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City of Ottawa Mayor uses a BlackBerry to promote local business



This isn’t the most breaking of BlackBerry news but there is an interesting contest going on in the City of Ottawa, where BlackBerry is playing a central role in boosting the local economy.

Ottawa, Canada’s capital, is home to a staggering number of BlackBerry devices. Being the capital city, the Federal government constitutes around 18.2% of local GDP. That means there is a significant amount of government workers in the region and the vast majority of them carry a BlackBerry.

The latest city initiative, Picture it Downtown, encourages citizens to take pics of themselves enjoying downtown Ottawa, and sending the pictures in to win prizes. This is a great idea because anything that gets people downtown, enjoying the city, will help local businesses grow and generally boosts the local economy. Even though the contest applies to those who aren’t using a BlackBerry, we can assume this government city is using the BlackBerry as the primary device for entering the contest.

Personally, I think the City of Ottawa could seriously benefit from partnering with vPost. vPost is the easiest way to take pictures, video, audio and add multiple attachments to an email.

So if you live in Ottawa, join in the fun. Also, feel free to recommend this initiative to your local government representatives as it could do great things for the local economy.

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Judge rules BlackBerry allowed in Ottawa Mayor trial



I live in the capital of Canada where we have a mayor who is being charged with serious corruption charges. While at WES, I missed the first day of trial for Mayor Larry O’Brien, who is facing charges of trying to bribe an opponent to drop out of the 2006 mayoral race and of pretending to have influence with a minister in Canada’s conservative government.

Superior Court Justice J. Douglas Cunningham, ruled that BlackBerry devices would be allowed in court, but only to send and receive text data. The phone and camera features could not be used. This means that Twitter will be completely legal during the trial.

In arguments over the BlackBerry devices and text-messaging, Crown attorney Scott Hutchison said electronic updates from the court, once published, could not be retrieved once in the “Twittersphere.”

“The issue is whether or not the genie can be put back in the bottle,” he said.

Overall, I think the more public presence the better. Also, since the case involves a public servant, taxpayers have a right to updates in real-time.

Does anybody know a Twitter account that will be there? Please comment the account name.