Archive for October, 2010

We want results, and we want them now

October 28, 2010
We want results, and we want them now

Smart municipalities across Ontario, and Canada, are realizing that electronic vote counters make sense. They proved themselves again Monday night. In Guelph, these machines were able to count 28,072 ballots more quickly than any human and told us who had been elected well before bedtime Monday night. Voters could tune in to the city’s...
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It’s a woman’s world, now

October 21, 2010
It’s a woman’s world, now

It hasn’t been a good week to be a fella. The lights of Monday and another work day were just blinking on, and our national press was already bringing news that maledom itself was losing its way. The Globe and Mail called the male elementary school teacher the rare spotted owl of the education...
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In GPS we trust

October 13, 2010
In GPS we trust

The toll operator was talking like a preacher. “Do you trust in the GPS?” We blinked. Pardon? We just wanted directions. “Do you trust in the GPS?” Uh, hardly. We were stuck on some unfamiliar highway in Buffalo at night, trying to get home. And a woman in a slightly condescending British voice was...
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A new Governor General, eh?

October 7, 2010
A new Governor General, eh?

The last shot in the 21-gun salute was fired off, rattling the whole of Parliament Hill like an earthquake. Four Canadian fighter jets went roaring above the Peace Tower, so loud and so close you’d swear you could reach out and touch them. In their wake, the quiet was striking. David Johnston, the Sudbury...
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