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Dear average Canadian,

I have joined the Conservative Party of Canada.

Conservative Party leadership candidate Kelley Leitch wants to "bring Donald Trump's message to Canada". Steven Blaney kicked off his leadership campaign by promising to invoke the 'notwithstanding' clause to ban niqabs in the public service.

I won't sit by and simply hope better minds will prevail.

It's complicated, but it's not a conflict.

In the last few weeks a few people have asked pointed questions about the relationships I have with people at City Hall. The tenor of their questions seems to be that my various activities (as a business person, a resident, an activist, and a volunteer) are somehow inappropriate.

They are not.

Jerboa Consulting Inc.

I am an independent contractor who provides a fixed service for a fixed price.

Sidewalks are for signs that are for drivers, dontchaknow

The constant stream of obstacles and grief sidewalk users have to put up with drives me nuts sometimes. Sometimes being driven nuts drives me to tweet. Other times it drives me to write letters like the one I just sent, below, to Dan Séguin, Manager of Media and Public Affairs at Hydro Ottawa.

Mr. Séguin has already replied that he's received my email and is forwarding it internally for a response. I'll update this post when it comes.

Bicycle Licensing report by the City of Ottawa, 2012

The idea that cities should license bicycles, or the people riding them, will keep coming up until the heat death of the universe. Did you know the City of Ottawa has already looked into it? Below is the response to a councillor's inquiry about it, which I post here so it's always easy to find down the road. Because this "good idea" will keep coming up until the heat death of the universe.

Real enforcement means we need to ticket cars, never mind the drivers

We have a problem in Ontario. We have some very sensible laws that regulate traffic to make it safe. Our sensible laws include things like "obey traffic signs". We can agree that obeying signs is a good idea, right?

The problem we have in Ontario is that these signs are impossible to enforce. For police to issue a ticket they have to see the infraction happen, they have to pull the car over and issue a ticket to the driver of the vehicle.

Big fat open.canada.ca index page

Turns out Google cannot reach into the federal government's open data page because the "robots.txt" file says it can't.

Leveraging the data portal's API I've created an index page of packages available via open.canada.ca (WARNING: it's 20MB of nothing very interesting, other than to search robots). This will let Google find the meta data and will hopefully lead to more results showing up in Google searches.

Should know within a week or so. Google is very fast to update their search index these days.