Friday, April 29, 2005

Dr. Sean Egan, 1942-2005 

I am shocked and saddened by the news that Dr. Sean Egan died today during his attempt to climb Mount Everest. I knew him personally and was following his daily progress with great interest. He was a tremendously energetic, fun-loving man who was always a great pleasure to be around.

He will be sadly missed by all of us who knew him. I send my prayers and condolences to his family.

Update: See also A Life Well Lived:
"This was nothing new for him. We're talking about someone who would swim in the Ottawa River in the middle of January ... a man who once walked from Toronto to Ottawa to raise money for CHEO ... a man who cycled from Oregon to Ottawa. [...]

Egan may have been a fitness fanatic, but that didn't mean he cut himself off from life's indulgences, including good food and a pint of ale or glass of wine.
Indeed. In his memory I can think of nothing better than to load a keg of Guinness into a backpack, hike to the top of the highest hill in the area and have a big party. A life of fitness and fun lived to the end. Rest in peace, Dr. Egan.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

St. Joseph's Printing 

It is certainly odd to see a company position itself for untendered government contracts. It is also odd to see a company like Canada Communications Group get privatized and have the terms subject to a confidentiality agreement, which raises some questions about just why it would be in a privileged position to get untendered government contracts. See here:
Printing services requirements between $5,000 and $10,000 are handled by the Materiel Management Section. Requests above $10,000 are either processed through St Joseph's Printing Inc. or are advertised on the MERX™.
MERX being the system used to solicit competitive bids for government work.

Kate has connected a series of far more interesting tidbits.

This deserves a lot more attention. I encourage anyone who knows anything about this sweetheart deal or murky privatization process to shed some light on it.

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