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Monday, October 11th, 2010

Elect Chris Tindal in Toronto Centre

In case you didn’t know there are a number of by-elections scheduled foe March 17, 2008 across the country, and one of the most interesting races is in Toronto Centre. This is a riding that many Canadians may be familiar with, it is the former seat of past Liberal (interim) leader Bill Graham, and is now being contested by Bob Rae.

This by-election has an interesting dynamic given both its history and for who is running in this contest. Traditionally this is a Liberal safe seat (It has been Liberal since 1962) and that’s why Bob Rae is running here. However, with the NDP running a first timer, and the Conservatives running a party insider (They fired their previous candidate because he was too concerned with urban issues, imagine that, in the centre of the largest city in Canada, the nerve!) There is a real opportunity for Chris to become the first elected Green in Canada. All that needs to happen is for the voters to make that choice. Presented here are my top five reasons (in no particular order) for the electors of Toronto Centre to cast their votes for Chris Tindal.

  1. It’s a chance to make history. Face it, there is no other candidate that you can elect in this riding that will bring the country’s, and the media’s, focus on your riding. Electing the first Green MP in Canada is something you can hang your hat on forever.
  2. The only other viable candidate is Bob Rae! You remember Bob Rae right? Former NDP premier of Ontario. Are you really looking for that kind of leadership in your riding?
  3. Since the Conservatives have basically decided that they have no chance in the riding (as evidenced by the dismissal of Mark Warner) voters looking for a fiscally conservative candidate really have nowhere else to turn. If you want an MP who will look after your tax dollars responsibly, Chris is your man.
  4. The Environment is still the #1 issue for Canadian voters. If it’s yours, then the choice is really obvious.
  5. Frankly, with a full general election looming, this is a great chance for you to test drive the Green Party. It is eminately possible that Chris would be facing a new campaign in as little as one month. Which is to say, there is virtually no risk.
  6. (Bonus Reason) The election is being held on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. What could be more appropriate than voting Green on the Day of Green?

So go ahead and make history Toronto Centre. on March 17 vote for Chris Tindal and the Green Party of Canada. You’ll feel great in the morning!

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Monday, October 11th, 2010

Well, it’s official. Vanessa Long has chaired her final meeting as the CEO of the Newmarket-Aurora Federal Green Party Association. At yesterday’s AGM the membership elected Alison Sanzo as the EDA’s second CEO (I retained my position as membership chair, thanks for the vote of confidence guys!)

Vanessa LongVanessa has been the guiding hand of the EDA executive since the very first meeting at Aurora’s Purple Pig back in the summer of 2005, and she was the first person from the party that I met when she delivered my lawn signs for the 2006 election. Since then I feel privileged, not only to have had the opportunity to work closely with her in the EDA, but to have fostered a lifelong friendship with this amazing woman.

Vanessa has that rare mix of unmitigated optimism and relentless pragmatism that allows her to reach for the stars and then find the ladder she needs to get there. Top that off with a pretty smile and a wickedly dark sense of humour, and, well, I was hooked, (my wife jokingly refers to her as my “girlfriend”.)

I’m happy to see my friend moving towards her new (modest?) goal of taking over the world as an International Lawyer for the U.N. (the ladder is pretty long for that one!) But I’m equally sad to see her move away from Newmarket, to Toronto to be closer to her work and studies. Although if I really didn’t want her to move, I guess I shouldn’t have listed and sold her house!

We’ll all miss Vanessa’s wit and wisdom at the EDA meetings, and I’ll miss having her close by to bounce ideas off of, or to be able to pop out for a beer at a moment’s notice. However, I also know that the foundation that she laid for us at the EDA will serve us well to reach our new (lofty) goals, and that, even though she is no longer just around the corner that our frendship will remain strong.

So, au revoir Vanessa, je te souhaite tout que tu rĂªves.

You can follow Vanessa’s path to world domination at Passionate Presence

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Monday, October 11th, 2010

Well, after some heavy duty humming and hawing I finally bit the bullet and bought a new laptop, the base MacBook Pro.

Small? check.
Expensive? check.
Better than all the lesser priced windows laptops combined? I sure hope so.

I’ve been a Mac guy for years (since University… ie. a really long time) and I have always preferred working on them, but holy geez are they ever more $$$$. But after going through 2 catastrophic failures of windows laptops in the past 4 years…

But the price! Man! Why can’t top quality and inexpensive ever co-exist?

Oh well, I console myself by knowing that I have an amazing computer, and I can use BootCamp to run Windows 7 (when it comes out) natively for the remaining programs (Quicken/Quick Books) that refuse to be properly available for the Mac.

Time will tell if I made the correct choice. (but I’m sure I did.)

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