November 12, 2006

Face, meet egg. Egg, face.

Imagine you reach into your mailbox and find the following piece of campaign material from incumbent Councillor Diane Holmes the day before the Ottawa vote:

OTTAWA CITIZEN

'Diane Holmes is a good councillor...'

Ottawa Citizen - Monday, November 6, 2006
Diane Holmes is a good councillor, (...). Ms. Holmes has served Ottawa in many ways since she was first elected as a councillor in 1982. She's been an advocate for women's issues, greenspace, and the arts. She shows a genuine affection for Somerset Ward and the people in it. She's been ahead of the curve on many issues: She pointed out at a candidate's debate last week that it's great to see an election in which transit is the central issue.

She knows her ward and she knows city hall.

And then, further, imagine that you reach in for a second piece of mail and find, courtesy of Holmes opponent Luc Lapointe, a photocopy of the full Ottawa Citizen article quoted, and the article reads like so [emphasis added]:

WARD 14 -- SOMERSET

Luc Lapointe's the best choice

Diane Holmes is a good councillor, but there's every reason to believe Luc Lapointe would be a better one. Ms. Holmes has served Ottawa in many ways since she was first elected as a councillor in 1982. She's been an advocate for women's issues, greenspace, and the arts. She shows a genuine affection for Somerset Ward and the people in it. She's been ahead of the curve on many issues: She pointed out at a candidate's debate last week that it's great to see an election in which transit is the central issue.

She knows her ward and she knows city hall. The trouble is, she knows city hall so well she's turned into an apologist for it.

And so on, as Kurt Vonnegut would write.

Summary: bad move.

Posted by anatole at 10:17 PM | Comments (3)

October 02, 2006

Kefalograndissement

Headline: "Ignatieff confident his head will grow."

This is what happens when you (read: I) don't read carefully enough. Lead, Anatole, lead.

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September 28, 2006

The deluge

This pretty much speaks for itself, which is good when you're trying to get back on the blog wagon for the first time in many months (from the globeandmail.com). I didn't want to bold the entire middle paragraph, but it is priceless.

"The United States Coast Guard have started to patrol the Great Lakes with machine guns mounted on their vessels and are conducting live-ammunition training drills on the U.S. side to prepare officers to combat terrorists flooding across the border from Canada by boat." [emphasis added]

[...]

"'We're trying to be prepared in case something happens,' said a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman, Chief Petty Officer Robert Lanier. 'I don't know what it is, but I know I want to be prepared for it when it happens. We need to conduct these live-fire exercises so we are prepared for whatever it may be. If we are not prepared for it, there are going to be questions about why we weren't prepared for it.'"

[...]

"As for the shaky status of the world's longest undefended border, a spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambra Dickie, said that Canada and the United States signed a written agreement three years ago articulating that moves to arm U.S. law-enforcement vessels with light machine guns in U.S. jurisdiction do not violate the spirit of the treaty. That treaty, the argument goes, was drafted to ensure peace in the Great Lakes by forbidding weapons of war such as cannons on sailing ships.

'We don't have any cannons or rocket launchers or anything like that,' CPO Lanier said." [emphasis added]

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May 14, 2006

Tulip time!

It's tulip time in Ottawa again. In the spirit of the Weather Network's fall leaf colour tracker, here's the tulip bloom indicator.

Happy tulip viewing! (Yes, I say that with the full understanding that it has been pouring rain for most of the middle weekend of the festival. That always seems to happen.)

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May 09, 2006

Playoffs Haiku

Sens, you barely scored.
Why do you do this to me?
Please win the series.

Heatley, what is wrong?
There was a gaping hole there.
It was the damn net.

Do we miss Hasek?
It doesn't really matter
while there is no groin.


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May 07, 2006

Statistical Geekery

You know you're a policy geek when you're disappointed that you didn't get the long version of the census to complete.

I recently discovered that the Economist has repeatedly ranked Statistics Canada as the world's best statistical agency. Who knew?

(Yes, yes ... it's been two months since I've posted anything. Things have been a little busy at work.)

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March 07, 2006

Government hours

Yesterday, I worked 17 hours. I got home and went to sleep at 1:45 a.m. and was back in the office today at 7:20 a.m.

Just in case anyone was concerned about their tax dollars, is all.

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