Great Reading On A Monday

A happy Monday morning to all. 2 great articles in two Toronto papers , both worth checking out., one is really old, the old is from today.

The first isn’t much of a surprise as it’s in the Toronto Sun, which is pretty balanced when it comes to reporting. This is as strongly written an opinion that I think you will find:

“But Harper was precise about our moral obligations, stating that whenever anti-Semitism raises its head Canada will take a stand against it, and then stand tall in defending Israel’s right to exist.

His speech should be mandatory reading in every university.

And for every Canadian with blinkers.”

You can read the entire opinion piece here

Meanwhile, the 2nd story deals with airport security and it does come from a rare source, the Toronto Star. The store preaching the successes of Israeli security at their airports is well worth the time and makes me, a frequent traveler jealous of their systems over there. Funny that it took a writer like Cathal Kelly, whom I recognize from some sports work he has done to get this type of story done. Note the story is old, but the reality is nothing has changed at least over here:

“Israelis, unlike Canadians and Americans, don’t take s— from anybody. When the security agency in Israel (the ISA) started to tighten security and we had to wait in line for — not for hours — but 30 or 40 minutes, all hell broke loose here. We said, ‘We’re not going to do this. You’re going to find a way that will take care of security without touching the efficiency of the airport.”

You can read this travel related story here



So You Want Funny Successful Charity Marketing?

This is classic- much more effective then billboards wouldn’t you say?

The Race For Toronto’s Next Mayor

Quick hit for your Thursday – not sure how many of you live in Ward 16, but this evening I am hosting an informal event for current city counselor, Karen Stintz who is running for re-election.

This is an incredibly important election to those of us who live in Toronto and with no clear good choice for mayor, the local campaign for counselors is as important as ever.

So if you live in our ward please drop by tonight at 7pm to meet Karen.


The New Way Of Giving Online

I’ve talked about the pain we all experience when we get the email, the call or gulp, the snail mail literature. How do we decide who to give to, how much and when. None of us, or at least no one I know can do it all. In my online daily life I have come across a really cool online solution to the problem.

Introducing Crowdrise

It’s pretty east to do.

First you setup an account.

Then you pick a project, start your own or join others.

You then use the typical share buttons to share the word with all those you regularly hit up- or get hit up by….

Not only that it’s done with the right degree of humor:

“Crowdrise is about volunteering, raising money for charity and having the most fun in the world while doing it. Go here to see a beautiful picture showing How Crowdrise Works. Go here if you want to see an even more beautiful Picture of a Napkin.

We recommend spending at least six hours a day exploring Crowdrise. Check out all the Inspiring Projects that volunteers, fundraisers and charities have going on, and show your support by voting for them, donating some cash money, and helping them fundraise or volunteer. Check out our Best Promos Ever so you can win amazing prizes that make perfect re-gifts. And the second you’re ready, Start your own Project on Crowdrise and share it with all your friends, family, enemies, co-workers and classmates. Don’t be surprised if you get totally addicted to the sight.

Before you start to email us about any mistakes on this page, please know we used the wrong version of site (sight) in the previous sentence on purpose. Sorry about it. ”

All kidding aside, it’s a cool tool and one that I will be keeping an eye on.


Have An Easy & Fast, Fast

Got this one from my dad:

On the morning of Rosh Hashanah as the congregation was filing into the Synagogue, Rabbi Liebenberg noticed little Max standing in the foyer of the Synagogue staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names with small flags mounted on either side of it. The six-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the rabbi walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, ‘Boker Tov, Max.

‘Boker Tov, Rabbi Liebenberg,’ he replied, still focused on the plaque.’Rabbi Liebenberg, what is this?’ he said, pointing to the plaque.

The good Rabbi tenderly put his arm around Max’s shoulder and said, ‘Well son, it’s a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.
Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque.
Finally, little Max, in a voice barely audible and trembling with fear asked:,

‘Which service, Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur!

With best wishes for a easy fast and may we all be inscribed in the Book of Life

Turning Clicks Into Donations

I have a confession to make; I’m a Google addict. I use google all day. My office and personal mail all are driven through Google. I can’t tell you the last time I used 411 or directory assistance. Basically, in my world, if I can’t find it on Google, it’s not worth finding. Not only that but the type of information one can find on google is quite amazing. If you need to know the current time in Australia, just type it into google. Curious how many US dollars you can buy with $100 Canadian, type it into google. Current weather in Israel, google it. Converting cups to ounces? google it.

I think you get it.

Anyways, hats off to Yaniv Rivlin for finding a way to put the efforts of those of us who live on computers to good use. For all the times I search for stuff on google wouldn’t be “nice” if somehow my clicks were turning into donations to charities??? That’s what Rivlin has done with his company Comtribute.

“The way the service works is, every time someone runs a search an average of 3¢ is donated to the charity from the online ad revenue of participating search engines, Google, Bing and Yahoo. While it may not seem like much, if 1,000 people download the application and launch just two searches a day, that amounts to $14,000 for the organization over the span of a year.

Launched this summer, the company already has 15 clients, including Make a Wish Canada and Canada World Youth. The service is free for non-profits, and Comtribute makes money by taking a 30% cut of online revenue from the search engines.”

Now, ask yourself, do you care how you access the search as long as you get the result? Of course not. To me this is technology at it’s best. The idea is so simple and yet so productive.

You can read more about Yaniv here and you can find Comtribute here

Happy New Year

Summer’s officially over time to start blogging again.

So, let’s all have a happy, healthy new year