Category Archives: Announcements

BAR ASSOCIATION HOSTS TALK ON ACCESS LIMITS

I'll be trying to make the unknowable country a little more known on Monday. (Graphic by Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch)

I’ll be trying to make the unknowable country a little more known on Monday. (Graphic by Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch)

What does living in an unknowable country mean for those trying to increase access to government data and information? I tried to answer that question on Friday, during a speech at the Open Data Summit in Vancouver.

I’ll be posting the text of that speech online early next week. But I’ll also be sharing some of those thoughts with the Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch. I’m scheduled to talk with the branch’s privacy and access law section (south) in Calgary this coming Monday.

Meanwhile, my weekly summary of news about the people, the press and the powerful in Canada will resume next week.

SECRET WORLD OF POLITICS EXPOSED ON DVD

You can now enjoy Whipped on DVD! (Graphic by VICTOR CRAPNELL, Art Department Design)

You can now enjoy Whipped on DVD! (Graphic by VICTOR CRAPNELL, Art Department Design)

Today, I’m extremely pleased to announce DVDs for Whipped: the secret world of party discipline have been finally been printed. You can check out the cover — created by Victoria-based graphic designer Victor Crapnell — above. The first copies have been ordered by Alberta’s Legislature Library, Douglas College and Fair Vote Canada’s Waterloo region chapter.

POLITICAL NEWS READING HABITS UNDER SCRUTINY

Coming on the Big Dog of Vancouver radio... (Graphic by CKNW)

Coming on the Big Dog of Vancouver radio… (Graphic by CKNW)

Why aren’t Canadians reading more political news? What does that say about us, our country and its system of government? I discussed some of those issues tonight on Global BC 1’s Unfiltered with Jill Krop. And I’ll be speaking about them tomorrow afternoon on CKNW’s The Simi Sara Show.

TALKING ABOUT SECRECY AT THE OPEN DATA SUMMIT

The Canadian Open Data Summit will get underway in Vancouver next month, organized by Open Data BC. (Graphic by Open Data BC)

The Canadian Open Data Summit will get underway in Vancouver next month, organized by Open Data BC. (Graphic by Open Data BC)

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be speaking to the Canadian Open Data Summit.

The summit, which will take place at the Simon Fraser University Segal Graduate School of Business on February 21, is a forum for discussing how to use, connect to and access open data.

My talk will focus on the political and cultural barriers to that process in Canada, the Unknowable Country.

Other speakers will include Vancouver Sun data journalist Chad Skelton, Open Data Institute technical director Jeni Tennison and Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat open government director Sylvain Latour.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

The Unknowable Country’s weekly look at news about the state of democracy, openness and accountability in Canada will return in January after a brief winter respite. In the New Year, I’ll also be posting columns on the affect newsroom downsizing is having on issue advocates, a simple change that could make our legislatures more democratic and the personal information our representatives should be disclosing to the public but aren’t. But, in the meantime, my best  holiday wishes to you and yours.