Rob’s blog

Now blogging at Civic Minded

I'm pleased to announce that I've begun blogging at Corante's Civic Minded blog, your guide to the political impact of the web. My inaugural post begins like this: When I worked in a Member of Parliament's office back in the early 1990s, our office – like those of...

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Canadian Blog Awards: This blog endorses…

In the business category... ...MyNameIsKate.ca. Why? Great posts like this one: I just registered for YAWTPOS (Yet-Another-Web-Two-Point-O-Service .. apologies to Yahoo!) and I received the following email: Congratulations on your successful registration! You can now...

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Dancing on the Edelman boardroom table

As you may have heard, Edelman is making some big moves in Second Life, an avatar-based immersive environment (that's the current buzz phrase while we figure out what to call the damn things). I've been learning a little about SL myself, and... well... nobody was home...

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Job opportunity: new media officer with CUPE

If you've always wanted to put your web and writing chops to work for Canada's labour movement, here's a great opportunity: The Canadian Union of Public Employees is looking for someone to see to the day to day content of their national website, cupe.ca. The Senior...

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Joomla! wins Packt’s top CMS award

It's official, but it was a squeaker: The final result, as voted for by judges from The Open Source Collective, MySQL, the Eclipse Foundation, and 16,000 users on www.PacktPub.com saw a tie for first place between Joomla! and Drupal. In the event of a tie, a fourth...

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RootsCamp comes to Second Life!

RootsCamp - a series of gatherings for progressive Americans and members of the "netroots" to discuss and debrief on the U.S. midterm elections - won't just be happening in San Francisco, New York City, Bloomington, Washington DC and Columbus. The first of the planned...

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Kerry gaffe proves joke-writing needs to be goof-proof

It's been a rotten week to be John Kerry. His party is gearing up for a mid-term vote on Tuesday that seems likely to give them a majority in the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate, while sending some high-profile Republicans down in flames and...

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Ensuring a good life for a relative with a disability

One of the most amazing sessions at last May's Social Change Institute at Hollyhock was a presentation by Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski of the PLAN Institute for Caring Citizenship. They do amazing work helping families and circles of friends ensure a secure,...

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Canadians: Republican villains of choice

As Republican desperation grows in the looming prospect of losing both houses of Congress, the party is reverting to form with a series of brutal attack ads. And Canada is emerging as a handy source of tar to slather onto Democratic politicians. Earlier this month,...

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Welcome to the blogroll: The Legislature Raids

Hard to believe I hadn't added her blog already, but now I have: BC Mary's The Legislature Raids, pretty much the only news source constantly tracking the Basi/Virk trial and the associated staggering BC Liberal scandal. It's not a dispassionate account; Mary has a...

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Write a letter. Make a difference.

Some people write to politicians because they're angry and they want to vent. Fair enough – just be aware that venting doesn't change a whole lot. But if you want to actually make a difference, then heat isn't going to help. Passion and conviction, yes, but not...

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