Archive for October, 2014

Two in One Day – Q.Arb.

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Well, it’s been a lucky day for me today.  As mentioned in my last post of a little while ago, I received word from London, England earlier today that I had been accepted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  Then this afternoon I received word that I had been accepted for accreditation by the ADR Institute of Canada with their Q.Arb. designation.  I probably have more letters after my name than in my name now!

Since it’s been such a lucky day, I better pick up a lottery ticket on the way home tonight!




Friday, October 17th, 2014

For I’m a jolly (good?) Fellow, for I’m a jolly Fellow, etc., etc.

I’m happy to announce that after passing my exams and my peer interview, I have been accepted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators which is based in London, England.  I now get to trade in the letters MCIArb after my name and replace it with FCIArb.  I have gone from being a member to being a fellow (let the jokes commence – I’ll start it  - “yes, but you’re still a …”).  But, seriously, it is an honour to have been accepted and I look forward to making use of my heightened credentials in future arbitrations.



An End to Comments

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

I have to admit that I’m raising the white flag.  The numbers are simple.  In the entirety of the 7+ years that I’ve been doing this blog I have received a grand total of 3, yes 3, genuine comments on blog postings.  That works out to 0.43 comments per year.  Instead, I often receive questions or comments via e-mail.

In contrast, however, I am averaging around 200 spam blog comments PER DAY.  This clogs up my inbox and it requires me to delete the e-mails at least twice per day from both my inbox and from the moderation panel here for the blog – so I have to delete 400 or so messages per day.  Put simply, I’m sick and tired of doing it because at least for the comments on the blog (which is where I start), I have to give a quick read of each comment on the off-chance that it is a valid comment and should not be deleted.

So this long weekend I have finally decided to put an end to the comments and I am taking back about 20 minutes of my day back for myself and I have changed the settings so that no more comments will be allowed for this blog.  If you wish to send me a question or a comment, please feel free to do so via e-mail and I will answer you and I will put your comment or question and my response on the applicable blog posting if it makes sense to do so (as I have done in the past).

I would apologize for any inconvenience, but at 0.43 comments per year put to the blog, it’s hardly an inconvenience.