A couple of items that have caught my attention:
- There has been a rising chorus of folks that have been allied with Chief Teresa Spence publicly saying that they feel she should end her hunger strike; Those now include Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come (he of the Cree in Northern Quebec that took on the Quebec government over hydroelectric development), noted NDP commentator, Gerry Caplan, and now Leader of the Opposition/NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. I agree with these calls, even as I am in sympathy with her. She may not have had the PM and the Governor-General in the same room, but she still got to meet both separately, [...]
I spoke with Christine McMillan by phone today, and I have some more information from her regarding the accreditation process:
- The blogger accreditation form will be up at the main website of the OLP soon (as soon as things settle down there re the weekend events). They will announce when it is up on their Twitter account (@OntLiberal), and probably a website release (and I think she will be firing off an email to me as well, so I can relay it).
- She did not have a number for me as to how many bloggers they are going to be admitting; it will depend primarily upon space. I [...]
I received an email this evening from Christine McMillan. She is the Secretary General of the upcoming OLP Leadership and the VP of Communications for OLP. She has sent me more details about blogger accreditation to the OLP, and its all very good. I wanted to repost her email word for word, but as I dont have her permission yet to do that (she’s not responded to my request), I’ll paraphrase what she said, as I know lots of bloggers are wondering, judging from the communications I’ve been getting:
- The OLP will have a dedicated space for the accredited bloggers to work from in the concourse area. – The [...]
This was just tweeted on the Ontario Liberal Party Twitter account;
Great news obviously. Also obviously, we will need more details on the process involved in applying for accreditation, what accreditation gives us, who our contact person will be for this, and at the OLP Convention, etc. but I am pleased to see this is the decision.
I’m still away on Christmas/New Years vacation, hence my absence from here… so Happy New Year to everyone.
Secondly, just a little update on the Ontario Liberal Leadership convention and whether or not they will be accrediting bloggers to cover the convention as social/new media. Nothing official has come yet either way. I would send a friendly suggestion to those at the OLP organizing this that they should be making a decision sooner rather then later, and if your decision is to have bloggers attending to cover you as new media/social media journalists, you need to set some time for yourself to send out applications for accreditation, check the applications [...]
A Very Merry Christmas from me to all of you, my readers. May it bring happiness to you, or make things a little less sad.
And.. if you’re down from this holiday season because of the commercialism and such.. just go watch “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and look for and remember this line, and take it to heart:
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more.”
I don’t tend to do “media bashing” on here a lot, particularly of Canadian media. I’ve met quite a few of them, from all sides of the media spectrum, either at blogging events or at leadership conventions (from the Sun, from the National Post, from the Globe and Mail, from Macleans, and from the Star). In general, there is not a “blogger-journalist” rivalry as pronounced as we have seen in the United States, or “New Media vs Mainstream Media” etc. Most of us get along fine with each other.
I’m not about to engage in a lot of it, but I saw a column from David Akin of Sun Media [...]
Michael Geist writes today at his site about a recent court ruling that is important for all of us bloggers, no matter what political ideology or point of view we write from. Basically, the Federal Court of Canada dismissed copyright infringement claims against the website Free Dominion from the National Post and a photographer (who I believe also was working for the Post, though that’s a bit hazy in the article) because of this:
On January 10, 2008, an eleven-paragraph column by National Post columnist Jonathan Kay was posted to the site. When the Post complained in April 2010, the column was replaced with shorter excerpt that included the same [...]
I’ve read an interesting column tonight by Simon Houpt of the Globe and Mail, who laments the Canadian political blogosphere and the apparent lack of influence it has on Canadian politics:
..our blogosphere is tame and ignorable. For it is the very rare Canadian politics or news blog that manages to grab a critical mass of eyeballs and break out of its tiny community of like-minded people; and almost none that sets the agenda. What’s wrong with us? Why have we been content to keep blogging as a primarily amateur undertaking? There’s no good reason Canadians couldn’t have created some of the most popular blogs, which rarely depend on original [...]