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Saturday miscellany…

Ah. Another session of Parliament and another tome of an omnibus bill.

Despite whines and screeches to the contrary, there is lots of new stuff in this 450 page monstrosity!

The Navigable Waters Act, Indian Act, Customs Act, Hazardous Materials, the Fisheries Act, Canada Shipping Act… The list goes on and on and most have NOTHING to do with the implementation of the Budget!

Yes, in an unexpected show of conciliation, the pension reforms were removed by Harper to be debated separately. But that is a small consolation who view the democratic process as a pretty awesome thing that should be adhered to in this country.

You see, it us not whether or not the changes to legislation etc. in the Bill are right or wrong, it is the subversion of the process that is off base. These changes should be debated fully and seperately. Changing the laws of the land should not be treated with such contempt and impunity.

But this won’t change anytime soon, I’m afraid.

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Look, the Mitter deserves the ridicule. When campaigning for the Prez of the USA, one must always be mindful of every single utterance!

Timmy’s wife being on the payroll of the gas companies at the centre of the latest Queens Park controversy is a bit of a “gotcha”, but nonetheless, this is a bit of a fail by OPC staffers. These things have to be caught up front.

Yeah, I ranted at length yesterday about the high level of suckiness shown by the Canadian men footy players, and someone had to pay the price of the failure.

But it is still unfortunate that a solid coach like Hart had to fall upon his sword. Like in all sport, he wasn’t the one on the pitch/ice/diamond, etc.

I’m writing this sitting in a cold rink watching my daughter at skating lessons. She loves it!

Now only if she would spend a little less time chatting with her friend and more time listening to the instructor.

Girls. Sheesh!


Future Leaf…


But brain still isn’t enough scrambled to vote for Harperites the !

I had a bit of a scare yesterday.

It was decided yesterday morning that it was a good day to introduce the youngest (2 yr old) subunit to skating. After all, if he is to lead the Leafs to victory in 2035, he should learn as soon as possible, right?

Typical Canadian family’s day: off to Canadian Tire, find some skates for the little guy, sharpened the other three pair and we were off to one of the many community rinks in the City. This one is particularly family-friendly as it is a long oval that encircles a full-size hockey rink.

Three of us lace on the blades – I stayed in boots for the first 20 minutes or so as I find bending over whilst holding up a toddler while on skates is way too hard on my lower back – and off we went. I was quite proud of the two kids. The smaller one did OK for his first time out. He fell down a lot and laughed about it. And my 6 yr old had a blast too. Until she hurt herself a bit later, which was right after…

I was a complete and utter moron…

First time out this year, ice that not free of ruts – calls for a take-it-easy kind of skate. Get used to the feel again, right?

Nooooooooooooooooo… not me….I have to be a big twit and try to show off in front of my kids! One second I am cruising along at a fair clip (well, for me), and the next thing I know I’m on the ice, seeing stars and momentarily unable to move! Scared the living crap outta me! Scared the living crap outta my wife and kids too! And the guy on the rink – who were all asking if I was OK. Apparently my head sounded like a 2X4 smacking the ice. My 6 year old asked if I was dead.

Once I had regained my senses, my head ached, my jaw was outta whack, my right elbow was killing me. I felt like I had just been hit by (the latest Leaf) Dion Phaneuf.  The look on my spousal unit’s face was unsettling as it seemed though she was expecting to be looking at a corpse!

Needless to say, I didn’t argue when she said that we get outta there and to the hospital tout de suite.

And here’s a funny thing about hospitals and head injuries: you don’t wait for long before being seen. I was registered and into the Urgent Care area within 20 minutes. Saw a nurse 10 minutes after that and a Doc a little bit later. After a series of tests he thought it best that I get a CT scan to ensure there wasn’t any swelling or bleeding. Who says that the health care system doesn’t work?

A while later, the Doc reported that all was clear and that I could go home. But I should expect headaches for a few days. He was correct.

The lessons learned here?

  • Don’t be an ass your first time on blades your first time out for the year. Take it slowly.
  • Get to the Doc if you do bang your head and lose consciousness – even only for a few moments
  • And, sigh, wear a helmet. My head is quite obviously as hard as a piece of granite but the force of the noggin hitting hard ice can, and could have done some serious damage.