A look back in time

This is a time capsule blog post. I’m writing it from May 7, 2009, three years in the past when you read it (assuming my blog is still here, and that WordPress didn’t mess up and publish it late or early.

Check out this blog post from Earth Day 2009. It wasn’t a great day for me, my province, or the world. I wonder what it will mean 3 years from now. You will know.

Blood Was Not Staged

To the conspiracy theorists out there that think protesters faked being beaten up by House of Commons security the other day, feast your eyes on this bit of video evidence:

So How About That Blood… from Adam MacIsaac on Vimeo.

The conspiracy theorists should hope that Custer isn’t eager to jump into lawsuits against people who have defamed him by saying he staged a beating for sympathy.

You can hear/see the protest here.

More here.

ADDED: Here’s why a noisy and “against the rules” protest is required.

When Legal Protest Stops Working

Look what happens when the will of Canadians is not represented on the floor of the House of Commons. It’s up to those in the Gallery to make the news instead. And not surprisingly, the HoC security roughed the protesters up as they escorted them from the building.

“The youth in the gallery showed more leadership than the MPs on the floor,” Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said at a news conference on Parliament Hill on Monday afternoon following the demonstration.

More at Stageleft


In other news, the Pirate Party of Canada has arrived. They favour copyright and patent laws that reflect the widespread use of file sharing of even copyrighted material.

Civic Election: Schools, and Protests

Do you like to pack kids into schools as if they are sardines? If not, you might want to vote against the incumbent school board, who tried to close Dieppe school even as its enrollment rose significantly! And you have a chance to vote this Wednesday; what good luck!

You can follow the news on Twitter this time.

What worries me is how Conservative-like Mayor Fiacco’s campaign has been. Like the Conservative candidates in the last federal election he refused to participate in a free-to-attend debate. He only agreed to the $45/ticket Chamber of Commerce sponsored debate at the Centre of the Arts. On top of this anti-democratic policy of only speaking publicly for those who pay to hear, a small group of protesters at the Centre of the Arts were told to leave or they’d be charged with Trespassing! Yes, their Charter rights to peaceful protest were violated by someone at the Chamber of Commerce sponsored event.

The Centre of the Arts is on Wascana Centre Authority land, which is public land that even the Saskatchewan Legislature occupies. Can you imagine a legislature where protest outside of it is “against policy” or even illegal? It seems some people working at the Centre of the Arts want a country with a different constitution where protest of injustice is illegal.

War Crime Recipe

I’ve learned how to be vindicated in initiating an unjustified war that causes mass destruction and death. It involves convincing John Gormley that you’re eloquent when you can’t speak publicly without confusing “universality” with “university”, and getting intimate with a Saskatoon crowd that has paid big money to see you.

So if you need to commit a war crime, just clear it with wealthy conservative Saskatoonians who get their information from Fox News, and John Gormley, and you’re “vindicated” if you can get the RCMP to protect you instead of enforcing the laws of Canada.

2 Days Left to Organize Boycotts

I wonder if these bloggers will put more effort into boycotting the Canadian Blog Awards than they will the massively taxpayer funded Olympic Winter Games?

A copy/past error, and proofreading oversight for the ’09 categories needed to be corrected. Perhaps now the CBAs are in line with at least some of our previous detractors. If not, I wish them well running their own complimentary blog awards for their desired categories, and/or a pleasant Fall.

We apologize for using the old description of the GBLT categories, which could be read to lumping in feminists with the GBLT community. The description has been fixed.

However, I feel the need to explain some of the thinking behind the category structure this year.

This year, we have decided to remove all of the political categories (which include the conservative, feminist, non-partisan, and progressive categories) with the exception of the “best political” category itself.

The main reason why we decided to go this is because we’ve noticed in previous years, what has happened is an all-out war between different sides of the political spectrum, with some people resorting to subverting to nominations process, trolling, and negative campaigns (not pointing any fingers here.)

Another reason why we decided to remove all of the political category except for best political blog is that we’ve notice that other national blog awards did not have as many political categories as the CBA’s did.

We realize that there are going to be people that are not pleased with this approach, but we feel it is the most fair approach and will give the volunteers of the CBA more time to focus on ensuring the best awards process possible.
Northen BC Dipper | 10.23.09 – 3:55 pm

Half of the fun of the Canadian Blog Awards while I’ve been helping to run it, has been the unbelievable levels of complaints and boycotts surrounding a fun and friendly online competition where all Canadian bloggers can compete and gain a wider audience for about a month. At times it’s stressful, which is why I asked NBCDipper to take the lead in running the CBAs this year, and so far he’s doing a fine job. I have some cooperative business to attend to over the next few weeks so might not have lots of time to put into running a national blog award website.

I wasn’t paid to blog this

About 99.9% of the time I’m not paid to blog. If you don’t count my unobtrusive ads on the side of my blog, which you’ve probably barely noticed, then you probably don’t consider my blog as biased through payola.

The FTC has some funny ideas about what bloggers need to do to remain honest. Fortunately I blog from Canada, but since a large number of my readers are in the States, I just wanted to point out that I wasn’t paid to say this, except in as much as I make each year by giving ad space to a few companies in exchange for their goods and meager currency. I also don’t advertise products I would never use or buy myself (or as a gift for someone else).

Sask Govt’ Public Libraries Forum – Liveblog

I’m at Evraz Place where P. Jackson from the Alberta government is talking about his library experience.

Alberta was giving about $7/person to libraries in 1993.
1996 they connected all the libraries by dialup. Some libraries didn’t have a phone before then.

A “new vision” was not welcomed by library people, they wanted more money, not having had an increase since 1993.

When MLAs toured libraries they got a new perspective, libraries were suddenly more than books and fines to them. They identified a Single Integrated Libray System as a key efficiency. Tens of millions were budgeted for libraries, but the market crash impacted the level of increase to closer to $9 million.

Municipalities were being overlooked as major contributors to libraries.

Rural libraries were to get increased funding, and it probably staved off amalgamations in some locations.

Alberta Libray enabled 30 million records to be available to Internet connected patrons.

A multitude of ILSes are in use around Alberta. Sask. Is working on implementing SILS now, so AB must catch up there.

Librarians have incredible community organizing skills and knowledge.

It’s difficult to have local autonomy and do things provincially. It’s supposed to be about building partnerships and “selling ideas”.

What technologies will be available in 10 years?

Supernet sounds like Sask’s CommunityNet.

Colocation of libraries with public schools is another efficiency. Canora’s library is in the school.

He wasn’t afraid of ADMs and talked to them as human beings. For libraries to “compete” with other community services they have to tell success stories and to have a plan. Be “assertive, positive”, and don’t say ‘it’s just libraries’.

Wrapping up.