Grand River Conservation Authority wants more of your money

In the wake of the Brantford, Ontario flooding, it’s stunning how the GRCA has the audacity to ask for more taxpayers’ dollars.  In the 2018 budget passed on 23 February, another $3M+ is supposedly needed to, among other tasks, “reduce flood damage.”

This should read prevent flood damage.

If the GRCA couldn’t do its job within the 2017 budget, how will throwing more of your money into the mix ensure that they will do their job in 2018?

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2018/03/06/grca-budget-tops-34m

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/brantford-flood-grand-river-homes-1.4550859

P.S. How are they coming along with the other GRCA responsibility: the Mohawk Lake clean up?

 

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Amazon, Facebook, Google: too big?

On May 15, 1911, the US Supreme Court ruled that Standard Oil was an “unreasonable” monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act.  It ordered Standard to break up into 34 independent companies.

Mr. Dave Hodges and Dr. Michael Savage muse that Amazon, Facebook and Google are the “Standard Oils” of today and ask the question:  Is it time to break them up?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=530oGesJzJw

https://michaelsavage.com/?p=10382

 

 

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FYI MPPs: the contract with your constituents ends June 8, 2018

It appears some MPPs, such as Dr. Eric Hoskins, are unaware that the 41st Legislative Assembly of Ontario is still very much alive and kicking.  You constituents who put your MPP in their seat have an unwritten contract with that MPP.  It states that he or she is elected to serve the full term, unless health reasons make this impossible.

Did Dr. Hoskins ask his St. Paul’s constituents if they would accept his resignation?

http://torontosun.com/news/provincial/health-minister-dr-eric-hoskins-resigns


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Time to say toodaloo monopolizers

Have you checked your phone bill lately?

Have you checked if they got the taxes right?

It maybe a herculean tax task for your phone company if you use a third-party long distance provider.  The taxes maybe too rich by two, three, five or more cents.  Hmm, how many accountants and MBAs do they employ?  You can contact customer service if you enjoy the bouncing life of a volleyball, with no positive result.  You can pay the correct amount and ignore late payment fees on the tax you don’t owe and pray the phone gods will knock some sense into your phone company.

If they aren’t your favourite, it’s time to say good-bye.

Does Canada’s NAF*TA 2.0 Wish List (we haven’t seen the list, have you seen the list? there is a list, right?) includes access to all North American companies, then we may say toodaloo monopolizers.

Oh, here’s another one.

  1. Two phone landlines in a home.
  2. One is touch-tone.
  3. One is pulse dial.
  4. The once less costly pulse dial line is now the same cost as the touch-tone.
  5. The provider never alerted the customer when this occurred.
  6. The provider has yet to suggest switching the dial line to tone.

*F stands for FAIR

 

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/cell_phones/bell_canada.html

 

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“All thy SONS command,” sing it loud & proud

Why?  To send a message to the political class that seeks to change the lyrics of the Canadian National Anthem:

a Canadian does not dishonour the SONS who died horrific deaths on the front lines of WWI

a Canadian does not support revisionist wacko thinking; note:  Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, and Halifax founder Lieutenant General Edward Cornwallis earned their place in history (warts and all) whether we are fond of them or not

a Canadian does not support government’s lack of focus on the priorities of today, e.g., bureaucratic bloat

 

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Me chooses

Me chooses to go to a bar or to a party.

Me chooses to accept flirting directed at Me.

Me chooses to go to a friend’s, associate’s or boss’ home.

Me chooses to consume mind-altering substances.

Me chooses to get drunk.

Me chooses to go on a tour of the home.

Me chooses to enter the bedroom.

Me chooses to stay in the bedroom after the door is closed.

Me chooses to stay in the bedroom while sexual advances are made to Me.

Me chooses to leave the bedroom after a while.

 

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Culpability

I work as a senior member of an organization.

I am instructed by the leadership of the organization.

I carry out the leadership’s direction.

I adhere to the leadership’s goals.

I am accused and found guilty of wrong doing in my work for the organization.

The leadership of the organization is culpable given their instruction, direction and goals.

 

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Great Hijab Hoax, President Trump’s doctor

Mr. Mark Steyn in his inimitable style gives you (linked below) all you need to know about Hijab Hoax and the results of President Trump’s physical.

We’re amazed that you can find this non-mainstream media coverage on Global News, aka Global Liberal Opinions.  Thank you Mr. Oakley.

https://www.steynonline.com/8392/the-media-get-waisted

 

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In 2018, “go placidly amid the noise & haste”

 

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

 

Desiderata, Copyright © 1927 Max Ehrmann.  All Rights Reserved

 

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Bested your word per second time yet?

Is it our sole purpose in life to increase the delivery speed of spoken language?

What’s your word per second rate? Don’t know. Well, well time to get with the times, er …


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