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Some democracies fear their own people. Is Canada one of them?

Linda Solomon Wood
Jul 3rd, 2010

 Intolerant governments across the globe are "slowly crushing" activist and advocacy groups that play an essential role in the development of democracy, the Huffington Post reports that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday.

Mayor tells Pecha Kucha audience $60 million in investments came to city since Olympics

Linda Solomon Wood
Jun 23rd, 2010

The evening's speakers in a photograph by Linda Solomon

Two thousand people filled the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight for the 12th Pecha Kucha and the City of Vancouver was the focus of tonight's presentations.

Briefly:

The City provided a free bike valet service and CBC provided space for two wheel parking. The event was promoting the City's "Talk green to us campaign."

Biking has gone up in Vancouver by 180 percent in the last ten years. (I think I got that right.)

The city has brought in $60 million new investment dollars since the Olympics. Mayor Robertson quoted that number. 

My favourite quote of the night:

"Talk to your neighbours, because there are endless things in this city that need to be talked about."

BP CEO Tony Hayward told: "you need to be charged with a crime." He says he didn't know.

Linda Solomon Wood
Jun 20th, 2010

"I don't know. I don't know." Tony Hayward, BP CEO, in a creative commons photo compliments of Wikipedia, was evasive with legislators about the BP disaster.

Former president Bush warned that the war on terror would go on for many years.  However long that war endures, the battle for resources promises to be longer.  If BP CEO Tony Hayward gives us any clues, it's that the war for resources will be even more insidious than the war on terror.  Its targets will move like phantoms, protected by vast wealth and the governments they undermine.  The enemies in this war, like Hayward, will be brutal as they manage their own interests.  They will be our worse criminals and utterly untouchable.

As oil continued to gush into the Gulf of Mexico at a newly estimated rate of 100,000 barrels a day, Hayward testified at a U.S. Congressional Hearing. 

Abreast in a Boat at the 2010 Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival

Linda Solomon Wood
Jun 19th, 2010

Pushing off at the 2010 Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival with Abreast in a Boat Up the Creek breast cancer survivors.  Photographs by Linda Solomon...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vision Vancouver celebrates party's successes at fundraiser

Linda Solomon Wood
Jun 17th, 2010

Schmoozables: Councillor George Chow and School Trustee Mike Lombardi at the Vision Vancouver 2010 fundraiser.

It was billed as a chance to mix and mingle with the mayor and Vision Vancouver elected officials. Last night, at a Vision Vancouver fundraiser at Coast Plaza Hotel on Comox Street, Gregor Robertson made good on his party's promise.

Robertson entered the room to the sound of Indo-Canadian drummers and after his speech there was a dance to bring good luck to the proceedings.  The title of the evening was "Vision Celebrates Vancouver."

Following this, the mayor hung out for hours in the convention room with more than 400 people. He sampled food from a buffet which included sushi and samosas and talked with students, business leaders, developers, union representatives, activists, other politicians, constituents and media types.

VSB chair Patti Bacchus goes to the mat for Vancouver's schools

Linda Solomon Wood
Jun 13th, 2010

Fans tell VSB chair Patti Bacchus to "keep up the fight."

While trained fighters bloodied each other in General Motors Place in cages yesterday, a genuinely important battle played out elsewhere between the province and the city.

Inspired by vale tudo tournaments in Brazil, the sport of Mixed Martial Arts has roots in the ancient Olympic combat sport of Pankration in 648 B.C. and was a spectacle like none to precede it at GM place. Yet the skirmish between B.C. Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid and Vancouver School Board (VSB) chair Patti Bacchus is far more important.   

Great Google juice tips from Michael Tippett

Linda Solomon Wood
May 29th, 2010

Photograph of Michael Tippett by Kris Krug of Static Photography

Michael Tippett started NowPublic in his garage.  NowPublic lets people work together to cover news events around the world. Tippett came to talk to the Writing for the Web symposium at Hollyhock this weekend. He spoke for two hours about search engine optimization, great news sites, new software, making mistakes and how to get intimate with Google. Google is the largest media company in the world, he pointed out, and if you're not intimate with them yet (the algorithm, the robotic crawler), it's time to get to know them much better.  That is,  if you hope to push your blog, your news site, your business site, or your message out to the world.  

For starters, he suggested reading about how to write headlines for tips on how to get noticed on searches.

"Get a Facebook page, get a Twitter page, get a blog and get set-up to publish on all of these things,” he said.

A beloved novelist's list of tips for writing for the web

Linda Solomon Wood
May 28th, 2010

"Capture, capture, capture!" writes Ruth Ozeki in a blog post for the Hollyhock Writing for the Web workshop taking place this weekend on Cortes Island. "If you want to write, you should get into the habit of carrying a small notetaking device to capture thoughts, observations and inspiration immediately, otherwise you will forget." 

How to promote a blog

Linda Solomon Wood
May 28th, 2010

Promoting is all about creating strong relationships, whether online or in person. Although nothing can replace the value of a face to face encounter, social networking allows people to form connections in a way nothing else ever has.   

How to use online media and social networking tools

First ask yourself: is the article or blog sufficiently tagged for Search Engine Optimization?

  1. go through article, pull out all the names/places/people
  2. helping a robot understand what the content is

Second, is the piece sufficiently linked?

How to make your Tweet go viral

Linda Solomon Wood
May 27th, 2010

 Ruth Ozeki  says:

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