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Scott's DiaTribes: Some updates; CNOY Walk, Progressive Bloggers, Winnipeg LPC Convention

Briefly – a couple of updates. THe Brantford Coldest Night of The Year Walk in Brantford went very well. Our team Red Warmth (Captained by Danielle Takacs, my good friend and past candidate for the Liberals in Brantford-Brant in 2015) was first i… . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Some updates; CNOY Walk, Progressive Bloggers, Winnipeg LPC Convention

Scott's DiaTribes: Celebrating 10 years of Progressive Bloggers today

Today is a pretty neat day – I’ll be in Toronto gathering with some of our blogging afffiliates past and present to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Progressive Bloggers – the original blogging aggregator of progressive blogs in Canada. It was started up in June 2005 by Wayne Chu, aided by Dan Arnold (of . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Celebrating 10 years of Progressive Bloggers today

Scott's DiaTribes: The end (or pause) of a blogging giant

You may not have caught this from CalgaryGrit, aka Dan Arnold, so I’ll post a link to it and briefly mention that he is taking a hiatus from regular blogging which he has done for the past 10 years because of job commitments with the Liberal Party that makes it rather awkward for him to . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: The end (or pause) of a blogging giant

Scott's DiaTribes: Congrats to Nancy Leblanc, your OLP candidate for Parkdale-High Park

My long time blogging colleague will apparently be acclaimed in that riding on May 7th for the OLP, and like BigCityLib, I am very pleased to see and hear this.

I’ll repeat what I said elsewhere: despite the fact we sometimes disagree on things, we are friends, and I wish her nothing but the best . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Congrats to Nancy Leblanc, your OLP candidate for Parkdale-High Park

Scott's DiaTribes: Another former blogger (David Graham) running for a Liberal nomination

It seems a fair number of bloggers, or former bloggers, are deciding to try going from their grass/netroots activism and translate that into trying to get elected to office to translate that activism into change at the political level.

This week, it is the turn of David Graham to announce he is running for . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Another former blogger (David Graham) running for a Liberal nomination

Scott's DiaTribes: Bloggers will be officially accredited at the Montreal LPC Biennial Convention

The official word has come from the LPC: bloggers will be accredited to the Convention, and they are inviting applications for accreditation. Since they’ve sent out a press release, and the form is publicly available on the convention web site, I don’t think they will mind me re-posting it below (also because anyone, not just . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Bloggers will be officially accredited at the Montreal LPC Biennial Convention

Scott's DiaTribes: Another Liberal blogging colleague takes the political plunge

It appears to be the week Liberal political bloggers have decided to make the jump from blogging into running for office. This time, it’s Nancy Leblanc, who has been a longtime Liberal blogger at Impolitical. She has announced her attempt to win the provincial nomination for the Ontario Liberals in Parkdale-High Park:

Early in her . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Another Liberal blogging colleague takes the political plunge

Scott's DiaTribes: A little shout out to an old blogging colleague running for a Liberal nomination

A brief blogpost on this day to wish my old blogging colleague and fellow Liberal, Jason Cherniak, the best of luck as he runs for the Liberal nomination in Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill:

Mr. Cherniak has shown his leadership skills in a variety of ways, as vice-president communications for the Liberal Party of Canada’s Ontario division, . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: A little shout out to an old blogging colleague running for a Liberal nomination

Scott's DiaTribes: Collecting on a bet and meeting some folks (hopefully)

Well, it’s a quiet weekend, so I’ll just mention in brief that Jim Calder and I have settled on a date for me to come collect on my winning the Tim Hudak resignation bet. I’ll be up in Toronto on Oct 19th.. and Jim and I have decided that if others would like to meet . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Collecting on a bet and meeting some folks (hopefully)

Scott's DiaTribes: Best tweet on the Blogging Tories ever..

Stephen Taylor probably won’t be happy. The Ottawa Citizen’s Glen Megregor, said this on Twitter this AM about his collective of Conservative bloggers:

“Have you seen bloggingtories.ca? Fringe cranks are responsible for most of the content.”

If you read back in the conversation thread, apparently some Conservative bloggers were claiming Justin Trudeau fabricated his 5K . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Best tweet on the Blogging Tories ever..

Scott's DiaTribes: Toronto’s nice in the Fall – so are its eating establishments

Well, the Ontario legislature resumes sitting today. You’ll note in the story about it this morning in the Toronto Star that there is not a single mention of PC Leader Tim Hudak resigning (or even mentioning him for that matter).

Unless things change in the hours before the Legislature formally opens, that means I’ve won . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Toronto’s nice in the Fall – so are its eating establishments

Scott's DiaTribes: Google Reader’s closing also about to close BANPC

The Blogging Alliance of Non-Partisan Canadians (BANPC for short) was started in April 2005, 3 months before Progressive Bloggers started. It may be the 2nd oldest blogging aggregator currently out there (The Blogging Tories was created before them), but sadly, as of July 1, when Google Reader gets shut down, James Bow, the creator and . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Google Reader’s closing also about to close BANPC

Scott's DiaTribes: If Garneau is conceding, what of the others?

There were a lot of other LPC leadership contenders I’d have thought would concede the race a lot sooner then Marc Garneau did – those folks who didn’t even have a hope of winning. If Garneau is gone and declared the race over (which I think most everyone was anyhow, other then a couple of . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: If Garneau is conceding, what of the others?

Scott's DiaTribes: Blogger accreditation for the LPC Showcase is confirmed (& I’m confirmed going).

I had an email from the Liberal Party of Canada arrive in my mailbox today to those “independent bloggers” who expressed interested in covering the event. Basically, it confirmed that’s happening, and to send in our blog name/organization so they could view it and see if we’re “legitimate”.

I’ve done so, and I’m one of . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Blogger accreditation for the LPC Showcase is confirmed (& I’m confirmed going).

Scott's DiaTribes: Political Bits and Bites

– It was a historic event for Kathleen Wynne being sworn in as the first female Premier. A pity that a lot of the MP’s decided not to attend. The attacks on NDP leader Andrea Horwath for not attending (and only 4 of her 19 MPP’s showing up) from some provincial Liberals and supporters rings . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Political Bits and Bites

Scott's DiaTribes: Bloggers will be accredited for the April 6 Federal Liberal Showcase in Toronto

I’ve been told that by a good source -in his words:

I’m told bloggers can use the media inquiry page to register for the showcase (Ed Note: the April 6 Event at the Metro Toronto Convention Center) event, and language about bloggers should be up shortly…No cost, you’re registering as media. I don’t know how . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Bloggers will be accredited for the April 6 Federal Liberal Showcase in Toronto

Scott's DiaTribes: 6 Questions Submitted To Several Liberal Leadership Teams

I got the questions finished last night and have submitted them to people I know on 4 of the campaigns: George Takach, Marc Garneau, Deborah Coyne and Joyce Murray.

I’m still looking around trying to find out who to talk to on the Justin Trudeau/Martha Hall Findlay /David Bertschi/Martin Cauchon/Karen McCrimmon teams as to . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: 6 Questions Submitted To Several Liberal Leadership Teams

Scott's DiaTribes: A look ahead

SO after a successful OLP Convention where several bloggers were accredited (and others were blogging as delegates and alternates), here’s a brief look ahead at where I hope to be social media and blogging:

-I’m finishing up with drafting the final Q or so to submit several Q’s to the Federal Liberal Leadership candidates, as . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: A look ahead

Scott's DiaTribes: More impressions of the #olpldr (Ontario Liberal Leadership) convention

In brief, since I’m typing on a Via Rail train headed home (back tomorrow AM for 2nd round voting):

-Wynne’s team is very media-savvy; five different volunteers spotted my “media/blogger badge” and handed me her media guide (I have 5 of them, + a button).

– Kennedy was next most prominent with his team.. . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: More impressions of the #olpldr (Ontario Liberal Leadership) convention

Scott's DiaTribes: In Toronto at the #olpldr (Ontario Liberal Party) Convention

So I’m in Toronto at Maple Leafs Gardens, (or at Mickey Flynn’s eating lunch at the moment using the free wi-fi)vwith Jim Calder of The Progressive Right. Seen a few friends and acquaintances here, and the Bloggers Table Vantage Point is pretty sweet.

We’ve seen a Kathleen Wynne press conference here in the foyer; where . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: In Toronto at the #olpldr (Ontario Liberal Party) Convention

Scott's DiaTribes: Last Day to Apply for Ontario Liberal Party Convention Accreditation

A reminder to those who blog (of any political persuasion): today is the last day for you to send in your application to the Ontario Liberal Party to be accredited to cover their Leadership Convention next week. I understand they’ll be letting folks know that they’ve been accepted by Wed the 23rd. (Convention starts on . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Last Day to Apply for Ontario Liberal Party Convention Accreditation

Scott's DiaTribes: Monday Morning Musings

A couple of items that have caught my attention:

– There has been a rising chorus of folks that have been allied with Chief Teresa Spence publicly saying that they feel she should end her hunger strike; Those now include Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come (he of the Cree in Northern Quebec that took on . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Monday Morning Musings

Scott's DiaTribes: Another update re: accreditation process for blogging at the OLP Leadership Convention

I spoke with Christine McMillan by phone today, and I have some more information from her regarding the accreditation process:

– The blogger accreditation form will be up at the main website of the OLP soon (as soon as things settle down there re the weekend events). They will announce when it is up on . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Another update re: accreditation process for blogging at the OLP Leadership Convention

Scott's DiaTribes: Good news/more details from the OLP re: blogger accreditation

I received an email this evening from Christine McMillan. She is the Secretary General of the upcoming OLP Leadership and the VP of Communications for OLP. She has sent me more details about blogger accreditation to the OLP, and its all very good. I wanted to repost her email word for word, but as I . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Good news/more details from the OLP re: blogger accreditation

Scott's DiaTribes: ‘For those asking, #olpldr Convention will include access for accredited bloggers. #olp #onpoli’

This was just tweeted on the Ontario Liberal Party Twitter account;

Great news obviously. Also obviously, we will need more details on the process involved in applying for accreditation, what accreditation gives us, who our contact person will be for this, and at the OLP Convention, etc. but I am pleased to see this is . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: ‘For those asking, #olpldr Convention will include access for accredited bloggers. #olp #onpoli’