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These Docs are Hot

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Originally uploaded by blamb.
The Hot Docs festival in Toronto has grown at a fantastic pace since its inception in 1993 and now it's attracting increased international attention too, as it well should. The documentaries I have seen at the festival over the past several years still resonate with me today. The premises are varied, I have seen well-captured docs that portray everything from a ship stranded by the Canadian government on the shores of Vancouver in the 1910s becuase of rascist attitudes, to a daring filmmaker who smuggled the first ever video message of the Dalai Lama into Tibet since he left the country decades ago. Powerful stuff, uncovered for eager eyes. Pick up your guide or go online, Hot Docs is not to be missed. Runs April 28 - May 7th in downtown Toronto.


Are you catching on?

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Wikipedia, the online world's first free and user-editable encyclopedia, has recently exploded throughout the world. With limited success in the past I'd used, and when doing research. It was on a recent research project where I'd needed the use of a translator ( and an encyclopedia that I was thrilled to find that Wikipedia can, to some degree, perform both functions and get me faster results.

Wikipedia is expanding around the globe, people are entering information in English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, French and Polish. Even the tiny country of Denmark can get their information in Danish if they want it.

I was turned onto Wikipedia last winter when I was doing my election research and was very pleased when all Canadian federal candidates were listed on the site. However the candidate for whom I was working as a Media Advisor had a dead link (no more information available). Quickly, I pulled together Rob's bio and did a wikipedia tutorial on formatting. Within hours I felt I'd solidified the candidate's message, given him online presense (the majority of people now do their election research online) and most importantly, increased access to him for those looking online.

Throughout the candidate page I entered my own links - since that is the beauty of Wiki - and hope that someday all my links will turn from dead end red to boundless blue. I'd encourage you all to jump on board if you have some specific expertise worth sharing. Keep in mind, one important value, Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, it is not meant for editorial or the expression of beliefs, just the facts. A site is only as good as its weakest link.