So I've checked in at the Tory convention, besides not getting a swag/delegate bag (I got a policy book, a media badge and some soft drinks at least), I gotta pay for my internet usage for the weekend! $85!! How's a blogger supposed to blog, the reason I'm knowingly here, without internet access? Am I supposed to use my Blackberry all weekend, end up eventually with carpal tunnel syndrome and then use up govt, tax payers money by having to go to the hospital and get treatment, taking a spot from someone who really needs to be there!? What if a blogger who was accredited didn't even have a blackberry?
I have no qualms with the real media paying for internet. Susan Bonner and the rest of them will be reimbursed for the cost, but this poor student who blogs as a hobby is paying for that usage out of their own pocket? I paid enough to get here, but this was one surprise. I'm not pleased with as I was not informed of this fee prior to coming. $85 for 3 days is steep, even by Rogers standards. Not to mention on the Liberal campaign tour all media got to use internet for free wherever they went, so what gives?
They also seemingly didn't know how many media they were expecting. They're short about 30 chairs and table space for them! And I wasn't given an agenda (had to get one myself off the internet) or any idea of what was going on when or a seat for any proceedings. C'mon Conservatives show some more respect for the blogging community! There's still time to make amends!
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