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Apologies to those of you who are already following this blog, but I wanted to take this opportunity to point out that readers can now subscribe to the blog and receive notice of all new posts directly via email. The notices include a brief excerpt and a link to the full post.

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Worth following on Twitter

Twitter has “Follow Fridays” (#FF) where users can recommend to their followers other Twitter accounts worth following. I’ve decided to start promoting certain Twitter accounts here, since not everyone follows this blog on Twitter, and I can better explain why I think some people are worth following.

Many people dismiss Twitter because of the 140 character limit; this makes it impossible to actually discuss or debate anything of substance. It is a challenge, but I have been surprised by how many fairly detailed discussions of complex subjects such as the royal prerogative and Canada’s succession laws actually occur – if you follow the right people. This brings me to my first round of Twitter follow recommendations.

Canadian Constitutional/procedural expertise

Philipe Lagassé (@pmlagasse) is associate professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and a senior fellow with the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. His research focuses on Canadian defence policy and politics, civil-military relations in Westminster democracies, machinery of government related to foreign policy and national security affairs, and the nature and scope of executive power in the Westminster tradition. Apart from Twitter, Lagassé maintains a blog, Thoughts on the Crown in Canada, which is also worth bookmarking.

Mark D. Jarvis (@markdjarvis) is a doctoral candidate at the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria in Canada. His research investigates how individual public servants are held to account for their day-to-day work within national-level bureaucracies, comparing Canada, Australia and the Netherlands. He is one of the co-authors/editors of Democratizing the Constitution: Modernizing Government Accountability.

Thomas Hall (@ThomasHall17) is a retired Canadian House of Commons procedural clerk and self-described Constitution nerd. He can be trusted to chime in on discussions of parliamentary procedure and other related topics.

Canadian political/parliamentary journalists/commentators

Aaron Wherry (@aaronwherry) is the Parliamentary reporter with Maclean’s magazine. I frequently link to his Macleans articles in my blog posts. I don’t always agree with him (for example, he is wrong about abolishing the Senate), but his insights on key issues facing Canada’s parliament are always worth reading.

Kady O’Malley (@kady) is a Canadian journalist covering Parliament Hill. Formerly with the Hill Times and then Maclean’s magazine, she currently works for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. O’Malley regularly liveblogs House of Commons proceedings – especially committee meetings and blogs on the CBC website.

(Disclaimer: these and future recommendations are not intended to signal that I completely agree with or endorse everything written by the above individuals – on Twitter or elsewhere.  They are very knowledgeable individuals and contribute to political debate – whether you agree with them or not.)

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PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive

Last month, this blog was contacted by PANDORA, a Web Archive established by the National Library of Australia. They were seeking permission to include On Procedure and Politics in their digital archive.

This is a great honour and I will endeavour to write more about Australia in the future.

You can read more about the PANDORA archive on their website.

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Now on Facebook

This blog now has a Facebook page. Not much content at the moment, but I will be linking to the blog posts, and maybe crossposting some of the links I post on Twitter.

Stay tuned! And go ahead and like the page!

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Comments issue resolved

Thanks to theme designer Ellen at Elmastudio, the Disqus commenting system is up and functional once again. Thank you to everyone for your patience as I continue to fine-tune this new theme.

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Apologies for the lack of posting

I recently underwent laser eye surgery and using the computer is still difficult. Things are slowly improving every day, however.

Also, I am looking at a new theme for this blog, one that will work better with mobile devices and tablets, etc., and so expect some experimentation in coming days as I test out new layouts.

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Quote of the Day

“It’s the only top job that requires no previous experience. No training, no qualifications and limited intelligence.” – Sir Humphrey on why anyone would want to be prime minister, in series 6, episode 1 of Yes, Prime Minister.

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2012 Canadian Weblog Awards

I am truly humbled and honoured to announce that this blog won first prize in the Best Political Blog category in the 2012 Canadian Weblog Awards. It won 3rd place in 2011.

Thank you to the jury and to readers everywhere.

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