Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
As the beautiful Autumn weather continues unabated, so does the world financial crisis. One is very pretty, the other very ugly.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
"The Stanley Park Hollow Tree Conservation Society says it has a plan to keep the famous tree upright.The ancient red cedar has been leaning precariously after it was severely damaged in the 2006 windstorms. The plan would use hydraulic jacks and steel anchors to right the tree. The group says it will cost 215-thousand dollars but have collected all but 60-thousand and are asking the park board to help."
If we take this story to its natural conclusion, there will be a day when there will be a steel structure similar to a tent that will be holding up the tree after the roots and trunk are completely rotted. What will be suspended will be shreds of bark and strands of rotted wood fibre. People will walk past and ask, "What in the world is that?" The answer, of course, will be in the signage. "Stanley Park Hollow Tree"
You would think that with the coming economic difficulties, there would a better prioritization of public funds, or even private donations for that matter. There is definitely a form of insanity happening here.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
10:43 pm The Toronto Star announces that Stephane Dion is stepping down as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He will make an announcement on Thursday.
I was musing on a two party system for Canada. It would make things much simpler. Only Liberals or Conservative have ever formed government in Canada so why not just do away with all the other parties. Our 5 party system only makes sense if we have proportional representation and that would only lead to perpetual minority governments and coalitions.
I predict Sephane Dion's imminent resignation. He has no choice. But then look who looms large on the horizon as the new Liberal leader! None other than Bob Rae, the former provincial NDP who single handedly ruined Ontario. Think what he could he do with a larger territory. The heart quails.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Stephen Harper remains Prime Minister, but with another minority. The Conservatives made gains, around 19 more seats and are actually the party with the broadest base across the country.
There will not be another election for at least two years, probably three, and Stephane Dion's days are numbered as the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
The Bloq remains a non factor, except perhaps to shore up support for the Conservatives should the Liberals and NDP gang up on them.
For me, the big story is the apathy of the Canadian voter. Ten million eligible voters did not bother today. This is the lowest vote count in the history of our country. We are losing our sense of history and forgetting what a precious thing it is to live in a democracy. Those who fought and died for this legacy would weep if they witnessed the lack of turnout today. Shame on you Canada!
Monday, October 13, 2008
After the first month, I thought a reasonable goal would be 2000 hits for my first year of blogging. Today, after less than eleven months, I have hit a milestone of 5000 hits. I am surprised and delighted.
Thank you to all my readers as well as those who just happen to stumble upon my offerings. I especially appreciate any and all comments. It has been and continues to be a lot of fun for a boring old guy like me.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
"Pardon me?" was the reply.
"I said, could I please call you back when you are having your dinner?"
There was a long pause on the other end and then a meek little, "Oh ....... I get it. Sorry to bother you. You have a nice dinner."
He was so polite that it laid the guilt on me.
I have decided that after the 30 days of true grace, when I get a call from one of these guys, it will go like this.
"Yes I would like very much to deal with your company. What is the name of it?"
After getting the information I need, I will say, "In five minutes, I will have reported you to the DNCL list, of which I am a member, and your fine will be in the neighbourhood of ten thousand dollars. You have a nice day, hear?"
Of course, I will fell terribly guilty after I hang up, and even more guilty after I report them. I am almost looking forward to having my dinner interrupted. (Oh, now I am feeling guilty for writing this post.)
Thursday, October 9, 2008
"The World Economic Forum ranks Canada’s banking system is as the strongest in the world;
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Two were partying dope smokers, one was a partying skinny dipper, and now we have one who is violent and likes to use obscenities in public. Poor Jack Layton. He just can't keep his ducks in a row.