Nablopomo – Day 30 – Success

The November theme for the National Blog Posting Month is that there is no theme. I think I followed that quite well.

After 30 straight days of posting, my NaBloPoMo experience has now concluded. Again, thanks to Ritchie for throwing down the gauntlet.

In order of page views for NaBloPoMo posts, these received the most exposure:

As I figured, yesterday’s post received the most attention due to it being topical and very substantial. Interesting that the Cooks Source Magazine scandal still gets attention, but not too surprising. As for Day 2, I’m not really sure on that one. I guess people really like Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock.

Overall, I’m very happy and proud to have been involved! I’ll finish this off by saying a big "Hello" and "Thank You" to my new audience. I have a big surprise coming for the holiday season. I’ll only say that it has to do with Kitchen Dancing. 🙂

Nablopomo – Day 29 – Future of Web Accessibility in Canada – Update

From my previous post on the Future of Web Accessibility in Canada, the latest judgment has now come in from the Federal Court of Canada in favour of Donna Jodhan.

Reasons for Judgment and Judgment dated 29-NOV-2010 rendered by The Honourable Mr. Justice Kelen Matter considered with personal appearance The Court’s decision is with regard to Judicial Review (s.18)

Result: granted “THIS COURT ORDERS AND ADJUDGES that:

  1. This application for judicial review is allowed and the applicant is entitled to a declaration under section 18.1 of the Federal Courts Act that she has been denied equal access to, and benefit from, government information and services provided online to the public on the Internet, and that this constitutes discrimination against her on the basis of her physical disability, namely that she is blind. Accordingly, she has not received the equal benefit of the law without discrimination based on her physical [disability] and that this is a violation of section 15(1) of the Charter;
  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 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;
  3. It is also declared that the government has a constitutional obligation to bring itself into compliance with the Charter within a reasonable time period, such as 15 months;
  4. This Court will retain jurisdiction over the implementation of this declaration and the Court will resume its proceedings on the [application] of either party if necessary to ensure the effect of this declaration is properly implemented;
  5. The applicant is a public interest litigant and is entitled to her legal costs including disbursements in the fixed amount of $150,000.” Filed on 29-NOV-2010 certified copies sent to parties Transmittal Letters placed on file. Final Decision Certificate of Judgment entered in J. & O. Book, volume 1106 page(s) 424 – 425

Federal Court – Court Index and Docket – DONNA JODHAN v. AGC (File Number T-1190-07)

Needless to say, this will potentially have huge ramifications on the future of web accessibility in Canada. Specifically with sites related to the Federal Government. I’ll continue to monitor this story very closely. For now, it looks like 15 months will be the time line to be in compliance. Much work will need to be done.

As I’ve stated before, it is a shame that it has to come to this. But, let’s not take the time to dwell on the past.

Let’s make web accessibility in Canada even better than it is today. It begins now.

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Nablopomo – Day 27 – 4Cats Arts Studio

I want spread the word about an incredible place that provides a studio for children to express their artistic talents: 4Cats Art Studio.

They are asking people to help promote the 4Cats studio in the South Surrey area and to help out those who are less fortunate. It’s a pleasure to pass along their message to you:

Hello 4Cats Families!

Well, the cold days of November are upon us, and Christmas is just around the corner.

At 4Cats South Surrey, we love being able to provide a warm and bright studio for all of the children in our community to explore their creativity every week! So much so, that in the spirit of the season we’d like to give a little back to those less fortunate.

This is where we’d like your help.

We’d love for all of our families to bring in a non-perishable food item (canned, or dry) to our studio between now and December 10th when they come to class. All items will be donated to the local food bank to help spread some holiday cheer, and 4Cats South Surrey will match, item for item, anything brought in to the studio.

In addition, every time your child brings in an item of food, they will automatically be entered for a chance to win a FREE REGISTRATION for our magical 4-day Grandma Moses inspired winter camp from Dec 20th-Dec 23rd (Value: $165.00+HST). The more cans they bring, the more chances to win! The kids get a chance to create an original work of art just before Christmas, and moms and dads get a chance for some free hours for those last minute outings.

Please help us support our local families this holiday season!

(The draw is to be held on December 11th.)

Our warmest thanks!

4Cats South Surrey Team: Anna, Silvana, Nina, Janice & Kraeg

If you’re in the South Surrey area, or know someone who is, please take some time to help promote a great place and a great cause. Many thanks!

Nablopomo – Day 26 – Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Do you like scary games?

For me, any game that immerses me into its own little world is a game for me. If it has the odd scary bit to it, all the better. A great example: Half-Life.

However, I just found out about this new game called Amnesia – The Dark Descent. The reviews are somewhat decent for a puzzle and interaction game. But what people are raving about the most is how truly scary this game is.

I think what makes this game so successful is that it relies on the user’s own imagination and fear. It then continues to feed your fear the more you get into the game. I don’t want to spoil this game at all, so I won’t get into the story. But, if you’re a big fan of making your heart race and you’re not squeamish, then this is a game you should check out.

Personally, I won’t play this. Not because of the game play, but because my heart wouldn’t take it. 😉

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s an example of someone who is quite ‘immersed’ in the game: (NOTE: NSFW due to language and intense scenes) (courtesy of You Tube)