Essential job requirements to be a CPC or OPC Minister…

I am so, so proud of my neighbour!

Sun TV News is dead?

Another rat jumps the Harper ship…

Essential job requirements to be a CPC or OPC Minister…

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1. Publicly state that evolution should not be taught in schools…


2. Tweet to the world that evolution should not be considered a “fact”.


3. Make slanderdous and way-over-top statements about Ontario’s school cirriculum


Yup. And add in the:

- mandatory climate-change denying blathering;

- Jenny McCarthy anti-vax fan club membership, and;

- the firm belief that the lunar missions were shot on a Hollywood set

And you have the basics to make it as a rock-solid OPC or CPC Minister!


Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ March 3, 2015

I am so, so proud of my neighbour!

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Some call her Crystal. Others know her as “Snowflake”.

But in the highlands and lowlands of South-east Ottawa, she is known as a dedicated volunteer, a good and honest friend, but most of all, a fan of the Detroit Red Wings.

Which is why I was shocked to see her sudden and complete buy-in of all things Toronto Maple Leaf. She has realised that Canada’s Team – while currently experiencing some difficulties- is the purest way to express one’s Canadian identity.

Some in the neighbourhood will be shocked. Some will be dismayed. But those of us who know her well celebrate this epiphany and will support her through her conversion.

I hear through friends that a website dedicated to her devotion to the TMHC is in the works and will be made public shortly! I for one can’t wait!!!!





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Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ February 19, 2015

Sun TV News is dead?

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Dead? Really dead?

Will Ezra have to go back to being a cashier at a 7-11 in Laval? That reallly is the extent of his c.v., no?

Sun News is about to sign off, permanently. CBC News has learned that the cable news television channel will shut down early tomorrow.

The network began broadcasting in 2011, launching a right-of-centre programming schedule.

It has had a constant challenge attracting viewers. (my note – because it SUCKED AT DOING ITS JOB!)

Its supporters blamed the CRTC for not giving it the same access enjoyed by news channels operated by CBC and CTV.

Film at 11. Complete with heavy whining.

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Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ February 12, 2015

Another rat jumps the Harper ship…

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Lots of pols and pundits are falling all over themselves lauding the soon-to-be-ex CPC attack dog.

I won’t do that.

Don’t let the screen door hit you on the ass on your way out, Johno. Glad to see you go. Go visit Deano in Peterborough. He cries a lot and could use a broad shoulder.

The one redeeming quality about the guy was that is at least borderline socially progressive – and that’s a lot more than one can say for 95% of that caucus on incompetents.

Top five reasons why John Baird is running from the ReformCons:

1. Harper wanted to put one of his other immensely qualified caucus members on the file. Or, as Stephen Lautens puts it:

Stephen Lautens Stephen Lautens
Now the question is what giant of international affairs will fill Baird’s shoes? Or which Harper MP has a valid passport? #cdnpoli
10:01 PM – 02 Feb 15

2. Fat Tony C has put a price on his head for suggesting that the Orrville gazebo should be relocated to the Nepean SportsPlex.

3. He received a plum job offer from Nigel Wright. Word on the street is that Nigel pays well.

4. Despite outward appearances, John and Vlad Putin are really good buds. My sources tell me that they were spotted hunting Bengal Tigers together last Fall and enjoyed a bottle of vodka and several helpings of borscht. Politics makes strange bedfellows.

5. Finally, the man is smart enough to know that he’s on a sinking ship and going out while on top is better than suffering the humiliation of seeing your party reduced to a rump on election night. (156)

Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ February 3, 2015

Yet another rant about texting…

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… and driving.

So here I was last week, coming home from work along my usual route. I stopped at the Heron/Riverside lights and looked around me at the other vehicles. I really wasn’t to surprised to see that every one of the drivers were “heads-down”, furiously typing away or reading whatever was on their screens.

I have included a diagram below, for illustrative purposes. I have even given my intersection buddies cute nicknames.

I mean, I’m SURE whatever they were doing was vital and important. Maybe it was the latest post from Mashable. Maybe the newest trailer from Game of Thrones. Maybe they were discussing the effect of fracking on climate change. I really don’t know.

But I’m sure it was important.

Look, I’m not pretending to be the ideal driver who obeys every rule. I speed, for example. Not in residential areas, mind you, but my cruising speed on the 400-series highways is often over 120 kph if the conditions are OK.

But using a mobile device – EVEN IF PARKED AT AN INTERSECTION – is just plain old stoooooopid!

And I’m not big on bellowing for better police enforcement on something, but this is one completely asinine act that has to be clamped down on… soon.

Here endeth my rant.

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Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ January 31, 2015

Alberta faces recession…

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Because of falling oil prices.

I predicted this about two years ago. Right here.

… and Ontario bounces back.

With the bottoming out of the price of oil and the related low dollar, it was inevitable.

And I bet the short pants in the PMO are beginning to regret their short-changing and put-downs of Canada’s most populous province. They have surely made good sport of that over the past several years.

The Grit spin-dudes should have the good sense to dig up some of these clips to use in a targeted Ontario ad campaign.


Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ January 13, 2015

Great show of strength and unity by Parisians, but….

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… the participation in it by some of the world leaders takes the shine a way somewhat. If indeed the march was also in defence of freedom of speech.

For example:

– Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who had several journalists jailed for insulting him in 2013.

– Saudi ambassador to France. The Saudis publicly flogged blogger @raif_badawi for “insulting Islam”. He’s due to receive 100 lashes.

– Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, whose forces killed 7 journalists in Gaza last year.

– The Foreign Minister of Bahrain, 2nd biggest jailer of journos in the world per capita (they torture them to!)

– The foreign Minister of Russia? Seriously? Russia? That bastion of freedom of the press and expression?

A nice summary of those countries who routinely jail – or do worse to – journalists can be found here.

All I’m saying is that Parisians and the French have shown the world that they will not be cowed.

However, some of the leaders that participated in the march should have stayed home until they clean up their own houses… else their hypocrisy taints a very honourable event. (37)

Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ January 11, 2015

Does anyone doubt an early election now?

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First, this morning, with the ouster of the Burglar of National Defense, Harper was clearly wiping the table of any “nuisance” that may dog him during the campaign.

Now, it comes to light that Harper will deign to meet the Premier of Canada’s largest province before the junior hockey game tonight; thus deflecting criticism that he has put partisanism ahead of a harmonious relationship between the two levels of government.

The Budget will come down. Harper will pronounce that Parliament has become unworkable (how he’ll make this claim will be interesting as he has a majority). Or, and more likely, he’ll use the falling oil prices and the looming (and made-up) economic crisis as a reason to seek a fresh mandate early.

One way or another, Steve will get this nasty election business out of the way before the Duffy trial is well underway and before massive layoffs in the oil-patch hit home.

You can bet on it. (194)

Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ January 5, 2015

Bring on 2015!

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Like any year, there were ups and downs over the past 12 months. However, 2014 was unfortunately just a bit more about downs, than ups.

On the positive side (cuz I like to mention good things first):

First, and most importantly, the kids are thriving. My eldest is working full-time in retail and had come to the realization that working retail kinda sucks. I’m hoping that this translates to post-secondary education in September. I’m proud of the girl for sticking with it even if “it” isn’t quite a lot of fun.

My now-11-year-old is growing into a brilliant and beautiful young lady. Although with this comes those wonderful preteen moments when parents go “WTF did I say?”. Her love for horses and all critters has remained and she seems quite serious about her riding. Though I know full well that this may end up in a second mortgage!

My youngest is batshit crazy. He really is. Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and all that, I suppose. He’s very extroverted but has a great focus when taking on tasks… Like Lego or homework. He is digging school and his grades reflect this. He started hockey this year and is LOVING it! And scoring his first goal was very special! He has already surpassed my career total.

No, no, no, I’m not one of those parents who thinks his kid will be the next Bobby Orr, but I do like this hockey Dad gig, for sure!

Second, the political fortunes smiled in my favour in 2014. Tim Hudak managed to hand the provincial Liberals another win. My brother was successful in his run for a seat on Parry Sound Town Council and two good friends were successful here in Ottawa. I wish all three of them the best in the coming four years and know that they will make their constituents proud!

And may 2015 see the barn down smack Harper on the butt as he leaves Canada’s political scene… and we start a new and more positive era with Justin Trudeau.

(Had to say it.)

Third, I continued with my volunteer activities and even notched them up a tad. My stint on the Board of Aladin Childcare will come to an end in 2015 after 6 years… time enjoyably spent. I continue to serve my kids’ school community as the Secretary of the Parent Council and work with an incredibly dedicated bunch of parents and staff!

And I was surprised and humbled to receive a United Way Community Builder award. I so wasn’t expecting such a thing but am honoured to recognised and am looking forward to the official award ceremony early in 2015.

Finally, I took on a new role at the Canterbury Community Association as its President after the previous one won a seat on City Council. This will be a challenging role but one I’m certain I will love. I am surrounded by capable and dedicated community members and am truly excited thinking what great things we will accomplish in 2015!

On the meh, sorta neutral front, was my work life. I’m very proud of the work I do and love most of the people I work with. As much as the current regime tries to demonise professionals like me and my colleagues, we continue to work hard on behalf of Canadians. Although I, and most of us, would admit that over the last few years, it has been very, very difficult to maintain our enthusiasm for our vocations. Morale has never been lower. But we do professionally soldier on knowing that it can only get better (?).

Now, on the downer side…

Health was an issue in 2014 like no year before. My Mom had a fall and broke her hip in June… she has fully recovered but it was worrisome as hip fractures at her age can be problematic. On the plus side, she was forced to quit smoking (apparently not allowed in hospital rooms) and has stayed off the killer weed ever since!

Staying on the fracture front, my wife broke her ankle quite badly in July, resulting in a surgery, screws and plates and a lengthy rehab period. Even almost six months later, it still gives her some trouble. Worst of all, most of the family summer plans were scuttled… Including a trip to Cuba which was scheduled for the day after her surgery. Ah well, we’ll make up for it next year!

On a very sad note, I also lost an uncle in 2014. It was quite unexpected and has been very hard on my aunt and cousins. I’m hoping they have a better 2015.

For my part, I cannot remember having a worst year, health-wise. First, I had a painful issue that required surgery but reappeared a few months later. Second, my high blood pressure hasn’t improved. But worst of all, it appears that I have a genetic blood disorder called hemachromotosis. It results in excess iron being stored in my body and there is a tendency to accumulate in my vital organs; the heart and liver being the most susceptible.

It can kill me… so not to be taken likely. I should have the genetic test results in early January and the treatment is, well, blood letting. Or, in modern terms, phlebotomies. But until I get my ferritin levels down to normal (20-200 – mine are in the 1100-1400 range), I’ll have to live with quite painful arthritic symptoms, abdominal pain and incredible fatigue.

But I’m confident I’ll be fine a year from now and will just have to get used to having blood drained from me fairly often… maybe I should invest in leeches? And after all, there are folks out there with FAR worse health issues than this.

It was a difficult year, yes. But, upon reflection, the positive stuff did balance out much of the negative. Still, I am looking so forward to 2015 and the excitement that only a new year can bring!!!

Happy New Year to all! (63)

Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ December 31, 2014

Helping out Clifford Bowey PS…

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… in the Aviva Fund competition.

Hi all – PSA time: Clifford Bowey PS has moved into the Aviva Fund Semi-Finals! I like to think that our school community last year helped Vincent Massey win this competition – and a new playground!

Please visit the site and register and VOTE – one vote per day is allowed.

Spread the word and let’s help this very special school build a new accessible playground.

https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf21580 (87)

Ottawa, Ontario

trashee @ December 4, 2014