Pat Quinn

A picture of Pat Quinn, former coach of the Vancouver Canucks, and I.

I had the honour of meeting Pat Quinn today. For those of you who do not know, Pat Quinn was the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks when they made a run for the Stanley Cup in 1994.

He gave us a presentation on leadership where he talked about the qualities needed to be an effective leader in our ever changing world. What was really interesting were some of the stories he was telling us about his coaching experience.

One of the funnier stories was about Gino Odjick, who was part of the 1994 team.

It was a game when the United States was first heading into Iraq. There was a sign in the crowd that said “Gino is tougher than Saddam”. When Gino skated back to the bench, he started to talk to Trevor Linden and asked

Saddam? Which number is he?

After his presentation, I ask Mr. Quinn what he had said to the guys after the game 7 loss against the New York Ranger. To paraphrase, he said that it hurt. They were the better team that night and they deserved to win it. In addition, he still thinks about the guys and how painful it was.

It was such a genuine moment and answered a question that I’ve always wondered about since 1994.

I’m really happy and fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet one of the people that has made an impact on me and my love for the Vancouver Canucks – Pat Quinn. Thank you very much!

Good luck to the Vancouver Canucks! Go Canucks go!

Future of Web Accessibility in Canada – Judgement Amended

A further update as of 9 February 2011.

The ruling in favour of Donna Jodhan versus the federal government, in regards to inaccessible government websites, has now been amended.

The thing that stood out for me was the difference between the original court order with the five points of action with the following amendments to point 2:

2. It is also declared that the applicant’s inability to access online certain departmental websites is representative of a system wide failure by many of the 146 106 government departments and agencies to make their websites accessible. The failure of the government to monitor and ensure compliance with the government’s 2001 accessibility standards is an infringement of section 15(1) of the Charter since it discriminates against the applicant and other visually impaired persons. This declaration does not apply to stored government historical and/or archived information which is stored in a database and which the government shall retrieve and provide in an accessible format upon request;

Federal Court – REASONS FOR JUDGMENT AND JUDGMENT – DONNA JODHAN verses AGC (File Number T-1190-07)

Basically, we now have a change in the number of agencies that have "failed" and, more importantly, this judgment does not apply to "historical and / or archived information stored in a database."

It’s a step in the right direction in having the Federal Government make their content and applications more accessible in the next 15 months. But, I feel that the latter amendment dilutes the spirit of the original judgment.

According to the amendment, I’m interpreting this as the Federal Government agencies not making any historical and / or archived content more accessible and will simply provide this content in a more accessible form by request.

How will this be interpreted in relation to web-related content? How will this be any different than the status quo? Sadly, I could see this being applied to all web-related content in sites and applications and I don’t see there being much of an improvement. I sincerely hope that I’m wrong.

More to come over the next 15 months as I’ll be tracking what work is being done by the different departments and agencies.

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Future of Web Accessibility in Canada – Judgement Appealed

An update as of 7 January 2011.

The latest ruling in favour of Donna Jodhan versus the federal government, in regards to inaccessible government websites, is now being appealed.

More on this story as it develops.

Update: Link to the Federal Court of Appeal added

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Leggo my Lego® – Zombie Chase

"Zombie Chase". In Lego®. Courtesy of Duran.

My son demonstrates his Lego® creativity by building a scene of a guy being chased by a bunch of other zombie like creatures.

When I asked him for a description, here is what he said:

There’s a really rich guy with a really rich shop. He closed the shop down and made the crown mad. He then created some toxic stuff and sprayed it on the crowd. The crowd turned into zombies and chased him forever.


International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Please take some time to get involved with the community, help out and spread the word.

From the site:

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December was established by the International Year for Disabled Persons (1981). The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities.

The goal of full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and development was established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982.

UN Enable – International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Background

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