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Media Bias in the Federal Election

This National Post piece is probably the most interesting article I have read in a long long time. It actually talks pretty frankly about media bias in the federal election. And how, if  a political leader doesn't treat his /her  press contingent well, that contingent can be a lot harsher than they might otherwise be. The link might go stale soon so click soon, if you are interested. Here is a quote about Stockwell Day's ill fated campaign as Canadian Aliance leader:

Running a lousy bus tour can be deadly for a campaign. Reporters travelling with former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day in 2000 famously starved on the hustings for lack of catering, forced to beg their handlers to pull off the highway for McDonald's every so often. The ruthless coverage of Day's campaign wasn't strictly the result of several dozen grumbling stomachs -- but that had something to do with it.

A Massive Contribution to Voter Education in Kamloops...

I feel bad that I have not done a lot of voter advocacy during this federal election. If you are reading this and you are an over 18 Canadian, please remember to vote this upcoming Monday, Jan 23rd.

If you want a final measure of most of the candidates in the Kamloops Thompson Cariboo riding, I would highly recommend watching these video interviews masterminded by Chris Koehn. Chris is rapidly becoming one of my favourite grassroots political commentators around and he uses his videography skills to great effect with these interviews with federal candidates in Kamloops. Betty Hinton, our sitting MP, has not been responding to a lot of interview requests and unfortunately she rebuffed Chris as well.

Good business practices at Kamloops Subway

October 10, 2004 on this blog:

"subways in Kamloops smell sort of funny"

I meant subway restaurants. A short a while ago,  I got a call from Grayden Flanagan who owns the subways in Kamloops, along with family. He asked me if there was anything they could do to improve. Made me feel really positive about the customer focus of his franchise. Way to go and yes, I still eat at Subway, from time to time.

Lunching with Dan Bertram

The 2006 World Junior Hockey tournament is wrapping up as we speak, with Canada taking on Russia for the Gold medal. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a lunch with the Canadian team at a fundraiser in Kamloops. Feel very fortunate to have sat beside Dan Bertram, #22. Dan is not only one of the best young hockey players in the world, he is also extremely personable. He engaged all our table in conversations and was incredibly friendly to all the youngsters who asked for his autograph as he was eating his lunch. To top it all off, Dan is a student at Boston College, majoring in finance.

Needless to say, I was very impressed with this young man. And, as I watch him and the rest of our team right now, all I can say is " Go Dan Go!".