An excerpt from today’s press release of the day, fresh out of my inbox:
Please note that Mrs. Hannelore Kraft – President of the Bundesrat of the Federal Republic of Germany and Minister- President of the State of North-Rhine-Westphalia – will be in Toronto (North York) this morning, September 7th, at 10am.
Minister-President Kraft will plant a German oak tree at the site of the new net-zero energy German International School Toronto (50 Erie Street, North York) which will open in time for the 2012 academic year. The German Bundesrat (“Federal Council”) is a legislative body that represents Germany’s 16 states at the federal level.
  • The school is relocating to a decommissioned church that will be enlarged and incorporate state-of-the-art, energy-efficient materials and renewable-energy technologies with the potential to generate at least as much energy as it consumes, making the school a “net zero” energy consumer with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.
  • There will be a brief 30-minute program involving the school’s chair, students and Mrs. Kraft, ending with the tree planting.
  • Senior members of the Canada-Germany business community who are partners in the new school project (2 significant financial donations will also be announced) will also be on hand including Gino diNezza, National Sales Manager for Bosch Thermotechnology Canada

Excerpt from today’s press release of the day, fresh out of my inbox:

Amidst the decline in moral, social policies and culture in America, award winning Author and Professor at Vanderbilt University, Carol Swain released her new book titled “Be the People” to address these issues.  Her book is making a major sweep across the country and becoming a hot topic point in discussions.

The telephone rings.

Me: Hello?

Telemarketer: Hello, my name is Alan. Am I speaking to the man of the house?

Me: Yes.

Telemarketer: Great. I’m wondering if you can answer a short survey.

Me: Wait. Why do you need to speak to the man of the house?

Telemarketer: Yes, the man of the house.

Me: Why not the woman of the house?

Telemarketer: We’re looking for the male, the decision-maker. The man who owns the house.

Me: A woman can’t own a house?

Telemarketer hangs up.

Months since an update, but no sense worrying about that. After all, there are much more violent things to be worrying about. Behold a press release that popped into the inbox moments ago: Continue reading ‘Destructive flash mobs threaten society!’

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I make no apologies. Life is life, after all. But some things have changed.

I’m now Ottawa editor at OpenFile, a rapidly expanding project that’s all about collaborative journalism. I’m editing a lot more than I’m writing over there, but you’ll still find a few bylines hangin’ around.

I also wrote my first column in a daily newspaper. It was all about the emerging popularity of car sharing in Ottawa, and it appeared in the Ottawa Citizen. Perhaps there will be more. Keep an eye over here to find out.

Right now, I’m reading George W. Bush’s memoirs. Here’s a passage that jumped out at me, which takes place in March 2006 when Bush visited Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf:

My meetings with President Musharraf focused on two overriding priorities. One was his insistence on serving as both president and top general, a violation of the Pakistani constitution. I pushed him to shed his military affiliation and govern as a civilian. He promised to do it. But he wasn’t in much of a hurry.

Presumably, Bush’s biggest problem with Musharraf was that he was violating his country’s constitution. After all, he certainly couldn’t have disagreed with Musharraf’s desire to serve simultaneously as Pakistan’s head of state and commander-in-chief.

“It’s a bit of a fool’s game, speculating.”

Those were some of Rob Silver’s opening comments when I asked him in April to speculate about the next cabinet shuffle at Queen’s Park.

Continue reading ‘April’s news, today’