Vancouver FreeNet (now called Vancouver CommunityNet) applied for
Charitable Status on July 29, 1993. Below is the Statement of Goals that 
was attached to the application form. Also attached were a Certificate 
of Incorporation, Constitution and By-laws, financial statements and 
list of officers.  Questions 15 to 18 were answered "no".



There is almost universal agreement that access to computers and
telecommunications is fundamental to the economic prosperity of
individuals and the country.  As public libraries are the "people's
university"' FreeNet will become the "people electronic library", serving
as an extension to current libraries.  The emphasis will be on educational
material that individuals can select so as to follow their program of
self-improvement and education and thus play a more active role in the
economic and political life in Canada. 
The VRFA will provide a computer and telecommunications facility to
accomplish the following goals. 


1. To establish and operate a full FreeNet community computer utility in the 
   Lower Mainland of B.C.

          VRFA will be available, free of charge, to all members of the 
          community regardless of financial circumstances.  There is a  
          membership fee to join VRFA and an active Fundraising 
          Committee.  Membership is however, voluntary and funds raised 
          through subscriber non-profit organization or through
	  corporate/foundations grants will be used to provide the free
	  service.  Non-members will have the same access to information	
          and telecommunications resources as members.

          FreeNet is non-commercial project which will neither pay for 
	  the information it provides nor charge users for access to it.
	  There will  be no material benefit to any corporation, profit or
	  non-profit entity.
2. To encourage the development of a wide range of community information

           VRFA has established a Taskforce for the Disenfranchised to 
	   work with community organizations which would not normally have
	   access to microcomputers or the skill to organize their
	   information or opinions to make them publicly available
	   electronically. The Taskforce will work with anti-poverty
	   organizations, Native groups, Women's health groups, groups
	   representing the disabled, etc.

           Our objective is to make the provisions of the community 
	   information a global reality to the Lower Mainland community

3.  To encourage the broadest possible participation of information 
    providers making their information available on the FreeNet.
           The VRFA Fundraising Committee will attempt to raise funds 
	   from service clubs and other organizations to provide
	   microcomputers to community groups that do not have that
	   resource. The System Design and Database sub-committee will
	   also provide training and support to community organizations
	   who do not have trained staff or volunteers.

           In addition, an information provider support group will be 
	   established to allow information providers in VRFA policy.

4.  To work towards the widest possible public access to government and 
    other information through FreeNet and other non-profit organizations.

           VRFA is working through the Fundraising Committee to get 
	   microcomputers for public access in community centres,
	   neighborhood houses, senior centres, and other locations where
	   access is not currently available.

           VRFA is also co-sponsoring a Fall educational conference on 
	   Information Policy entitled "Partnership for Public Access"
	   with the British Columbia Library Association, the B.C.
	   Freedom of information and Privacy Association, and the SFU
	   Centre for Writing and Publishing.  The conference will
	   explore, with a wide-range of community groups, the 
	   issues associated with access to government information. 

5.  To work toward building a network of similar in services in cities 
    and towns internationally.

           VRFA is actively working with other FreeNet organizations 
	   across Canada and particularly the Ottawa FreeNet to develop
	   FreeNets across Canada so that access to community and
	   government information becomes a global reality in Canada
	   regardless of geographic location, income, age, gender, ethnic
 	   group, or physical or mental capacity.

6.  To work with other Canadian FreeNets create a Canadian free 
    computing network.

           One of the prime objectives of VRFA is to create a link 
	   between FreeNets across Canada.  VRFA is participating, at
	   substantial cost, in the first national FreeNet organizing
	   meeting in Ottawa in August as part of our commitment to link
	   Canadian FreeNets.

7.  To educate and encourage the public in the use of computer 
    telecommunications and information retrieval.

           VRFA is currently holding monthly orientation meetings to 
	   introduce the concept of FreeNet and computer
	   telecommunications.  Special meetings have been held with
	   specific groups in the community such as seniors and the
	   cultural organizations.  VRFA will also train individual users
	   in how to access FreeNet once it becomes an operational reality
   	   in Vancouver.

8.  To research ways to improve and expand public access to and use of 
    electronic information resources and facilities.
           VRFA has a Hardware/Software Committee and a System Design 
	   Committee which is exploring ways to provide easier interfaces
	   for public use.  It is also exploring with other organizations
	   and companies the possibility of developing a new interface for
	   FreeNet. VRFA will own any software that is developed and will
	   distribute it free of charge to other FreeNet organizations.