STC Toronto annual general meeting & awards night

Wine and Cheess

Toronto STC members were invited our Annual General Meeting and Wine & Cheese party tonight.

We had a good turnout to support our colleagues and local STC community as we:

  • Recognized winners of the Technical Publications Competition
  • Recognized the efforts of Toronto STC volunteers
  • Voted for next years’ Administrative Council
  • Unveiled next year’s very exciting program – we’ve been planning for impact!
  • Enjoyed good catered food, good drink, and wonderful company

The Toronto STC community is a group rich in camaraderie, experience, and knowledge in the field of technical communications. Please come out and support your colleagues’ accomplishments, vote for your new leaders, and enjoy a great evening for networking, socializing with your professional community, and looking forward to exciting times to come!

The meeting was held in the Burgundy Room at the North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge St. at 7 PM. STC Members attend for free.

The STC Toronto Community

The STC Toronto Community would like to invite applications from all our members for positions as Activity Managers/Assistant Managers and Executive Team members and Assistants for the coming year. Members will need to be nominated/acclaimed for a position on the team.

If you want to take part in blazing a new course for our community, and in making a dynamic difference as a team member, please take a look at the Job Specifications posted under the respective links of the Exec Committee page of our Web-site, and get in touch with us as soon as possible.”


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custom jewellery, Boone titanium rings, Alien Skin finish

TTC beta test survey: FAIL

The Toronto Transit Commission has given the public access to their new Web site, which is in beta test. I urged:

Take time to visit the new site and leave your feedback. We can help the TTC to improve their user experience if we act now.

First, go and roam around the TTC beta site. Then return to its home page. At the bottom is a link to a survey. Follow the link and fill out the survey.

Now I have to add—if it works!

Maybe an e-mail to the TTC’s Webmaster? No, there’s no e-mail address.

What about the Contact Us page? No.

Contact Us info coming soon

There’s no link back to the old site, so no way to get back unless you have the presence of mind to use the Back button in your browser enough times to get to the introduction page.

This is getting funny. It’s reminding me that many editors have called the TTC over the years, offering to help improve their signs and instructions, only to be told, “We’re all right. We have the best safety record in North America, so everything is fine.” Meanwhile, their warning on the in-car alarms still ask people to set off the alarm in case of vandalism or passenger safety!

I will try to get in touch with them via the old site and tell them that the survey form isn’t working. Of course, it could be my computer. But I hope they tested it on external computers.

UPDATE: I phoned the TTC and they said, as help-desk people often do, “That shouldn’t be happening.”  I described the problem, then read them bits of the error message, then offered to send a screen shot. So I’m doing that.

“Illiterate? Call 1-800…”

generated school sign

That’s one of my favourite ironic jokes. How can an illiterate person read the sign that tells him to call for help? (Generated sign is from

For just a taste of it, take a look at this Web page.

Tiktaalik page in Inuktitut

Well, at least you know that was about a fishy thing. But what’s important about it? What are we supposed to notice?

How about this one?

Arctic scenes in Inuktitut

Frustrating, isn’t it? Who are those people? What are they doing? Where are they? Is it important to know?

What can we do to help people who really can’t read? Who can’t read street signs or maps or employment forms?

These pages are from the Tiktaalik Web site, translated into Inuktitut by the government of Nunavut because the fossils were found in their territory.

For more about Tiktaalik’s story, see “Your Inner Fish” or “Tetrapod transition.”

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