I admire people who try to make a difference in this election. Vote on May 2nd.
Vote. Shape your world.
From Elections Canada “Advance Voting Begins Friday“
- Advance voting for the 41st general election begins Friday, April 22, and continues Saturday, April 23 and Monday, April 25.
- Advance polls are open from noon to 8:00 p.m. (local time) across the country.
- Electors can find the location of their advance poll on the back of the voter information card mailed to them by Elections Canada.
- Electors who did not receive a voter information card or who received one with incorrect information may contact theirlocal Elections Canada office or use the automated Voter Information Service, available at any time by calling 1-800-463-6868.
From Elections Canada “Electors Must Prove Their Identity and Address When They Vote“
- All electors must meet the voter identification requirements when they vote on election day on May 2, or at the advance polls on April 22, April 23 or April 25.
- Electors may choose any of three options to prove their identity and address.
- Some identification documents used at provincial and municipal elections may not meet federal election requirements.
To register to vote:
- call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868
- visit your local Elections Canada office before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26
- go to your advance polling place on Friday, April 22, Saturday, April 23 or Monday, April 25, or
- go to your election day polling place on Monday, May 2
Highly recommend you watch this short video clip, “CTV’s Question Period: Rick Mercer on involvement”
“The veteran political comedian says it is refreshing young people are taking action in a brand new way, and explains how the recent ‘vote mobs’ show the kids are alright and getting engaged.“
Torontoist, “Scene: Where is Ai Weiwei?“
Protest pictures, details and comments posted onto the worldwide 1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei Facebook group. Pix from New York City here, here, here. Pix from Munich here.
This Sunday, at Chinese embassies all over the world, protesters are planning a global sit-in to protest the detention of the internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Ai was taken into custody by Chinese authorities nearly two weeks ago for what government officials now say are questions about his finances.
The protesters will be bringing chairs to sit on. They aren’t worried about getting tired. The design of the protest is a homage to a piece by Ai that was exhibited in 2007 at Documenta 12, a major arts festival in Kassel, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
* From Canadian Press, “Elections Canada rejects Tory effort to annul votes at University of Guelph”
“The Conservative party’s lawyer was caught in campaign cross-fire Friday as Prime Minister Stephen Harper faced charges on two fronts of disregarding the most fundamental rights of Canadians.
Arthur Hamilton was a key figure in two separate controversies that dogged Harper on the campaign trail:
— A Tory attempt to nullify some 700 ballots cast by University of Guelph students.
— A tearful accusation by ex-Tory Helena Guergis that Harper turfed her from cabinet and ruined her reputation on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations.
In the first case, it was Hamilton who wrote chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand, complaining about irregularities in the Guelph campus vote and demanding that the ballots not be included in the official vote count for the riding.
Mayrand rejected his arguments Friday, concluding that the votes are valid even though the special ballot process used was not properly authorized.
It was also Hamilton who last year passed on to the RCMP the most salacious allegations against Guergis, including drug use and consorting with prostitutes. According to a transcript of his police interview — obtained and released Friday by Guergis — Hamilton acknowledged that he could not verify the allegations and knew of no one who could.
The RCMP ultimately concluded there was no evidence to support charges against Guergis, who’s now running as an Independent in her riding of Simcoe-Grey.”
I am not be a big fan of Ms. Helena Guergis (Wikipedia) but how her reputation was smeared and damaged by Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pure and simply wrong! I am shocked and ashamed of Harper and PMO’s total disregard of due process and justice, and covering things up by smearing of Ms. Guergis’ name.
Have a watch of Helena Guergis’s statement (via CBC News). Have a listen to CBC Power & Politics April 15th podcast after Helena Guergis’ press conference.
See CBC News “Harper ‘tossed me under a bus’: Guergis”
“During the news conference, Guergis accused staff in Harper’s communications office of running a “destructive campaign” against her and perpetrating “false allegations” that damaged her reputation.
“Not only was it made to seem I was guilty of conduct that has never been disclosed to me — going against the very core of what our principles of justice are built on — the Prime Minister’s Office still made it seem as though I was guilty of something even after I had been proven innocent,” Guergis said.
“This of course is the worst kind of politics, the kind that Canadians abhor,” she said.”
To me, the following nine words said by Andy Beaudoin, Ms. Guergis’ campaign manager, summarize what made me angry most.
“Guilty until proven innocent. Guilty after being proven innocent!”
As proud Canadians, we have to keep our elected political leaders honest, regardless of which party we support.
I will try to add more to this entry later.
I wish I were at NAB Show 2011 to meet the great people at Dejero Labs again and to check out their latest offerings. Take a look of this press release for more info, “Dejero Demonstrating Live HD Wireless Broadcasting Using Panasonic Toughbook Laptop at Panasonic NAB Booth“.
P.S. Wow, if I read the press release correctly, looks like Dejero has further shrunk their Dejero LIVE transmitter down in size and pack everything into a Panasonic Toughbook CF-31! Congrats to Bogdan and team for a great job!
P.P.S. I will not be a bit surprised if Dejero wins another award this year.
In Oct 2006, I even wrote a short article “Dyson sucks ! (the best vacuum cleaner by genius inventor James Dyson)” which has now been read for over 8,000 times and still receiving comments/feedback. After receiving the latest unfavourable comment, I decided to spend sometime to investigate a little by calling Dyson Canada to get some answers.
I will report on what I found from Dyson’s PR person when I get more info. Stay tune.
For the record. In countries like Egypt, China, Iran, some people unforunately had to die in the process of trying to have their voices heard. In Canada, many people throw away their rights and privileges to vote because they think democracy is free and that their time is too valuable even if it is necessary to give legitimacy to their country’s governance.
Harper apologizes over rally screening (with video)
“Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is apologizing to anyone who has been removed from his party’s campaign rallies, three days after the allegations first surfaced.”
“Cone of silence tightens on Tories
JOHN IBBITSON AND DANIEL LEBLANC
OTTAWA— From Friday’s Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Apr. 07, 2011 9:45PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Apr. 07, 2011 9:53PM EDT
Some Conservative candidates across Canada are emulating Stephen Harper’s tightly scripted election campaign by refusing to attend all-candidates debates or appear before the media. [Kempton: This is pathetic. Even candidates in the raked Legislative Council don't dare to skip all-candidates debates.]
The Conservative Leader has earned much criticism for avoiding unscripted forums, a practice that opponents are calling “a bubble campaign.” Even so, many local Conservative candidates, both incumbents and challengers, are adopting it as their game plan. Some other Tory candidates, however, say they are only too happy to joust with their opponents.
The phenomenon appears most pronounced in Alberta, where Conservatives hold every riding but one.
In Calgary East, Tory incumbent Deepak Obhrai has come under fire for being the only candidate not to respond to an invitation for an all-candidates debate on Tuesday.
“In the interest of the democratic process, your attendance as the incumbent MP is an absolute must,” campaign worker Aman Hayer wrote on behalf of Liberal candidate Josipa Petrunic. “ You owe it to your constituents.”
Calgary-Nose Hill Tory incumbent Diane Ablonczy has also indicated she may boycott any all-candidate forum. Read the rest of this entry »
Guardian, “The 53-year-old [Ai Weiwei] remains uncontactable more than 12 hours after officials held him at the capital’s airport. [...] His detention comes amid what human rights campaigners have described as the harshest crackdown on activists and dissidents in over a decade.“
The Telegraph, “Ai Weiwei stopped from leaving China“
The New Yorker by Evan Osnos, “Ai Weiwei Detained” – Highly recommended article.
Have a watch of the full PBS Frontline documentary: “Who is Afraid of Ai Weiwei?“
“All of a sudden, these people who’b been standing on the sidewalk, milling around doing things, turned out to be people who had come to have dinner with him [Ai Weiwei]. And everybody there knew that, by simply eating dinner there, it was an act of defiance.”
P.S. When I saw Ai Weiwei willing to risk his life in “Who is Afraid of Ai Weiwei?” in order to fight for a better China, I am ashamed of the low voters’ turnout in Canada. It pains me to see my fellow Canadians, young Canadians, adult Canadians, born with the rights to vote easily giving up their rights/privilege to vote and ignoring their duty to vote in elections.
Not April Fools: Stephen Harper only met with pre-screened voters, reporters behind steel fence, limited to 4 questions per dayFriday, 1 April, 2011
Not April Fools
Have a watch of this insightful video report by Canadian Press. Many reasonable Canadians will be angry with what they see.
“Prime Minister Stephen Harper is being accused of running his election campaign in a protective bubble, something reporters have been working to burst.“
I also highly recommend this very funny piece by Scott Feschuk at Macleans’ “Stephen Harper’s lessons in strategery”
via @davidakin “.@M_Ignatieff jokes with reporters, tells them to back off, get behind barrier. “And four questions only!”“