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Canada Election Ballot 2019

As usual, I voted in the Canadian Parliamentary election which is noteworthy as 2019  was the first federal election to allow ex-patriates to vote from abroad.

Voters (including me) voted in the riding (jurisdiction) of their last permanent address in Canada – this was a little confusing as i’ve had a variety of addresses (mail drops, crash pads, temp rentals, forwarding services and the like) but in the end, registered and voted in Vancouver Centre (West End etc).

Note: The candidate whose name i wrote in (using my nicest writing) was not successful and the many-time incumbent Hedy Fry won (again) adding to the Liberal party minority government which will be officially formed when parliament returns to session.

The ballot arrived in a speedily after my online registration in a DHL courier envelope with various return and security envelopes and instructions.

Regardless, i filled out the ballot and mailed it back to Ottawa.

Music, Apps, International, Elections – Tonya Hall Radio, 2012

I was a guest on The Tonya Hall Radio Show, which airs in Colorado every weekday, to discuss the HootSuite story as per the tagline “Embracing the power of Social Media.”

Specifically, we chatted about  unique views on the US 2012 election, international growth, new apps and music.

Vote for: Dave Olson on Tonya Hall – Music, Apps, International, Elections – Tonya Hall Radio (52:00, 25MB, .mp3)

Note: cross-posted here for posterity and archiving

Two Country Election Fest – Choogle On! #70

Two Country Election Fest – Choogle on #70

Art’ed up by Bread the Producer

Heading out to vote in his riding in BC, Uncle Weed rallies to a secondary voting location at the last minute while spieling about the election process, political parties and vast timezones.

After filling out his Canadian ballot, he returns home to drink hot toddies, get baked and fill out his USA ballot while riffing about the left vote split resulting in the Canadian Conservative minority government, and expressing hope for good times ahead. Folk singer (and personal hero) Billy Bragg provides poignant music to inspire keeping faith in democracy.

Cast your vote for Two Country Election Fest – Choogle on #70 (.mp3, 40:45, 38MB)

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Fact Checking Dossier for Political Animals

This list is borrowed from Democrats Abroad newsletter and was compiled by Beverly Bandler of DA-Mexico for easily fact-check and de-bunk rumours and innuendo which spread during this time of political intrigue.

PS American ex-pats … are you registered to Vote from Abroad? Be sure to fill in the forms and ensure you rballot arrives to your international address in time to count.

Factcheck is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, “consumer advocate” for voters to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

Snopes validates or debunks urban legends, Internet rumors, and email hoaxes.

Fact-Checker “truth squads” the national political debate, focusing on the issues that are most important to voters.

Urban Legends covers Internet hoaxes, email rumors and urban legends, including petitions, politics, and protest.

Truth-o-meter is “a scorecard separating fact from fiction. A project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly, it helps find the truth in the presidential campaign.”

RealClearPolitics claims to be an independent political site offering the best commentary, news, polling data, and links to important resources.

Campaign Desk Columbia Journalism Review Campaign Desk fact checks the media.

OpenSecrets, the site of the Center for Responsive Politics, is your “guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy.”

On the Issues seeks to “provide non-partisan information for voters in the Presidential election, so that votes can be based on issues rather than on personalities and popularity.”

Uncle Weed’s 30 second Canadian Election 2006 analysis

On Canadian election evening in 2006, i join some folks at a pub to discuss results and share my opinion with my pal, Roland Tanglao who asks: Will the Conservative minority truly hinder Dave’s passion?