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New Web Site for Rotary Club of Kamloops...

As Public Relations Director for my Rotary Club - the Rotary Club of Kamloops, also known as the downtown Rotary Club - I've been working on solving some web site issues. I'd say the folks at Clubrunner have dropped the ball a bit (very willing to change my mind here).

The new club web site is available at - right here.

Been a member of Rotary for almost a decade, and started some of the first web sites for Rotary in Kamloops. Neeeded to make sure we got this fixed.

Open Gov West Will be Awesome!

I think this will be an awesome opportunity for those interested in a making democracy stronger in this neck of the woods. I might be helping podcast some interviews with people there, although I very unfortunately am unable to attend in person. From Sarah Schacht, one of the key organizers:

Open Government is about transparency, participation, and collaboration.  Our region - the Pacific Northwest and Cascadia - is positioned to lead the way in  developing the policies and technologies that will make government more efficient and empowering - and can engage citizens at a whole new level.

Open Gov West is a first-of-its-kind conference bringing together leaders from across the region.  Divided into two distinct days with separate formats and content, the conference offers participants both a work summit on best practices and standards for regional governments (Day 1) and an exciting "unconference" exploring new ideas, technology, and practices in open government (Day 2).  All conference attendees are invited to a social event the night of the first day.

We're are confirming more speakers every day.  (To see an up-to-date list of speakers and panelists for Day 1, visit  We also welcome you to be a part of the participant-generated content in Day 2's  'unconference'!)

Early Bird Registration expires this Friday, March 12.  (Full Event: $75.  Only Day 1: $60 or Only Day 2: $30.)  Conference scholarships and discounts for travel expenses are available. You can also email me for a 10% discount code.

Register here:

Lying by Telling the Truth...

A good friend of mine told me today that governments / politicians often "lie by telling the truth". This is a seriously intriguing thing to say and, of course, I pressed him to elaborate. He said he thinks that governments often say things like "we have given the Ministry of education the largest annual increase in it's history" but leave out that they also made the deepest cuts in history to the same ministry a year or two earlier. Lots of examples of that. Lesson for citizens: context counts.