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OC  Transpo wants to keep the GPS data all to themselves – it’s all about the money!

The head of OC Transpo told Ottawa’s transit commission the transit provider didn’t want to make information about bus locations and other data open to the public until it could determine how much money could be made using the data.

OC Transpo general manager Alain Mercier had told the transit commission the data would be made available in keeping with the city’s push to become a municipality that shares its data openly.

Um. Not meaning to be picky or anything, but… don’t we – the taxpayers and riders – pay for the operation of OC Transpo – GPS data and all?

Whatta crock. Improved location data accessed and used by an app developed by a third-party is the best and fastest way to go on this. Service improvement would be the result.

But no one can really claim Ottawa’s transit system to be the best or the fastest, have they?


So Rick Perry is out of the GOP race in the States and he has thrown his support behind the Newt-meister…

Personally, I have been cheering hard and madly for Perry, and Bachmann, Santorum, et al. All complete kooks that Obama could easily swipe aside in the upcoming election. I mean, these boneheads make even Jason Kenney look normal!

Check this out. There was a CNN hosted debate last night where the moderator asked Newt about some extramarital boo-yaws that might have been going down. Immediately,they go after the moderator.

In his opening question, King asked Gingrich whether he wanted to respond to allegations by an ex-wife that he had asked her for an “open marriage” that would allow him to continue an affair he was having with a staffer.

“I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for office, and I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that,” the former House speaker replied icily amid cheers from the audience at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Gingrich, describing the story as false, said he was “tired of the elite media protecting Barack Obama” by attacking potential Republican opponents. That won a standing ovation — though it was hard to judge whether he had succeeded in defusing the issue among the Palmetto State’s conservative voters.

Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, said he was grateful for God’s forgiveness but indicated the topic was legitimate. “What we did in our lives are issues of character for people to consider,” he said.

Yup. The wahoos are handing Obama this election on a platter! Or, as Kinsella put it this morn’:

The Winner?

You could not do better than this if you planned it: no clear winner in the Republican field, with assorted extremists doing well, and the one moderate doing badly.

And this all happens without you lifting a finger. Not bad.


Wow! There are/were Russian spies in Canada??? Ain’t that outlandish!


C’mon. Let’s be realistic. The Superpowers like Russia, the U.S. and China have never, ever left espionage behind in spite of the collapse of the Soviet Union and all of the other geopolitical changes that have taken place in the past couple of decades. So this should not shock too many people. I’m actually surprised that this doesn’t happen more often!


Sarah Burke’s untimely demise is a sad story. But she lived on the edge and the edge bit back.


There’s a great idea! Make Canada’s already sparse rail service even sparser (sp?). Who needs a passenger train service anyways? What with air travel so convenient and cheap and gasoline prices at such affordable levels – who needs trains???

I’m betting they will go ahead with these cuts – or privatization. It would not be out of line with the normal, short-sighted CPC thinking…


Sooo… why is the OCDSB blocking this? And classifying atheism as a cult? Just a oversight, I’m sure… but one that should be fixed.

Tx to @onegoodpicture for this


Lastly, one of my baseball heroes isn’t doing so well. Cancer is getting the best of former Expos catcher, Gary Carter. I was an Expos fan before the Blue Jays came along and remained one. But there were two Expos that I admired the most, Steve Rogers and Gary Carter.

Sending some positive mojo your way, Mr. Carter.



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