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September, 2012:


… Steve Jobs is sending me emails from beyond the grave!




I love Instagram!

Some pics for a Saturday.

Notre Dame Cathedral.



My fave resto in the world! South Beauty Szechuan, Beijing.


Star rated is good…



Columbia ice fields.



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Henderson has scored for Canada!

Forty years since Henderson scored the winning goal in Moscow. Forty freaking years!

Yup. The whole school was in the gym watching the game on a teeny tiny black and white Electrohome perched on the stage.

The school buses arrived at the beginning of the third period so we had to leave. After getting off the bus, my brother and I sprinted the 300 yards or so to our house where our Dad, Mom and some family friends were watching the game… made it just a few minutes before that magical moment! I don’t think I ever jumped for joy the way that I did that afternoon when I was 9.


Yes, M 312 was voted down…

…but I do hope that constituents will remember the names of all of those MPs who voted YEA.

You can find out how your MP voted here.



Harper? The worst PM since 1968?

Shurely, the respondents to the poll must have interpreted this as a rhetorical question!

I mean, who even comes close???

And forget about “since 1968”. How about “ever”???

The biggest change observed since 2011 is in the second question. One-in-four Canadians (26%, +7) think Harper has been Canada’s Worst Prime Minister since 1968. Mulroney is a distant second with 17 per cent, followed by Trudeau (11%) and Chrétien (9%).

Harper is judged to be the worst recent head of government by more than a third of Atlantic Canadians (40%) and Quebecers (36%), as well as 26 per cent of British Columbians. Trudeau fares poorly in Alberta (21%), and Mulroney has a negative showing in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia and Ontario.

“Is Harper the worst PM ever” falls in the same category as the following rhetorical questions:

  • What’s another word for Thesaurus?
  • Why do they call them apartments when they are all stuck together?
  • Why are there flotation devices under plane seats, instead of parachutes?
  • Why do hot dogs come ten to a package and hot dog buns only eight?
  • Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?
  • Why do flammable and inflammable mean the same thing?
  • Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?
  • If you see a heat wave, should you wave back?
  • Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?
  • Why is brassiere singular and panties plural?


M 312…

… is happily dead.



Wait till the next one. It’ll happen.

Defenders of a woman’s right to choose. Be vigilant.



New use for the House of Commons…

… considering that, thanks to Stevo, it’s pretty much useless as a place of debate these days…

There ya go Mayor Watson! Centrally located. Great access to transit!

h/t to @ugottabekiddin for the inspiration!





A casino in Ottawa?

I’m not a gambler… never been very good at it so gambling, for me, is akin to throwing my money into the fireplace. And I don’t even really like establishments like casinos or slot machine facilities. The atmosphere is plain weird and the damn places are as noisy as hell!

But I don’t have anything morally against them. Some folks find them enjoyable and gaming facilities can provide a solid revenue source for the province and the local municipality. Plus, they employ lots of peeps, there are economic spinoffs, etc., etc. All good stuff.

Now Ottawa’s Mayor, Jim Watson, has signalled that he is in favour of considering an application to the province to site a casino in Bytown.

Mayor Jim Watson says he’s tired of seeing gamblers in the city head across the border to place their bets at the casino in nearby Gatineau and is beginning a process that will see the public weigh in on the idea.

The Casino du Lac-Leamy complex is one of the region’s key attractions and a money-maker for Quebec’s gambling corporation and its sole shareholder, the provincial government.

The resort is home to a casino — Quebec’s second largest after Casino de Montréal — along with a Hilton hotel, restaurants and bars, a spa and a convention centre.

In the first three months of its fiscal year 2013, gross revenues from the gambling operations at Casino du Lac-Leamy topped $61.1 million, according to Loto-Québec’s financial statement.

The Montreal casino generated $116.4 million in gross revenues for the quarter while Casino de Charlevoix rang in $12.7 million and Casino de Mont-Tremblant saw $4.7 million.

Watson says after initial public comment, the city will vote on a casino report and then possibly approach the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., followed by more public meetings next year.

Watson argued Ottawa is losing millions of dollars from gambling money streaming across the Ottawa River to Gatineau.

And I agree. Keep some of that money on this side of the river! And I am especially keen now that the Péquistes are again in power in la belle province.

But be careful, Mr. Watson. You and the rest of Council must seriously look at the impacts – social, economic, and environmental – that a casino would have before you commit to anything. As I understand it, the decision to go ahead with the preliminary application is going to be taken at next week’s Finance and Economic Development Committee meeting. And there has been no public consultation, no staff reports, no research, nothing up to this point.

And, ya know, I’m sort of OK with this too as long as it happens before a committment is made and contracts signed.

One thing I will yell from the rooftops though:

Don’t put the damn thing in the boonies like you did with the arena!

THAT was a boneheaded decision if I ever saw one!


A coooooool morn’!



Ottawa earthquake?

Did anyone else in Ottawa just feel that? I think we just had a small earthquake.

Nothing yet on the USGS, but pots rattled, and we felt something for sure!