23rd anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square protests remembrance in Calgary (2012.6.4)
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The Alliance‘s Lee Cheuk-yan and Mak-hoi-wah are visiting Calgary today (July 31, 2011), I hope I’ll have a chance to interview Mr. Lee Cheuk-yan. The following are some news and other video clips during their Vancouver stop.
Their bios in Chinese.
This is bad and wrong in so many ways. For the record.
ParkPlus patent dispute heats up between Calgary Parking Authority and former GM
BY LAURA STONE AND DON BRAID, CALGARY HERALDMAY 20, 2011 6:42 PM
Newly terminated Calgary Parking Authority managers Dale Fraser and Al Bazar had listed themselves as inventors on a U.S. patent for a system for managing parking rights — casting the city’s foreign rights to the automated ParkPlus in doubt.
Records show Fraser and Bazar’s U.S. patenting application process began on Jan. 15, 2010, and is still underway. However, they applied for a PCT number, which is the worldwide patent code, in July 2007.
City solicitor Paul Tolley confirmed the city is in a prolonged legal dispute over ownership rights to ParkPlus with the former top executives, who were fired Thursday by the parking authority board.
Such rights could mean big money to even partial owners of the unique cellphone system now used in Calgary and on a trial phase in Whistler, B.C.
“This has been the subject of some discussion at (parking authority) board meetings about trying to resolve the claims,” Tolley told the Herald.
“I know that their names are on it with the Canadian patent office as inventors, but my understanding on that one is that the City of Calgary has gone forward and filed with the patent office.”
When reached on Friday, Bazar would not comment on the U.S. patenting rights to ParkPlus but said he and Fraser have been “entirely co-operative” with the city.
“Mr. Fraser or myself have never been in a position of conflict with the city. It’s never been our intent to be in conflict with them. We’ve always been very open and very interested in co-operating with the city. And that’s really all I can say,” said Bazar.
“I’ve been terminated without cause, so I don’t have any comment.”
Bazar added that it’s “too early to say” whether he will seek legal action against his former employer.
Ald. Dale Hodges said the parking authority board acted to terminate the contracts of Fraser and Bazar, who were the authority’s general manager and manager of enforcement, partly because “of this lawsuit they threatened the city with in a letter from their lawyer.”
“The city made them an offer to drop the idea of coming after the city for whatever they thought their invention or creation might be worth,” said Hodges, one of two aldermen on the parking authority board.
“They never did drop the idea, in spite of the city making them a reasonable offer to do so.”
Asked if city employees should enjoy ownership of their work, Hodges said “my opinion is they got the wrong advice from someone. They were working for the city. It was public money put into establishing it as a system. They didn’t put their money into it as far as I know.” Read the rest of this entry »
Went to check out Calgary Farmers’ Market at its new location this past weekend and I am happy to see the market back in business. At the same time, I wasn’t alone in noticing the parking problem as I ended up parking further away to avoid the lineup. Mind you, I was a bit surprised to find a gun store/shooting range next door from the Farmers’ Market ! When reporting about the parking situation, CTV Calgary even has this bit (emphasis added),
“At the shooting range next door, the owner says it’s been a little tough having to watch over their designated parking spots.
“We’re trying to police politely our stalls. I mean we don’t want to get into a confrontation over parking but because our members, especially the membership that come in, they’re carrying firearms, they’re coming here to shoot so we want them to be with the firearms a short a distance as possible,” says JR Cox.”
Here is a video of Calgary Farmers’ Market.
See also Calgary Herald, “Calgary Farmers’ Market reopens today at new S.E. location“
A “what-not-to-do” lesson.
“Perhaps he’s channelling former prime minister Kim Campbell, who said an election campaign is not the time to debate important issues. Perhaps, despite leading in the polls, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is running scared. Or perhaps he just can’t be bothered.
Either way, Harper’s strategy of refusing to take more than five questions a day from reporters amounts to a gross disservice to the public. Four of the permitted questions (generally two in French and two in English) go to reporters following Harper’s campaign, while the fifth is allotted to a local scribe, wherever the Conservative news conference that day happens to be staged. It’s a fragmented format that renders it almost impossible for reporters’ questions to build momentum and bear down on an issue.
Harpers rivals, in contrast, are far more open with the media — willing to subject themselves, and their policies, to some barbed questions in an effort to get their message out to voters.
That’s as it should be. Few Canadians are able to follow the ins and outs of an election first-hand. Reporters serve as the public’s eyes and ears on the campaign trail. Ultimately, voters are the ones denied access and explanations through Harper’s five question format.
It’s ironic. The Conservatives came to power promising more accountability, more openness and more access to information. Those principles matter the most in an election, when people need as many answers as possible to make an informed choice.
Harper should bear in mind Campbell’s defeat in the election where she didn’t want to discuss serious issues. The Tory party was pulverized — reduced to just two seats. It’s an appropriate fate for those who would keep the public in the dark.”
For the record. Cool to see Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi in New York Times. Have a read.
“From Canada, Lessons on Revolution
By CHRYSTIA FREELAND | REUTERS
CALGARY, ALBERTA — Conventional wisdom has it that the Internet is dumbing us down and making politics more partisan. Sound bites are more effective than substance. The punditocracy that shapes these truisms is, needless to say, pretty certain they apply most powerfully to people in the provinces, especially those with a history of voting for the right.
That is why the election of Naheed Nenshi, a 39-year-old former business school professor, as mayor of Calgary, is a watershed event that should be of interest far beyond Canada, where he has already become a political superstar.
When Mr. Nenshi earned his upset victory last October, the first flutter of outside enthusiasm was around the fact that an Ismaili Muslim son of South Asian immigrants who came to Canada from Tanzania had been chosen to lead the capital of Canada’s conservative heartland.
The next wave of excitement was inspired by his campaign’s sophisticated use of social media to overturn Calgary’s old-boy political establishment.
The Twitter revolutions, which we are now so familiar with thanks to the oil states of North Africa, had first hit the land of the blue-eyed sheiks thanks to clever tactics like a comic YouTube video of people struggling with the mayor’s name, or providing simple online tools for supporters to color their Facebook pages Nenshi purple. Read the rest of this entry »