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Politwitter Launches Government Social Media Aggregator is a companion tool to Politwitter that tracks social media activity by Canadian government departments, institutions & organizations.

Many of the features, & statistic tracking from Politwitter is now available to help track & analyze how the Canadian government is using social media and how citizens are interacting with it.

Back in 2009 after launching I thought about creating sub-sites for local government, newsmedia & government. In 2009 I started creating but soon realised there was not much interest. I created to start collecting municipal twitter data, but also realised I didn’t have the time to maintain a database of all the municipalities in Canada. Keeping Politwitter going with federal & provincial politics is already a big undertaking.

I started on a Government site but with federal & provincial elections on the go I was focused on Well in March 2012 a new site created a directory of Government Twitter & Facebook accounts so it reminded & prompted me to finish the Politwitter GOV site. Keeping a directory of Governments social media is manageable, the numbers aren’t huge. But as with the main Politwitter site the directory can be updated by anyone.

Politwitter not only lists government Twitter & Facebook accounts but also includes Youtube, Flickr & indexing of photos & links. Politwitter also aggregates all of this government social media data for permanent archival and analysis, with features & tools people have loved on the Politwitter political side.

Politwitter allows sorting, filtering, searching and statistics of the Government social media. More statistics will become available once more data is collected.

I don’t mean to step on Zegov’s toes, but I’ve had this on the backburner for 2 years and already had all the infrastructure built for Politwitter. Using the Politwiter platform gives much more functionality than exists on the Zegov website. I’ve also seen several projects like these popup over the years that fizzle out or aren’t maintained. Politwitter has a proven track record which media, politicians and government already rely on. I can also share data between the government & political sites for deeper analysis going forward.

I’m always open to working with others or having people help develop Politwitter, but for the most part no one takes me up on that offer and it’s been a solo undertaking. Of course if you’re not a web developer you can always help by keeping the directory updated, telling others about Politwitter or donating.

If you have any suggestions for the new Government Politwitter let me know! If you see a government twitter account missing you can add it here.

Vancouver Coalition for Canada Rally

So I was thinking the last 3 days about going to the pro-coalition rally tonight in Vancouver, I has somewhat hesitant as I am not really the protest or rally type. I was kind of worried it would just be a smallish group on the side of the street and it might be somewhat uncomfortable. But after the events of today, I felt compelled. Boy was I wrong, the rally was Huge, it was at the Canada Place the Vancouver convention building, inside the huge ballrooms. The rooms were packed and had reached capacity so hundreds were left outside when the speeches started. The rally was also very well organized, with huge video screens, big “Coalition for Canada” banners, a huge Canada flag and a band playing. Lot of people wearing Canada flags and other stuff. And everyone was given “Coalition Yes/Qui” signs.

I was also surprised as to the makeup of the crowd, I kind of expected a bunch of young people, it was anything but. I was standing with a group of people over 60. There were speeches from Vancouver councillors, and people from the Liberal and NDP parties as well as recorded speeches from Layton and Dion.

The crowd was very lively and all the speakers brought up Harpers tactics of divisive politics, trying to pit groups vs each other. vs Quebec, east vs west and so on. Whenever this was brought up it was the thing that got the crowd the most vocal, I could tell that one lady near me was from Quebec, she was really upset.

It was defiantly an interesting experience and nothing what I had expected.



Tory Times are Tough Times

Latest CPAC-Nanos Daily Election Tracking:
CP 34, LP 31, NDP 18, BQ 11, GP 6

The conservative support has slipped the last few days and the Liberals has risen, Liberals are now within striking distance of beating the Conservatives. But the main thing is to stop a Tory majority and in most cases this means voting Liberal.

I encourage all progressive voters to check out this website, it recomments which progressive party to vote for to stop a conservative majority.

If the progressives vote strategically, it will not only result in a Liberal government, but more seats for the NDP and Greens.

This is pasted from Hedy Fry's blog

8 years of Brian Mulroney management: $42 billion deficit (doubled in his term of office). 3rd world status debt… double digit unemployment.

Under 33 months of Stephen Harper's economic stewardship, Canada has fallen from being the # 1 economic performer in the G8 to being the worst.

Some suggest that under Liberals the economy was booming because of luck.

10 balanced budgets, the lowest employment rates in 30 years and a rise from #6 in R&D to # 1. An aggressive debt repayment and a $3 billion contingency fund… it’s not luck. It is good fiscal management and prudent investment in social basics and economic restructuring.

Compare with 7 years under Conservative Mike Harris in Ontario — same finance minister (Jim Flaherty) same economic ideology. Total disaster. Cutbacks in public health services, health care, housing and schools. After the Walkerton tragedy, Harris left Ontario in a $5.6 billion dollar hole.

Who do you want in your corner when the chips are down?

Tory times are tough times.


Canadian Federal Election Poll

Cast your virtual vote for the 2008 federal election over at the CKA election poll – round 1.

Results will be shown at the end of the week. A second poll will be held at the end of the election campaign, to see if the numbers have changed.