City should recognize More Local Rescues

About two weeks ago, I read an article on CBC News focused on the new bylaw to put a ban on selling pets from breeders in pet stores within the city. While I mostly agreed with the article, I felt like this article missed the opportunity to showcase all the amazing non profit animal rescue organizations in the city, which have animals equally deserving of adoption.

The article mentions that any new pet stores opening up in the city should “only be able to sell dogs, cats and rabbits that come from the Ottawa Humane Society. ” (Foote, 2016) The mention of other animal rescues in the city should have gotten some spotlight here, simply because I am aware of cat and dog rescues in the city doesn’t mean everyone is. It could have been a golden opportunity for some of the other hardworking rescues in the city.

Don’t get me wrong; I like the OHS. It brought me my beautiful, blue-eyed, deaf cat, Winter, whom I adore tremendously. I found her because she, like most other OHS animals, was on display at oscatrmy local pet store. I love looking at those little guys and gals when I go into pet stores, and it makes me happy to know that they’ll be adopted. However, there are so many additional rescues out there doing amazing work that need recognition.

I do some volunteer work for the Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue (OSCatR). I picked this organization because they have a “TNR” program, which stands for “Trap Neuter Release”. TNR “ends reproduction, stabilizes feral cat populations, improves individual cats’ lives and curbs the spread of infectious disease. The behaviors and stresses associated with mating — pregnancy, yowling, and fighting — are reduced or stop entirely.” By trapping and neutering/spaying stray cats, the population of stray cats slowly and steadily decreases. The OSCatR also takes stray cats in and places them in foster homes, giving them the care; medicine; and affection needed so they can be adopted out. I think the work they do is amazing and I feel like OSCatR and other hardworking rescues should be getting more attention in the media.cbc


As seen on the Facebook comments, others also agree that including other rescues in the article would have been nice to see. It’s definitely an area of interest for others as well. In my opinion, this article missed an opportunity to inform readers of local, non profit rescues in the city. These rescues work hard, if not harder, and do not get anywhere near as much attention  as the OHS; this must change.


What do you think? Do you think the media should have made mention to other animal rescues in the city? Or do you think the mention of the OHS was all the article needed?  Let me know what you think!


Foote, Andrew. “City of Ottawa to Mull Tightening Leash on Dog, Cat, Rabbit Sales.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 22 Jan. 2016. Web. 07 Feb. 2016.

Tucker, Terry. “My good friend is Mark Taylor’s assistant. ” January 25 2016. Web. February 7, 2016. Web.

“Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue.” Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue. Web. 07 Feb. 2016.



COM0015 – Blog post #1 – Ears and Eyes

Hey! I’m listening over here!

As I continue to learn about listening and monitoring, I have been doing some research into what is available. At this stage I am most interested in free tools but appreciate that this may be a case of getting what you pay for.

Brandwatch’s August 2015 article revised its former top 10 to include the ‘Top 15 Free Social Media Monitoring Tools’. Of these, I have begun working with a couple of the recommendations.



HooteSuite appears to suit me because it is easy to use, it has a good amount of detail in the help function (including videos) and doesn’t seem too difficult for a newbie like me to manoeuvre. In addition, I like Google Alerts. I was introduced to this tool in COM0013 – Monitoring and Measurement and like how easy setting up alerts is. Both tools are free, which is what I am looking for right now and both provide the basic functionality that I need at this stage in my monitoring work.

A number of the other tools included in this top 15 list – TweetReach, Twazzup, TweetDeck, Topsy and Followerwonk – are not of particular interest as they only monitor Twitter and I would prefer those that monitor multiple platforms.

Of the remaining suggestions, I am still not sold on  Klout. HowSociable, Mention and Simply Measured all charge for their service and at this stage I am not prepared to pay.

The four remaining tools noted in the article, Addictomatic, IceRocket, Social Mention and SumAll all look interesting and might be something to try down the road.

Read all about it!

When I am looking for news, I mix the old with the new. My work involves keeping up with local information both what is reported in media as well as what is advertised. Often print media is the traditional means for this.

TC Media

TC Media

I read newspapers – in print and online and follow various media outlets through Facebook and respective websites. I like when outlets use social media to profile some oftheir top stories linking you back to their published content. Locally I read The Guardian and CBC PEI, as well as a variety of papers from different parts of Canada.

In addition to local news, I like keeping up on varied interests and am a regular reader of Greatist, a health, wellness and lifestyle website. I subscribe to the daily newsletter and am follower in social media.

There are so many sources of news and information these days that everyone can find one (or more) that suits them.  How about you – What do you like to read and how do you listen?

Benefits of homeschooling (COM0011 – Blog Post #4)

Unlike most people I have never attended traditional school, I was educated at home. In this post I am going to go over some of the many benefits of being homeschooled.


But first I want to list just a few famous homeschoolers you might recognize


Benefits of homeschooling


  • It allows for a flexible school schedule

Having a flexible schedule for school allowed me to have a job during school hours as I could do my homework when ever I had time, Much like this course.

  • It can be tailored to accommodate children with different learning styles

As it is one-on-one teaching the parent can tailor the school work to accommodate each child’s learning styles. It also allows parents to work with children with Learning disability such as ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, etc.

  • It prepares you for college

Homeschooled students tend to adjust more quickly to the college setting, because they are used to an independent study atmosphere and to asking questions of adults.

A few years ago CBC News did a story about homeschooling in my area. They talk about the different styles of homeschooing as well as some benefits of homeschooling.

To end this post I am going to leave you with 2 videos from one of my favorite YouTube channels Blimey Cow.




COM011 Blog Post #1 – Tools & Sources

Back to school!

I love the questions I get to ponder here at Algonquin – such as – “what are my two favourite social media trend listening/monitoring tools?”

The two I like the most, and thus use the most, are Hootsuite and Google Alerts.  Now I have to preface this by saying that I am less inclined to use Google Alerts on a regular basis now that Google Reader has been discontinued.  I chose the tools because I liked the simplicity and the user friendliness aspect as I was already extremely comfortable with the Gmail (Google mail) set up/format.  The cleanliness of the format, if I can say that, is really what attracted me to and kept me using the tools.

Hootsuite on the other hand drew me in because I needed to use a tweet scheduler and Hootsuite was suggested by a friend and although I’ve looked at others, I like the simple format and numerous things I can do with Hootsuite like look at statistics, schedule tweets, keep track of mentions, messages, hashtag uses etc.  I currently Hootsuite on a regular basis to develop and manage Twitter content for a local non-profit and I really enjoy the simplicity of the tool in the sense that it does what I need and helps me to help the organization to achieve its goals in terms of connecting and maintaining a presence on Twitter.

The next question ‘du jour’ is “what are the two best sources of news and updates of interest to me?”

I will be brutally honest: and .  The way I see it, if anything hits the proverbial fan, these websites will tell me in an instant.  The day the world waited for Kate Middleton to give birth I was checking, not Twitter or Facebook.  Perhaps this is because, as much as I am on the social media bandwagon, I am still a believer in traditional sources of information (especially for news) and then turn to social media for supplementary commentary as it’s usually more interesting, more relevant and more accessible.

I also must explain that I have limited privacy in my cubicle at work and when I want to take a brain break or check on a developing story, it is much quicker and less frowned up (all my perception of course) to glide over to or than to take a few minutes to sign into Facebook or Twitter.  In this sense, using the former rather than the later contributes to my professional development in the sense that I will keep rather than lose allies in the office and it’s probably in my organization’s best interests for me to have my eye caught by an article on the former websites rather than the later.  All of that said, you can read interest stories on the former, you just have to hunt a little more for them than you do on Facebook on Twitter.  I suppose that I inherently regard Twitter and Facebook as social tools rather than authoritative, work-related tools, except of course if I am tasked to use them in the course of my work.

These sources, of course, are for personal rather than professional use.  When I am developing and managing content for the local non-profit I don’t solely rely on traditional media as I am seeking to share interesting tidbits, events and culture through social media and must thus embrace various sources.  I am almost fearful of your reaction to my reliance on the traditional media sources of yesteryear, but would be curious to know if other social media bandwagoners (??) are also still keen on traditional media.