Mike Duffy at the Movies

Among the many things contained with the Mike Duffy Diaries are notes of the movies he attended from January 2009 to December 2012.

Our taste in movies has considerable overlap; of the 34 movies he notes, I’ve seen 24. Here’s a handy list should you wish to see them all:

  • January 19, 2009: Defiance
  • February 8, 2009: Taken
  • May 15, 2009: Angels & Saints
  • December 23, 2009: It’s a Wonderful Life
  • January 1, 2010: At Sea and Doubt
  • January 31, 2010: Edge of Darkness
  • March 20, 2010: Hurt Locker
  • September 8, 2010: The American
  • October 29, 2010: Convicted
  • November 20, 2010: Wall Street
  • December 30, 2010: The King’s Speech
  • January 5, 2011: Barney’s Version
  • January 26, 2011: Unknown
  • April 23, 2011: The Lincoln Lawyer
  • July 9, 2011: The Remains of the Day
  • August 3, 2011: Horrible Bosses
  • September 11, 2011: The Debt
  • October 15, 2011: Ides of March
  • October 23, 2011: Johnny English
  • November 20, 2011: J. Edgar
  • November 38, 2011: The Descendants
  • December 11, 2011: Margin Call
  • December 25, 2011: War Horse
  • January 5, 2012: The Iron Lady
  • January 6, 2012: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • February 25, 2012: The Safe House
  • May 28, 2012: Away from Her
  • June 2, 2012: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • October 5, 2012: The Master
  • October 13, 2012: Argo
  • November 12, 2012: Skyfall
  • November 15, 2012: Flight
  • December 9, 2012: Lincoln

Women Running in the 2015 PEI Provincial Election

(Updated April 22, 2015: Green Party additional candidates)

According to the 2011 census, Prince Edward Island is made up of 48% men and 52% women. One would expect, then, that political parties would seek to run approximately equal numbers of men and women across the 27 provincial electoral districts. All parties have now published the lists of candidates nominated for the 2015 provincial general election:

Party Nominated Women % Women
Green 22 9 41%
Liberal 27 7 26%
NDP 27 9 33%
PC 27 6 22%

According to the PEI Coalition for Women in Government, 22.2% of MLAs are women, slightly under the national average of 24.7%.

The Coalition’s 2005 Action Plan to Elect Women in PEI set an initial goal of electing a critical mass of 33.3% women in the following provincial election, pushing on to elect 50% women by 2015.  In this first phase, the Coalition says, they were “successful in garnering public commitments from all four provincial parties active at the time that they work towards the goal of nominating at least 9 women (33% of candidates) in provincial elections.”

What happened?

I’m not a stranger to gender issues in democratic organizations: the organization I lead, the PEI Home and School Federation, is a broadly-based one, rooted in 53 member associations in local schools. The presidents of an overwhelming majority of those locals are women, and our provincial board is 73% woman and 27% men.  This all despite our work to include more men in home and school.

Balanced gender representation in our public institutions is something we all need to work harder at.

PEI Political Parties on Twitter

Twitter displays a “followers” count for every user and using the Twitter API this information can be extracted for a collection of Twitters users. I fed the Twitter handles of PEI’s registered political parties into the API and extracted follower counts for each party:

I thought it would be interesting to contrast the Twitter follower “popular vote” with the actual popular vote from the 2011 Provincial General Election. This isn’t quite an apples-to-apples comparison because whereas each elector can only vote for one party, each Twitter user can follow any number of others. To calculate the “followers” number, I took the total number of followers of all parties, and then took each individual party’s total followers as a proportion of that. Of course, “Twitter users” is an imperfect reflection of “electors.” Also, following a party doesn’t necessary convey supporting that party (journalists, for example, will often follow all the parties). But it’s an interesting comparison nonetheless, inasmuch as the two sets of numbers are somewhat aligned:

It’s a different story when you compare the number of tweets each party has posted over the years they’ve been active; the NDP is the clear winner here. Again, though, this isn’t necessarily a measure of anything other than proclivity for tweeting.

Speaking of “over the years,” here’s when each party launched itself onto Twitter:

Party Account Creation Date
PEIgreens February 3, 2015
IslandParty_PEI October 9, 2012
PEILiberalParty July 18, 2011
NDPPEI November 15, 2012
PEIPCParty July 28, 2011

If you want to keep up with all the parties without having to follow any particular one (or any at all), you can watch this Twitter list of all the parties.

I’m archiving all of the data I used here every night at midnight, and I’ll update this post as the putative 2015 Provincial General Election progresses. That charts, by the way, come via the excellent, free Chartbuilder web tool.

What is making websites for PEI poltical parties?

Now we know who is making website for PEI political parties, what about the underlying software, the so-called “content management system” that parties use to maintain their websites.

For every site on the web, you can “view source” in your web browser to see the “source code” of the website – the HTML, CSS and JavaScript that together define how the website looks and what its contents are. By examining the source of Island political party websites, it’s easy to tell what content management systems they’re using:

Party Website Content Management System
Green Party Drupal 7.35
Island Party Not obvious
Liberal Party CMS Made Simple
NDP WordPress 4.1.1
PC Party WordPress 4.1.1

The clues I used to help me identify which CMS each party is using are as follows:

Drupal

In the HTML source of the site it’s explicity stated:

<meta name="Generator" content="Drupal 7 (http://drupal.org)" />

In addition, the login page for the CMS is at the standard Drupal location of /user.

It’s worth noting that the Green Party is keeping its Drupal 7 installation up to date: if you visit the CHANGELOG.txt for the site, you’ll see that it’s running version 7.35, which reflect a mid-March security patch.

CMS Made Simple

The site is currently offline, but by searching Google for cache:http://movingforwardpei.ca/ I was able to retrieve an older cached version. There’s no explicit evidence for what the CMS is, but references to “modules” called “MenuManager” and “Showtime,” both of which are party of that CMS, are a good sign.

WordPress

A set of clues, including this explicit statement (which only appears on the NDP WordPress):

<meta name=generator content="WordPress 4.1.1"/>

and frequent references in the HTML source to “wp-content”, a commonly-used WordPress directory.

In addition, the login pages for both the PC and NDP sites are in the standard place at /wp-login.php.

As with the Green Party and Drupal, both the PC and NDP WordPress sites are running the latest version, 4.1.1, released in mid-February.