Darce Fardy has announced he is retiring as Nova Scotia’s freedom of information and protection of privacy review officer, effective Monday, Jan. 23. Ombudsman Dwight Bishop, a former RCMP assistant commissioner, will assume Mr. Fardy’s duties on an interim basis until a full-time successor is chosen. Mr. Fardy has provided independent oversight over the Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation since Jan. 24, 1995. “I would like to thank Mr. Fardy for his service,” said Justice Minister Michael Baker. “We became known across Canada for out great strides in freedom of information and privacy laws. The review office fills an extremely important function for all Nova Scotians.” Mr. Fardy was a veteran CBC journalist before taking the review officer’s position. He started as a reporter in Newfoundland in 1952 and completed his journalism career in Toronto as the head of network television current affairs. Nova Scotia was the first province in Canada to enact a Freedom of Information Act, in 1977. Since that time, all other jurisdictions in the country have followed suit. The act was replaced in 1993 by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
LAST WEEK WE wrote a piece about the most infuriating talkers in your office. It sparked so many comments about awful office jargon that we decided that needed a little more attention.Here, without further ado, are the worst pieces of meaningless manager-lingo ever spouted. Ranked from least to most offensive.12. “Going forward” Source: llamnuddsOh, what’s that? You mean ‘in the future’? WELL WHY DON’T YOU JUST SAY IT?11. “Synergy” Source: zappowbangWould probably be higher up this list if only we knew what it meant.10. “Blue-sky” Source: Dennis WongAs in “Let’s blue-sky this dialogue.” Closely related to thinking outside the box, but with more clouds.9. “Think outside the box” Source: z287marcIf I really thought outside the box, you’d fire me. What you actually mean is “think inside a very slightly bigger box.”Further hampered by the Irish alternative meaning of ‘box’, which basically makes any sentence including it impossible to take seriously.8. “Proactive” Source: normanackThis literally just means ‘active’, but with an extra three letters at the beginning. See also: ‘forward planning’.7. “What’s your bandwidth?” Source: The EggplantThe worst replacement for ‘Are you too busy’ anyone could possibly have come up with.6. “Let’s park that” Source: positionmktgTranslation: Shut up, minion.5. “360-degree thinking” Source: oddsockI’m sorry, how many degrees should we think about this in? Three hundred and sixty, you say? Grand.4. “Circle back” Source: briannaorgAlso ‘loop back’, as in ‘We’ll loop back tomorrow on this’. Just one of the million words that Satan invented to replace ‘talk’.3. “Paradigm shift” Source: ronocdhLiterally nobody in the world knows what this actually means in an office context.2. “Round-table” Source: WonderlaneUsed as a verb, as in “Let’s round-table that tomorrow.” Insufferable. Should be made grounds for instant dismissal.1. “Touch base” Source: mnscThe absolute worst. Sounds like an office-inappropriate euphemism. We might as well replace it with “drop the hand on base” and just watch the world burn.What’s your most hated piece of office jargon? Let us know in the comments…Thanks to Michael Quane, Maria Pharrell, Michael Fay, Ciara Knight, kat365, Adebayo Flynn, Gavan Reilly, Seán Denny, Edwin Gilson and Best Bits. The 11 most infuriating talkers in your office right now>Look around your office… can you identify these 9 people?>The 19 most annoying things about work>