The Vancouver Courier reports on Principalm, an initiative to quickly call up stored personal data on Vancouver area students by the Vancouver Police Department. It quotes Vancouver School Board Trustee Andrea Reimer:
History has borne out again and again that if you try a quick fix for making society safe by taking away individual rights, you make society a much more dangerous place in the long term exactly because of the shifting of rights from people to institutions.
On her weblog, Reimer reports that the proposal was voted down, although she was surprised by the vote of trustee John Cheng:
True he had tried to defer the motion but it was under the guise that "the board was giving up on public consultation" and protestations that he was mightily concerned about such things. This is a little rich coming from someone that missed most of the 15+ budget hearings this year and routinely votes against consulting anyone about anything. Still he may have had a point...except that the issue was brought forward by the police, not any of the communities we'd be consulting if it bounced around more, and in the extensive and ongoing consultations with students and parents, stripping civil liberties has not been mentioned as a possible remedy. So I can only surmise his was a vote for political posturing. Perhaps "election fever" from the federal election is spilling over to his evaluation of whether a run in '05 on a "law and order" ticket is a good idea. Thankfully no one else has an eye on that prize and the motion passed. Imperfect but sweet liberty lives another day.
By Ian Bruk on June 12, 2004 - 10:02am
I found this post through Scripting.com
I've been enjoying Dave Winer's Morning Coffee Notes,
Using my RSS2iPod script I automagically get each new audio file dropped onto my iPod which is ready for my morning drive. No clicking, no waiting. And the show starts when I'm ready for it.
Though I'm a long way from getting an iPod I wonder if this is something I can get my PC to do?
By funnyunkle on June 12, 2004 - 8:23am
On a translink rant...
Did You know that in the past they would advertise What "Peak Time" is. They used to then say its not peak time and you would only have to pay one fare...$2.00. Now they have changed all the signage to not advertise the peak time and if you over pay they don't tell you. They just absorb your overpayment. If that is not a money grab I don't know what is.
By Ian Bruk on June 11, 2004 - 1:35pm
Found a great weblogger today who uses Drupal. An excerpt from his post about the End of Corporations:
Some day, lawyers and corporations may realise that IP itself has minimal value - as most IP isn't worth the effort to protect it. The command and control corporate model may be forced to change when shareholders really understand the fact that the valuation of their average corporation is getting to be upwards of 85% intangible assets. These intangibles are worthless without the know-how of knowledge workers. Therefore the actual value of the average corporation, without its people, is getting close to zero. So where would you put your money?
Also, when he says:
I'm fairly certain that networks of micro-organisations are on the rise
is he referring to UrbanVancouver.com :-)?
By Roland Tanglao on June 10, 2004 - 10:46pm
Canada's verdant isle comes of age from the Miama Herald (free registration required) is generally accurate about Storyeum, Gastown and the rest of Vancouver with the following notable exceptions:
By Roland Tanglao on June 10, 2004 - 10:34pm
A nice summary of the current (June 2004) Storyeum show.
By Roland Tanglao on June 10, 2004 - 12:57pm
As promised, I dropped by the good folks at Storyeum today to get the full scoop on their June opening hours.
I was wrong. For the month of June 2004, there will be no shows Mondays-Thursdays. Shows will be Friday to Sunday and are HALF price.
For the complete details, check out the Storyeum Schedule page or call them at 604 687-8142.
By Boris Mann on June 9, 2004 - 11:54pm
I won’t apologize for describing a few things and people by contrasting them to American things and people; a lot of my readers are American, and anyhow U.S. politics is a spectator sport world-wide.
ongoing (Tim Bray): Canadian Election
Tim Bray gives an overview of Canadian politics for his (mainly) American audience, including how our major parties would translate into US Politics. His paragraph on the pluses and minuses of our electoral system is also good.
By Ian Bruk on June 9, 2004 - 8:51am
Take heart it could be worse....
Ten Worst Album Covers of all Time
For those in the Vancouver area (or elsewhere) looking for a Gmail account invite, I am giving one away to the first three (3) people to email me at richard AT urbanvancouver DOT com pledging $5 (yeah, five bucks) to donate to the Vancouver Community Network. Comments are disabled for this post. If you want an invite, please email me.