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Plans for Salem’s Harbor Power Station: Realpolitik or Missed Opportunity?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The Salem Harbor Power Station will close in June 2014. Initially, the field looked wide open for exciting new redevelopments, but now it appears that the site might see another power plant. Strike one for Realpolitik, zero for vision? Green Drinks invited Jan Schlichtmann, Lori Ehrlich, et al., to debate on June 26, 2012.

Tea Party? Sweet Potatoes are better

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Some heartening signs. First: Read the article, Tea Party people less popular than many other hated minority groups (subtitled: They may want “their country” back, but their country doesn’t really want them): This tiny band of fanatics is largely distrusted and despised by regular Americans, but a terrified media coddles them and pretends they’re […]

Parenting. Such a riot.

Friday, June 17th, 2011

I want to tell you a story of parenting, as I’ve observed it among my Canadian peers. I’ll try to convey how and why this parenting style shocked me. It’s just a story (albeit a true one), but perhaps it illuminates a small part of the dynamics at work in this Wednesday’s Canucks Riot that […]

What I said about Victoria BC municipal elections in 2008

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Another article I wrote in the run-up to Victoria BC’s 2008 municipal election is worth re-reading as we head into the 2011 election season. The team we elected in 2008 really bombed. Will 2011 signal a change for the better?

What I said about social media and political engagement in 2008

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Three years ago I published an analysis of how politicians could and should be using social media to engage voters. Read it today and ponder whether my ideas were implemented, say, in Victoria BC, to create real engagement. I say they haven’t.

Canada, Vote for the Internet.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

We have an election coming up in Canada. Vote for the internet.

A toast, mistress!

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

In yesterday’s entry I mentioned that I went way outside my comfort zone the other night. What could that mean? …Probably not what some may think! I attended my very first meeting of Toastmasters International, specifically the Niteshifters chapter that meets at the University of Victoria. I’ve been interested in knowing what Toastmasters is all […]

On re-reading Biophilic Design: Taking Love to the Street

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Since I’m fuming in a conversation over on Facebook about the City of Victoria’s Department of Engineering (which seems to me benighted), I was reminded of my 2007 article, Biophilic Design: Taking Love to the Street (the link goes to the Scribd version). Not to sound too much like I’m tooting my own horn, but […]

Open Government, Transparency: it’s what we need

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

As residents of Victoria British Columbia continue to struggle with a closed, secretive city council that (with the exception of one councilor, Geoff Young) prefers to do its business behind closed doors or from a lofty perch of Sonya Chandler- or Lynn Hunter-style “know-it-all-ism,” here’s a story from the local daily that illustrates just how […]

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