Sunday, May 16, 2010

The End of the Beginning

Though this blog has been dead in practice for almost a year now, I thought that I should make it official with a virtual tombstone:

As some of you will know, in May I took the big walk across the stage and finished my Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. It was an amazing two years that has enriched me in countless ways, not the least of which has been the pleasure of getting to know some amazing people from across the globe. I've made the decision to move back to Ottawa where I am about to start a position with the federal government working on a set of issues that are of great interest to me: how new technologies and ways of sharing information, specifically social media and collaborative technologies, are being incorporated into our institutions of governance. It promises to be a challenging and exciting role which I am sincerely looking forward to!

As always, you can continue to find and follow me at:


This is Prairie Fire, signing off...for now...

Monday, August 31, 2009

Back at HKS

After promising in my last post to try keep this blog more active, I have now gone through almost three weeks of silence. Chalk it up to a very busy two weeks back in Boston getting moved into my new apartment and serving as an orientation leader for the incoming 1st year class at the Kennedy School. It was a blast, but exhausting at the same time.

Today is my first "real" day back on campus, with task #1 being to attempt to figure out the Rubix's Cube that is my course schedule for my final year here.

Student politics is also kicking back into gear here at HKS with our student government election process starting later today with the opening of nominations. Today's Crimson (that would be the Harvard-wide student newspaper, not to be confused with the HKS' Citizen) features an article about a big issue here on campus at the end of last year, namely the shrinking availability of public space. As one of the students who was engaged in this issue last year, there are a few quotes from yours truly.

Off to my next set of "course preview" sessions...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Round Our Way and back again

As you may have noticed, this blog has been pretty silent over the summer. As per my last posting in June, that is because what time I did have for blogging was directed to our Saskatchewan Liberal Party's "Round Our Way" Summer Tour website. 5323km and 31 communities later the tour is over and I'm in Ottawa for a short visit on my way back to Boston to start my final year at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

For those who are interested, the Saskatoon and Regina newspapers ran a wrap-up story on the tour today which you can read here.

Anyway, this should mark a restart of activity on this blog on a semi-regular basis (though I am sure that as always I'll have less time to post than I think I will). As this blog has officially reached its 3rd birthday as of Monday (hard to believe it has been three years), I'd also like to check in with you all as to any feedback or suggestions you might have for improvement. Aside from the obvious suggestion of posting more regularly (I know, I know!), I am wondering if people have found the content here relevant and/or interesting or if a change of direction is in order.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sask Liberals "Round Our Way" Summer Tour - The First Four Days

We are a few days and 1474km into the Saskatchewan Liberals "Round Our Way" 2009 Summer Tour! For some tales and pictures from the road, check out the tour website at:

Just to prove that I am working hard, here I am flipping burgers at our kick-off BBQ in Saskatoon on Thursday:

Oh yes, and though we are definatley doing some old school, grassroots politics this summer, don't think we aren't trying to connect with people in more modern ways as well:

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Snowmobiles Sans Snow

A good ol' Saskatchewan Saturday afternoon in June...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Round Our Way

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”
- Muhammad Ali

A little more clarity on my summer plans.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009