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Collective Reality

March 12, 2007 @ 08:15

A couple of union stories caught my eye today.

First of all the NHL Players Association has finally come around a made a move on Ted Saskin.

They've suspended the executive director albeit with pay until they decide how they're going to dump him. It's long overdue.

From the moment the transition from Bob Goodenow to Saskin started, there's been nothing but controversy and suspected scandal, and what will bring Saskin down ultimately will be an alleged breach of privacy regarding e-mails.

He's suspected of intercepting the e-mail of union members who disagreed with his hiring.

Regardless of how you feel about the guy, that is absolutely unacceptable and indefensible. He's done.

The second union story deals with the Brampton Chrysler plant. Staring straight in the face of unemployment the union had an about face and accepted an agreement that could see them lose about five thousand dollars a year per employee.

Chrysler is hurting and they needed co-operation for the union to continue in Brampton, but there was a militant fringe that refused to back down at all, and Chrysler management was growing increasingly impatient.

Survival of the Brampton plant wasn't a bargaining ploy it was ice cold reality and the union finally came around and faced that reality accepting a package that reduces their exorbitant salaries but keeps them employed.

It's about time.

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Not So Funny

March 10, 2007 @ 09:30

News Item

A Toronto high school teacher is charged with sexual exploitation following allegations that she has been romantically involved with a student for the last 18 months. And even more startling, Toronto Police confirmed yesterday that the family studies teacher is carrying a baby believed to have been fathered by the teenage boy who could be as young as 16.

I realize when it's an older woman victimizing a teenage boy, the tendency is to laugh it off and talk about envy and fantasy but this really is a tragic story.

This kid must have been about 15 when the relationship started, and apparently a good student. Now he's a drop-out and preparing for father hood long before his time.

All teenage boys fantasize about having sex with older women, especially good looking teachers, but percentage wise, it almost never happens.

But in this case it did. And even if the kid was a hormonally charged horn-dog, and he was ready, willing and able, he was still drawn into this by someone who should have known better.

I'd say any 35 year old teacher, who would get herself involved in something like this has to be mentally disturbed

And now her problems have become a huge problem for a kid who I'm sure "didn't" know better.

Here's a link to the entire story.

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Beer Launching Fridge

March 9, 2007 @ 08:20

Now i know what I'm going to get Neighbour John for his birthday. This refridgerator was developed by students at Duke University.



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CN Tower

March 8, 2007 @ 08:35

News Item

A team of high angle specialists was hired on Tuesday night to remove the ice from the CN Tower that has caused road closings in the area since Monday.
At about 11 p.m. the specialists dangled from the tower's Sky Pod observation level and inspected the ice.
They then began to carefully and slowly blow-dry away loose portions of frozen ice on the northeast side of the Tower, said Jack Robinson, Chief Operating Officer of the tower.

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HP Curry

March 7, 2007 @ 08:22

Have you had the pleasure of trying HP Curry? Its HP sauce but its curry flavour.

Same bottle, same look but the sauce is a orangy mustard colour and it's absolutely fabulous.

Neightbour John turned me on to it a few years ago but the goddamn stuff is tough to get. I know there's a British Shop in Mississauga that sells it, there's one in Scarborough and there's even one in Peterborough.

But as irony would have it, I can't get a bottle of HP Curry in Brampton and if there was ever a Canadian Headquarters for things curry, it's the city of Brampton.

I think Brampton is why Frito Lay came out with those sensational curry potatoe chips you can get just about every now.

But no such luck with HP Curry. I was in Fortino's again yesterday and while I was buying my "Grace Jerk Sauce" I noticed that they still don't offer HP Curry.

Somewhat aggravated I asked for the store manager to see why, after all this time, and considering that Brampton almost paves its roads in curry, there is no HP Curry available in the supermarket that easily has the most variety in the city.

He was honest; in fact he was very honest. He said he didn't know, and whenever a guy admits he doesn't know, you know he's telling the truth.

He said he'd look into it but he assumed there was no HP Curry for one of two reasons. Either there's no demand for it (in Brampton?) or it's not available in large enough quantities. But he'll look into it.

Take my advice, if you like curry and you ever see HP Curry anywhere, grab five or six bottles. It's excellent on everything from ham and eggs to crackers and cheese.

And don't forget to lick the bottle top before you put it away.

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Boo

March 7, 2007 @ 08:21

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about "bubble wrapping" our kids and it caught the attention of the folks at CH television. They invited me out to debate a social worker on the subject and judging by the response I got, the majority sided with me.

We're much too over protective of our kids and if we keep protecting them from everything, pretty soon they won't be prepared for anything.

And just when you think you've heard it all, something else comes along that leaves you shaking your head.

This time it's in the state of Washington where the State Interscholastic Activities Association is considering banning "booing" during high school sports.

As bizarre as it sounds when you consider the way things are nowadays, it's not impossible to believe. It's the same old story, a committee looking for justify it's existence has decided that kids, coaches and referees could be adversely affected by "booing" so it should be curtailed.

I'm telling you at this rate we're well on our way of raising a generation of pussies, kids that will be sprung into the real world one day without any reference to pain, struggle or adversity.

And the irony is this over protectionism will ultimately cause them nothing but pain, struggle and adversity.


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It's Happening In Brampton

March 4, 2007 @ 09:55

A couple of weeks ago the student union at Ryerson refused to give its approval to a white cultural club at the University.

They argued there is no such thing as white culture and they preferred not condone any meetings or gatherings by such a club fearing it would leave the wrong impression or lead to no good.

Well I'm here to tell you there are white "cultural" clubs in the city of Brampton, and lots of them and it's not clear what their motives are.

If you live in or around the GTA you're aware of the changing face of Brampton.

Brampton has become the city of choice for tens of thousands of people from the East Indian community and on any given day during a Brampton drive through one might wonder if they're in Canada or a district of the Punjab.

But this is not to criticize or complain it's to embrace.

Meanwhile, systematically there are large groups of white Canadians gathering in large numbers at specified locations across the city.

There are so many of them they have to gather in shifts, with hundreds arriving and leaving these locations on an hourly basis.

The gatherings take place mostly on Saturdays, and people attending these gatherings often carry large bundles, long sticks and some even wear hoods and they all bring their children.

These mobs yell and chant and stomp their feet and some become hysterical while urging their young to "shoot." It's disturbing and could lead one to believe that they're up to no good.

But it's happening folks and I know its happening because I witnessed it yesterday in two locations and both locations featured nothing but a sea of white faces.

Some happy, some sad, some good and some bad.

Next Saturday, go see for yourself.

And if you happen to go to Earnscliffe Arena, between games try the Shopsy's steamed hot dogs. They're excellent.


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Gambling Problems

March 2, 2007 @ 08:50

I have to laugh at the increasing number of anti-gambling commercials on television these days. The province is heading towards a huge crisis and it's been creating through government greed.

I'd like to compare it to cigarette smoking but I can't. Society was ignorant towards the dangers of smoking and by the time all the data was in it was too late to ban cigarettes completely. There was a huge industry at stake and too many jobs on the line, so the strategy was to educate people and hope the problem disappeared by attrition.


Gambling is different. When casino gambling was first introduced to the province in the early 90's they had the data. They knew of the problems. They were aware of the affects it could have on society.

But instead of resisting, they pushed forward and went for the dough and today we have an alarming problem with people addicted to gaming.

And the government's only response is to offer a few TV commercials about the dangers of gambling, done I'm sure just to so they can say they're addressing the problem.

I have to admit, I'm a little biased. I've never been much of a gambler and I can't stand casinos. The blinking lights, the noisy bells and the sorry looking buggers who are actually connected to slot machines with their credit cards make me feel sick to my stomach.

If it was up to me I'd shut down every goddamn one of them tomorrow.

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Spring Hue

March 1, 2007 @ 08:02

I love this time of year. It's something about the way the sun hits the earth and the different type of light that's spread across the land and I noticed it for the first time yesterday.

I call it a spring hue. I don't even know if that's the right term but the fact that I bring it up won't come as a surprise to any of the fellas I used to work with.

It was an annual event for us. We'd finish a show at the Edge Studios at 228 Yonge and then walk out onto the street whereupon I would say "look, a beautiful" - and before I could finish saying it, the rest of the boys would chime in - "spring hue."

I can be rather repetative I know that and it was brought to my attention many times over the years. But to tell you the truth, I don't think they minded the spring hue thing because really, how can there be anything aggravating about a spring hue.

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I'm Honoured

February 28, 2007 @ 08:08

Last week I wrote a piece about going to a retirement seminar and meeting two women. TA Marsden and Bernie Wadsworth.

While talking with TA I found out about the Pat Marsden Foundation which has been established to help needy kids join clubs and groups that require registration money. I thought it was a great idea and would provide a fitting legacy to a man who was loved by so many people in Toronto.

As TA told me, Pat didn't have a lot growing up himself so this is the perfect way to keep his memory alive.

And what a pleasant surprise when I received a call from TA yesterday asking me if I would become an honourary director. I immediately accepted and now anxiously look forward to the next fund raiser which will be held at Yonge and Dundas Square over the St. Patrick's Day Weekend.

It's called the 3 Day St. Patrick's Day Bash and it promises to be good fun for a good cause for a good guy.

I'll have more details as the date approaches.

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