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Don't forget to wake up…

To all my CBC friends who either read my blog or my facebook… This morning’s interview with Don on Info AM was NOT indicative of my future interview quality. I forgot to set my alarm, or, as likely, turned it off at 6:30AM the first time it went off. From dead asleep to interview about Summer Jobs live to air, literally in 4 minutes between 7:10 and 7:15. Sheesh. Sorry there, I have never felt – read more –

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Halifax

Phone service stuck in the 1950s…

So today I called Eastlink and got rid of the private number we had, and also got rid of the select ring (used to be my in house fax line.) Conversation went like this: Customer Service Representative – “How would you like your name to appear?” Me – “What are the options” CSR – “Waye Mason, W Mason… ” Me – “Waye Mason. And, well my partners name should be there. How about Marnie MacLennan.” – read more –

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Bragging…

Remember this: The people behind the Stones are also behind the Commonwealth games bid. Using the same math, maybe our $750 million dollar games might balloon to $1.8 billion. We have every reason to be concerned. That was me Sept 25 06. And people said I was mad, mad I tell you! Can I call them or what? In other bragging material: Schools are important not just to rural communities – as we discovered in – read more –

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Bid failure leaves lessons to be learned.

As the dream of a “world class” Commonwealth Games slips from the 2014 Bid Committee’s grasp, it is time to examine the root of many citizens mistrust and fear, and the politics behind the bid. There was palpable panic and frustration coming from Scott Logan — the bid’s head honcho — last week. Over the weekend fellow bid city Glasgow’s paper the Scotsman had run a well-written and researched news report on how our games – read more –

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Guaranteed income making a comeback?

From the Toronto Star “One solution gaining momentum is a guaranteed annual income for all Canadians.Green Party Leader Elizabeth May floated the idea earlier this year during a party convention in Vancouver. Respondents to a recent National Council of Welfare survey listed it as one of the top priorities for the federal government. And a Toronto task force last spring recommended a basic income to help the growing numbers of low-income adults living in poverty. – read more –

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Halifax Locals…

When worlds collide…. here is a section from an article about the debate on Halifax Locals about what do about stupid Jared Taylor coming to Halifax… Mixed-race couples kissing, rather than masked hecklers, might greet controversial American speaker Jared Taylor when he visits Halifax next week. Mr. Taylor, who calls himself a “race realist,” was shouted down and manhandled out of a room he rented when he tried to speak in Halifax in January. People – read more –

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Facebook

Nerd = me… I now have facebook in my life… Facebook is way better than myspace. The design is clean, the relationships between people networks and stuff are way clearer. The best thing though is that the thing sucks in posts from other sites, like this one, via RSS, letting people look at your facebook profile know when you update your blog, or whatever…

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Canada turns crucial corner

Note from me – best opening line in an editorial ever…. OTTAWA–Canada is on its way to becoming a civilized country again. The Supreme Court has ruled that if the government wants to lock up people indefinitely without charge, it has to at least let them muster a defence. In the post-9/11 world, this counts as progress. TheStar.com – News – Canada turns crucial corner

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Radical voting proposal gains steam

Ontario citizens’ assembly endorses `mixed member proportional’ plan Feb 22, 2007 04:30 AM Ian Urquhart – Queen’s Park Columnist “Ontario is a step closer to a radical change in the way MPPs are elected to the Legislature. The citizens’ assembly on electoral reform, a randomly selected body of 103 ordinary Ontarians established by the provincial government, voted overwhelmingly last weekend for a system called “mixed member proportional,” or MMP.” Full Article Here

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Halifax

Sound and fury, signifying more of the same…

So this week I got a press release inviting me to come the launch of the Nova Scotia Culture Action Network or NS CAN. It made me sad. At this point, my proposal to create a cultural federation of federations and industry organizations, something that represents the whole sector but is member driven, is at a standstill. I am just not interested in continuing to work to convince people to do the obvious. It is – read more –

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Herald – Tories feel heat on judge selectors

Personal note: I would post this no matter what the party… this is the kind of thing that drives me mad. A lot of what the government is doing actually resonates with me, but this interference in the way judges are chosen, vetted and appointed is just awful. Fireman picked for ideology, opposition says By STEPHEN MAHER Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA — The Conservative government was under attack Monday in the House of Commons for a – read more –

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Cape Breton Spaceport

I know that the Baikonur Cosmodrome is in the same latitude as the proposed site in Cape Breton. And I know that the International Space Station is in the orbit it is in to facilitate accessing the station from Baikonur. Despite this, the Russians have signed a supplier/joint use/joint development agreement with the European Space Agency to launch Soyuz rockets from French Guiana, which is located on the equator. Soyuz is a nice edition to – read more –

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Halifax

Captcha, spam story, Helen Hill

Bad enough that my popexplosion email was getting 220 spams a day, but all of us here at wayemason.com have been horrified to start getting comment spam by the tonne. Now, I made it so I have to approve any comments, but that just meant I had 300 unproved comment spams in my que, waiting for approval or deletion, with maybe one or two actual comments mixed in. So today, welcome to the brave new – read more –

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test post

I am testing to see how well the ability to post via email works. Why? Because for whatever reason I have been able to make sure that the Citadelschools.ca website is updated before anyone else when it comes to some of these education issues. I wanted to be able to webpost FROM THE PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY. Tomorrow I will webpost from INSIDE the HRSB Board meeting.