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Photo : Jackie McCann-Scott July 18, 2014
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James McLeod - Briefing Note

ATIPPA review submission - On Thursday morning, I'll be presenting to the ATIPPA review committee chaired by former premier Clyde Wells, along with retired journalist Doug Letto and former federal privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart. I’ve already provided a written submission to the committee, and my presentation will cover the same ground. I’ve already written for the newspaper about why I feel it’s important to make a presentation to the committee, and the inherent conflict that presents as a working journalist. You can read that article here. In the interest of full disclosure, I just wanted to post my full written submission in this space, so that people can form their own opinions. You can also watch the live stream of the commission hearings at this website: http://parcnl.ca/webcast. I’ll be presenting at around 9:30 a.m. If you miss it, it looks like the videos are being archived so you can watch at your leisure. Anyway, here’s my full submission. If you’ve got any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me by e-mailing jmcleod@thetelegram.com or leaving a comment on this post.   ATIPPA Statutory Review Submission By James Mcleod The Telegram   My experience with the ATIPPA system is primarily as a user. My job is to report on government and politics in Newfoundland and Labrador. To do that, I need reliable information about what government is doing. In theory, the most reliable source of information about government activities is the records within government which document day-to-day government operations — what happened, what information was available…

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Photo : James McLeod June 25, 2014
Photo : Geoff Meeker June 23, 2014

Steve Bartlett - Steve Bartlett Blog

Port aux Basques, as you've never seen it - The Port aux Basques landscape is incredibly rocky. That's pretty obvious to any person who's ever visited the town or to any ship that's run aground there (yes, you, MV Blue Puttees). But in the creative mind of a retired software developer from Ottawa, Port aux Basques is incredibly ... blocky. Jason Allemann recently built the gateway port - and in great detail - out of Lego. One day, we were sitting in the office sorting through some particularly colourful, but rare, Lego bricks I had, he wrote in an email. We really only had enough bricks to build small houses, but they reminded us of the many colourful houses we saw during that trip. We picked Port aux Basques because it was the first town we saw coming in on the ferry. That trip was a 2011 trek across the province with his girlfriend. We really loved the island, he said. Allemann must have designed some significant software or something, because he's only 41 and wasn't available for a phone interview about Lego Port aux Basques because of his summer exploits. My girlfriend and I are also avid rock climbers, and we are currently on the road for the summer touring Western Canada and Washington state. Nice. He fancies himself a brick artist, and like any creative type, said he has to work within the limits of the medium. It's pushing the Lego limits, and the problem-solving involved, that keeps Allemann playing and creating with blocks - at 41. I'm an engineer at heart…

Photo : Steve Bartlett August 12, 2013