The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) just approved the following motion as brought forward by the British Columbia Medical Association (BCMA): “The Canadian Medical Association advocates for a ban on Mixed Martial Arts prize fighting matches in Canada.”
The motion was supported by 84% of the assembly. 15% abstained and 1% voted against the motion.
Prior to this vote, a motion to refer the motion to the Board was defeated by 62% of the assembly.
Check out my personal Blog for more details on this story and a history of the proposed ban.
Today I was a guest on CKNW’s Christy Clark Show with guest host Michael Smyth talking about mixed martial arts (MMA) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) getting closer to be sanctioned in British Columbia.
I have been working for almost a year with politicians and MMA organizations to make this a reality. I believe that before the end of the year the City of Vancouver will allow MMA and that within the next two year the Province of British Columbia – upon seeing the tax revenue which can be gained – will take over this sanctioning.
FYI – I take a nice shot at Coldplay around the 10 minute mark – just because that is funny to me.
Here is the edited 30 minute segment with phone calls.
I love my techy toys. They are fun and help me stay productive. I was reminded, however, that not everyone understands or appreciates that these “toys” are real tools and that there needs to be an understanding between the techy and non-techy folks as to how these techy items are used.
I did not follow some basic rules of etiquette and my using technology was as welcome as firing up a chainsaw at a baptism.
A few weeks ago I was in an all day meeting with about 40 other people for a non-profit I have worked with for years. I have the utmost respect and interest in this group which is why I was concerned that I was labeled as “playing with my phone”, “texting during the meeting” and not “paying attention”.
While I did do some email checking and texting (multitasking – including sending a Tweet about how awesome one of the speakers was) on my hand held, I also Googled an answer to a laptop hardware problem when one of the presenters could not get her PowerPoint presentation going, typed in my meeting notes so I could share with others, searched for another answer to the question one of the presenters had – “did someone named Terry make the 1984 US Men’s Olympic Marathon Team” (answer – no) and took photos.
With the negative feedback I received, this struck me as a learning opportunity for both the techy and non-techy folks in our world. So, here are my five points for each of these two distinct cultural groups.
Last Night the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce held their annual Business Excellence Awards Gala up at Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club. After being nominated with 20 or so other small businesses, my company – Dave.ca Communications Inc. – won the 2009 Outstanding Small Business of the Year!
According to the write up at Dave.ca, my company provides “both on-line and off line campaigns to bring attention to client’s events, products and causes”. In short, we work quickly to get you positive attention.
This award is an incredible honour. This past year has seen tremendous growth for my company and I receive calls on a daily basis to take on new and exciting projects (I will post later this week about some of the upcoming events). As I said last night, if it were not for the support or guidance of a number of people, this award – and even my company – would not be possible.