Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hotmail debugging oh how fun NOT!

[Update, November 25, 2008:] Check out this recent blog post for updates about the bug fixes we're making in repsonse to your comments.



Update on the new Hotmail

By the end of this week, all Windows Live Hotmail users will be upgraded to the new Hotmail. The rollout has been slow because we’ve been reading and listening to your comments. We’ve read all the comments, followed up with some of you, and changed the service as we went. Since our original announcement, we have read and analyzed several thousand comments, fixed several bugs, and released five updates to the code so far.


So, we want you to know that we’re listening, we’re making changes, and we want the service to be great.

Here are answers to a few of your frequently asked questions.

Q: Why did you change? I liked the old version the way it was.

When we asked our users how we could make Hotmail better, the majority of people said they wanted the experience to be cleaner and faster. The new experience was designed with this in mind.

Now, we understand that everyone has different tastes and computer configurations. Although the majority of people in our tests preferred the new look and themes, some people didn’t. So, while most of you have seen Hotmail improve, some of you have not, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Q: I find this hard to use. Was this tested with real users?

Yes, it was. We tested with several thousand people around the world and used their feedback to improve the design prior to releasing to all users. We interviewed hundreds of them to hear their opinions, measured their success rate accomplishing common tasks, and surveyed them to see how much they liked the new service compared to the old one. The data from our tests showed that most users found the new Hotmail to be faster, more reliable, and more usable.

Q: Can I opt out? Can I get the old version back?

A: We can’t provide two fast, secure, reliable experiences, so we have decided to just keep the new version. However, we will continue to improve the new version, based on many of your comments here, to make it work better for you.

And here are some specific concerns we’ve seen in your feedback, and what we’re doing to fix them:

Q: Where did my folders go? I can’t see enough of the page. The ad is too big. Can you give me more space?

A: We understand that the design isn’t optimal for many users who have smaller monitors, so we’re working on improvements to page layout that will give your inbox more space.

In the meantime, if you have a smaller display, you should maximize your browser window for best results (in Windows, look in the upper-left corner of the browser, click the Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari logo, and in the menu that appears, click Maximize).

Also, your folders are not gone — you may need to scroll the folder list to see them all.

Q: I can’t forward e-mail because I can’t find my contacts. I don’t know where my favorites went!

A: The new “contact picker” and “auto-complete” features were designed to save you time.

· While addressing an e-mail message, just type a couple letters of the name and we will show just the names that match those letters.

· Or, while addressing an e-mail message, click the To: button to see the full list of all of your contacts.

· To set up your favorites, go to the Contact list and click the yellow star next to each name that you want to be a favorite.

While this may require an extra click for some of you, our research shows that typing a few letters of the name is usually a faster way to find an address than scrolling through a list. Once you get used to it, we hope you’ll find auto-complete useful, too. We also have some cool ideas about how to use the space where the favorites list used to be. We’ll keep listening to your feedback on this one.

Q: I don’t like the themes. What are you doing about this?

A: We agree that more themes are needed. Additional themes are being designed now, and will be coming soon.

Q: There aren’t as many messages on the page. I want to see more!

A: We hear you, so we’ll be increasing the default number of messages per screen, and providing the option for power users to see many more. Look for these changes in an upcoming release.

Q: Where is the spell checker?

A: For users of Internet Explorer, there is a Check Spelling button; clicking this button draws red underlines below misspelled words, and then clicking the underlined words shows you suggestions. For users of Firefox and Safari, you can just use the built-in spell checker in your browser, so misspelled words will be underlined automatically.

We are constantly reading your feedback, so please let us know what you think. We want you to love the new Hotmail!

- Mike Schackwitz, Lead program manager, Windows Live Hotmail

Friday, November 28, 2008

Vista kernel is vulnerable oh my


Vista kernel is vulnerable

Vista kernel is vulnerable


By Egan Orion
Nov 25, 2008 9:55 AM
Tags: Vista | kernel | vulnerable | Windows | Microsoft
A flaw has been discovered in Microsoft's flagship Windows Vista operating system, but the company has said it won't fix the glitch until its next, as-yet unannounced, service pack.

Discovered by Austrian researcher Thomas Unterleitner of the insecurity company Phion and announced last Friday, the buffer overflow flaw reportedly exists in Vista's networking I/O subsystem.

It can cause a blue screen of death system crash, allow denial of service attacks, or enable injection of rootkits or other malware such as viruses, trojans, bots or keyloggers.

Unterleitner told ZDnet UK that Phion had notified Microsoft of the vulnerability in October.

Phion successfully tested an exploit of the vulnerability against Vista Enterprise and Vista Ultimate and believes that other versions of Windows Vista are "very likely" also vulnerable. It says that both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating system contain the flawed code.

Windows XP reportedly doesn't contain the vulnerability.

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See story here

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hotmail trying to be funny?

1Based on Microsoft testing over broadband. Results were up to 54% for narrowband connections.
2We've designed Windows Live Hotmail storage to grow with you, but at a reasonable pace. That means you should have plenty of storage unless you suddenly want to store the planet Jupiter on Hotmail, in which case we'll send you a nice e-mail asking you to please not try to store planets on Windows Live Hotmail (although gradual storage of moons and asteroids is ok).

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HMMMM are thay trying to be Gmail???

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

we have a Lawyer running Finance hmmm!

The Honourable
James Michael Flaherty
PC, BA, LLB, MP


Incumbent
Assumed office
2006 federal election
Preceded by Judi Longfield

Born December 30, 1949 (1949-12-30) (age 58)
Lachine, Quebec
Political party Conservative
Spouse Christine Elliott
Residence Whitby, Ontario
Alma mater Princeton University: BA
Osgoode Hall Law School: LLB
Profession Lawyer
Portfolio Minister of Finance

The PM is an economist & he has a Lawyer running Finance.
Now i know why he looks like a Deere in headlights Lawyers don't know Finance at all!!!!!


Friday, November 21, 2008

Bank of Montreal - what were they thinking?

I saw a commercial recently for Bank of Montreal which is a national bank in Canada. The particular product it was advertising was its "Home Essentials Package". Basically, it is a package of things to know and bank services people should be aware of when buying their first house. I nearly fell off the couch when I saw this commercial. Just like in the US, Canadian mortgage and credit markets are a little leery of taking risks. That being said, you have the Bank of Montreal advertising this product which is strange because not many are in the market to buy a house unless they are rich. What were they thinking? The bank itself has been exposed to the sub-prime mortgage melt down although due to Canadian banking regulations, not as exposed as their American cousins. I know of no one who wants to buy a house right now so they just spent millions of dollars on a commercial for a product that almost nobody will be using for the next 2 to 3 years. So, whats the point?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How can The Conservative Party of Canada be so stupid

How can The Conservative Party of Canada be so stupid?
How can we stand for this in Canada?
Stephen Harper was going to play nice hmmm!
See link!


Tory views on women's rights perfectly clear

Nov 19, 2008 04:30 AM

Stephen Harper can put on all the warm and fuzzy sweaters he likes, smile and say soothing things to politically moderate Canadians but, every time his base speaks out, the Prime Minister's carefully crafted image begins to unravel.

This was evident during the Conservative national policy convention in Winnipeg last weekend, at least when it came to issues concerning women.

Passed were three policy resolutions that affect women, and their rights, and choices.

In ascending order of outrageousness, they are:

Resolution P-305 would allow for income splitting for families with children, which would ease the tax burden on the main earner and put more cash in the couple's pockets.

That means spouses – usually women – who don't work outside of the home for pay could also get some financial reward for their contributions to the family, assuming, of course, that they actually see some of the dough.

Now, on the surface, this is great.

Except for one thing: It discriminates against single-parent families, many of who struggle to make ends meet.

It also works more to the benefit of the rich than the middle classes. The more income that a couple can split, the bigger and better the tax break. And aren't non-working spouses dependents anyway?

What income splitting as official policy really says is, especially in the absence of a national daycare program, a woman's place is in the home.

Resolution P-213 should hardly come as a surprise to anybody following the Harper government's efforts to wipe out any and all support for women's rights.

The proposal eliminates support for full gender equality as well as equal pay for work of equal value.

Let me repeat that: It would eliminate support for full gender equality.

Oh it couches that in airy fairy speak, stating that the party is all for "the full participation of women in the social, economic, and cultural life of Canada." But the phrase "gender equality" was scrubbed and equal pay will only go for "equal work."

That means male parking lot attendants can continue to make more than female child care workers, even if the latter have university educations and are entrusted with your precious kid instead of your car.

Which says a lot about where the Cons stand on the issue of women's work and independence.

And, if you still don't get their agenda, consider what bloggers Dr. Dawg and Danielle Takacs both reported from the floor. At least one delegate objected to the resolution because women already have it "too good" and the proposal should have included men.

Last but, oh so very far from least, is Resolution P-207 which is all about, here we go again, protecting "unborn children" from violence.

Rewind to the eve of the last federal election when Harper pulled the plug on the controversial Bill C-484, the so-called "Unborn Victims of Crime Act" because it contained language that could lead to the definition of the fetus as a legal person.

Well, a similar bill could be back like the stink of skunk after the rain. According to Kady Malley of Maclean's, when one delegate got up to say that passing this would open the door to fetal rights, she was cheered. But, when the applause died down, she concluded that this was not a good thing. Which was when she was booed.

True, after the vote, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson told reporters Harper has publicly stated he has no intention of reopening the abortion debate. So why can't he close it in his own party ranks?

It's obvious that, whatever face Harper presents to Canadians, his dark grass roots will always be showing.

Antonia Zerbisias is a Living section columnist. azerbisias@thestar.ca. She blogs at thestar.blogs.com.

Monday, November 17, 2008

AU Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, i s mad

Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has is certifiable!!

He has no idea what he is in for


Net censorship plan backlash

Asher Moses
November 11, 2008 - 4:59PM

As opposition grows against the Government's controversial plan to censor the internet, the head of one of Australia's largest ISPs has labelled the Communications Minister the worst we've had in the past 15 years.

Separately, in Senate question time today, Greens senator Scott Ludlam accused the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, of misleading the public by falsely claiming his mandatory censorship plan was similar to that already in place in Sweden, Britain, Canada and New Zealand.

Despite significant opposition from internet providers, consumers, engineers, network administrators and online rights activists, the Government is pressing ahead with its election promise of protecting people from unwanted material, this week calling for expressions of interests from ISPs keen to participate in live trials of the proposed internet filtering system.

Michael Malone, managing director iiNet, said he would sign up to be involved in the "ridiculous" trials, which are scheduled to commence by December 24 this year.

Optus and Telstra both said they were reviewing the Government's documentation and would then decide whether to take part.

But Malone's main purpose was to provide the Government with "hard numbers" demonstrating "how stupid it is" - specifically that the filtering system would not work, would be patently simple to bypass, would not filter peer-to-peer traffic and would significantly degrade network speeds.

"They're not listening to the experts, they're not listening to the industry, they're not listening to consumers, so perhaps some hard numbers will actually help," he said.

"Every time a kid manages to get through this filter, we'll be publicising it and every time it blocks legitimate content, we'll be publicising it."

Malone concluded: "This is the worst Communications Minister we've had in the 15 years since the [internet] industry has existed."

The Government intends to introduce mandatory filtering of all "illegal material" and a second optional filter to block content deemed inappropriate for children, such as pornography.

Internet providers and the Government's own lab tests have found that presently available filters are not capable of adequately distinguishing between legal and illegal content and can degrade internet speeds by up to 86 per cent.

Many ISPs already offer customers the option of switching on content filtering and the previous government provided free software filters for anyone to download from NetAlert.gov.au.

Much of the opposition to Senator Conroy's plan revolves around the fact that, unlike his earlier promises, he now wants to make the filtering mandatory for all Australians - spurred on by support from vocal minorities such as the Australian Family Association and the Australian Christian Lobby.

Senator Nick Xenophon and Family First Senator Steve Fielding, both of whom the Government needs to pass legislation, have already said they want the mandatory filters broadened to include the blocking of hard-core pornography and online gambling sites.

Grilled by a Senate Estimates committee in October, Senator Conroy said Britain, Sweden, Canada and New Zealand had all implemented similar filtering systems. However, in all cases, participation by ISPs was optional and the filtering was limited in scope to predominantly child pornography.

"It is happening in two other countries - China and Saudi Arabia, that's who he's lined himself up with," said Malone.

In Senate question time today, Senator Ludlam asked the minister to explain those claims, but Senator Conroy dodged the question.

"We are aware of technical concerns with filtering technology, and that is why we are conducting a pilot, to put these claims to the test," he said.

Senator Ludlam then asked Senator Conroy to retract the claims, as well as to explain what he meant by "unwanted content" and to "acknowledge the legitimate concerns by commentators and many members of the public that such a system will degrade internet performance, prove costly and inefficient, and do very little to achieve the Government's policy objectives".

Senator Conroy said he could not answer all of those questions in the time provided and would be "happy to come back and provide the Senator with further information".

TSCC episode 2x09

Saturday, November 15, 2008

harper blocks public hearings into war crimes

posted by L-girl at we move to canada -
For the third time, the Harper Government is trying to block public hearings on whether it knew that Canadian Forces were transferring prisoners to Afghan authorities, despite knowing they could be torture...







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we move to canada

earings, which would be conducted by an independent federal policing watchdog, the Military Police Complaints Commission, were due to begin Dec. 4.

The Justice Department filed an Oct. 30 application seeking a Federal Court order "prohibiting the chairperson [of the MPCC] and the commission from investigating" the allegations, the Globe and Mail reported Friday.

Government lawyers have argued that the commission should only be allowed to investigate specific cases of torture, not all prisoners that were under a torture risk, according to the Globe and Mail.

The government has issued two previous calls to the Federal Court to stop the public hearings — the first occurred in April, the second in September.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who had previously pledged the government's co-operation in the probe, said in April he believed the commission was acting outside its jurisdiction.

Government lawyers argued in April the handling of detainees is a military operation — not a policing issue.

Both review applications are still in the procedural stages and are yet to be heard in court.

It is now unclear when — or if — the MPCC hearings will be held.

Report suggests government knew of possible abuse

In February 2007, the MPCC received a complaint from Amnesty International and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Union over the treatment of transferred detainees, saying Ottawa was violating the Geneva Conventions.

Under the conventions, it is a war crime to turn over prisoners to a party who might abuse them.

In April 2007, the Globe published a report it had received under the Access to Information Act that suggested the government knew prisoners in Afghanistan jails could be subject to poor conditions.

Although parts were blacked out, the newspaper said it was able to confirm that these blacked-out sections showed that the Canadian Embassy in Kabul had alerted the government last year that prisoners could be tortured once transferred to Afghan detention centres.
What is Stephen Harper afraid of? Why can't the public hear the evidence?

Harper won his first minority government by repeating the words "transparency" and "accountability" over and over. Apparently that only applies to Liberal governments. For Conservatives, secrecy and lies are standard operating procedure.

It is sickening to think that Canadian Forces are complicit in war crimes. But it's the reality we must face, as long as Canada stays in Afghanistan.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

we will never forget!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Flanders_Fields


In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lt.-Col. John McCrae















Sunday, November 9, 2008

Microsoft IT

Thay can do all of this but have problems OK


Microsoft IT numbers!
Microsoft internal IT:
600k connected devices10,000 Servers3 Datacenters 1 operations center11% is virtualized in Microsoft Datacenters330 of 385 servers run Windows Server 2008 (RC0) plus all 85 Microsoft.com servers11 clustered systems30,000 users in redmond domain (50,000 with vendors)NAP reporting 140K clients, 90 clients deferred mode
The Redmond Active Directory domain is running in Windows Server 2008 mode since last thursday (Nov 1st)
Microsoft Email:
6 million internal emails per day20 Million emails from Internet97% rejected as spam99,999 uptime
Worldwide:
140,000 end users550 buildings98 countries1/3 of the sites are connected over Internet only
2300 Line of business applications1 single SAP instance (5 Terrabyte database)Dynamics/MSCRM


Windows Live Services:
130,000 servers online435 Million unique users280 Billion pageviews daily12 Billion emails daily6 billion Instant Messages daily
Remote connect1 million VPN sessions per month80,000 unique OWA usersRemote app portalTS gateway 20,000 usersDirect Connect pilot
Microsoft.com figures55,7 million unique users, #4 overall site in US280,5 Unique users wordwide #6 site worldwide15,000 request a sec
The Redmond Active Directory domain is running in Windows Server 2008 mode since last thursday (Nov 1st)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I am happy for Mellissa!!

Abducted CBC journalist released in Afghanistan

Last Updated: Saturday, November 8, 2008 | 9:22 PM ET

CBC journalist MellissaMellissaFung Fung was released to Canadian officials in Kabul on Saturday, four weeks after she wasMellissadFung

Mellissa Fung was on her second tour as a journalist in Afghanistan when she was abducted. She was previously based in Regina and is seen here reporting from Beijing during the Summer Olympics in August.Mellissa Fung was on her second tour as a journalist in Afghanistan when she was abducted. She was previously based in Regina and is seen here reporting from Beijing during the Summer Olympics in AFungt. (CBC)

Fung was taken by armed men who approached her in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul on Oct. 12.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Never do this people!



Driving 101: You can't hot-wheel around a presidential motorcade

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November 7, 2008
FROM SUN-TIMES STAFF REPORTS
Traffic tip for the days ahead: If you see a motorcade with police cars, black SUVs and guys with sunglasses talking into their cuffs, don't try to cut it off.
One couple tried to drive their tan sedan around Barack Obama's motorcade downtown Thursday morning and found themselves looking at the barrels of Secret Service firepower.
The [Secret Service] SUV cut the car off immediately, and the security team aimed their weapons at the car," a reporter in the motorcade wrote in a pool report. "The driver and passenger in the sedan stopped and looked stunned -- until the male driver appeared to understand what was happening (your pool reporter could see him mouth 'Obama')."
The president-elect was on his way to a security briefing at FBI headquarters in the Loop, when the motorcade left Lake Shore Drive and the sedan tried to drive around it on Van Buren, according to the pool reporter, P.J. Huffstutter, the Los Angeles Times' Midwest Bureau chief.
"Some of the drivers here in Chicago do not seem to understand that a) The Chicago police car at the end of the president-elect's motorcade is serious about having traffic pull over when the officers flash their lights and hit their sirens, and b) It's not a great idea to jump ahead of traffic by trying to cut around the black SUV filled with five heavily-armed Secret Service CAT members," Huffstutter wrote.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Windows live hotmail email fun 2

me

You are currently in the process of rolling out a new version of Windows Live Hotmail. You appear to have gone right to the finished product without offering it to beta testers that tested your last version through Microsoft Connect. Why haven't you allowed the testing community to try it out before going live? As you are aware, the point of beta testing is to find bugs before they cause disasters and to validate designs. You know it works because the current version of Windows Live Hotmail was one of the smoothest web-based releases thanks to the beta testers who made you aware of problems you didn't even know you had. What happened this time?

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Windows Live Hotmail Technical Support



Thank you for writing to Windows Live Hotmail Technical Support.and I appreciate your feedback about the changed of your Windows Live Hotmail account. You are would like to know why the new version does not have any beta tester before it rolled out. I understand how inconvenient it may be for you and realize how important this issue to be resolved immediately.

Windows Live Hotmail has just released a new version to provide better user experience. We understand this change may have come as a surprise to you, but we strongly feel you will soon have a much better experience with the new Windows Live Hotmail. As always, your satisfaction is our main goal.

Of course, all your information (contacts, calendar, and e-mail address) is still the same and there are some great new features that customers have requested. You can now sign in to Web Messenger within your Windows Live Hotmail account and on top of that you would be able to access your account 70% faster.

To learn more about the new features and benefits of Windows Live Hotmail, please visit:

http://www.windowslive-hotmail.com/comingsoon/en-us/default.htm

We recognize that a change like this can feel unexpected and surprising, and we are eager to hear your feedback (both positive and negative) about the auto-upgrade process.

to send your feedback:

1. Please go to http://feedback.live.com/eform.aspx?productkey=wlmail&page=wlfeedback_home_form
2. Select the first option in the drop-down list, "I want to provide feedback on the automatic update to Windows Live Hotmail."

or click on the help icon "?" and choose "Feedback" on the upper right side of the page.

You are valuable at Windows Live and we look forward to provide you with consistent and effective service. We appreciate your input and involvement in our Windows Live products.


Sincerely,




Windows Live Hotmail Technical Support

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Prop 8 did not die :(

The US needs to grow-up NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was against prop 8
I live in Canada we have gay marriage it started in 05.

http://news.google.ca/news?hl=en&q=prop+8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=news_group&resnum=1&ct=title

Obama, McCain campaigns cyberattack

Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/05/obama_mccain_cyberattack/
Report: Obama, McCain campaigns hit with 'sophisticated' cyberattack
'Serious amount of files' lifted
By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
Posted in Security, 5th November 2008 19:30 GMT
Sophisticated overseas hackers broke in to the computer systems of both the Barack Obama and John McCain campaigns and stole a large amount of data, according to an article published Wednesday by Newsweek.
Officials with the FBI and the Secret Service notified Obama staffers in August of the breach after tech consultants for the campaign detected what they thought at the time was a computer virus.

"You have a problem way bigger than what you understand," an FBI agent told Obama staff members. "You have been compromised, and a serious amount of files have been loaded off your system."
White House chief of staff Josh Bolten also weighed in, telling an Obama campaign chief: "You have a real problem...and you have to deal with it."
Investigators told Obama aides that the McCain computer systems had been similarly compromised. A senior McCain official confirmed to Newsweek that the campaign's network had been hacked and the FBI was investigating.
Representatives of both campaigns weren't available to comment on the Newsweek report.
According to investigators at the FBI and the White House, a "foreign entity or organization" is believed to be behind the attacks in an attempt to "gather information on the evolution of both camps' policy positions." The information could prove useful in negotiations with a future administration. The investigators told the Obama team the hack wasn't carried out by political opponents.
The article is here (http://www.newsweek.com/id/167581). ®

Monday, November 3, 2008

My condolences

My condolences to Obama!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Peter Kent I am not a fan at all!

Yes i am not a fan of this guy at all!
I hope he can serve the people well but i bet not!!!
He has an ego!

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Peter Kent
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Peter Kent MP
Member of the Canadian Parliamentfor Thornhill
Incumbent
Assumed office 2008 federal election
Preceded by
Susan Kadis
Born
July 27, 1943 (1943-07-27) (age 65)Sussex, United Kingdom
Political party
Conservative
Spouse
Cilla Kent
Children
Trilby Kent
Profession
news editor
Peter Kent (born July 27, 1943) is Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Americas) in the Canadian Cabinet. Previously, he was Deputy Editor of Global Television News, a Canadian TV network. He has previously worked as a news editor, producer, foreign correspondent and news anchor on Canadian and American television networks.
In the Canadian federal election, 2008 on October 14, 2008, he ran for the Conservative Party of Canada and was elected as the member of parliament for the riding of Thornhill and on October 30, 2008 was named Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Americas).
Contents[hide]
1 Journalism career
2 Awards
3 Political career
4 Family
5 References
6 External links
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[edit] Journalism career
Kent began his career as a radio journalist in the early 1960s. He then moved to television, joining Calgary station CFCN in 1965 and subsequently worked for CBC Television, CTV, Global, NBC and the Christian Science Monitor's television newscast.
In the 1966, he went to South East Asia to cover the Vietnam War as a freelance foreign correspondent. He stayed on to cover the final withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam in 1973 and covered the fall of Cambodia to the Khmer Rouge in 1975.[1] Kent returned to Canada and worked as a producer for The National and, in 1976, he became the broadcast's anchor after Lloyd Robertson moved to CTV News.
In 1978 Kent agreed to step down as anchor of The National after he submitted an intervention to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recommending that the Corporation's licence not be renewed until management created procedures and protocols to prevent political interference in the CBC's editorial decision-making. Kent's complaint involved messages conveyed through the then CBC President Al Johnson from the Prime Minister's Office that resulted in cancellation of a speech by Premier René Lévesque and coverage of a speech by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. As a result of his intervention and descent from The National anchor desk, Kent accepted assignment to the newly created African Bureau of the CBC, located in Johannesburg.
The CBC subsequently created protocols to govern Prime Ministerial access to the public broadcaster. They remain in effect today; the most recent example the speech made to the country by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien on the eve of the 1995 Quebec referendum. Kent returned briefly in 1978 to testify at a grievance hearing initiated by an unsuccessful anchor candidate who complained that Knowlton Nash, the vice-president of CBC News, had appointed himself to succeed Kent. In that testimony Kent -- the first journalist to anchor The National -- supported Nash's credentials.
Kent returned to Canada and the CBC in 1982 as a founding producer, correspondent and occasional co-host of The Journal, hosted by Barbara Frum and Mary Lou Finlay.
In 1984 Kent moved back to NBC serving in Miami, Washington and New York bureaus and as the US network's senior European correspondent in the late 1980s, winning four Emmy nominations with the network. He then reported for and was back-up anchor for John Hart and John Palmer at the Christian Science Monitor's World Monitor television news service. One of Kent's feature report series - on challenges in American inner cities - was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Award.
Kent returned to Canada to join Global News in 1992, and was the anchor of its flagship news program First National until 2001. He then anchored the business news show MoneyWise on Global and Prime.

[edit] Awards
Kent was named the recipient of the 2006 President’s Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA). The President’s Award is presented annually to honour individuals, stations, companies or groups who have brought distinction to, or have made major contributions to the broadcast news industry. Kent is a member of Canada’s Broadcast Hall of Fame, former director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, four-time Emmy nominee and the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award.

[edit] Political career
In the Canadian federal election, 2006, Kent ran as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the Toronto riding of St. Paul's. He placed second with 25.76% of the vote against the incumbent, Carolyn Bennett of the Liberals (50.25%), and ahead of Paul Summerville of the New Democratic Party (19.19%).
Peter Kent has been elected as the member of parliament in the Toronto riding of Thornhill, as a Conservative Member of Parliament, in the 40th Canadian federal election.[2]
Kent is a member of the board of Canadian Coalition for Democracies[3] and has represented them at public events such as a demonstration supporting publication of the controversial Muhammed cartoons.[4]
Kent is a member of the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame and a past member of the Board of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. He is also a Founding Supporter of Canadians for Defence and Security and a member of the board of the revitalized ParticipACTION.
He is a board member of Honest Reporting Canada, and co-Chair of Ontario Cabinet for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

[edit] Family
Peter Kent is the son of Parker Kent, a long-time employee of the Southam Newspaper Group who retired as associate editor at the Calgary Herald. His younger brother, Arthur Kent, is also a journalist, known in the first Gulf War as the "scud stud".
Kent has been married to Cilla, a former print journalist with South Africa's Argus group for over 26 years. They have a daughter, Trilby who works as a freelance journalist and writer in Brussels.

[edit] References
^ Peter Kent biography, accessed January 9, 2008
^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canadavotes/riding/196/
^ Goodard, John, "PM's new recruit urged to clarify views", Toronto Star, January 8, 2007
^ "Toronto marchers back right to publish Muhammad cartoons", CBC News, March 11, 2006, retrieved March 11, 2008

[edit] External links
Peter Kent
Parliament of Canada biography
Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Kent"