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June, 2012:

Wear are my sunglasses?

Cuz I need to wear them tonight!!!

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Wow.

The job of a School Board Trustee must be frustrating indeed… what kind of fool would consider taking on such a task!

Oh. Yeah.

Thanks, Cathy. I reckon your experience will be missed – at least by some.

OTTAWA — Kanata public school trustee Cathy Curry says she’s so sick of the board’s dysfunction that she’s calling it quits.

But before she goes, Curry’s also calling on the Ministry of Education to introduce sweeping changes to the way public school trustees conduct business provincewide and to launch an investigation into how Ottawa-Carleton District School Board trustees govern themselves.

In a letter to the board’s senior staff — and circulated to trustees Friday afternoon, Curry quotes one of the board’s former governance coaches, saying, “If you can’t change people, sometimes you have to change people.”

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Friday miscellany…

Happy Canada Day edition!

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About these “Harper Hates Me” buttons – I’m coming down on this issue on a side that you might not expect…

Public servants who got in trouble for wearing “Stephen Harper Hates Me” buttons to work are fighting back.

Several employees at the Canada Revenue Agency who were told to remove the buttons by their managers have filed grievances through their union to fight the order.

The buttons were made by members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the largest union representing federal public servants, and have been circulating around the country. Some workers wore them at May Day rallies to mark International Workers Day and they were available at PSAC’s national convention in Ottawa at the end of April.

Robert Campbell, president of the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE), which falls under the PSAC umbrella, said some CRA employees pinned the buttons to their jackets and wore them to and from work in the following weeks. They complied when advised to remove them.

Look, folks criticise the government all of the time and I do think that The Robot and his minions don’t particularly “love” the PS. BUT, as long as it is done on your own time and own equipment (at home or over an iPhone, for example), criticism is within the bounds. But government critics who are also in the PS ought to be very careful about the line that is straddled because, like it or not, ultimately, the government is the boss. And one should not criticise them on work time or on work premises. As far as I am concerned, what public servants do outside these parameters is well within their rights, as long as they are not casting aspersions on their own departments.

So no, the employer is within their rights to demand that these buttons not be worn on work premises. Just like they have the right to dictate hours and dress codes.

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Even though I am not a BB user, I do of course feel for the thousands of families who are going to suffer because of the downfall of the once Canadian Golden Boy of the tech world.

RIM plunges
Shares of Research In Motion Ltd. are plunging in pre-market action this morning in the wake of the company’s brutal first-quarter results and the decision to delay its crucial new BlackBerry 10.

RIM stock is down by about 15 per cent in pre-market moves on Nasdaq as the BlackBerry maker’s stunning fall from grace continues amid heated competition from the likes of Apple Inc.’s popular iPhone and devices running Google Inc.’s Android system.

But I gotta wonder if this would have happened hadn’t the previous CEO, Jim Basillie, been more concerned with his companies health than with landing an NHL franchise.

Just sayin’…

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How about that pony-tailed Senator that Justin Trudeau laid a thumping on? Pretty outta control, I’d say!

Brazeau wasn’t just missing from the Senate floor. Between June 2011 and April 2012, he also missed 65 per cent of meetings at the aboriginal peoples committee on which he sits.

He was away for 31 per cent of the meetings of the human rights committee, where he is deputy chair.

The senator, appointed in 2008 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, sent an email response to a request for comment.

“The very simple answer to your question with respect to my attendance or lack thereof is for personal matters,” said Brazeau, former national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.

He did not elaborate, but later posted a message on Twitter directed to the reporter, Jennifer Ditchburn of The Canadian Press: “while u smile Jen, others suffer. Change the D to a B in your last name and we’re even! Don’t mean it but needs saying.”

Like I said to Dean, Dean, The Cheque Cashing Machine – stay classy, big guy!

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Hey! Maybe the Cons can use the old Gun Registry for this… just change a few data fields, et voilà!

A local MP and police in northwest Toronto are calling for a national stolen cellphone registry to stop an epidemic of thefts in their area and across the city.

Mike Sullivan, MP for York South-Weston, says the CRTC must act quickly to create a registry of identification numbers from stolen cellphones and ask providers not to reactivate phones on that list.

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That’s all for now! Have a safe and fun long weekend and try to picture a Canada Day a few years out when we will NOT have Stephen Harper living at 24 Sussex…

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These are hilarious!

Seems that some Americans are so mad about the SC giving the thumbs up to Obama’s health care reforms, that they want to move here!

Question – is there anything we can do to keep these yahoos OUT???

1.

I’m moving to Canada. Obviously the United States doesn’t know what they are doing anymore. This used to be a great country… Pretty sad.

2.

The supreme court upheld Obama Care. That’s it. I’m moving to Canada!

3.

I’m moving to Canada, the United States is entirely too socialist.

4.

#SCOTUS holds up free healthcare for everyone?! Screw this commie country, I’m moving to #Canada #whoswithme

5.

The idea of seriously moving to Canada seems very real to me now thanks to Obamacare.

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Dean, Dean, Dean (redux)

Do you hear the sound of that shovel hitting bedrock?

You have nowhere to go but up, big guy!

OTTAWA — Two donors to Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro’s 2008 election campaign have produced copies of cheques they say were reimbursements paid by a small electrical company owned by his cousin.

The cheques show the donors each received $1,050 from Deltro Electric Ltd. of Mississauga, Ont., two days before they made $1,000 donations to Del Mastro’s electoral district association in Peterborough.

The donors also produced copies of the personal cheques they sent to the riding association in September 2008.

The cheques could be key pieces of evidence should Elections Canada expand its ongoing investigation of Dean Del Mastro’s 2008 campaign expenses to the donations that funded them.

Under the Elections Act, it is a serious offence to conceal the real source of donations to an election campaign.

Deltro owner David Del Mastro has denied issuing any reimbursements to his cousin’s campaign contributors and says he only asked people to give voluntarily.

One of the cheques obtained by the Citizen is payable to a former Deltro employee who, earlier this month, signed a statutory declaration describing how Deltro staff were asked to enlist family and friends in the alleged reimbursement scheme.

David Del Mastro “advised me at that time that he wanted to make a large monetary donation to the re-election campaign of his cousin, Dean Del Mastro Member of Parliament,” the statement said.

“My employer assured me that if I would do so, my employer would cause his company, Deltro Electric Ltd. to reimburse me for the full sum of $1,000, plus a further bonus of $50, and that I would receive an income tax receipt for the donation.”

The alleged scheme was intended to circumvent the limit on political donations, the former employee said. The Conservative government lowered the limit to $1,100 through its 2006 centrepiece ethics legislation, the Federal Accountability Act.

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The Mulcair posts I threw on here…

over the past few days were fun… kinda like the #Harperhistory or #tellviceverything tags.

A point that I was trying to make is that these attack ads that are the darlings of the CPC inter-election “strategy” are becoming laughable – even to many conservatives.

I have an idea! Maybe The Robot and his merry gang of attack dawgs should put their majority (have they clued into this yet?) government to good use and expend some of the excess energy put into these ridiculous examples of video vomit into something more useful to Canadians. Perhaps a forward thinking and insightful policy or two? Perhaps?

C’mon you guys. Everyone is laughing at you.

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OC Transpo… stay classy

This incident where an OC Transpo driver refused to stop and let off a mom who was accidentally separated from her child is almost too appalling to be true.

But considering the number of witnesses and the fact that the police are involved, I suspect it may be.

I can see where a parent could easily get separated from a child on a crowded bus. Routes like the 94, 95, 97. etc are often packed like sardines thus making it difficult to get to an exit upon arrival at one’s stop. Unless you are carrying your child, he or she may not make it to the door in time. I’ve seen this “almost” happen quite a few times in my 15 years of riding the big red limos.

Add this to the tendency of many an operator to get away from the stop as quickly as possible with little regard for those customers who are struggling to get to a door, and a scenario like this is almost expected.

Operators need to understand that it is the service to the public that is paramount and not their eagerness to get to their next lay-up!

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K!

Why are we talking about elephants on The Agenda? Elephant-gate? Really?

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Thomas Mulcair…

… wants to give you Dutch disease.

A disease invented by the Dutch to attack Canada’s economy.

Holland.

Home to legalised drugs, windmills and Hollandaise sauce.

Thomas Mulcair wants to brings them here.

Drugs that will ruin your children. Windmills that will kill jobs. Hollandaise sauce that will make Canadians fat!

AND HE WILL HAVE YOU PAY FOR THEM!

This is risky. This will raise taxes.

But Thomas Mulcair doesn’t mind.

He’s just visiting.

FROM HOLLAND!

Only Stephen Harper and a strong Conservative majority government can save you from Thomas Mulcair and Dutch disease.

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Thomas Mulcair’s NDP…

…has weird ideas.

Dangerous and weird ideas.

He experiments with ideas.

Ideas that would kill Canadian jobs.

Jobs like these:

Ideas are a gateway to job-killing drugs.

The kind that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is keeping away from your children.

Thomas Mulcair’s NDP want to drug your kids with dangerous and weird ideas.

Only a strong, stable, Conservative majority government can stop Thomas Mulcair and the idea-junkie NDP.

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