Friday miscellany…

… shooters and omnibus bill edition…

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You might remember a post I scribbled a little while back about a “new” shooter that is perfect for O-Town right now, given all of the lay-offs and transitions…

Well, CBC Ottawa got a hold of this and, well, it kind of led to my bud who came up with the idea being interviewed on CBC Ottawa’s All in a Day.

Cool.

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So, the Harpernerds are out to neuter Parliament yet again with another one of their Omnibus bills!

The so-called Budget Implementation Act (Bill C-38) does a WHOLE LOT MORE than simply put the measures into place to make the Budget “happen”.

As Elizabeth May puts it:

Most of Bill C-38 has nothing to do with fiscal matters or what a budget is supposed to do.  Instead, it attacks environmental legislation, amending the Environmental Assessment Act, the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act, and repealing the Kyoto Implementation Act, along with cancelling the National Round Table on Environment and Economy.

And why not debate these other – and clearly not Budget-related – issues separately?

Simple – the CPC regards Parliament as a nuisance… an obstacle that must be worked around.

Shameful, but predictable.

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“Morguelike” is perhaps the best word to accurately describe the mood in the public service cube land these days.

The cuts to the PS are indeed deep and broad. Families are being hurt. Stress is causing health issues. This is not good.

Whether the cuts were needed at this time or not is debatable (I don’t think they were required to this extent), but they are indeed happening.

But I, like others I have spoken with who are NOT originally from the Ottawa Valley, have a bit of a different perspective on the job losses. Many have had jobs and careers before the Public Service and have experienced job losses or changes in the past. This is normal for most people who don’t hail from these parts. It is a part of life.

Yet not so normal to any great extent to those folks who grew up here, whose parents and grandparents worked for the PS. They have not gone through the life-changing job-related gut wrenches that are pretty much common outside the NCR. es, there was Program Review under Martin, but those who went through that period and this one tell me that the cuts of the 90’s were not as broad and deep as these ones. I don’t know if the numbers bear that out, but that is the impression.

So while these changes are tough on everyone, those who grew up here and have come to expect some measure of stability in their job lives; well, those are the ones hurting the most right now. Their world has been turned literally upside down.

Just an observation.

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Had lunch at the Mill Street Brew Pub yesterday. I highly recommend it!

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Hey! Rush is in town! Why didn’t they call????

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Does anyone really think these stickers are cool? Really?

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Finally, a huge Trashy congrats to my bro’ and sis in-laws (and my nephew and niece too) on welcoming a new oenophile to the flock! I can’t wait to meet her!

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