Joe Fontana, the sentence and character references

Let me get a few thing out-of-the-way first.  I did not vote for Joe Fontana in the last election. As soon as he started promising 10,000 new jobs and a four-year tax freeze without a viable way to back those promises up he lost my vote.  I have never lived in a ward or riding where he ran so this was the first time I could have voted for him. I have heard over the years that his constituency work left a positive mark.  Up until the last election, I had only met him once or twice at various events.

In my own opinion he should have pleaded guilty when this first came out and saved everyone a lot of time and money. The further developments involving Trinity Global also gives cause for concern and I don’t think we have seen the last of that. I believe that those in public service should hold themselves to a higher standard and we have not seen that in this case. Failure to do that, tends to paint others in the same profession with the same brush which is unfortunate.

At this point his reputation is in tatters, any of the good things he has done will now forever be overshadowed by this guilty verdict at the very least.  Considering the crime and the fact he is not a danger to society, I think the sentence is fine. There is no point spending even more money putting him into jail. As Phil McLeod has mentioned, it would have been nice to hear an apology from the ex Mayor.

There has been some negative comments about some of the people who wrote character references about Joe to the judge.  This is a normal occurrence and all the writers would have known what they wrote would have been publicly available. From the letters it is obvious that Joe Fontana in the past has done quite a bit for many people and the community. These are worth reading. Many of these people I either personally know and respect and none of them would do this task lightly.

These sort of letters show the court that this was not normal behaviour of the convicted person.  The main purpose is to show a positive side and provide some useful information about the convicted person, so that he is not judged only on the basis of the charge against him or her.

Sometimes before making a comment or a decision on why a person does something, put yourself in their shoes, or imagine the accused is someone you have great respect for or a family member. If that person had done one thing wrong would you feel the same?  The world is not black and white.

I’m glad that justice has been done, but it’s time to move on.

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On trying to find more focus

On trying to find more focus

Last year I mentioned that I was stepping away from certain events to focus more time to starting a new job.  The job at rTraction has proven very satisfying and I can say without hesitation I enjoy going into work in the morning.  However it does remind me that there are bills to be paid and debts to be caught up on. Until we are caught up on these, the cash flow remains very tight every month.

My goal has always been to pursue some secondary income to help pay off this debt quicker and allow us some extra money to pursue some other interests.

However more and more I realize that I am still being pulled in too many directions. I admit I do have ‘shiny new thing’ syndrome at times, but I think the main problem is that I have a genuine interest in for too many things.

Off the top of my head these things currently have my interest, in no particular order.

  • Municipal politics re: citizen engagement
  • Helping make my community a better place
  • Government transparency
  • Open data particularly relating to health care reform.
  • Healthcare reform particularly for those with hi costs
  • Backup and disaster recovery
  • Photography
  • Gaming
  • Technology news
  • Weather watching
  • Model Kit building and model railways
  • Miniature painting
  • Writing on various subjects
  • Podcasting
  • Maker culture

As you can see quite a divergent list!  I do enjoy all the things I am involved in but I also have to make sure our financial future is more secure.  Having a better financial base also allows me to give back to the community more, both in the local economy and organizations.

(In fact people just getting by and not being able to devote time and money to their community is probably a good blog topic for another day. )

The big question is how?  This has been occupying my mind more and more the last month or two.  I have been feeling some decision paralyses on too many things lately and that is a sign that things must change.

I do have a consulting business and as well I’ve dabbled into writing and building a platform behind that. If I want to to really make a go of these, I need to give up or back away from some of the other things which I do and enjoy. in many cases there are other people doing a much better job then I am at some of these, there is nothing wrong in having to say no to some of these.

The long term goal would be to generate enough income that I could return to some of these others things.  The bigger problem is I have to try and avoid the ’shiny new thing’ that will attempt to distract me. I also have to come up with a plan.

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Random Thought May 16 2014

Actually a very intentional thought.

Racism is not a political issue, it is a human issue. It is a vile hateful act no matter who it happens to. If this happened to someone I disagree with politically or personally, I would still condemn the racism. It affects us all.

Bringing it out in the open ever single time will be the only way to eliminate it. People have to decide when to fight this on an individual basis and I respect that. However people should never be faulted for bringing it out in the open. Do we say that victims of other crimes are looking for publicity? So why do some say that here?

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My Weather Station

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Welcome CBC Radio and London Free Press readers.

My main weather page is located at http://stuartclark.ca/weather/ or via the top menu bar. Feel free to add this page to your bookmarks as it’s address will not change.

I have had a weather related web page for the better part of a decade and several years ago stepped it up with a weather station in my backyard.

The station is an Acurite 1035 that I got from Costco for just under $100. I have not seen them there in a while but you could always order online.

The unit has the outdoor mountable unit which connects wirelessly to the main display. The display has a usb connection which I connect to an old Asus Netbook running Windows 7. The accu-link software allows I to display and upload current conditions from the weather station to the internet.

The Weather Underground PWS (Personal Weather Station) network has an option that interfaces with accu-link, allowing I to upload my data to the Weather Underground network. Weather underground archives the historical data allowing people to see historical trends. They also give me various ways to display my weather station data.

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Summary view

Or even a widget.
Weather Underground PWS IONLONDO8

Weather Underground also allows you to view weather station data as part of its maps. It’s amazing to see temperature and wind changes across the region as a storm front moves through.

Here is a page of the area showing radar , storm tracks and  local weather station data.

I also write (rant?) about whatever interests me on the main blog and I have a technology related business/blog at sclarkconsulting.ca

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