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Canada2020 speaker series launched

Canada2020 has just announced that it is launching a regular speaker series, with an event to be held on the last Thursday of every month. This is great news for Ottawa. Anyone trying to bring interesting speakers and raise the city’s spice quotient will enjoy my support.

Their first speaker will be Andrea Mandel-Campbell, the author of “Why Mexicans don’t drink Molson“. Jay Myers, President, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters will be the respondent.

Entrance is free of charge, thanks to kind support of Scotiabank, Power Corporation and AstraZeneca.


For those who like interested in attending you can respond here

Event details:

September 27, 2007 at 6:30 pm ET

Sheraton Hotel Ottawa
150 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G2

Canadian Foreign Policy Press Job

Foreign Policy buffs and International Relations geeks take note:

Embassy Newspaper has just informed me that they are looking for an entry level journalist. This is a great paper to work for. It is small, but has an influential readership: the foreign policy community in Ottawa. If you are starting out and want to learn how the sausage is made, this is probably one of the best places to work.

Journalism Job Posting

Embassy Newspaper is seeking a fulltime journalist to join its Ottawa-based newsroom. The position involves writing in-depth news and features in a fast paced independent newsroom. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in international issues and Canadian politics and be inclined to put time and energy into developing a deep understanding of the people and issues in these communities.

Strong writing, reporting and communication skills are a must.
Specialized knowledge or interest in an international area and language skills would be an asset.
Embassy has an influential readership of 49,000 and is published every Wednesday by The Hill Times. The newsroom environment is demanding but very positive and open.
Salary $26,000- 28,000 plus benefits and 3 weeks vacation per year and growth potential.

Applicants should submit a well written cover letter, a resume and writing samples in a word format or hard copy (No PDF’s) to:
Anne Marie Creskey
Embassy Newspaper
69 Sparks St
Ottawa ON
K1P 5A5

Also, on a completely separate note I’ve recently discovered Picket Boy’s behind the lines coverage of the Vancouver municipal strike now in its 3rd (or is it 4th?) week. For those interested it is worth a look. The two line summary so far is: it’s been a ballad of incompetence (the mayor) vs. miscalculation (the unions). The result is a race for irrelevance. Instead of predicting who will win, I suspect that, as is often the case in these types of negotiations, everybody will lose.

Hope to blog on it shortly.

What a week…

I’ve had a fun week on the internet…

First, a little post about anti-abortion protesters’ use of the Canadian Government’s trademark was picked up by other bloggers (who did the heavy lifting) and it became a national story. This in turn prompted a treasury board investigation. Not bad for a couple of progressives armed with little more than some gumption, laptops and internet connections. Big thanks also to some readers who tracked down relevant info, and kept the debate alive. Clearly someone at the associated press is reading…

Then, I managed to get my Facebook oped published as a web-exclusive. I’ve still yet to penetrate the Globe and Mail’s printed page, but given the subject matter, a web-exclusive feels more appropriate. Not that I have much choice (I take what I can get) but there is an interesting toss up: printed op-eds seem to garner more recognition, but the nice thing about web-exclusives is that their not protected content. Unlike the ‘normal’ op-eds, which require a paid subscription to be seen, web-exclusives can be linked to and read by anyone – so people can share the link. So you have to choose: printed page that traditional readers see, or… an online version that people can share virally.

To be honest, I’m just glad the G&M and the Star read and consider what I send them…

Things I promised some readers that I didn’t get to: Publishing my speaking notes on the APEX presentation. Sorry about that, I promise it’s coming (but then… are my promises still worth anything?). In my defense a last minute trip to Whitehorse derailed my writing plans…

Government Sponsoring Anti-Abortion March?

So much going on right now – tons to share on the Mozilla debate, the APEX conference, and the government bans on Facebook – will be getting to it all next week. In the meantime, I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this:

I was in Ottawa yesterday (May 10th) and ran headlong into the annual March for Life.

Politics around the issue aside (I’m pro-marching for what you believe in – whatever you believe) I was surprised to see that the big 30 foot long “March for Life” banners at the front of the march had the Government of Canada logo on them.

You, know, this logo:

Gov of Can logo

Is the government of Canada sponsoring anti-abortion groups? Normally you use this logo if you receive government funding. Not sure what the rules are around government funding political advocacy groups? Anybody know?

Alternatively, maybe the march’s organizing body just grabbed the logo and slapped it on its banners? Is this logo trademarked? Is this a trademark violation? Although I somehow suspect that no one at Justice is getting all that excited about it.

Either way, it is interesting…

Hanging with Snoop Dog and Ice Cube in Ottawa

I was in Ottawa this weekend with Robin Anawak to present to the Millennium Scholarship Foundation’s laureates on the challenges faced by the Inuit in Nunavut. The laureates are smart and engaging so these conferences are always interesting and fun. There were numerous highlights, including a keynote by Tzeporah Berman, who charted her path from Carmanah Valley activist to founder of ForestEthics, a non-profit organization that seeks to improve industry practices by leveraging market forces.

Hilariously and unexpectedly though, was that I ended up sharing a hotel with Snoop Dog and Ice Cube who were in Ottawa for a concert (while I’m admittedly not an avid rap fan, I thought Barbershop was one of the funniest movies of 2002). The entourage of both stars were unbelievable polite and friendly. Indeed, it was great to see gangsta rappers in camouflage jackets and small town visitors in cardigans fall over themselves while trying to let the other into the elevator first.

The highlight moment though was eating breakfast at the table next to Snoop Dog’s uncle who regaled the waiter and I with stories about Snoop’s youth. Best of all was hearing how he used to change Snoop and the gang’s diapers. Somehow the world feels simpler and better knowing that even the Snoop Dog once had his diapers changed…

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