NDP Anam Kazim wins Calgary-Glenmore in official count

Friday, 15 May, 2015
Anam Kazim's photo on official NDP candidate page (posted April 8th, 2015)

Anam Kazim’s photo on official NDP candidate page (posted April 8th, 2015)

NDP candidate Anam Kazim for Calgary-Glenmore​ has won the riding by the tightest of margin of six votes in the official vote count after an election night cliff hanger of statistical tie of 7,015 votes! In the official votes count for Calgary Glenmore (screen capture) released by Elections Alberta at 12noon today, Anam Kazim NDP received 7,018 votes and Linda Johnson PC received 7,012 votes.

In a phone interview with this reporter, Kazim expressed excitement in winning the riding by just six votes and said,

“The other party has eight business days to decide if they would like to have a judicial review or not. […] But we don’t know what will happen next if we go to a recount. At this time, it feels good. But it is such a close gap we come up with a conclusion after having a tie. But what is going to happen next, it is uncertain at this point. “

According to Kazim, because of this uncertainty, she is still not be able to participate in any caucus meetings yet until this uncertainty has been resolved.

In the 2009 Calgary-Glenmore by-election, the riding was won by just by 278 votes. Paul Hinman of Wildrose Alliance receiving 4,052 votes and Avalon Roberts of Liberal candidate receiving 3,774 votes. Kazim was to tell voters how important their votes are given she won by just six votes.

“I would like to tell everybody that having this right to vote is very good and they should utilize this opportunity. Their votes have value and lead to decisions of what they want or their government to be. So their vote is very important and precious. And they should consider voting every time they have the opportunity. As you can see that this tie happened and we can see how each individual vote is important.” said Kazim

At press time (1pm MST), Linda Johnson cannot be reached for comments and there has been no official announcement via Johnson’s tweeter account if there will be a request of judicial review. Johnson has eight business days (until May 28th) to decide if she would like to have a judicial recount in front of a judge where ballots can be disputed or challenged.

P.S. Here is an interesting observation. When all dust settles and if Kazim remains the Calgary-Glenmore MLA, she may be sharing the same office building with Prime Minister Stephen Harper! Yes, currently the federal Member of Parliament office for Calgary South West and provincial Member of Legislative Assembly for Calgary-Glenmore office share the same second floor in a building in Glenmore Landing! So Mr. Harper may have a new NDP neighbour! Exciting time indeed.

note: This article is cross posted by me at examiner.com

May 15, 2015 5:06pm MST Update: According to a 3:16pm tweet (screen capture, link) from Linda Johnson’s official Twitter account @lindajohnsonyyc, Johnson was “still considering my options.”

May 15, 2015 7:46pm MST Update: Here is a good @CBCHomestretch radio interview w @lindajohnsonyyc which includes a chat re Johnson’s view on calling for a judicial review of the vote in the next 8 business days.


The Rachel Notley Alberta NDP Majority Government’s Missing Platform Found

Wednesday, 6 May, 2015
Broken Alberta NDP Platform Link

Broken Alberta NDP Platform Link

2:51pm MT, May 8th, 2015 Update: It appears the Alberta NDP government has finally put the platform page back up (see screen capture) on its website. Albertans will have to make up their minds if they will forgive their newly elected government for this rookie mistake. The way this reporter sees it, no one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes sometimes, it is more important we face up to these mistakes quickly to fix them. Since in the future, with the passage of time, the government will have legitimate reasons to modify its website and post new information, this reporter has decided to permanently keep the NDP 2015 election platform (PDF file) for the record and future research purpose. It is important to be able to hold our elected government accountable to their promises and if they deviate from their promises to seek their reasoned justifications.

May 7th, 2015 Update: It appears the newly elected Rachel Notley Alberta NDP government could possibly be seen to have deliberately deleted their platform as the previous posted archived link does NOT work anymore and their platform is still nowhere to be found at the NDP’s website. As a result, this reporter has uploaded a full PDF copy of the NDP platform and will keep it there permanently as part of this report and for other Albertans’ research purpose. This reporter believes the uploading of NDP 2015 election platform (PDF file) is well within the Copyright “fair dealing” protection by the Supreme Court of Canada case “CCH Canadian Ltd v Law Society of Upper Canada, [2004] 1 SCR 339,[1] 2004 SCC“.

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The Alberta election 2015 results are in and premier-elect Rachel Notley‘s Alberta NDP has swept across province in a historic win of 53 seats (at press time). Note that there may be one more seat because at press time, according to Elections Alberta, Calgary-Glenmore riding is at a statistical tie with NDP’s Anam Kazim and PC’s Linda Johnson both having exactly 7,015 votes, 33.17% of total votes. Incidentally, a lesson to voters everywhere that it is real and important that “every single vote counts”.

As an NDP majority government was not expected by many Albertans in the beginning of the election (and possibly even now), many Albertans may want to find and read up the Notley NDP platform. Well, those who want to find NDP’s platform to read on election night (and at press time) are definitely out of luck as it was missing/removed from NDP’s website completely! Not a good sign for a brand new government and may give people the incorrect/bad impressions that the promises in the platform are just election promises not meant to be kept.

After a bit of searching around and the great Internet Archive, this reporter was able to track down and find an archived version of NDP platform web page and an archived PDF version of the Notley NDP platform file. Of course, the most likely scenario is technical mistakes by the NDP web tech team and not a deliberate attempt to remove premier-elect’s promises & platform right after election.

At the end of the day, in a healthy democracy, it is the jobs of opposition parties’ MLAs, Albertans, reporters, media, and many others to keep the government in check and honest. After all, “restoring honest and open government” is promised in the platform (PDF) and it makes sense for Albertans to get to know their new government’s platform. Have a read.

Note: This article is cross-posted to examiner by this reporter.


What makes a word “real”?

Monday, 26 January, 2015

Fascinating talk about language. Have a watch of this TEDx UofM talk, What makes a word “real”? Worth a watch. In this talk, you will learn: Adorkable = Adorable + Dork

Disclosure: I secretly LOVE languages use by people. My primary and high school English & Chinese Languages teachers may strong disagree! :)

TED Ref: http://www.ted.com/talks/anne_curzan_what_makes_a_word_real


Wedding gift: “An Old Sweetheart of Mine” stanza translation by Andrew W.F. Wong 黃宏發

Tuesday, 20 January, 2015
A stanza from An Old Sweetheart of Mine - by James Whitcomb Riley translation by Andrew W.F. Wong (Huang Hongfa) 譯者: 黃宏發

A stanza from An Old Sweetheart of Mine – by James Whitcomb Riley
translation by Andrew W.F. Wong (Huang Hongfa) 譯者: 黃宏發

My wife and I want to say a special thank you to Mr. Andrew W.F. Wong 黃宏發 (Andrew was the last President of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong during British rule) for taking time to translate the special stanza from “An Old Sweetheart of Mine” I used in my marriage proposal and wedding announcement (of which I only shared the first line).

Here is Andrew’s translation (which he humbly calls “hastily attempted … translation”, borrowing 同心, 情依依, 異路, 相…時 from Lin Yu-tang 林語堂‘s attempt) of the same stanza in four 7-character lines (七言絕句):-

同心永結情依依
青絲成雪愛不移
陰陽異路難言笑
仍待天國相擁時

credit: translated by Andrew W.F. Wong (Huang Hongfa) 譯者: 黃宏發

Notes:

“An Old Sweetheart of Mine” stanza by James Whitcomb Riley (1902)

When I should be her lover
forever and a day,
And she my faithful sweetheart
till the golden hair was gray;
And we should be so happy
that when either’s lips were dumb
They would not smile in Heaven
till the other’s kiss had come.

林語堂 翻譯的同一節詩 Lin Yu-tang‘s translation of the stanza:

同心相牽掛,一縷情依依。
歲月如梭逝,銀絲鬢已稀。
幽冥倘異路,仙府應淒淒。
若欲開口笑,除非相見時。

An Old Sweetheart of Mine - by James Whitcomb Riley 20150120 with Lin Yu-tang 林語堂 translation

An Old Sweetheart of Mine – by James Whitcomb Riley
with Lin Yu-tang 林語堂 translation

P.S. I wish I had the opportunity to meet Andrew in person but I haven’t had the pleasure yet. Andrew’s fair minded and excellent work during his time as President of the Legislative Council of HK remind HKers the fond memories we miss these days in HK. My wife and I were really happily surprised to see Andrew taking time to translate the beautiful stanza for our wedding which we take as a special gift.

In recent years, it has been my pleasure to read Andrew’s poetry translation work at his fascinating blog “Classical Chinese Poems in English” once in a while to revisit some classic Chinese poems along with Andrew’s graceful English translations to relax my mind. Which is why I reached out to Andrew to ask him a translation question about“An Old Sweetheart of Mine”. Thanks again Andrew for your beautiful translation to help celebrate our wedding!

And yes Andrew, it is indeed been my (now “our”) ambitious plan to work hard on our marriage, love each other dearly, stay healthy for each other, etc etc so that I can present this stanza to my wife on our 50th Wedding Anniversary in 50 years time.


The true measurement of a person’s worth

Saturday, 10 January, 2015

Adding this to my long list of Quotes I Love,

The true measurement of a person’s worth isn’t what they say they believe in, but what they do in defense of those beliefs. If you’re not acting on your beliefs, then they probably aren’t real.” – Edward Snowden as quoted in No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald


Opening Windows and Doors

Tuesday, 6 January, 2015
Database search of Long Hair Revolution at Library and Archives Canada (Item Number 416953)

Database search of Long Hair Revolution at Library and Archives Canada=

It will always be one of my great honours to have my first documentary in 2005 “Long Hair Revolution (長毛革命)” be placed and collected by the National Archive of Canada (Government of Canada Item Number (ISN) 416953 at Library and Archives Canada). At the same time, as an independent filmmaker with limited resource, I’ve tried, shamelessly, to leverage this honour help me open many windows and doors in my documentary making journey.

I often mention”Long Hair Revolution (長毛革命)” and sometimes the National Archive connection (like today) when  arranging face-to-face or Skype video interviews, requesting copyright owners’ permissions to use their works (photos, artworks, video clips, etc) to help give myself instant “credibility” and hopefully smooth things out. Opening these windows and doors are crucial to my ability to try to make (HKtv+Umbrella)Revolution (香港電視+雨傘)革命 a reasonably “good” documentary since part 2 my documentaries (namely the “Umbrella Revolution” part) is heavily (or almost totally) “crowd sourced”.

P.S. To my friends and supporters: Yes, I am trying to fix the giant 10 years gap between my first documentary and my second film! I guess which is why I am making my 2nd and 3rd film together! Will see what happen.


I’d been waiting decades for a speech like that

Sunday, 16 November, 2014

Adding this to my long list of Quotes I Love,

I’d been waiting decades for a speech like that.” – Jeff Daniel (Source THR: Jeff Daniels’ Two Faces: “How Many Guys Can Go From ‘Newsroom’ to ‘Dumb and Dumber’?”)

P.S. Here is “the speech” in The Newsroom pilot,

P.P.S. On a semi-related note. Here is Jeff’s Emmy post-award winning press conference raw Q&A video. Worth a watch. Jeff won his first Emmy and then he said he would party till dawn and then flew to start shooting Dumb and Dumber to!


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