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Friday miscellany…

… complete with Dippers, Lisa Raitt, Ashley (boo-yaa) Madison!

And fish trafficking too!


The NDP leadership convention is this weekend and NDPers from across the nation are flocking to the land of the Toronto Blue Jays (used to be the Leafs) to choose and bless the leader to replace Mr. Jack Layton.

How will they choose? Will they stay the course and keep to their socialist roots? Or will they be more pragmatic than this and pick someone who promised to broaden their appeal to all Canadians by moving toward the centre of the spectrum?

Nick Nanos notes the following:

The fine line this weekend for the NDP will be for the policy driven party members to select the type of leader Canadians expect, while at the same time delivering on populist appeal. Likewise, for fair-weather political junkies (i.e., the majority of Canadians), they will likely tune in to see how well the leadership process is run by the NDP and also whether the winner measures up. Both are key signals that will drive the intermediate term fortunes of the NDP.

Personally, I’d like to see Nathan Cullen take the helm – if for no other reason than the fact that he has endorsed riding-level cooperation among the progressive parties; which is, of course, the only way that this country will rid itself of the disease called Harperitis.

And he has really nice teeth.

As for an outright merger? I don’t think any one of the leadership candidates has the balls to make the changes needed (e.g., remove the whole “socialist-thing” from the party Constitution) to facilitate the marriage. But it will, and must, happen at some point.


So, if I, say, booed or clapped sarcastically at a certain Treasury Board President if I saw him in the lobby of my building, would I be suspended?

I do not condone wildcat strikes, but it seems that a few Air Canada employees were suspended because they “clapped sarcastically” as Lisa “Back-to-work” Raitt picked up her luggage at Pearson Airport (soon to be renamed “Manning Airport” by the Politburo). And in protest, a num,ber of ground workers walked off the job, illegally.

Again, I don’t agree with illegal strikes, but I also don’t agree that the workers, if the story is accurate, should have been suspended. We all have an enshrined freedom to express our opinions and they were simply exercising that freedom. I would have done something similar in the same situation.


Ottawa. City of cheaters. At least according to Ashley Madison. You know, that organisation whose sole aim is to make cheating on your partner just a little easier? Those guys.

OTTAWA — Ottawa is the most “cheater-friendly” city in Canada, according to an infidelity website that allows would-be adulterers to hook up.

According to figured collected by, which has 37,800 members in Ottawa and the surrounding area, 3.87 per cent of residents in the capital area have accessed the website’s services at least once. founder and CEO Noel Biderman is not surprised Ottawa topped the list. It makes sense that Ottawa would have the highest per capita users, he says.

“Compared to the rest of Canada, I don’t know that Ottawa is boring. It’s a place for international people to come and go. There have even been spy scandals.”

Spy scandals?
Well, at least the city and the current membership of the Politburo have something very much in common: a complete disdain for ethical behaviour!



And, I mean, I know it’s The Star, but isn’t this just the laziest article you’ve ever read?

ABERDEEN TOWNSHIP, N.J.—More than 900 students at a New Jersey middle school have been told no more hugging.

The district says Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School Principal Tyler Blackmore made an announcement that students were in a “no hugging school” following some “incidents of unsuitable, physical interactions.”

School Superintendent David Healy says the district has the responsibility to teach children about appropriate interactions.

The superintendent says despite the rule, students who hug will not be suspended.

The superintendent says he believes the principal acted responsibly.

Students range in ages from 11 to 14 in grades six to eight.

Was it “bring your kid to work” day and the Star staff gave the job to a 10 year old?


Red meat makes people happy… well, duh!


Finally, fish trafficking – don’t be drawn into the whirlpool of self-destruction!

h/t to Christina for pointing out this gem!


Oh, isn’t that WONDERFUL….

…Doris Day is the new TB Prez. Didn’t see THAT comin’!

Mark my words. If the ReformCons are still in power a year from now, Public Servants everywhere will spit at the mention of his name. Not that the Harperites – or most Canadians outside of the National Capital Region– give a flying crap about the PS.

My gut tells me though that this is not a pre-election Cabinet. Moving Rona to PWGSC is a big move up for her, but I would think that the brainless trust in the PMO would want her in a more visible spot if we were in pre-election mode… gotta court the soccer Moms, right?

I also don’t feel that Vic Toews (admittedly, one of the less incompetent of the Harperites) is the right pre-writ “fit” with NRCan. Though they can’t do much worse than Ms. Raitt.

So. To summarise. Same gang. Different titles.

Yawn. Wake me up when we have an election…


In the news recently

Possible summer election

As much as I’d like to say that I’d like to see an election this summer I have to counsel caution… leadership numbers still too soft, unpredictable and therefore the Grits are vulnerable to the slightest slip-up. Give Iggy the summer. The Harperites will no doubt stumble some more and give the Grits some firm wedge issues on the leadership front.

The risk is that we really are seeing the beginnings of an economic recovery and this will bode well for the Harperites. I doubt that this is the case and that we are at least a year away from seeing real recovery. And even then the manufacturing sector in Ontario will still be undergoing a long period of restructuring.

Regardless, give the ReformCons the summer to (pick one or all of the following:

  • Say something stupid about race, religion, immigration or language
  • Leave Top Secret docs on an OC Transpo bus
  • Leave Top secret docs in the washroom of the Spark Street CBC studios
  • Reveal information that links a sitting ReformCon MP to a white supremacist group or a  loony religious sect
  • Miss a photo op with other world leaders
  • Wear a leather vest or something equally unflattering – like a sweater vest for instance


Ottawa will expand the boundaries of the City by a few hundred hectares.  Despite the Official Plan provisions that intensification projects be preferred over more suburbanization, the City staff and politicians will undoubtedly give in to pressure from developers and allow a further stretching of the designated urban area.

I am a Planner by training. Have a Masters degree in the field as a matter of fact. And, in planning school we were taught that sprawl was bad. Infrastructure costs are higher, a sense of community is more difficult to foster, there are higher GHG emissions due to higher automobile traffic, etc., etc.

Haven’t we sprawled enough? Time to give up the quaint notion of the Greenbelt and plan our City more sustainably.
The kids who are running the government

Is it my imagination or does it seem like most of the staffers who work with the ReformCons are under 30? Not to put down those who have yet to experience the delights of middle-age, but the inexperience is beginning to show. Witness the problems that various Ministers have experienced lately that have been the direct result of ill-prepared staffers.

Still. The buck stops at the Minister’s office, doesn’t it? Folks like Lisa Raitt have to accept responsibility and not use the poor kids as scapegoats.