Happy Blog Day

A year of blogging. Thus far it’s been an interesting and enjoyable experience, one which I continue to learn from.

While I wasn’t entirely sure of it’s intentions when it first began, I am proud to see what it has grown into. It still amazes me to this day the number of people who like to look in on my ramblings.

Thus far I am quite pleased to have met some of the personal goals set when first starting this blog. Those being to spread my ideas of how to make Bermuda even better, give a bit of commentary on life in Bermuda to look back on and improve my ability to write.

For those of you who have been with me since the beginning of this journey, thank you for your support. For those who have joined the ride along the way, thank you as well. While this journey has largely been one of writing for my own satisfaction, I am growing ever cognisant of the increasing influence my words can have. As such and as always, should you agree or disagree, feel free to let me know. Should you like to see more on any topic or hope for my opinion on one, contact me and I’ll do my best. Should you yourself have thoughts you’d like to share with my readership, send them along and hopefully we can use this blog to give your ideas a voice.

Hopefully in even just a small way this blog helps Bermuda become an even better place to live.

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  1. Congratulations Denis,
    You add a great deal of value – especially with your data driven posts. Quite frankly, we need to make sure that statistical decision making becomes the norm rather than the exception.
    Best,
    DeOnion

  2. dp – i know u posted about this recently – Ontarians are being asked to choose between two voting systems in the Oct. 10 referendum. The choice is either the status-quo first-past-the-post electoral (FPTP) system, or a new proportional system called mixed member proportional (MMP), which was recommended by a special citizen’s assembly.
    In the first-past-the-post system, the candidate with the most votes in a riding wins a seat in the legislature. The party with the most seats, not necessarily a majority of votes in the province, then forms the government.
    Under mixed member proportional, voters get two votes, one for a candidate and one for a party. The election of 90 (rather than the current 107) local candidates would be done in the same way it is now, but an extra group of 39 seats would be distributed among the parties based, as closely as possible, on their share of the votes for parties. As a result, a party that received 10 per cent of the party vote would hold roughly 10 per cent of the seats in the legislature. The extra seats would be filled from party lists of candidates made public before the election.
    In order to change the electoral system, mixed member proportional needs to receive more than 60 per cent of the popular vote across the province, and a majority in at least 64 of the 107 ridings.
    this referendum lost decisively – the votes r just coming in but they needed more than 60% but got just 30% – the figures may change as the counting is still going on but these r the projections from the CBC and CTV brdcsts.

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