Sunday, June 15, 2008

No, Seriously, What Does This Say

Maybe you're better at deciphering these kinds of things than I am, so I'll pass the message along, but I don't know what's going on here and I've read the whole thing at least twice.

Tomorrow night at 7:00 PM, the Winnipeg Citizens' Coalition is holding their 'founding meeting' in the Carol Shields room of the Millennium Library. That part I got! The rest of the message is kind of obscured, though, because everything else on their sparse website just made my head hurt the longer I read it.

As an example:

"We are dedicated to working towards an alternative vision for our City by fostering more citizen participation in civic government, promoting social justice, improving our city’s natural environment, ensuring more open and accountable civic government, protecting the public services that we all depend on, developing safe and vibrant communities, and facilitating fair economic development opportunities for all Winnipeggers."

Come on, you guys, that's fifty-eight words in one sentence. There must be a better way to get your message across.

Luckily for writers and readers alike, the group had an op-ed piece published last week in the Free Press. This article better explains the formation of the group and actually delves into concrete issues to address; the website is almost incomprehensible except to say that the coalition yearns for a wave of vaguely-defined change, so the article helps immensely to bring the group into better focus.

A big-tent catch-all party, allegedly for moderate centrists, is advocating for civic funding changes to support public transportation, community centres and general social development. (Counting hyphenated terms as two words each, this new group took me twenty-six words to explain. They could edit their website a bit better! That's all I'm saying, here.)

So that's apparently what's up for tomorrow, if you're interested in that sort of thing. I would have figured that the Winnipeg Citizens' Coalition draws much the same sort of crowd that Matthew Good might, so it probably sucks for somebody that the Matthew Good concert is tomorrow at around the same time. Strange organizational choice, but hey, let 'em have their fun.

I might drop in to the Library tomorrow, if only to see what even goes on at such an affair; I'm a curious sort by nature, it's a local political thing going on when I'm not at work (!), and they might serve some snacks or something. And hey, if the meeting resembles the website more than it resembles the article, I can always skip out and go borrow some CDs to burn whatever I might want off of them for listening to legally at some point in the future.

It's funny how I get distracted on these tangents, really. Honestly? I wouldn't have even brought any of this up if the website's address-bar favicon didn't kind of look like a Metroid.

You see it too, right? Right? Come on, don't leave me hanging here.

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