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Montreal Election cont.

McQueenHere I am interviewing the NEW councillor of NDG, Peter McQueen. He is a member of Projet Montreal and the only councillor who is not from Union Montreal in the CDN-NDG borough. He is lively and enthusiastic and it should actually make the borough council meetings a bit more interesting!

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Montreal Election

TremblayLast Sunday was Election Day in Montreal and in municipalities across Quebec. I had a busy night covering the events for Actualites CDN-NDG. My editor and I had hoped to get to all three major party celebrations but Tremblay’s re-election came so quickly we couldn’t make it out to Vision Montreal’s convention. Check out my article here.

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Sandra Oh? More like, ooohhh Sandra.

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On Friday, Sandra Oh was in Montreal to receive the Gascon-Thomas Award from the National Theatre School which she graduated from in 1993. The award celebrates a graduate’s contribution to the art of acting. Although she denied the Canadian University Press an exclusive interview, I did watch an on-camera interview she did with Radio-Canada TV (75% in French!). She was eloquent, elegant, and humble. It was refreshing to see such a genuine celebrity. She was very grateful when I congratulated her.

Click here to listen to her acceptance speech.

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CBC Internship

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Today was my second day interning at the CBC in Montreal. The internship has me in English Radio, News, and Television News. As this is a blog about my j-school adventures, some self-indulgence is required! I was working on the 3-6 pm show Homerun, hosted by Bernard St. Laurent today. I was assigned to “chase” a story about Bill 101. I put in calls, read various stories, and wrote a script. I arranged a debate between Bernard Landry (former premier of Quebec, pro-French-only CEGEPs) and Julius Grey (human rights lawyer, anti-French-only CEGEPs). When it aired, it was a proud moment because I did most of the background work! Listen to the clip from Homerun here.

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Dream Opportunity

logoSo I came across this contest from the Globe and Mail that is, for lack of better words, AWESOME. If I win, I will go (with a lucky friend) to Vancouver for two weeks to cover the Olympics. The Globe covers airfare, accommodation, and various Olympic event tickets. They also give you a laptop and $1000! You, in turn, have to write a minimum of five articles which could appear in the paper or online. What a dream come true.

Anybody who votes also gets a chance at winning a laptop. Anybody can vote once a day. The voting period is open until November 22. The most popular 50 are reviewed by members of the Globe editorial board who then make a decision.

So VOTE (for me…duh!)

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Podcamp Montreal 2009

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This Saturday and Sunday, I will be attending Podcamp Montreal, the “New Media UnConference.” I am super excited as it will give me the most up-to-date info on all things ‘new media’ related. That means podcasting, blogging, social networking, and all things relating to Internet media—the new newspaper. Some of the talks I look forward to hearing: “Top tips for better blogging”
with Kim Vallée (who spoke at WordCamp Montreal this June), “Sex, Trust & Transparency: What would Donald Draper Blog?”
with CT Moore (who also spoke at WCmtl), and “Toward a new Blogocracy: democratizing mass media” with Kota Talla.

Check out the website and sign up since it’s free! All you out-of-towners can get a special rate at a hotel, it’s really cheap to share a room for four…just over $20! Can’t wait for Saturday to come.

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Steve Wozniak talk

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Steve Wozniak was in town on Thursday, Sept. 10 to deliver the keynote speech at the 2009 eConcordia Summit. I got a chance to attend the press conference after and ask him a few questions. Turns out the Gazette and several other media were not interested in talking to the man who invented the personal computer so I really was the only “press” there! An excerpt will be published in the Concordian with a teaser to the paper’s website for the full interview. I thought I’d put some of the actual audio here.

Hear the Wizard of Woz talk!

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