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“Natural” remedies

Check out this exposeé done by CBC’s Marketplace.

Turns out the show’s producers “invented” a natural children’s remedy claiming to help bring down fevers. They submitted an application to have this approved by Health Canada. No scientific testing. No quantitative evidence whatsoever that it actually worked. And all totally bogus.

And guess what? It was approved!

Turns out that theses homeopathic or natural remedies don’t actually have to provide any evidence of efficacity at all! Just fill in some forms, photocopy this and that, and there ya go!

I’ve always been suspicious of these products and it turns out that I may have been correct.

I wonder if the anti-vaxers believe that toadstools and garlic will keep polio away :).


If Peter Mansbridge or Jian Ghomeshi…

… were rabid cheerleader against the oil sands or any other conservative darling, you can bet that there asses would be on the line!

But Rex Murphy can exult in the virtues of the massive western projects all he wants and with impertinence without fear of reprisal.

He can take money from the oil sand players for speaker fees and then go on public airways denouncing those who stand in the way of his version of “renewing Confederation”.

I am not completely anti-oil-sands. I think they could and should be managed better and that First nation rights should be respected. But Rex has stepped over the line. He really has become a better-dressed version of that other CBC buffoon (you know who I mean). He can also use and understand words with greater than two syllables.

CBC – give Rex his walking papers. And while you’re at it, make it a double.


Dirty hotel rooms…

… are everywhere!!!

CBC’s Marketplace released some findings of a health study done on a variety of low and high-end hotel rooms across Canada.

Warriner (the researcher) tested common “hot spots” in hotel rooms using an adenosine triphosphate (ATP) measuring device that determines microbial contamination on surfaces.

A scan of any surface gauges the level of contamination with a simple numerical value, employing a scale used in similar tests in schools and offices. An ATP level under 300 is considered a “pass,” while anything between 300 and 999 is in considered to be in the “caution zone.” An ATP level over 1,000 is deemed a fail.

Marketplace’s test found that bed comforters, bathroom faucets and TV remotes were the top three dirtiest spots in hotel rooms.

The article goes on to note how some of the better hotels; the Fairmonts and the Sheratons, for example, scored worse in some categories than lower end places.

Is anyone really surprised by these findings?

The housekeepers have a quota of number of rooms cleaned per day. They have to meet this quota as a condition of their continued employment. So they may not have enough time to throughly clean every room assigned to them; especially if a couple of rooms are especially dirty and need extra attention. The hotel managers are trying to squeeze every last cent from them to lower their own costs, so the chances of the housekeepers being assigned fewer rooms are pretty slim.

In any case, I for one will be a bit extra vigilant the next time I stay in a hotel room… and I won’t be pulling the comforter all the way up to my neck!


Ottawa radio rankings…

This is interesting. At least I think so… and nice to see that some Ottawans are coming to their senses and tuning out the blathering by the CPC wingnut supporters on CFRA!

My own listening habits revolve mostly around CBC Radio with some CHEZ 106 and Live 88.5. Maybe BOB FM from time to time.

And I am always arguing with my 8-year-old who is more of a Hot 89.9 fan… but I usually win… hey! My car, my radio station!

Rank Station spring 2012 fall 2011 spring 2011 fall 2010 spring 2010
1 CBO CBC Radio 1 21.8 20.5 17.7 19.9 17.2
2 CIHT Hot 89.9 10.4 9.4 13.3 11.5 11.7
3 CFRA CFRA 7.3 10.6 11.2 12.4 11.6
4 CHEZ CHEZ 106 7 6.2 5.1 5.9 7.2
5 CKBY Y101 5.9 5.4 4.3 4.1 4.5
6 CBOQ CBC Radio 2 5.9 4.7 3.9 4.3 3.4
7 CJMJ Majic 100 5.4 7 7.3 7.3 8.2
8 CILV Live 88.5 4.7 4.2 4.2 3.4 3
9 CJWL The Jewel 4.2 3.2 3.6 3.3 4.5
10 CISS KISS FM 3.7 4.9 4.8 3.8 3.8
11 CKQB The Bear 3.5 3.5 4 4.3 5
12 CKKL BOB FM 3 3.7 4.2 5.2 4
13 CFGO Team 1200 2.8 2.2 3 2.7 3.6
14 CJOT boom 99.7 1.9 1.5 1.8 1 n/a
15 CBOX Espace Musique 1.4 1.1 1 0.6 0.9
16 CIDG DAWG FM 1 1.3 1.2 1.8 n/a
17 CIWW 1310News 1 0.9 0.9 0.6 1.9
18 CBOF Radio-Canada 0.7 0.5 0.6 0.4 0.6
19 CIMF Rock-Détente 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.8 0.7
20 CKTF Energie 104.1 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.3 0.1
21 CHLX Planete 97,1 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.5 1
22 CKOF CKOI 104,7 0 0 0.2 0 0.1
23 CFTX Capitale Rock 0 0 0.2 0 0


So Rob Effing Ford is the worst person in the world?

Um, I dunno about that. There are worse. Yet Keith Olbermann thinks REF takes the gateau.

The U.S. television personality and political pundit mocked Mr. Ford on the “Worst Person in the World” feature of his CurrentTV show, which aired Oct. 28.

“The new conservative executive [of Toronto] has had a rough start, but never was it rougher than Monday,” Mr. Olbermann said.

But in the WORLD?

Maybe in Toronto. Or in Ontario. Or even Canada when Harper and his Cabinet are out of the country…

Naw, what about Robert Effing Mugabe? Kim Effing Jong-Il? Mahmoud Effing Ahmadinejad? Glenn Effing Beck? Sarah Effing Palin?

They’re worse, I’d wager. REF might be in the top ten though…

Here’s the vid:


SunNews DOES receive public funding…

… so Levant and the rest of those pseudo-journos should shut their hypocritical traps about the CBC.

Nice to see the MotherCorp fight back.

Get The Facts

October 19, 2011

What Quebecor won’t tell you about its attacks on the public broadcaster

For more than three years, Quebecor has been using its newspapers, and more recently, its SunNews Network TV license to pursue a campaign against CBC/Radio-Canada. But there are some things Quebecor won’t tell you:

Quebecor says we’re not accountable. They’re wrong.

Quebecor says we shouldn’t go to court to protect journalistic sources or program strategies. Why?


Friday miscellany…

Why is it that when things are a little quiet on the political front, the extreme rightists feel the need to string up the CBC like a piñata and wail away on it like a sugared-up 7-year-old? Are they really that angry??? Have they nothing more deserving toward which to direct their fury?

Seriously, this manhandling of the poor old MotherCorp pops up every few weeks or so in the Twitterverse and the right-wing blogoverse. They won the election, right? They and the talking yabs on the Hill can pretty much do what they want to the CBC – and they likely will in order to throw a proverbial bone to their base. So why the constant abuse?

Me, I think there’s a bit of broadcaster envy going down here. The über right has seen the best that they can do with the Ezra and Spun News thing and are a tad embarrassed. So what better response than a good swing of the stick with an awesome follow through, eh? It’s the CPC Way!


High level baseball back to Ottawa? This story has been brewing for a while now, so it may have some truth behind it…

An Ottawa Councillor has been actively trying to get a Double A baseball franchise relocated to the stadium on Coventry Road.

I hope it works but a part of me wonders why bother? Ottawa couldn’t support a Triple A franchise (The Lynx) and they left town, so what’s different this time???


When you piss me off, I’ll tend to ignore you. Been like that since I was a kid and haven’t changed much. This applies to social media like Twitter, Facebook or my this blog. There are lines in the sand that, if crossed, will cause me to send you to an electronic Elba.

If you insist on tossing f-bombs and personal attacks at me, I’ll block you / unfriend you.  If you throw out an incredibly stupid statement and I come back at ya and call you on it… but hear nothing back.. *poof* *gone*. Say anything racist or hateful… gonzo…

I mention this as I have had to block a few folks on Twitter lately. I have no problem with you having issues with what I say, re-Tweet, etc., but be prepared to be civil. K?


Holy chemical-laden bus interior, Batman! That’s twice this month when someone has plunked down close to me smelling of mothballs! I KNOW peeps are pulling out winter woolies, but can’t ya wash ’em before wearing ’em? I don’t walk around covered in Round-up, so YOU shouldn’t be prancing your pesticides around wither!


Sooo… it looks as though the world isn’t going to end anytime soon... at least not as a result of being hit by that “Doomsday” comet that some folks have been fretting about…

One theory claimed Elenin would set off havoc on Earth after aligning with other heavenly bodies, spurring massive earthquakes and tsunamis. Another held that Elenin was not a comet at all, but in fact a rogue planet called Nibiru that would bring about the end times on Earth. After all, the comet’s name could be taken as a spooky acronym: “Extinction-Level Event: Nibiru Is Nigh.”

Those ideas were pure nonsense, Yeomans said.

“Elenin was a second-rate, wimpy little comet that never should have been noted for anything, really,” he told “It was not even a bright one.”

Wimpy comet! Go home to your Momma!


Wow. They’re lined up at the Rideau Centre for the new iPhone. And have been all night, it seems.

Um. Why? Nothing better to do? I have a garage that needs cleaning, if you have some time? I mean, c’mon people! I want to upgrade from my 3s to the new 4s too! But I sure as hell am NOT gonna line up for it overnight! It’s not like Springsteen or U2 tickets are at stake! Sheesh!



Now don’t slam me for saying this!

The Heritage robot, James Moore, has said that the CBC isn’t immune to Strategic and Operating Review cuts – and this has the Twittersphere et al squawking mightily.

While I do strongly support the MotherCorp, I don’t see any reason why it should be immune from the same review that my and all government Departments are going through right now. The Harperites are going to put everyone through mucho pain as they fight the deficit that they created on the back of the Public Service… just like Paul Martin did.

I do fear, however, that these cuts to the CBC will be the thin edge of the wedge. The Cons have no love for Canada’s public broadcaster and if they see a opportunity to slash and burn something that in their small minds is a socialist mouthpiece, they will do so.  Though, after Mansbridge’s lob-ball “interview” with Our Dear Leader during the last election, I have no idea why they still think the CBC is full of pinkos!

But still,  should the Corp be exempt from any cuts? No way.



The CBC license approval has been delayed by the CRTC.

My spin, for what it’s worth: this gives the Cons some time to spin the benefits of privatizing / gutting the MotherCorp. Mark my words.


I might give up on CBC Radio… it’s going to the dogs…

… or at least Ottawa Morning. The banal banter is becoming too much to take at 5:30ish.

And you know what has been bugging me most of all lately? Each day, The topic du jour seems to have something to do with pets…dogs in particular.

Alert! If you a “dog-lover”, then this is fair warning that you will not like anything that I write from this point onward!

Anyone who knows me at all will know that I’m not really a pet-lover, in general, and am especially not fond of dogs. I have a thousand reasons why and I’m not going to go into it here. Trying to explain my feelings about dogs to dog lovers is akin to explaining my feelings about Catholicism to a believer. It is just a frustrating experience for all involved.


So the folks on CBC have been going on and on over the past several months about how super-duper it is to be a dog owner. What kind of training is best. Advice on how to choose a dog from the pound. There was even much fawning over someone who owns a spa for canines. Yes. A spa. Guess P. T. Barnum was dead on, eh?

But one thing that irks me most about dogs are not the critters themselves, but their owners. Yeah, the dogs smell like hell, leave their excrement hither and yon, deposit their hair wherever they please, cost a fortune in vet bills, track mud into the house, slobber, try to get up close and personal with any human leg they can find, cause my allergies to flare up and face it – most of them are as dumb as a post.

But the owners? Especially those who think that everyone in the world loves their beast as much as they do? Well, they take the proverbial gateau!

Case in point. I’m walking to my bus stop yesterday when dude with dog approaches me on the sidewalk. As they approach said dog starts doing the hokey-pokey as if it’s glad to see me.  We meet and the guy and his dog actually stop as if I am supposed to bend down and pet the damned thing.

Of course, I just keep walking. And from behind me I hear this “Harummph! Well, I still love you Pooky” (or some equally inane name). The guy was really put out that I didn’t stop, scratch the flea-bitten beast behind its ears while uttering inanities like “oooo.. aren’t you the cute one…”


Look. I get that some otherwise normal peeps dig dogs. And some dogs are really useful – like guide dogs, canine cops and farm dogs.  They are also a source of comfort for the ill, the elderly and those with mental illness. I’m not dissing the whole species and I most certainly would never ever harm one of the slobbering, sniffing fools.

But if you see me on the street, and you’re walking you pet, don’t expect me to pet it.

And Ottawa Morning? Stop the fluffy chatter about dogs! You’re turning this listener off! And you’re starting to sound like these kooks!

Gimme people any day. Even conservatives. At least they don’t pant and drool and sometimes have something to contribute to society…

Well, most of them… but…. not all of them…