Ten years ago this month the world was celebrating the new
Millennium with enthusiasm and some trepidation.There were
some questions as to whether 2000 was the last year of the
last millennium or the first year of the new. Regardless it was celebrated as
the Nugget front page January 1, 2000
shows giving details on new year’s eve 1999 and New Years Day 2000.
Front page of the North Bay Nugget January 1, 2000
The front page reviewed what was supposed
to be a major crisis in the computer world as computers would become confused by
the new dates.But as the Nugget pointed out,“Y2K problem? What Y2K problem?”The article pointed
out that an “army of emergency workers” were ready for the troubles that didn’t
happen.There was a Y2K Command Centre in North Bay in the
basement of the North Bay Police Headquarters.It was
unnecessary.There were some minor problems around the world
but it amounted to nothing serious.The Federal Government
spent 2 years and 3.5 billion dollars preparing for problems that did not
The Earthquake 2000
Most partygoers had gone to bed by
when a small earthquake shook the area.The 5.2 Richter
Scale quake which lasted about 10 seconds started just north of Temiscaming
Quebec.There was a small aftershock.
Some people woke up and some homes shook and some suffered minor damage.
New Years babies always make the news.A
birth of twins in the U.S.
took place, one before and one after .In North Bay 7 pound 6 ounce Sophie Marie Blanche Laperriere was born at
1:33 am .Blanche was the name of mother Lucie’s grandmother who lived to be 107.Father Andre was at Lucie’s side at North Bay General and 4 year Pascal
was at home asleep.The baby is now 10
years old, goes by the name Sophie and is a student at St. Anne’s School and a
fine young lady.Mother Lucie, a lawyer,
is now a part of the Laperriere Rochfort law firm in the city.
The Decade of Ups and Downs
A lot of progress has been made in the
last 10 years especially in electronics with many innovations putting print
media under duress as the computer and related gadgetry and programming have
flourished. War in Afghanistan and Iraq and chaos elsewhere has been endless and
millions have died.Epidemics including the current H1N1
have cost billions and killed many but have not been as bad as they might.Politics is as crazy as ever.More recently climate
change and the financial crisis make us nervous.But there
is lots to be thankful for in 2010 and hopefully the next decade will be better
for human kind.