Monday, February 27, 2012

Canada needs a minor league system for NDP MPs

Canada needs to develop a minor league system for Members of Parliament who aren't quite ready for The Show. This is particularly true for most of the New Democratic Party (NDP) MPs who were elected in 2011 in Quebec, including Isabelle Morin, MP for NDG-Lachine-Dorval.

Example: Ms. Morin has ads every week in local newspapers, including the West End Times. Whoever is in charge of preparing this ads for her could use some help. The ad states: "Isabelle Morin, Députée de | M.P. of..." In fact, it should read "M.P. for" and not "M.P. of", which is a literal translation from the French.

On the Parliament of Canada website, Ms. Morin's page contains another typo: "Partyl Website". I checked other pages and the mistake is not repeated. I guess she wasn't curious enough to see what her page looks like.

I know, I know. This is not her fault. She has a staff person doing this. Yet, given that she was elected in a riding with a large English-speaking population, and given that she acknowledges that her English is not as good as she would like, she ought to instruct her staff to take better care of how her written materials read in English.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Montreal Gazette digital edition: print subscribers can't sign up

Every 6 months or so, I try to register for the Montreal Gazette digital newspaper. This is the online version of the newspaper that looks like the newspaper. There is a box that says: "Print subscribers register now!" 5/6/7-day print subscribers click here to register for FREE access now." (See screen shot below.)

I'm a print subscribers, so I assume I can get the digital version for free. But that's not what happens. I follow the link and registered, but at no point did it ask me for my mailing address to prove I was a print subscriber. So, when I try to click page 2 of the digital newspaper, I'm prompted for pay for a digital subscription.

Thanks for wasting my time again, The Gazette. After I finish banging my head against the wall, I'll try again in 6 months.

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