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Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell


By Penny Goldsmith, former VCN president

In 1992, Brian Campbell got together a group of librarians and other community activists in the lower mainland of British Columbia who started meeting to talk about the internet and the importance of it being accessible to everyone. Brian recognized early on that a lot of people were going to be left out of this new online world unless there was a concerted and organized effort to make sure that that didn’t happen. In June of 1993, he chaired the founding meeting of the Vancouver Regional Freenet (now the Vancouver Community Network)

Brian was a leader in promoting free and equal access to information both inside and outside the library. He found a home for the Vancouver Freenet server at VPL. He made sure that there were public access computers devoted to the Freenet in the library and fought for them to stay there, even when they were being less and less used as people were starting to access their emails via commercial sites. He was instrumental in convincing libraries to make free public internet accessible across Canada.

Brian officially resigned from the Freenet board in 1995, but he never really left – he never left anything that mattered to him and that he believed in. He never stopped talking about universal public access to the internet and the ongoing danger of the digital divide, even after he retired from the library. In 2015 he was the recipient of the intellectual freedom award given out annually by the Canadian Library Association.

Brian Campbell died in December, 2016 in Vancouver, BC


Server issue resolved January 2, 2017 – January 3, 2017

On Monday, January 2, 2017 at 5am to 8pm the main email server was down due to a software issue. Some web sites were also affected. Web sites and incoming emails were restored on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 8pm. Emails would have been queued up on our backup email servers and would have been transferred to the main email server.

Between Monday, January 2, 2017 8pm to Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 5pm there was an issue sending out emails for people using webmail and dial-up. That issue was resolved at 5pm and the emails queued up would have been sent out. You would receive a bounce message or error message if the email was not successfully sent.


A Brief Guide to “Phishing Scams”

What are Phishing scams and how to avoid them. Check out  A Brief Guide to “Phishing Scams” at Youth ID.


Digital Inequality in Canada

“Humanity remains in the throws of digital infancy, however a stark difference remains between marginalized communities and those above them on the socioeconomic ladder in regards to internet access.” Read more about Digital Inequality at Youth ID.


Email server maintenance window on Thursday, September 29th 2016 between 3pm and 5pm

The email server maintenance will be postponed to Thursday, September 29th 2016 between 3pm and 5pm.


Email server maintenance window on Wednesday, September 28th 2016 between 3pm and 4pm

On Wednesday, September 28th 2016 between 3pm and 4pm, VCN’s email server will be under hardware maintenance. This maintenance will add redundant hardware to ensure services are active in case of a hardware failure. You may notice a short downtime during this maintenance window.


Spam causing email issue

During the weekend, VCN was overloaded by spam. VCN was unable to block the spam because it originated from a commonly used free email provider. Blocking the email provider would mean real emails would also be blocked. Emails were still processed but they were delayed. The spam attack stopped on Monday, August 22, 2016 and email service was restored.

In the future, VCN plans to setup additional spam filter servers.


Dial-up phone line maintenance completed

On Thursday, August 18th at 3pm all the dial-up lines were moved to our new provider without any service disruption. If you are connected to the old phone lines you will automatically switch to the new phone lines when you reconnect.


VCN closed on Monday, August 1, 2016

VCN will be closed on Monday, August 1, 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 10am.


Scheduled VCN network maintenance Wed June 1st 2016

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, our Internet provider will be upgrading their network again. They will be continuing the work that was started on Wednesday, May 24, 2016. The upgrade should be completed before Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 10am.

All VCN services will be affected but there should be no downtime.

If you have any issues please email or call 778-724-0826 with the following information:

  1. The address of the site you were trying to visit.
  2. Go to Google and type “what’s my ip?” Provide the numbers above the words “Your public IP address”.
  3. Any error messages that appear or a description of what happened.

If the help desk is busy please leave a message with the information.