low Earth orbit satellite system which can provide improved  upload/download speeds and response times for rural residents.
“We know today our citizens require greater connectivity than 50/10  megabits per second,” says Danny Whalen, president of FONOM. “FONOM  believes that the Starlink program is our best option.”
The resolution also calls on the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to permit the company a basic international telecommunications service licence (BITS).
Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) is the parent company of Starlink and it applied for a BITS licence May 1.
On July 6, the CRTC published the procedural letter on  its website which states that it “received a number of  interventions, both in support of and in opposition” to SpaceX’s request  for a licence.
The letter further states that the CRTC provided SpaceX the opportunity to reply to these interventions.
The interventions and replies are available on the commission’s website under “closed BITS licenses.”
Discussions surrounding broadband and connectivity dominated much of  FONOM’s recent board meeting, according to a release issued Sept. 16.,  as the federation is looking to work with municipal organizations and  governments to bring improved internet services to its 110 communities.
SpaceX launched 180 satellites last month to grow the  “mega-constellation” and Starlink has allegedly begun private beta  testing.
A tweet from Musk on June 24 stated that, “Canada is a major priority for Starlink!”
Those interested in signing up for the potential to beta test Starlink can do so on the company’s website.
FONOM said it will not be communicating with its partners to seek additional support for the Starlink program.


Sarah Cooke is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter with muskokaregion.com. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

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Is Halloween cancelled this year? – AeroTime News Hub

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The pandemic altered the way we celebrate. Every year US airlines would dress to impress the travelers with Halloween themed decorations and staff parties. This year the holiday might look a little different.

Airlines and Halloween

In the United States, Southwest and American airlines have had a long history of Halloween celebration. In the 1970s, Southwest workers began dressing up for the holiday. Later on, more events, contests and family activities were added and continued till this year. 

The company was proud to show their CEO Gary Kelly dressing up every year. In the past years the airline posted videos of Kelly’s transformation on social media. 

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Southwest passengers were invited to celebrate too. Decorated boarding gates and ticket counters, dressed up aircraft crew and free drinks on board. 

American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) started celebrating Halloween in 2013. Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker initiated the annual celebration that included costumes, parties and employees’ children trick-or-treating. 

This year, due to the pandemic both airlines announced cancellation of the annual Halloween celebration. For Southwest it is the first time dropping the party since 2001, when terrorist attacks hit the US. 

With the airlines industry plummeting down and thousands of job cuts, organising parties is the last thing on companies’ minds. It is not a very celebratory time either – Southwest Airlines (LUV) had about 61,000 employees in June but at least 4,200 agreed to leave. 12,500 more took long-term leaves of absence.

Celebrate Halloween Moon

Even if big gatherings and parties are not happening, there are still ways to celebrate. According to NASA’s National Space Science Data Center on the night of October 31, 2020, a full blue Moon, also called Halloween Moon, will be visible. It is the first occasion of a blue Moon in the Americas since 2018 and the first time it will appear for all time zones since 1944.

The term blue Moon does not mean we will see it in blue color. This Halloween we will probably see it in it’s usual greyish color. However, it has appeared blue in the past due to smoke and dust particles in the atmosphere.

You probably heard the phrase “once in a blue Moon”, which is used to describe something rare and unusual. Do not miss this year’s Halloween moon as the next one will take place in August 2023. 

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Blue moon to light up Halloween sky – KitchenerToday.com

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Not only is it Halloween, but Saturday night also marks two rare lunar events.

We are in for a blue moon and a micromoon.

According to NASA, a blue moon occurs about seven times every 19 years.

The moon will not actually be blue Saturday night, the term refers to the time when a second full moon occurs in one month.

The last full moon was on October 1. 

A micromoon, opposite to a supermoon, is when the moon is at its furthest point from Earth. 

Victor Arora, Observatory Coordinator at the University of Waterloo said not only will the special moon be visible all night, but Mars will also be easy to spot.

“On this evening you’ll be looking at the confluence of these two or three different cosmic events…it makes it a little bit more meaningful…If you want to see the full moon rise just basically look towards the sun, and turn around so your back is against the sun, and that’s the direction the moon will be rising from.” 

Arora added being outdoors and enjoying a unique event such as a blue moon, is a great pandemic-friendly activity.

“There has been an uptick in interest among people wanting to observe in the evenings. Things like telescope sales have gone through the roof – I’ve heard, and spending time with your close circle and getting out into nature.” 

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First Halloween Blue moon in 19 years – CBC.ca

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They call it a blue moon, but it has nothing to do with the colour. It’s really a reference to its rarity.

What is even rarer is for there to be a blue moon on Halloween, says Jack Burnett, managing editor for The Old Farmers Almanac. 

The last one was 19 years ago on Oct. 31, 2001 according to Burnett. 

The blue moon is the second full moon in the same month. 

“It only comes up once, sometimes twice a year,” said Burnett. 

“The moon has always been a mysterious orb in the sky, and it’s always been felt to have sort of mysterious powers,” Burnett said. 

That obsession with the moon goes back to Celtic traditions and the early Christian All Hallows Day celebrated on Nov. 1. The night before, All Hallows Eve, is believed by many to originally be a Celtic harvest festival, which gave the moon great relevance in daily life.

“So because… the moon has always been so mysterious, it’s been associated with Halloween.

And of course, now we see that we have the full hunter’s Blue Moon on Saturday night, it makes it all the more spookier and you know, all the more Halloweenier,” Burnett said. 

Traditionally, hunters would be out hunting for food this time of year using the light of the moon to help them. 

Ever wonder where the saying once in a blue moon comes from? According to Burnett it comes from an old English word that meant betrayed. 

“So that meant that they felt it had betrayed the normal cycles of the moon by showing up, you know, an extra time. So that’s one theory as to how the actual word came about.” 

And is it blue? No, not unless there is ash or something else in the air to make it appear blue, Burnett said.

In addition to the rare full moon on Halloween, don’t forget that early Sunday morning, clocks will also fall back one hour.

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