Ottawa Tech Sector / RIM

A while ago I was going to post a quick something that I saw about the Ottawa Tech Sector from the Ottawa Citizen, but didn’t post it.  Unfortunately things didn’t seem to be going well in Ottawa high-tech despite some encouraging signs from some companies.  Article below:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/thinning+ranks+Ottawa+tech+sector/4564755/story.html?cid=megadrop_story

But now it seems we could have some more bad news for Ottawa (really Canada) tech with RIM’s recent announcements.  This will affect the growing tech economy of Waterloo much more than Ottawa’s but there will be an effect.  RIM is one of the local bright spots. 

Who is going to be Canada’s tech anchor?  It looks like RIM is still a major force and will remain the number one tech company in Canada for awhile.  But who will be Ottawa’s anchor?  Since the demise of Nortel we don’t seem to have a large, world-class, exporter of technology (apologies to all the smaller Ottawa companies out there).  Maybe an anchor is not required beyond the government and it’s tech contracts, but I think a big world-beater would be good to have in town.

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On Vancouver

It really is a shame what happened last night in Vancouver–I truly believe it was the work of a small minority, taking advantage of the situation.  I personally believe we would have seen rioting and looting even if Vancouver won.  Here’s why:

I have always been a fan of the “street party”.  From my early high school days in South Western Ontario where small towns would shut down streets to let everyone roam around with (or without) drinks, to homecoming parties at Queen’s, to Canada Day here in Ottawa.  I’ve always thought that being outside with multitudes of people celebrating is a great way to spend a day/evening.  But more recently there seems to be people who are not there for the celebration, but are there for the chance to cause some damage. 

I’ve noticed this happening recently in Kingston. Incidents lead to Homecoming moving from the fall to a time during the summer session — when far less students are on campus.  Was it alumni coming back and ripping up the town for old time sakes?  No way, it was current students, Kingstonians, and many out of towners in for the party.

That’s why I think the riot would have happened whether they won or lost.  There were people in that huge crowd that were just there for the chance to go crazy.  Now I shouldn’t say that the negative vibe from losing wouldn’t have made things a bit more violent–that is a distinct possibility.  But I really do think the party was going to get out of control one way or another.

Now what to do about this.  Truthfully I’m not sure–this seems to happen more and more often with these major sports championships.  Perhaps a greater police presence?  Or should there be some more communication with the revellers before the game that night?  I’m not sure, but I do hope that the follow up actions that Vancouver is undertaking at least make people think before things get out of hand.  Unfortunately this has put the great city of Vancouver in a very poor light.

And just edited my post to add this–I do hope that the idea of the street party continues!  So many good (non-rioting) memories!

New Blog about Ottawa

No blog posts since that incredible election (who says Canadian politics is boring!), but definitely hope to post more on how Harper is doing with his majority….

In the mean-time I did want to put out a link to a blog about Ottawa.  I do know Mel so I may not be completely impartial, but I do think it’s a good blog on discovering Ottawa including local music, along with some food/recipe exploration.

Here’s My Ottawa Life !

Going Green (Mark MacKenzie) in Ottawa West-Nepean

Finally decided to go with Mark MacKenzie with my vote tomorrow.  I have respect for Anita Vandenbeld and what she has done in the past but Mark MacKenzie’s message resonates with me more. 

So this time, I will not be engaging in strategic voting, but just voting for the person that I would like to see in the House of Commons.  Maybe next time I will engage in strategic voting, vote swapping, or some other method to get around the old first-past-the-post system, but not this time.

Looking forward to see what tomorrow will bring, with a hope for some type of electoral reform in the future.

308 seats

Saw this link from a friend on facebook (!)– ThreeHundredEight.com Basically a blog that keeps track of all the polling nationally, as well as in each riding.  I’m not sure how accurate this is, but seems inline with what many expect to happen–another Conservative minority government.

What is interesting is a rise in the NDP numbers.  Could the NDP actually get more seats than the Liberals?  Could make for an interesting night, although the NDP number usually dips when actual election results are tabulated.  I personally think that a Conservative / NDP coalition might be an interesting mix, provided that the controlling Harper is ousted.  I could see Jack Layton putting his stamp on the Conservative government with a mix of fiscal and social responsibility (still want that deficit down!)  It reminds me of the current situation in the UK, where there was a large protest vote against Labour who had been running the show for a while–and the key beneficiaries were a newly revamped Conservative party and the 3rd party the Liberal Democrats.  The Liberal Democrats were being run by a charismatic leader, and did quite well.  I “think” that uneasy coalition between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats has been going “OK” (current lack of knowledge in that area).  It would be interesting to see who Mr. Harper (or replacement) would turn to for help in voting through key legislation.

Meanwhile, in my own riding I plan on voting for neither Conservative or NDP!  Decision soon…

An Aside – Engineers in Politics

Just saw an arictle in EE Times, a kind of article that started this blog! 

From south of the border, a call to run for office for the nation’s engineers.

Strategic Voting 2011

Perhaps I didn’t pay as much attention to this last time, but there seems to be a fairly new phenonenon of Strategic Voting websites, all aimed at removing Conservative candidates.  There always seems to be some venom at the ruling party, but with the Liberals in disarray, there is a new method of trying to defeat the conservatives.  Here are three strategic voting websites:

The first two present target ridings, and the third and fourth links are places where people can register to transfer their vote (an interesting concept in it’s own right).  I’m still not happy that people have to resort to this–proportional representation is a better way to make use of the popular vote numbers.  But, I will be very interested to see if this can make any difference, especially with the NDP surging and the Liberals falling.