Here's a fun card game called Richelieu. Instructions for it don't seem to exist on the Internet, so ... now they do.
Kevin O'Donnell's blog
Here's an email I just sent to everyone who signed the 2015 petition about changing the Municipal Elections Act in Ontario. We did it!
Just wanted to send a quick update about that petition you signed almost two years ago asking the province to update the rules governing municipal elections.
The short story is ... success!
All of the recommendations we made were implemented. I suspect it wouldn't have happened without your help (in total 75 people sent in the petition).
Here's what happened for each recommendation.
April 2017 UPDATE: the membership deadline has passed, so there's not much point in joining the Conservatives now if your goal is to have a say in choosing the next leader. I'll be updating this page with my ballot selection later on. I'm hoping to rank 3, maybe 4 candidates, but some of them are working really hard to push away all moderate voters, so we'll see.
Dear average Canadian,
I have joined the Conservative Party of Canada.
Just a quick list of folks I've given money to that have done a great job on what I've asked them to do. Think of this post as the digital equivalent of business cards on my fridge, but which I won't lose eventually.
Dr. Jodie Lesage at Stepping Stone Chiropractic
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.