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February, 2012:

Happy Pink Shirt Day!!!!!

Wear pink! Show the world that you think that bullying SUCKS!

The Canterbury Community Association is pleased to announce….PINK SHIRT DAY– Anti Bullying Day – February 29th 2012.

DID YOU KNOW that the last Wednesday of February is known as Anti-Bullying Day in Canada and it is also known as “Pink Shirt Day“. This movement was started 5 years ago, in B.C, when 2 young boys and their friends took a stand against bullying by distributing pink shirts in support of a grade 9 student who was being bullied. Since then, the PINK SHIRT movement has grown throughout Canada, and we are standing united with the children of the Canterbury Community Association  After School Program to say BULLYING STOPS HERE!

The CCA After School Program serves over 100 children from area schools in the Alta Vista ward and has become a much sought after option for many area families seeking after school care for their kids. Pink Shirt day will serve to commemorate the children’s efforts towards maintaining a safe and friendly environment and further solidify their engagement in taking a stand against bullying.We want to invite you to join the movement with your team by promoting PINK SHIRT DAY to your colleagues and friends and wearing PINK on February 29th to take a stand against bullying.

Our Pink Shirt Day Festivities include; a visit from special guest Graham Richardson from CTV News Ottawa who will speak to the children about bullying. We are still seeking sponsors from the community to help us with crafts, peanut-free snacks and drinks for the kids. We will also plan to have meaningful activities and resources for the kids and their parents. Participants will be invited to sign the “Bullying Stops Here” banner in the main hallway; as a symbol of our unity and dedication towards positive relationships and taking a stand against bullying.

Many thanks to my fellow CCA Exec member, Jolyne, who has spearheaded this important event!


When Harper raises the retirement age to 90…

… it will look like this.

Harper’s vision of retirement…


I’m hearing this a lot…

… from conservative friends.

A lot.

Just like during the Adscam years when I was hearing much of the same from Grits. The CPC is at an all-time moral low and is starting to shed some formerly loyal members. This will hurt them in the long run.

A few months ago I was a card carrying Conservative, serving as a director on both the Guelph and Kitchener-Center Conservative electoral district association boards. I succeeded Michael Sona as president of the University of Guelph Campus Conservatives and I can tell you I deeply regret all the work I have done for the Conservative Party of Canada.

They have gone against Canadian values and have made a joke out of our democracy. I believed I was working for a cause to bring greater accountability, transparency and respect for the taxpayer; the result was just the opposite.

Canada is a great nation, built by a people who value hard work, taking responsibility for one’s actions and above all honesty. The government that sits in Ottawa values only power and cannibalizes its own in order to save face.

As someone who has seen what is talked about in the party, I can only say God help Canada in the next four years. Because it won’t be the country that veterans, like my grandfather fought so hard to protect.

Victor Pocaterra, Kitchener


Google freaks me out sometimes…

Check it – I receive ONE email in French and with the word “retraite” in the subject line (retirement, en anglais)… and look at the ad…


Here is a fairly complete…

… annotated list of Harperite misdeeds, lies, slushfunds and illegal activities over the past while.

Reads like news headlines from, oh, a Central American banana republic. Or maybe Italy.

Nicely done, Lawrence Martin.


Coming clean…

… damned classy move and the right thing to do.

When was the last time a Con apologised for a personal attack? Or for anything?

No, I can’t remember either.

Atta boy, Bob.

From The Globe and Mail:



It seems like the Cons were using Robocalls everywhere…

… except for one riding – Parry Sound/Muskoka – where they got their votes in the 2011 election the old-fashioned way.


They bought them.


Obama goes ahead with a privacy…

…Bill of Rights in the States while here in Canada? Well, Vic wants to see it all!

This is all about the consumer’s rights to privacy. The American legislation proposes a “do not track” option that would allow internet users to easily control which sites are permitted to collect personal information. It would effectively limit the monitoring capability of giants like Facebook and Google and provide for legal remedies in the case of violations.

The White House on Thursday proposed a “bill of rights” that would give consumers greater online privacy protection and could eventually give the government greater powers to police Internet firms such as Google Inc and Facebook.

While the privacy bill of rights does not impose any immediate new obligations on online companies, President Barack Obama said it was part of a broader plan to give Americans more control over how their personal data was used on the Internet.

“American consumers can’t wait any longer for clear rules of the road that ensure their personal information is safe online,” said Obama.

“As the Internet evolves, consumer trust is essential for the continued growth of the digital economy. That’s why an online privacy Bill of Rights is so important.”

Internet giants such as Google and Facebook have been accused of quietly tracking their customers’ online activities and then using that data to generate advertising revenue

Meanwhile, here in the Great White InterWeb, the political will to do something likewise is definitely not there and in fact is diametrically opposed to the feeling in the States that unwarranted access to private information is, in fact, unwarranted.

Amazingly, our Privacy Commissioners are ahead of the wave… too bad the Feds won’t listen.

In other news…the Crocs folks are expanding their product line. Woo hoo!

Niwot, CO, United States (AHN) – Crocs, the maker of the popular clunky, multicolored, bright, foam clogs, is expanding its brand to include accessories, eyewear and apparel.

The Niwot, Colorado, based company is launching a line of Crocs-branded accessories, which include hats, bags, backpacks, socks and gloves.

Paramount, a sports licensee, is selling collegiate and Major League Baseball licensed footwear for the iconic Crocs brand.

The Crocs brand will branch out into children’s apparel, set to launch in April, through an agreement with A Group.

Goody. More ugliness.


I. Am.




Looks like March…


… might come in like a lion, eh?