Thursday, April 17, 2014



I stumbled on this post about leveling up your life and getting in shape on Nerd Fitness that might be applicable to many of you.

Steve offers 10 of his favorite ways to level up in five minutes or less. It is pretty basic, easy and fun advice that might help you generate that little bit of all-spark that you need to transform your life and keep the momentum going.

Much of it is common sense.

 Some of it you might all ready be doing. 

Together it might be worth adopting.

After all it is the Spring, the season of renewal, liberation, and resurrection.


Are organizations and businesses genuinely open to hiring external candidates?

It is a vexing question that this blogger has been asking himself a lot, as of late, while I search for full-time employment. Yes, I am very capable of keeping the wolf at bay doing my own thing. However, a bit of stability would be great. ,

It is some shagging disappointing to make the top two or three and find out you failed.  That disappointment often evolves to anger when you learn that they had already earmarked a candidate for the job and you were just part of their hiring justification process.

I do not know how many times over the past 12 months that I have spent days researching a particular role,  tailoring my resume, contacting references, attending interviews - providing insights and ideas to learn someone else received the nod.

It makes me wonder just how many companies, and government departments, waste peoples time with obviously bogus interviews.

Those hiring and interviewing always tell you that they are open to hiring an external candidate over an internal one. How genuine is that gesture? How much of the process is the company adhering to a job-hiring process for the purpose of perception?

Perhaps H.R. Departments are genuinely interested building a list of potential employees for the future, of gauging salary expectations or the competition! I know a director who always advertises to cast a net for potential recruits. He keeps a list of top candidates for future opportunities.

I suppose no one forces you to go to an interview and the employer hires the best candidate, but the process can be infuriating.

I have never been a great net-worker, I get involved with groups, causes, organizations for the experience. Milking these experiences for employment opportunities seems very self-serving. Yet, the best jobs are often not advertised and when they are a good word from a close contact is beneficial.

Perhaps, I am being too negative, I know one thing for sure, it is a tangly job market.


It could be a land mark day for Métis and non-status Indians.

The Federal Court of Appeal is scheduled to release a monumental decision which will answer the question of their rights as  as Indians under the Constitution.

The plantiffs representing  800,000 non-status Indians and Métis people say they are  the most disadvantaged of all Canadians.

The Government of Canada appealed a lower court decision that allowed this group to negotiate access to federal programs and services. That Federal Court ruled that 200,000 Métis and 400,000 non-status Indians in Canada are indeed "Indians" under the Constitution Act, and fall under federal jurisdiction.

Federal Court Judge Michael Phelan wrote that, "The recognition of Métis and non-status Indian as Indians under section 91(24) should accord a further level of respect and reconciliation by removing the constitutional uncertainty surrounding these groups,"

The case has roots going back 15 years when the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and several Métis and non-status Indians took the federal government to court in 1999 alleging discrimination because they are not considered "Indians" under a section of the Constitution Act.

If the Federal Court of Appeal rules against Ottawa, the issue will most likely end up at the Supreme Court for a final ruling.