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.
trashee @ April 12, 2014
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)
trashee @ April 11, 2014
… 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)
trashee @ April 10, 2014
A few interesting graphics forwarded to me by a colleague.
trashee @ April 10, 2014
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)
trashee @ April 7, 2014
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.
trashee @ April 4, 2014
.. 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?”
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!
trashee @ March 28, 2014
… 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)
trashee @ March 12, 2014
… were rabid cheerleaders against the oil sands or any other conservative darling, you can bet that there asses would be on the line!
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)
trashee @ February 19, 2014
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)
trashee @ February 4, 2014