It’s an interesting situation because on December 27th, the folks at Snapchat wrote on their blog – and I’m paraphrasing – this sort of hack and distribution of information is next to impossible. So in short, we have the first miracle of 2014!
It seems most of the hacked information is US based but if you want to check if your information was compromised, checkout this site and enter in your Snapchat username…but for the love of God do NOT share your password. Snapchat and/or the NSA will do that for you.
For fun, enter in Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel’s username (evanspiegel) into the link above to see some of his personal info.]]>
So yes, today is my birthday and as I have said many a time, I am blessed. I have great friends, family and Winston the puppy. I have decent health, a roof over my head and many laughs each and every day.
I am blessed. I really want for nothing. Life is good. But I know that you – the gentle reader – are saying as you do every year, “Dave, you handsome piece of man meat, I want – nay – NEED to show you my love by giving you a gift. What can I do?”
Perhaps you can make a bit of a donation to the Terry Fox Foundation in the name of my friend Sandy Wakeling.
Sandy passed away one month ago today, on July 27th, after battling a rare sarcoma (cancer) known as GIST – gastrointestinal stromal tumors. He was 42 years-old.
Like me, he was a Terry Fox Run organizer, embraced social media, a HUGE supporter of our now British Columbia Premier, Christy Clark and we rolled our eyes at the “political / communication experts” who would spend time chatting about strategy and fearing their own shadow as we set out to do stuff and taking risks to make things happen. Such good fun.
Sandy’s wife Alison sent me the photo above. It was taken moments after Christy won leadership in February 2011. That shaky photographer? Alison! She wrote, “Sorry it’s not a quality picture – I think I was a bit jumpy as this was after Christy won the leadership. But you guys sure look happy! Sandy really admired you and enjoyed working with you too.”
That gift you want to give me is surely in the hundreds of dollars so can you spare a $1? $10? Or perhaps $33 to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope?
Sandy’s goal was to raise $2,000 for this year’s Run and like most things he did, he has surpassed that mark. Don’t let that stop you from donating because as far as I know, cancer is still here. You can donate online by clicking here and learn more about Sandy’s awesomeness here, here, here, here and here.
So thank-you in advance for your Happy Birthday wishes (they mean very much to me) and your donations to the Terry Fox Foundation in Sandy’s name, which will one day mean very much to us all.]]>
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Thank you very much for the opportunity to address this Committee today.
My name is Dave Teixeira. I own a public, media and government relations company – Dave.ca Communications – in Port Coquitlam, BC and I am here to add my voice, along in support of Bill C54.
In my address I want to share with you how I met Darcie Clarke and Stacy Galt; my advocacy on the issue of “not criminally responsible” at all levels of government; further explain my support of this Bill and finally dispel many of the untruths that have been shared in the press, in the House of Commons and even during these hearings.
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I remember hearing about the brutal murder of three children at the hands of Allan Schoenborn in April 2008. I remember being shocked and disgusted by the crimes. Honestly, within days of the initial story appearing in the media I all but forgot about this crime since it took place in Merritt, BC – about 2.5 hours north east from my home in Port Coquitlam.
Then in April 2010 I opened my local newspaper to find out that this triple child killer had been relocated to Coquitlam, BC and was being released into our community. The doctors in the article said that after one year of treatment they felt he was better and while they considered him to still be a significant risk to public safety, they felt it was in his best interest to be reintegrated into the community with escorted passes, then unescorted day and overnight passes and then an unconditional release. In the words of Allan Schoenborn, “I want to get a coffee at the local Starbucks and swim at Chimo Pool”.
This itself was disturbing but the next day on the news I watched as Stacy Galt, the cousin of Darcie Clarke the mother of the three children slain by Schoenborn, told the interviewer that the family had not been notified. In fact Darcie now lived in Coquitlam with family members since the murders three years earlier in Merritt.
The Review Board replied in the media that they did not know Darcie Clarke lived in Coquitlam and besides they had not had any negative feedback from anyone on Schoenborn. http://www.dave.ca/2011/04/13/allan-schoenborns-doctor-not-aware-of-safety-concerns/
To make a long story short, I contacted Stacy Galt and offered my services at no charge to her and Darcie. Within days the BC Review Board was flooded with hundreds of emails, phone calls and faxes from outraged residents, victims groups, media outlets, law enforcement, many Lower Mainland municipalities and just about every elected official at every level of government in the Tri-Cities.
We organized a rally the day before the hearing which attracted over one hundred people and every major news organization. This two hour rally was carried live on the top radio station in British Columbia – CKNW – and broadcast over their network to much of BC. MP James Moore spoke and promised that if his Conservative Party formed a majority government three weeks later in May 2011 he would ensure changes to the NCR rules were introduced.
As we know, Minister Moore kept his promise and joined with Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and others to introduce Bill C54.
The next day at the hearing, the BC Review Board was shocked to see the gallery was packed. The Review Board turned off the microphones and conducted the review in near whispers. When Stacy protested the Chair said, “this is a HEARing which mean you need to listen” when I protested I was threatened with removal, when some of the media representatives protested, the Chair said they would try to speak up.
The 2011 review ended with Schoenborn withdrawing his demand for release and the Review Board finding him to pose a “significant threat to public safety”.
A year later, Schoenborn decided he did not want to have his review in March or April 2012 , instead moving it to November. Days before that hearing he moved it again – to Valentine’s Day 2013. At that hearing he did not ask for day passes etc, instead he asked to be transferred to Selkirk, Manitoba to the same non-gated facility as Vincent Li, the “Greyhound Bus Killer”. The Review Board granted this request while finding Schoenborn to continue to pose a “significant threat to public safety”.
These are just some of the many events which continued to take place over the last two years which convinced me that there is an imbalance in the system. A system where victims are purposefully removed from consultation and declined information. Bill C54 corrects these travesties.
C54 gives victims families two major changes: 1) the right to be informed of the progress and process of the NCR accused and 2) time to heal with up-to three years between reviews should the accused be found to be “high risk” as opposed to having to suffer through an annual process which the NCR accused can reschedule on a whim and in Schoenborn’s case, continue to be found to pose a significant threat to public safety.
In addition, by having a separate and distinct classification of “high risk offender” this Bill reaffirms that not all mental ill people nor all NCR accused are a danger to society. Those who do pose a risk are dealt with differently. This makes complete sense.
Bill C54 is not a catch all Bill. It will not solve all the ills in the criminal and mental health systems. Nor was it designed to. As I have said, the Bill corrects the imbalance which exists in the system and gives greater consideration to victims and community as a whole.
Voting against this Bill because it does not address various shortcomings in our criminal and mental health systems would be like voting against a “Lakes Protections Bill” because it does not address concerns with the oceans. Yes, both have to do with water but in my “Lakes Protections Bill” example the intent of such an act is clear. As is Bill C54 – which is meant to put victims first when dealing with an NCR designation..
Just about everything else in Bill C54 is the same process that exists today.
This is why I am disappointed to hear some Members of Parliament make heady statements which fry up incorrect conclusions.
This Bill IS NOT punitive nor does it enforce a three year mandatory detainment for NCR accused. Rather at the review hearing a determination of “high risk” will be made by doctors, approved by the Review Board and then further reviewed by a judge.
C54 DOES NOT stigmatize the mentally ill. Stigmatization comes from hiding the process from the public and keeping people ill informed or by labeling a group of people with just one label, such as NCR. C54 opens up the process giving people more insight and understanding which will alleviate much of the stigmatization.
Some lawyers suggest mentally ill will choose jail over an NCR designation. That can actually occur now under the current system. However now or even under Bill C54 a judge makes the final determination, therefore this Bill does not change the way someone “chooses” to have NCR applied to their crimes or actions.
Some witnesses and Members have said there will be Charter challenges to the Bill. I would guess there would be just as we saw in 2010 when folks were outraged they had to wear helmets while riding bikes in BC; or in 1997 when a Quebec resident argued that Section 117 of the Income Tax Act discriminated against taxpayers who earned higher incomes; or in the latest 1990s in just about every Province there were Charter challenges to banning smoking in restaurants and pubs. So yes, some people will make Charter challenges – just as we have seen many times whenever health and safety protections are put in place. And just as the examples I cited failed, I would suggest so would a challenge on Bill C54. When doing the right thing for public safety sometimes this means preventing some people from doing harmful things.
Opponents to Section 672.64 (1b) of the Bill say they do not like the fact that “a single brutal event” is the determining factor on the “high risk” designation. That is NOT what is in the Bill. These folks are cherry picking words and stringing together to form sentences which serve their political and/or fiscally driven views. In short, it is intellectually dishonest.
Subsection 2 is clear “In deciding whether to find that the accused is a high-risk accused, the court shall consider all relevant evidence”. This includes the nature of the offences, pattern of offences, current mental condition, willingness to follow treatment, past history and more. There is a full, complete and prudent set of rules by which all parties must follow before an accused is found to be high-risk.
Finally we have heard that the Crocker report shows there is a low rate of recidivism for folks found to be NCR and therefore the up to three year term for high risk offenders is not needed.
I believe we do not have proper information to make such conclusions on recidivism rates.
The Croker report is a very narrow study of the NCR system in Canada. How narrow? The study looked at only 165 people from three provinces – BC, Ontario and Quebec – for a 3, 4 and 5 year period respectively. In addition the study only considered recidivism if an act occurred three years after their study date. Also of note are some confusing figures. Conclusions state the recidivism rate in the low double digits however on page 17 it reads, “..38.8% had been previously convicted or found NCRMD”. Finally, on page 21 is this warning: “Given the follow-up time for this study was limited, the results here must be interpreted with caution.” I agree.
The State of Virginia earlier this year on their website http://vaperforms.virginia.gov/indicators/publicsafety/recidivism.php wrote:
“[recidivism rate comparisons are difficult] as there are usually significant differences in how states define and track recidivism measures.”
The State goes out to outline many of the reasons recidivism rates can be flawed.
Notes on Additional Differences in How Recidivism is Measured:
Variations in when recidivism tracking begins (while the offender is still in a correctional environment, or after release);
The length of time during which recidivism is tracked (one year, multiple years, etc.);
The kinds of offenses counted as recidivism (all offenses, only criminal offenses, only felonies, etc.);
How new qualifying offenses are characterized (must be new crimes or can be technical parole or minor violations (such as traffic infractions); and
How the data is obtained (juvenile system only, adult system only, both systems, different jurisdictional levels (city, county, statewide, multi-state, etc.).
Again, the Crocker report offers a similar caution.
This does not mean we discard the Crocker report, however, it means this Committee should not take as gospel the figures outlined in the report due to the limited scope (3 provinces), differing times frame (between 3 and 5 years) and short period for follow up (3 years).
As an analogy I could assert that the Toronto Maple Leafs are the greatest team in the history of the NHL…if you only look at teams from 3 Provinces – BC, Ontario and Quebec – for a specific and short period of time, say, 1962 to 1967. I am sure some of you will argue against my assessment and you should. Just as you should be leary of the conclusive recidivism rates presented to you by various groups.
In conclusion, Bill C54 continues to protect the mentally ill from incarceration while correcting the imbalance which sees victims ignored or worse, revictimized by the system.
As hard as we are working with the Federal Government on making changes to the system we are also working in BC with Premier Christy Clark and Justice Minister Shirley Bond to make changes to the BC Review Board process. We have already made huge advances in the area of domestic violence when in April 2012 the Province issued their report entitled “Honouring Kaitlynne, Max and Cordon” – which are of course the names of Darcie’s three children.
I call on all Parties and all Members of the House to vote unanimously in favour of Bill C54.
I realize our time in here today is limited you will note additional passages in my written submission which I could not articulate just now. I invite the members of the Committee, people in the gallery or folks watching this hearing’s broadcast to connect with Stacy and myself after this hearing in person or by email at email@example.com or Twitter @davedotca.
I look forward to your questions.
There is even a theory that the candidate with the most Facebook followers or Likes will win.
In November 2011 three mayoral Candidates who I supported and assisted all won and all had the greatest number of Facebook followers versus their opponents.
During April 2012 in British Columbia there were two Provincial byelections to elect Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). My study on Facebook Likes from those BC byelections not only told who would win, but who would place second, third and even fourth!
Later that same month, I again used social media follower counts to predict the first, second and third place Parties in the Alberta election.
It worked again in September 2012 for the Quebec elections.
Curious, ain’t it?
So as we have seen from my extensive examples above, social media can elect a President, a couple of MLAs, an English AND French speaking Premier and a bunch of Mayors…but how about the results from the 2013 BC general election? Can the social media prowess of Party Leaders determine the who will be the Leader of the best Province in Canada?
While there were twenty different Parties running in the election, I focused on the Leaders of just four main Parties. I did this in order to ensure the data would be carefully collected, analyzed and displayed for you – my loyal readers – to digest in a timely manner. Totally has nothing to do with my not being interested in spending time researching fringe Parties that really have no hope in Hell of getting elected. Nope, this was all about helping YOU out. You’re welcome.
With that in mind, the four Leaders in this piece are: Christy Clark – BC Liberals; Adrian Dix – BC NDP; John Cummins – BC Conservatives; and Jane Sterk – BC Greens.
So here is my methodology (which is Latin for “stuff I did to collect the data you are about to read”): At 5pm Monday (the day before the election) I wrote down most of the numbers you will see in the chart at the bottom of the post from the candidate’s Facebook, Twitter, Klout and Status People Fake Followers sites. The election results were recorded AFTER the election. The goal here is to see if Facebook Likes, the number of Twitter followers or Klout score by the Leaders determine the overall BC election results. Hope you were able to follow my awesome research techniques.
It appears the outcome of this election confirms that yes indeed, the number of Twitter followers and Facebook Likes “predicted” the winner. Ironically ALL of the pollsters got it wrong.
Interesting to note that Klout score – which had Christy Clark in third place – did not seem to matter. This speaks to a flaw in Klout being unable to truly measure real world clout as Klout focuses too much on the noise made on social media.
Social media is a valuable tool in recruiting, engaging and activating volunteers, supporters and voters. It seems the more Twitter followers and Facebook Likes a Leader receives in BC is indicative of the final voting results for the Party. Therefore campaigns must have a thoughtful, Team based social media strategy in place which is used well before the election is announced and of course during the election period. Campaigns still fail to engage on social media and while more difficult to quantify, anecdotal evidence indicates that even though engagement was poor, the rankings in that area would be the same for the above candidates as the final voting results.
Since the parties placed in the roughly the same order (1st BC Liberals; 2nd BC NDP; and tied for 3rd BC Greens and one Independent) as Twitter followers and exactly in the order of Facebook likes, this may highlight the differences between the Parties on the importance of social media in their election / communications / engagement planning.
Social media so totally and obviously leads the way in electing our Leaders. This continued failure to integrate social media into the success of a campaign will limit a Party’s growth. #DaveLogic
So what do you think? Is the “Facebook Likes / Twitter followers equals final results” just a coincidence? Or is it an obvious measure of a candidate’s popularity which translates into votes? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
|Christy Clark - BC LIberals||Adrian Dix - BC NDP||Jane Sterk - BC Greens||John Cummins - BC Con|
|Facebook Likes / Rank||25,9420 / 1||2,265 / 2||629 / 3||451 / 4|
|% of Total Candidate Likes||88.6%||7.7%||2.1%||1.5%|
|Talking About / Rank||15,097 / 1||574 / 2||227 / 3||119 / 4|
|Twitter Followers / Rank||25,210 / 1||9,668 / 2||1,927 / 3||1,429 / 4|
|% of Total Candidate Followers||65.9%||25.3%||5.9%||3.1%|
|% of Fake Twitter Followers||9%||8%||4%||5%|
|Klout / Rank||71.41 / 3||77.66 / 1||72.34 / 2||57.58 / 4|
|Number of the 85 Seats Projected in Relation to Facebook Likes||75||7||2||1|
|Number of the 85 Seats Projected in Relation to Twitter Followers||55||22||5||3|
|Actual number of the 85 Seats Earned||50||33||1||0|
|Total Party Votes / Rank||723,133 / 1||643,069 / 2||130,425 / 3||77,770 / 4|
|% of Total Party Votes|
11,328 of 11,331 Polls Reporting
NOTE: Clicking on the orange links in the chart above will take you to the Leaders’ Facebook or Twitter pages. Also, info will be updated over the next 24 hours.]]>