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Keyboard warriors!

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Maybe it’s because I am getting a bit older and my skin is thinning somewhat, but more and more, I am getting annoyed with these Keyboard Warriors© who like to furiously and constantly hammer out their frustrations with <insert topic here> and the incompetence of the . That is all well and good. We are free to tappy-tappy on our screens or keys to our hearts’ content when the universe is perceived to be askance.

And hey! Exercising this freedom is one way to hold politicos to account. No more can your local School Board Trustee, Councillor, MP, MPP, Prime Minister or Assistant Dog Catcher (if you’re in the States, cuz they elect EVERYONE down there!) hide in their leather appointed offices sipping their lattes and pretending not to hear the mobs at the door! No way, uh-uh! Those warriors will track you down and give you a good whippin’ on Twitter or on Facebook or Instagram, etc., etc. You will be humbled, humiliated and dragged through Swamps of Digital Slime!©

But for the sake of all we volunteers and activists everywhere: if you’re not happy about something, please do more than take pot-shots!

Keyboard Warrior© guys and gals are everywhere – quick to point out faults, deficiencies or inconveniences in their communities but slow to step up and get involved and do something to change the things that they finds so objectionable.

There are a couple of these Keyboard Warriors in my community and on my Twitter feed. Most of their venting is aimed at a couple of the local Councillors, but the Mayor himself is often the target. I mean, this one guy blames the local politics for EVERYTHING! Hydro trucks blocking bikes lanes, dirty road signs, faulty card readers at city parking spots, snow on the sidewalk… the list goes on ad nauseum. I’m not saying that local pols shouldn’t be informed if services levels are not up to snuff, but geez, do they HAVE to be berated for EVERYTHING?

And when they run out of tangible things to complain about, said targets are then told they are wasteful spending, ego-driven, budget-unconscious, deaf-to-the-community, anti-cyclist demagogues.

So fine – feel free to complain. But you know what? I never seen one of these Keyboard Warriors out in the community working to improve it in some way. I don’t see them volunteering at a school, their community association, their place of worship, their kid’s hockey team.. nada. I’m a pretty plugged in guy in my neck of the woods but have never seen one of these Keyboard Warriors© or have heard their name mentioned in a community involvement context.

So, Keyboard Warriors©? Go ahead and whine all you want. Because to me and lots like me, until you pick up that clipboard, run some soccer drills, volunteer at a community health centre or organise a potluck community dinner, I’m paying little attention.

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Had a weird dream last night…

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

I haven’t posted for a while, but I had this weird dream last night that involved:

  • being attacked by a black bear and my gut was ripped open by it in a gravel pit
  • me killing the bear with my bare hands
  • both the bear and yours truly turning into zombies
  • but I was a good zombie and my wife stayed with me in this shelter until she bolted when the bad zombies started streaming in because she had promised to meet a friend for drinks
  • and the bear zombie defended me
  • but I was eaten anyways…

The was probably the weirdest thing I have experienced in a long time.

But then I saw the proposed changes to the Château Laurier, and my weird dream didn’t seem so “out there” anymore.

chateau-laurier-expansion-ottawa

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So I’m officially not running for anything…

Friday, September 12th, 2014

… this time around.

I was, however, very tempted to run down to City Hall around noon to register as a school Board Trustee candidate in my zone; where there was no one contesting the lone candidate who filed his papers. But whammo! someone named Talis-Ilmars Brauns has filed and will provide some opposition to Mr. Ellis. Great to see!

Even though I am not running, I will live vicariously through and help out:

Jean Cloutier: who will be a fine representative for Alta Vista on Council. Jean and I have worked together at the Canterbury Community Association for about 4 years… top shelf fellow! Hard-working. And he knows our community inside and out.

Riley Brockington: who is a colleague and a former OCDSB Trustee who gave me lots of advice and motivation in 2010. He will serve well in River Ward.

Martin Canning: former Environmental Advisory Committee Chair. He is running a very enviro and community-focussed campaign in Somerset. He has a great team and he’s also a top shelf guy.

Plus, I wish my brother, Jim Marshall, all the best in his quest for a seat at the Council table in my old home town of Parry Sound. My bro is a man who exemplifies integrity and hard work. The folks in P Dot will be well-served.

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Aaaannnnd… they’re off!

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Municipal election season opened in Ontario today and there will certainly be some interesting races in O Dot.

Jeff Leiper will be a strong challenger to Katherine Hobbs in Kitchissippi Ward.  The Centretown CA prez says he’s challenging Diane Holmes.

No challengers for the Mayor’s seat yet and no one challenging Peter Hume in my Ward of Alta Vista.

Ah. For political junkies like me, there are the best of times…

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As a resident of the NCR…

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

… these data seem reasonable.

There is most def a gap between the attitudes of anglos and francos on both sides of the river re: language and support for Canada.

I’m not a big fan of these types of surveys, but these results intuitively seem about right.

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