Wasted Vote, Wasted Election ? No. Vote on May 2nd

Tuesday, 26 April, 2011

I admire people who try to make a difference in this election. Vote on May 2nd.

“Wasted Vote” by Shane Koyczan


Softball Team Wins Canadian Election

Saturday, 23 April, 2011

Softball Team Wins Canadian Election. Funny.


Vote Mobs – Vote on May 2 (or Advance polls Apr 22, 23, 25)

Friday, 22 April, 2011

Acadia University Vote Mob

Queen’s University Vote Mob

Concordia University – VOTE MOB!

University of Toronto – Vote Mob

UBC Vote Mob: Behind the scenes

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Advance Polls Open for Voting on Fri, Sat, Mon (April 22, 23, 25)

Friday, 22 April, 2011

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

How do I register to vote?

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

Thanks Vote Mobs – There is Hope in Canada – Vote on May 2

Thursday, 21 April, 2011

As a passionate Canadian, I am shocked and disparaged by the lack of respect for democracy and ethics by Stephen Harper. In these dark hours, the student-organized Vote Mobs across Canada shine a bright light and reminds me there is still hope in Canadian democracy.

Please VOTE on May 2nd, 2011.

Waterloo Vote Mob

UBC Vote Mob!

Brock University Vote Mob

Carleton University Vote Mob… with a Twist!

McMaster University Vote Mob: Reach For the Stars

University of Victoria Vote Mob – RESPECT

University of Guelph Vote Mob –Dog Days are Over

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Vote Mob @ Memorial University of Newfoundland

Monday, 18 April, 2011

Vote Mob @ Memorial University of Newfoundland

Vote Mob @ Memorial University of Newfoundland. Very nice production. Great job! Who said the youth and students don’t care?! Go vote on May 2nd!

Vote Mob - We will vote @ MUN

Apr 19, 2011 Update:

CTV News with video, “Younger voters say their issues still being ignored


VOTE Mob: Rick Mercer on CTV’s Question Period talking about young people involvement in election

Monday, 18 April, 2011

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.

Rick Mercer: Vote Mobs


1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei

Monday, 18 April, 2011

Toronto Star report, “1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei, Toronto version” (Facebook photos)

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, herehere. Pix from Munich here.

NPR, “Art And Consequence: A Talk With China’s Controversial Ai Weiwei

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 »


Viral Campaign: ShitHarperDid.com

Sunday, 17 April, 2011

Plain and simple with some solid source reference articles about Sh*t Harper Did.

Stephen Harper thinks that what doesn't kill you can only make you stronger. Unless it kills you.

Stephen Harper thinks that what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger. Unless it kills you.

In 2008, Luc Pomerleau, a biologist at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, discovered secret government plans to weaken regulations & allow corporate food producers to conduct their own safety inspections. Pomerleau leaked the news and was immediately fired. Then the listeriosis meat outbreak killed 17 Canadians.

Read about Luc Pomerleau in The Ottawa Citizen

Here is their “Ben Mulroney Not Endorsing ShitHarperDid.com“.

Other videos: check out thisthis, and this one with some strong language.

Check out CTV news report of the viral campaign: ShitHarperDid.com. Now Toronto Q&A with the makers of shitharperdid.com,

Who are you guys?

We are a million dollar ad agency. Wait, no we’re a socialist-communist-liberal conspiracy unit. Wait, no we’re scruffy hipster types. Wait, no, we’re an oft overlooked, disregarded and actively ignored demographic of Canadian voters who want attention by swearing so you’ll ground us. But then at least we’ll be part of the cool swearing kids, right? Those kids smoke. Actually we’re a group of young Canadian artists (comedians, musicians, filmmakers and designers). [...]

What are you hoping the site will accomplish? Read the rest of this entry »


VOTE Mob – University of Calgary

Sunday, 17 April, 2011

It is nice to read “U of C ‘Vote Mob’ riled up for Canadian election – Rally urges students to get involved in voting”. Check out www.studentsneedtovote.ca.

University of Calgary Vote Mob (Omni News)

CBC News, “Rise of the Vote Mob feature on CBC

U of C Videos, “University of Calgary Vote Mob – Unstoppable!

This Rick Mercer’s rant to get people, especially students, out to vote started the “Vote Mob” thing.


Elections Canada rejects Tory effort to annul votes at University of Guelph

Friday, 15 April, 2011

* 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.”

* “Conservatives want to dump Guelph U student votes – On campus vote has not been challenged in past”


Stephen Harper ignores due process and justice in Helena Guergis case

Friday, 15 April, 2011

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.”

Toronto Star, “Guergis slams PMO for ‘concerted effort to perpetrate lies’”

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.


Mme. Muguette Paillé becomes instant star after #elxn41 French debates

Thursday, 14 April, 2011

Mme Muguette Paillé

CBC News “Quebec woman becomes instant star after debates“,

“it was a 53-year-old woman questioner who seemed to have won the hearts of many viewers.

Muguette Paillé, a 53-year-old unemployed woman from Sainte-Angèle-de-Prémont in Quebec’s Maurice region, asked the leaders about job creation, particularly for older workers, during the French-language debate.

Paillé quickly became a theme in the debate, as the leaders jumped on her comments to reinforce their policy ideas.

While the leaders were using her name, others were busy setting up Facebook sites declaring her the winner of the actual debate.

Paillé laughed at all of the attention during an interview with Radio-Canada after the debate.

Asked whether she feels she got an answer to her question, Paillé said she felt the leaders showed empathy, but what she wants is a job. [...]

Paillé’s question to the leaders was: “The unemployment rate is very high in the region. Steady jobs are scarce. It is hard for someone like me — I’m 53 — to find work. So I would like to know how you intend to create jobs in Quebec, particularly in my region, and how it will help people over the age of 50 find permanent jobs.”” [NOTE: CBC Corrections and Clarifications - An earlier version of this story incorrectly used the word "employment" in Muguette Paille's question. In fact, she said the "unemployment rate" was high.
April 14, 2011 | 12:59 p.m. "

Check out the debate video (with English translation) starting at about time code 22:00.

Someone posted Mme Paillé's question in French onto YouTube.


Dejero Demonstrates Live HD Wireless Broadcasting Using Panasonic Toughbook at NAB Show 2011

Wednesday, 13 April, 2011

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.


Getting answers from Dyson Canada

Tuesday, 12 April, 2011

I’ve been an admirer of James Dyson, the inventor/business entrepreneur (Dyson vacuums and other products), since I finished his book “Against the Odds: An Autobiography” in Dec 2003.

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.


Harper’s democracy! Not!

Friday, 8 April, 2011

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 »


Who is Afraid of Ai Weiwei? Lessons for Canadians #elxn41

Sunday, 3 April, 2011

April 3, 2011: Ai Weiwei detained by Chinese gov.

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.


Ignatieff accepts Rick Mercer debate offer – Canadian democracy in the social media age

Saturday, 2 April, 2011

Thanks Rick for adding your push to get the promised one-on-one harper Iggy debate (see below Twitter exchanges). And getting the youth (and Canadians of all ages) on Twitter interested and excited about the election.

rickmercer When Harper challenged Iggy to a debate I missed part where he said in 2015 when debt erased. My bad. #elxn41
10:18 AM Mar 31st via Mobile Web
Retweeted by you and 100+ others

rickmercer Ok hell i will rent massey put the camera’s in place and moderate the Harper Iggy smackdown. #elxn41 #cdnpoli
7:33 PM Apr 1st via web
Retweeted by you and 100+ others

M_Ignatieff I’m in. RT @rickmercer: Ok hell i will rent massey put the camera’s in place and moderate the Harper Iggy smackdown. #elxn41 #cdnpoli
about 10 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
Retweeted by you and 100+ others

rickmercer Ok i’ll produce a Iggy Harper debate. 50 grand to a charity of their choice. I’ll find a broadcaster or 4. #elxn41 #cdnpoli
7:53 PM Apr 1st via web
Retweeted by you and 100+ others

M_Ignatieff You can make that contribution to the Alzheimer Society. RT @rickmercer: 50 grand to a charity of their choice. #elxn41 #cdnpoli
about 10 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
Retweeted by you and 100+ others
Reply Retweeted (Undo)

@pmharper Why did you back out of your promise? Why are you afraid of questions from reporters?


Not April Fools: Stephen Harper only met with pre-screened voters, reporters behind steel fence, limited to 4 questions per day

Friday, 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”


April Fools – Hijinx from the campaign trail

Friday, 1 April, 2011

Funny stuff via @CBCCommunity. Have a laugh.
“April Fool’s! We’ve rounded up some of the hijinx from the campaign trail: http://bit.ly/hQBJlu #cdnpoli #elxn41 #aprilfools”

via @davidakin.@M_Ignatieff jokes with reporters, tells them to back off, get behind barrier. “And four questions only!”

via @justinpjtrudeauPorn site QR code problem. We’re working on it. http://bit.ly/gyLFVo


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