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Hudak vows to cancel full day Kindergarten

It’s National Siblings Day!

Haven’t posted two entries on the same day for a while.

So, yeah, climate change is just not happening, is it?

Hudak vows to cancel full day Kindergarten

Posted in: education, Politics, Ontario | Comments (0)

As a volunteer on a not-for-profit childcare centre Board, I can say with some authority that the FDK horse has left the barn. There has been some bumps on the road to implementation, but it has overall been a success.

Furthermore, cancelling it now in its final stage of implementation would not only throw Ontario schools into a staffing and infrastructural state of chaos, but would spell the death knell for many not-for-profits in the Province.

If he truly wanted to do something positive for public education, Hudak would vow to seriously explore considering Ontario as a Province without a wasteful and discriminatory publicly-funded separate school system.

Tim Hudak – in over his head.

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Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ April 12, 2014

It’s National Siblings Day!

Posted in: Family | Comments (0)

And, according to the centuries old tradition, all younger siblings must pony up the equivalent of 6 gold sovereigns to the eldest sibling.

That’s about a grand in today’s coinage

If you’re the eldest of 6, ching-ching!!!

Only child? – yeah, too bad.

Hey, I’m only repeating the rule! I don’t make this stuff up… (16)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ April 11, 2014

Haven’t posted two entries on the same day for a while.

Posted in: Politics, Canada, CPC, Politics | Comments (0)

… For quite a while.

But I had to say something to a wider audience than FB.

I am SICKENED by some of the comments I’m seeing on the news stories about Jim Flaherty’s sudden death.

Shit, peeps, really? This is just the depth that som conservatives sunk to when Layton died.

I’m as partisan as you can find, but…

A man died an early death. He leaves a loving family and friends behind. He was a dedicated public servant.

He deserves better.

Show some class. Jeez. (11)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ April 10, 2014

So, yeah, climate change is just not happening, is it?

Posted in: Environment | Comments (0)

A few interesting graphics forwarded to me by a colleague.

CO2 seaice (17)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ April 10, 2014

Is Quebec sovereignty dead?

Posted in: Quebec | Comments (0)

Maybe not entirely dead, but quite possibly in its death throes.

Good work, PLQ!

Et, pour les Péquistes – il faut savoir quand vous devriez quitter la soireé.. (9)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ April 7, 2014

Jason Kenney, Tony Clement and…

Posted in: Politics, Canada, CPC, Politics, Canada, Harper, Politics | Comments (2)

… a number of other ReformCon Ministers and PMO staff are reportedly on their way to the site to get new material for the 2015 CPC election campaign.

Artifacts like these meets the criteria necessary to be considered as platform planks – material must be very old, fail the smell test and originate from Middle Ages feudalism.

ba-da-BING!!! (59)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ April 4, 2014

Russia invades Ukraine? Yup, going to happen…

Posted in: Sports, hockey, peace and war, Politics | Comments (0)

.. it’s now not “if” but when.

As reported here, Russian troops are massing at key points along Ukraine’s border. There will be a swift attack, territory will be secured and lives will be lost. Another human tragedy caused by greed. Then Putin will turn to the West and say: “so, what are ya gonna do about it?”

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Sadly, the West is pretty much at a loss here. Financial weakness, military adventures recently ended and a general distaste at home for yet another foreign war have nicely handcuffed most Western leaders. Even Harper, despite his photo-op-driven bravado can do little more than spew and hiss.

Or, can he do more?

The curious thing about Canada is that we are home to the largest single employer of Russian athletes abroad – the NHL (yes, yes, I know that the HQ is in NYC… but we’re still the “spiritual home, no?). The following are the Russian players now in the league:

No. Player Position Team Date of birth Place of birth
25 Mikhail Grigorenko C Buffalo Sabres 05/16/1994 Khabarovsk, RUS
61 Nikita Zadorov* D Buffalo Sabres 04/16/1995 Moscow, RUS
28 Alexander Semin RW Carolina Hurricanes 03/03/1984 Krasnoyarsk, RUS
31 Anton Khudobin G Carolina Hurricanes 05/07/1986 Ust-Kamenogorsk, KAZ
39 Nikolai Khabibulin G Chicago Blackhawks 01/14/1973 Ekaterinburg, RUS
1 Semyon Varlamov G Colorado Avalanche 04/27/1988 Samara, RUS
6 Nikita Nikitin D Columbus Blue Jackets 06/16/1986 Omsk, RUS
42 Artem Anisimov C Columbus Blue Jackets 05/24/1988 Yaroslavl, RUS
51 Fedor Tyutin D Columbus Blue Jackets 07/19/1983 Izhevsk, RUS
72 Sergei Bobrovsky G Columbus Blue Jackets 09/20/1988 Novokuznetsk, RUS
43 Valeri Nichushkin* RW Dallas Stars 03/04/1995 Chelyabinsk, RUS
55 Sergei Gonchar D Dallas Stars 04/13/1974 Chelyabinsk, RUS
13 Pavel Datsyuk C Detroit Red Wings 07/20/1978 Ekaterinburg, RUS
47 Alexei Marchenko* D Detroit Red Wings 01/02/1992 Moscow, RUS
37 Denis Grebeshkov D Edmonton Oilers 10/11/1983 Yaroslavl, RUS
64 Nail Yakupov RW Edmonton Oilers 10/06/1993 Nizhnekamsk, RUS
77 Anton Belov* D Edmonton Oilers 07/29/1986 Ryazan, RUS
80 Ilya Bryzgalov G Edmonton Oilers 06/22/1980 Togliatti, RUS
7 Dmitry Kulikov D Florida Panthers 10/29/1990 Lipetsk, RUS
26 Vyacheslav Voynov D Los Angeles Kings 01/15/1990 Chelyabinsk, RUS
74 Alexei Emelin D Montreal Canadiens 04/25/1986 Togliatti, RUS
79 Andrei Markov D Montreal Canadiens 12/20/1978 Voskresensk, RUS
21 Andrei Loktionov C New Jersey Devils 05/30/1990 Voskresensk, RUS
28 Anton Volchenkov D New Jersey Devils 02/25/1982 Moscow, RUS
20 Evgeni Nabokov G New York Islanders 07/25/1975 Ust-Kamenogorsk, KAZ
71 Evgeni Malkin C Pittsburgh Penguins 07/31/1986 Magnitogorsk, RUS
91 Vladimir Tarasenko RW St. Louis Blues 12/13/1991 Yaroslavl, RUS
56 Nikita Kucherov* RW Tampa Bay Lightning 06/17/1993 Moscow, RUS
41 Nikolai Kulemin LW Toronto Maple Leafs 07/14/1986 Magnitogorsk, RUS
8 Alexander Ovechkin LW Washington Capitals 09/17/1985 Moscow, RUS
81 Dmitry Orlov D Washington Capitals 07/23/1991 Novokuznetsk,

That’s quite a talent pool. And these cats make lots of good ol’ $US (I believe they are all paid in greenbacks).

What if the US and Canada revoked their work permits? Sent them home? I know it wouldn’t stop Putin, but it might give him a taste of the economic and cultural isolation that would be waiting for him if he carried aloing his jingoist path. This would be more a symbolic act than anything else, but we really don’t have many other tools at our disposal, do we?

Man, the Oilers and Columbus would NOT be pleased!

But I would love to see Ovechkin’s sorry butt escorted to the airport!

Thoughts? (39)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ March 28, 2014

As O-Town doesn’t really have a Mayoral race to speak of…

Posted in: Politics, Ontario, Politics, Ontario, Toronto politics | Comments (0)

… this political junkie has to find another one to follow and enjoy.

And Toronto, the land of the crack-smoking, loud, obnoxious, and the tacky champion of all Torontonians with a sub 75 IQ, is the place to watch. Especially now that Olivia Chow is resigning her seat in the House to run against that slobbering and poor excuse to a human being (and John Tory too… but he’s a different type of a poor excuse for a human being), this race is going to get interesting fast! And there are still 7 months to go before the vote.

In Laschinger and Kinsella, Chow has a strong team; and she’s going to need it. This is NOT going to be a walk in the park. I’ve seen various estimates indicating that the size of FurdNashun is worth about 20-25% at the ballot box. The danger here is that Chow and Tory split the anti-Furd vote and the crackhead comes up the middle.

It would be interesting to see if any of FurdNashun will flip to Tory instead… doubt it, though.

Stay tuned, this is gonna be a helluva ride! (37)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ March 12, 2014

If Peter Mansbridge or Jian Ghomeshi…

Posted in: media | Comments (0)

… were rabid cheerleaders against the oil sands or any other conservative darling, you can bet that there asses would be on the line!

But Rex Murphy can exult in the virtues of the massive western projects all he wants and with impertinence without fear of reprisal.

He can take money from the oil sand players for speaker fees and then go on public airways denouncing those who stand in the way of his version of “renewing Confederation”.

I am not completely anti-oil-sands. I think they could and should be managed better and that First nation rights should be respected. But Rex has stepped over the line. He really has become a better-dressed version of that other CBC buffoon (you know who I mean). He can also use and understand words with greater than two syllables.

CBC – give Rex his walking papers. And while you’re at it, make it a double. (48)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ February 19, 2014

Ten years and counting…

Posted in: health | Comments (1)

It’s an important anniversary for me today – on February 4, 2004, I smoked my last cigarette.

And that was one of the best decisions of my life.

It was very difficult. But I did it. And I haven’t become one of those rabid anti-smokers; even though I now find the smell absolutely disgusting. Smoking is a chemical addiction and like any dependency, it is very hard to break.

I know. I’ve been there.

Happy Anniversary to me! (118)

Trashy,
Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ February 4, 2014

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