Archive for January, 2009

Power Out at Brock University – Wednesday; January 21, 2009

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Why can’t you reach, and (and more) right now, or at least at Wednesday; January 21, 2009 at 12:15 EST? Apparently there’s a power outage across St. Catharines.

If Brock University’s back on the Internet it’s probably fixed, but if not then there’s probably still now power at Brock University.

It’s official, as of 12:48:

Due to a power outage affecting portions of the Niagara Region,
Brock University is closed and classes are cancelled for Wednesday,
January 21.

All other campus programs, events and activities are also cancelled.
It is expected that the university will reopen on Thursday, January 22
at 7am.

Listen to local radio stations or watch www.BrockU.CA for updates.

FStream – Radio wirelessly, finally

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

I’m a big fan of news radio, especially the information programming of the CBC and BBC World Service. If you’ve been looking for this on the iPhone/iPod touch I’d recommend the application FStream.

There are a few paid options, but I’m a fan of free in ever sense of the word.

If you do choose to use FStream the latest version provides a director, but you may need to know the URLs for some of the better services ….. so here they are.

Name URL Format Bitrate
CBC Radio1 WMA 32
BBC World Service WMA 32
Radio Netherlands Worldwide ENG MP3 128
BBC Radio 1 WMA bitrate

Sid Ryan, CUPE and resolutions

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Tonight I was at my local CUPE meeting. As a contract instructor (among other things) at Brock University I’m a member of CUPE 4207. This has generally had little influence on my daily thoughts, but last week when CUPE Ontario president Sid Ryan made his statement condemning the invasion of Gaza… and then some, my membership in CUPE Ontario was more top of mind.

For those who would like to meet Sid Ryan, I know he will be at Brock University on Friday to talk about CUPE’s “Unbottle It! – Kick the bottle. Tap into public drinking water.” campaign and speaking with the local membership. I would encourage anyone who wants to speak with Sid Ryan and Maude Barlow about the commercialization and commoditification of a natural resource they are welcome to do so Friday evening. If you want to take issue with Mr. Ryan’s comments about Israel I suggest you contact CUPE 4207 about when that can be done (and not confuse the two events).

I have no issue with the commendation of Isreal’s disproportional reaction to Hamas rockets, and I have no problems with CUPE’s previous or future condemnations of Israel’s treatment of Palestine, but threats to make anyone denounce anything as a condition of employment is not something I want to be associated with. Gratefully, CUPE Ontario has clarified/stepped back from this position but it’s my hope this doesn’t even make it to the May 27-30th CUPE Ontario convention — but if it does I know I’ll be interested in making sure it is not adopted.