Thursday, January 24, 2013


The logo for Edmonton City Council's new food strategy ironically incorporates an egg. (image below)

While Edmonton City Council is heralding this great new local food plan, their bylaw officers are simultaneously attempting to seize Crystal Sherris' hens, as you can read here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Every Person in Calgary

This is a dot map of every person in Calgary.

Brandon Martin-Anderson created the project to map every person in Canada and the US, using census data. Here's the original project.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

ATB Whole-Brainer No Brainer

The NHL had a Make Whole proposal. ATB might want to look into that.

The ATB Sparks propaganda:

Meet our whole-brainers.

In Alberta, you don't have to choose between mountains or prairie, culture or community—you can find it all within our borders.

At ATB, we're like that too. In every corner of the province, you'll find an ATB associate with knowledge, know-how, common sense, and creativity. This unique mix means they're not right-brainers or left-brainers—they're whole-brainers, and we take a whole lot of pride in their ability to help Albertans and Alberta businesses achieve great things.

The "Whole-brainers" are not all quite there...

Friday, January 4, 2013

#Fail on Transparency

The "Corporation" aka City of Calgary, has significant corporate culture and behavioral hurdles to overcome to reach TIRE (Transparency, Inclusiveness, Responsiveness & Engagement) targets.
imagineCalgary targets that include the establishment of an Ombudsman's Office by 2008 are not being met. Numerous official policy documents are completely ignored by the city. Why do we bother to develop, vote and adopt policy if we're not going to follow/implement the policy? Because that's what bureaucracies do. It is up to citizens and politicians with integrity to ensure that the Municipal Government Act 5(b) is enforced.

Here are two recent blog posts on the failure of the City of Calgary (#YYCCC on twitter) to achieve anything close to transparency:

1. imagineCalgary: Open Government Initiative Betrayed by Bureaucrats

2. Alberta: All We Want For Xmas Is A Calgary Municipal Ombudsman

3. imagineCalgary, Lost in the BureaucraZy

This is from City website on Engagement:  (Another huge #FAIL)

Onward/ Sustainability Direction: By 2020, The City’s programs and services will reflect the voice of citizens, and citizens can play active roles in their communities and The City’s processes.

As of 2013, the standard is #FAIL, achieved via the deadly bureaucratic combination of incompetence and apathy.