roperty Management Application(currently code-named Project “ARTeRMis”) moved a step closer to delivery of a much larger property management tool based on Microsoft SharePoint today with publication of one of the trial components: “Edgewater“. This component is simply an amalgamation of a number of different elements native to SharePoint, but hosted in the Office 365 environment and is setup to product test the suitability of them for inclusion in the TRM (Tenant Relationship Manager) application delivery going forward.
Artermis will ultimately be heavily dependent on Office 365, SharePoint and ASP.NET MVC when it ships; currently forecast for initial delivery sometime in 2017.
ow if there wasn’t a police action that was long, long overdue in the city of Ottawa – surely this had to rank high on the list of priorities…
Ottawa police handed out a dozen fines to motorists during a safety blitz in downtown Ottawa Wednesday. Seven motorists were fined for failing to keep a one-metre distance between their cars and cyclists on Somerset Street. The infraction cost each motorist a $130 fine and 2 demerit points, Ottawa police Const. Marc Soucy told the…
o in the aftermath of Sunday night’s freak storm, it appears there was 1 man seriously injured after all, unfortunately. Even so, many eye witnesses have commented it’s a miracle there weren’t more casualties. An investigation by the Ontario Ministry of Labour continues; but I’m not sure there’s much one can do to avoid this type of event. A temporary stage can’t be blamed for what Environment Canada has characterized as a "downburst" — a kind of reverse tornado.
Will monitor for news on investigation in weeks ahead a report findings here. As always, stay tuned!
|Smartphone video shot shortly after a freak storm caused damage to Ottawa; this video was taken just outside and around my apartment where a tree in a neighbour’s front yard was splintered by heavy winds! Below, the position of the felled tree is projected on a map of the neighborhood.|
|Bluesfest site location (above, courtesy Google Earth); where the main stage hosting the "big name" artists was severely damaged by winds exceeding 90 km/h, according to Environment Canada (Source: CBC News)|
uite a night, here in Ottawa — and here I am again writing another blog article about what can only be described as “unusual” weather (for this city anyway). Earlier this evening I was at my usual spot, seated in front of my computer coding away when a loud “crack” could be heard outside. Unsure at first where the noise came from, smartphone cam in-hand, I walked around outside a very short distance and found myself confronted with a felled, 50+ year-old elm strewn across the road.
As is evident from the relative calm depicted in the attached video (above/right), the storm wasn’t a very lengthy event….reports elsewhere indicate that while incidents of damage were spread over a wide area, there were intense winds and lightning for only about 15 minutes. Long enough, however, to cause the main stage at Bluesfest (an annual summer music festival hosted in the city’s downtown) to be blown apart; and to cause numerous other instances of felled trees, 1 fire and numerous power outages in the suburbs.
No injuries associated with the storm have been reported as yet.
In the ensuing hours immediately following, there are reports of another system heading for the city. Additional coverage to follow as events warrant.
magine this scenario. During a major international conference in Toronto in the year 2018, North Korea’s young, new yet dangerously paranoid leader Kim Jong-un achieves what to date has been even more unthinkable than the 9/11 tragedy. Fearing an international force led by the United States and supported by other nations whose leaders attend the meeting are days away from launching an attack on North Korea, Jong-un has DPRK operatives detonate a low-yield fission nuclear charge in downtown Toronto, killing tens of thousands. Among the dead are the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Canada and Canada’s de jure head-of-state, the Governor-General. The world and North America in particular are immediately plunged into a crisis of historic proportions; and shortly after the event and the discovery of enriched uranium originating from North Korea at ground-zero, there is widespread support for war in both the US and Canada. But there’s a stark difference between the two principle nations involved in the emerging crisis….in the United States, the Vice-President is immediately sworn into office as the new President. But what about Canada?
|Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper presided over the G20 summit in Toronto during the final week of June 2010. The Governor General was also in attendance, which isn’t unusual. Could this be a recipe for disaster?|
I was reading an article this evening that posed this question (absent the dramatic preamble). And it seems that since Canada’s constitution recognizes only the Governor-General as having the power to form the government with the Prime Minister (by convention) appointing the Governor-General via an order-in-council. But it isn’t clear what happens if both are incapacitated or lost at the same time. Indeed, even the loss of the Prime Minister requires the Governor-General to perform a political function quite apart from his/her usual role.
- If the prime minister were to die, who would take over? It’s time Canada’s succession laws were updated.
I wasn’t aware of this flaw in the Canadian system, really. Any one of a number of scenarios would likely play out so that Canada wouldn’t be leaderless long. In the scenario I described, it seems likely the Deputy Prime Minister would likely appoint a new Governor-General fairly quickly who, jointly with the Deputy PM, would agree on some kind of interim government. But apart from some general practices and procedures concerning ministerial succession in government, there’s nothing to really guide the House of Commons in a situation like that described.
And there should be.
The last thing you need in a national emergency is political in-fighting to screw things up even more. And while one hopes we never have a day like the one I described, it would be pretty important for the country to be able to pull together and respond quickly. And the only way to do that well is to provide for solid leadership at the top.
I’d encourage everyone giving this subject a read to e-mail their MP and ask about succession in the government and what has been done, what is being done, and what remains to be done on this file. History teaches us there’s little chance our politicians will get together to do the job themselves without some urging from the electorate.