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November, 2012:

The stupid!!!!

It hurts!!!!

Check it out, there’s a “Rob Ford has been overthrown by Toronto elitists” site!

Democracy Denied!

We the people of Toronto and friends in the rest of Canada who support Rob Ford for Mayor of Toronto.

Our voice was shutdown by an activists who brought Rob Ford to court on a technicality for using the wrong letterhead to raise money for underprivileged kids sports.

Those elitist Ford haters wanted to get Ford anyway they could.

Now it’s time to fight back. Let’s bring Rob Ford back into the mayor’s office with an even BIGGER vote margin.

Who writes their stuff? “A BIGGER vote margin”? WTF does that mean? Oh, I get it. They mean “BIGGER margin of victory”! But I guess I’m just being elitist...

And hey, good luck with that!

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Job action by the elementary school teacher’s union…

From the OCDSB site.

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ETFO Work To Rule Strategy

Effective Monday, December 3, 2012, OCETF Members Will:

NOT participate in any school-based or system-level meetings including staff meetings, committee meetings, division meetings, Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings, and School Improvement Plan (SIP) meetings, student of concern meetings, team meetings, etc.;

NOT attend any board sponsored professional development workshops/activities/events;

NOT conduct any reading, writing, or mathematics diagnostic assessments i.e., CASI, ELOT, EDI, DRA etc., other than those that the teacher deems necessary;

NOT fulfill any administrative duties such as filing, sorting of documents for OSRs, completing or verifying attendance registers, data entry, computer site administrator; collecting of monies. (Note: collecting monies is permitted for activities initiated by the teacher);

NOT act as admin. designate or teacher in charge where the role is voluntary, i.e., without pay; this does not apply to the normal admin designates who receive a stipend for this role;

NOT participate in any EQAO related activities or testing;

NOT participate in any Ministry initiatives connected to the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat/Student Success/Learning to 18 (e.g., Schools In the Middle (SIM), Teacher Learning Critical Pathways (TLCP));

NOT participate in parent interviews outside the instructional day;

NOT participate in field trips, play days, or class excursions as of December 10, 2012;

NOT attend attendance management meetings;

NOT participate in voluntary/extra-curricular activities;

NOT distribute for management any board or ministry memos about the union’s work to rule or labour negotiations to students or parents.

 

OCETF members will:

 

CONTINUE to teach and provide extra help to students during the instructional day;

CONTINUE to take attendance;

CONTINUE to maintain contact with parents regarding students during the instructional day;

CONTINUE to provide scheduled supervisory duties.

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I almost fell of my bus seat when I saw this headline:

Tories still see ally in Rob Ford

Really? Seriously? Toronto area Conservatives are coming to this train wreck’s defense? Would Ford have the utter gall to run for the CPC in the next election?

Of course he would.

OTTAWA – Those whose antics threaten to besmirch the party name normally don’t get a second chance with Canada’s federal Conservatives.

Not so, it would seem, for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

“I did support him and I do support him,” said Conservative MP John Carmichael, who represents the Toronto riding of Don Valley West, after the controversial municipal leader was ordered removed from office this week for violating conflict-of-interest rules.

“I feel very badly about what’s happening.”

Many Toronto-area Conservatives are rallying around the embattled mayor, having actively backed Ford’s 2010 campaign — some putting a great deal of their own personal political capital into play in order to elect someone they saw as a valuable ally.

Ford’s campaign pledge to end the city hall “gravy train” resonated with kindred spirits on the political spectrum, his no-nonsense, blue-collar style the perfect antidote to the Toronto elites long viewed as the natural enemy of Canada’s right wing.

And how many mayors have been invited to go fishing at Stephen Harper’s summer home?

Personally, I think this is a good thing. Sure, why not?

And when it blows up in the collective face of the ReformCons, I will be falling off my seat again – laughing.

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Petty partisan politics…

…trumps good legislation most of the time in Harper’s government.

And that is really too bad, especially in this case because this was a good Private Members Bill that should have passed.

OTTAWA – The New Democrats’ efforts to help Canada send desperately needed medication overseas to people suffering with HIV/AIDS was defeated in the House of Commons Wednesday – an action some are calling a “travesty” and a “betrayal.”

“It is a travesty that the Harper government, having made much of its initiative on maternal and child health, would now turn its back on an opportunity to help people dying of treatable diseases,” Richard Elliott, executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal network said in a release. 

“This is shamefully callous and a discriminatory double-standard for which those who can least afford it pay the ultimate price.”

Only seven Conservative MPs supported the private member’s bill, which went down in a close vote of 141 for and 148 against.

The CPC cannot put aside partisanship? Even for a moment?

Sheesh. Typical.

 

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Back when Conservatives…

… were “Progressive” (and even palatable), there was this guy.

Former PM Joe Clark was interviewed for this insightful piece in the Citizen, which you should all read.

He is dead-on here:

Canada risks devolving into a country of “gated communities” with “indifferent” citizens who lose the ties that bind them as a nation, warns former prime minister Joe Clark.

“There’s the old T.S. Eliot line about ending with a whimper, not a bang,” Clark said in an exclusive interview with Postmedia News.

“The real threat to this country isn’t that we will explode, that there will be some civil war somewhere. It is that we will just naturally fall back into our principalities.”

Clark’s comments came as he participated in a special Postmedia News project in which all of Canada’s six living former prime ministers were interviewed on current issues.

 

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Meanwhile, over at Blogging Tories…

… the decision to remove Rob Ford from office has been blamed on Toronto lefties.

Yup. Damn lefties. At it again.

Calgary lost the game last night cuz of the lefties too!

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Argos win the Grey Cup…

and Rob Ford is ordered to be removed from office!

Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles T. Hackland said in a ruling released Monday that Ford violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act when he spoke and participated in a council vote regarding a financial penalty he was ordered to pay. The penalty relates to donations he solicited for his football charity.

What a GREAT 24 hours!!

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The last traces of the…

… hated-by-the-west National Energy Program (NEP) were gone by the end of 1986 under PM Brian Mulroney (who is, incidentally the last true Conservative PM… unless you count Liberal PM Paul Martin, but I digress…). Using my superior mathematical skills, that makes it 26 years since the NEP was around.

Twenty-six years.

And still some Westerners obsess about it.

I have a theory about this. It isn’t your average Albertan who is still oh-so obsessed and who decries any and all Liberals as the NEP Party: it’s really only those who have another agenda. An agenda not grounded in energy policy nor of a national vision. Nope. This hatred carries on because there are some in the West- especially in Alberta- who want to drive a wedge between the West and the RoC. They’d like nothing more than to rid themselves of the have-not provinces to the East and the dope-smokers of B.C.

And many of these folks are prominent in the Alberta CPC caucus and the far right Wild Rose Party.

Call me crazy but it is a possible explanation of the unabated huffing and puffing over a policy that hasn’t been around for a quarter century.

In the meantime, Albertans and other Westerners should pay heed that their energy wealth can end as quickly as it began. Energy efficient transportation and industrial production practices may one day drive prices down to a point where tar sand exploitation is no longer viable. And the oil will one day run out.

As well, the American economy will one day be once again robust. With that will come a rebirth and resurgence of Ontario and Quebec. Western provinces may one day be once again have-nots.

We Easterners will remember these days when Westerners called the political shots.

Oh yeah, we will not ever forget.

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Yup. The cool.

It’s gone for good.

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A tip of the Trashy tuque to Facebook’s Meanwhile in Canada for this chuckle!

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Mystery power outage in Ottawa…

… the fault of the Liberals, claims the CPC.

Several areas of downtown Ottawa were left without electricity for a brief time yesterday.
Conservative Party spokesman, Pierre Polievre, released the following statement to the media this morning:

Clearly, this attack on the power grid was due to irresponsible and corrupt Liberal MPs mismanaging the small appliances in their Parliamentary kitchen. Our research has clearly indicated that 2 MPs, including Alberta-hating Justin Trudeau, plugged in a kettle, ran a microwave AND turned on the hot plate of the coffee maker AT THE SAME TIME!

This is the type of kitchen mismanagement that your strong Conservative majority government has been warning Canadians about since 2006.

Furthermore, we have obtained a 1997 interview with Mr. Trudeau in which he actually PRAISES kitchen appliance mismanagement!

Canada’s strong and stable Conservative majority government’s Parliamentary kitchens have clear rules posted in both languages that explain approved kitchen appliance procedures. And our MPs abide by them 100% of the time.

Make no mistake that if Canadians ever elect another Liberal government, they will be risking widespread power outages from coast to coast.

When reached for a reaction to Polievre’s remarks, Mr. Trudeau had the following to say:

WTF?

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