petition hearing next week

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

The hearing for my petition to the Supreme Court of British Columbia begins Monday February 9.

I am asking the judge to remove James Coleridge from the office of Councillor for the City of White Rock due to particular actions he conducted during the election. The Local Government Act requires an unusual, expedited process. Evidence cannot be entered by affidavit; all witnesses must appear in court to provide their evidence verbally.

The hearing will begin at 9:45am in Vancouver and could take up to four days.

petition update

Monday, January 5th, 2009

The lawyers representing the Coleridge and the City (two separate sets of lawyers) have asked for more time to prepare. We have agreed to immediately adjourn the hearing on Wednesday as soon as it begins. I expect the actual hearing will take place sometime in January, or even as late as February.

routine vs. exploration

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Routine is God’s gift to the unimaginative.

Conversely, the artistically gifted tend to be restless, constantly seeking new form and structure in their work.

 – Dr. Robert Burton

rational vs. emotional

Monday, December 29th, 2008

The following is a collection of excerpts from Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, pages 294 to 296.

The rational mind usually does not decide what emotions we “should” have. Instead, our fellings typcially come to us as a fait accompli. What the raiontal mind can ordinarily control is the course of those reactions. A few exceptions aside, we do not decide when to be made, sad, and so on.

A Symbolic, Childlike Reality

The logic of the emotional mind is associative; it takes elements that symbolize a reality, or trigger a memory of it, to be the same as that reality. That is why similes, metaphors, and images speak directly to the emotional mind, as do the arts.

If the emotional mind follows this logic and its rules, with one element standing for another, things need not necessarily be defined by their objective identity: what matters is how they are perceived; things are as they seem. What something reminds us of can be far more important than what it “is.” Indeed, in emotional life, identities can be like a hologram in the sense that a single part evokes a whole. As Seymour Epstein points out, while the rational mind makes logical connections between causes and effects, the emotional mind is indiscriminate, connecting things that merely have similar striking features. Read on »

emotional coaching

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Mastery in the emotional domain is especially difficult because skills need to be acquired when people are usually least able to take in new information and learn new habits of response – when they are upset. Coaching in these moments helps.

“Anyone, adult or fifth grader, needs some help being a self-observer when they’re so upset,” Jo-An Varga [Self Science teacher] points out. “Your heart is pounding, your hands are sweaty, you’re jittery, and you’re trying to listen clearly while keeping your own self-control to get through it without screaming, blaming or clamming up in defensiveness.”

 – Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, pg 266

Local Government Act link

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

If you’re curious about the petition reported in the Peace Arch News today, here is a link to the relevant sections of the Local Government Act:

Please note: I have given notice of my intent to enter evidence provided by others, however, I am the sole petitioner. Glenda Bartosh and Mary-Wade Anderson are just providing facts regarding incorrect information that was said about them during the election — they are not arguing for the petition, they are simply stating facts to set the record straight.

morale or bust

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

I was a players coach and it got me fired, but they’re the best. And if you don’t have the players going for you… as Napoleon said, if you don’t have morale, you’ve got nothing.

 – Don Cherry

Quoted from The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos Video Podcast December 15 2008

I mean what I say

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

George Stroumboulopoulos talking with Don Cherry:

GS: I heard you once say, nothing you say, you haven’t thought about. So, if you ever get fired because you say something, you know exactly when you’re crossing the line.

DC: Absolutely. I can’t say, “well, just slip of tongue” because when I say it, I mean it. And if I go, I go. But I can’t say, “well, gee, I didn’t mean that.” So, I know what I’m saying.

Quoted from The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos Video Podcast December 15 2008

fantasy vs. reality

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Free market capitalism is as much a fantasy as Marxism. And it’s fascinating to talk to people who believe in free markets — it’s exactly like talking to a Marxist — because when everything’s screwed up, it’s because it wasn’t pure enough; The free markets were a disaster because they weren’t free enough.

 – Larry Beinhart

Larry Beinhart is the author whose book became the movie Wag the Dog.

Quoted from The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos Video Podcast December 11 2008

principles vs. rules

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

We have a pretty good regulatory environment here. It’s a big regulatory environment in the US too, but it’s a lot more driven here on principle, where it’s a lot more rule-based in the US. And we’re culturally a lot more conservative.

 – Arkadi Kuhlmann answering a question about the differences between Canada and US in the problems that created the current economic problems.

Quoted from The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos Video Podcast December 17 2008

This description from The Hour: Banking juggernaut Arkadi Kuhlmann runs ING, rides Harleys and reads palms.