“Nothing motivates like results.” – Dr. Robert Lewis, Creator of Men’s Fraternity
My head hit the pillow but I still couldn’t sleep. My body was so exausted, but my mind was racing.
I had just logging 16 1/2 hours for Elections Canada, working as a Central Poll Supervisor (running 2 large polls and leading 7 others) for the Canadian Federal Election at the University of Guelph, but yet I was still juiced.
Now I am not one of those people who follow every move in politics, but I do stay abreast of most of the issues. Although I don’t endorse any one particular party, but I do love the idea that I of all people have a say in who will represent me and my riding in Parliment.
The cool thing about being stationed at the University was that many of the voters were exercising their privaledge to vote for the first time.
These students were excited to be able to have a say in how their country will move forward.
Wouldn’t it be nice if more potential voters thought this way.
I remember a piece of advice that my Grade 7 History teacher (who was teaching us about politics) shared with us when he said,
“When every you have an opportunity to vote… vote.
Even if you don’t know what the issues are or even care about the issues at that time.
Vote anyway. (Even if you just spoil your ballat)
Because even if you don’t care about the issues then, someday you may care about some issue and you still want to have the privaledge to have your say.
Many countries around the world would love to have this privaledge. To have their voice heard. To be able to influence (even in a small way) the world they live in.
And if we don’t exercise that privaledge, we may find that one day that privaledge may be taken away from us. “
I have never forgotten that advice and I am proud to say that I have voted in every election that I have been eligable for.
And although this Canadian Election is over, there will be others (ie. United States Presidential Election and other Federal Provincial and Municipal Elections) and I hope many more young people exercise their privaledge to vote.
This was posted on today on CBC news today.
Telemarketers face ‘do-not-call’ axe on Sept. 30
Canadians will be able to give telemarketers the slip as of Sept. 30 when the national do-not-call-list officially begins operating.
30/07/2008 12:30:52 PM
Under the new rules, announced Wednesday by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, telemarketers will not be allowed to call anyone who registers either by phone with Bell Canada Inc., which is administering the list on behalf of the CRTC, or online.
Telemarketers will have a grace period of 31 days to contact people who have registered, but after that will be eligible for fines of $1,500 in the case of an individual or $15,000 for corporations should a registrant complain.
Bell will forward complaints to the CRTC, which decided to use a middle man in order to lighten its workload.
“We tried to delegate as much as possible,” CRTC spokesman Denis Carmel said.
Registration will last three years, after which individuals will have to re-enter their information. Canadians can register landlines, cellphones and fax numbers.
However, many organizations will be exempted under the rules.
Charities, political parties, polling firms, newspapers and companies that have done business with an individual over the past 18 months can continue to make unsolicited phone calls. Canadians who do not wish to receive such calls can ask at the time of a call to be removed from the organization’s list, or contact them ahead of time and request the same.
The CRTC’s list has been criticized for allowing too many exceptions.
In March, an internet law professor at the University of Ottawa set up a website, iOptOut, that allows users to proactively prevent calls from organizations on the exception list. The site has a database that allows users to choose from the hundreds of excepted organizations and send them an automated e-mail removal request.