Campaigning Gone Wrong 
I just got a phone call from the provincial Liberal party telling me that Tracey something or other, our MPP, has been doing a great job for us and asking whether they can count on my vote in the upcoming election.

So I asked what she'd done. The poor girl on the phone had absolutely nothing for me. She replied that she didn't have information about the platform, to which I responded that I was really only interested in what she's done so far.

Nothing at all, apparently.

I probably couldn't be swayed in my vote at this time, but heck... you'd think they'd at least try. Or maybe this area is so locked up for them that they don't need to bother.

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I Guess the Rob Ford Love-In is Over 
It looks like this is the end of the line for our lovable crackhead mayor.

It's just over a year ago now that I tried to pass on some sage advice. It would appear that he either didn't read it, or chose to ignore it, and HOOOWEE!!! What a year it's been!!

All I can hope for now is that some suitable replacement will step up to the plate. I mean... looking back... I honestly can't think of any ways he's screwed us over the way David Miller repeatedly did.

At least he got rid of the plastic bag tax. Revisiting my closing statement from a year ago...

So then... are there any other fiscally responsible people out there willing to run?


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What Has the Senate Done For Me Lately??? 
The only news we've been hearing about the senate is about how they're all helping themselves to the public coffers.

Before that, they simply weren't in the news at all, unless some new one got appointed or something.

If we dismiss for a moment all the crap they've been doing to help themselves, can somebody tell me something any one of them has done for the benefit of the country? ANYTHING??

Is there some terrible law that they've voted down in their capacity as a "sober second thought"? Is there some tangible voice they've added to any debate? Have they done a damned thing to justify even existing as a governing body?

For all the bad news, I'd have thought there would be SOMETHING coming out to try to offset the bad publicity. "Sure... they're been making egregious claims left right and center to line their own pockets... but don't forget that they also... " WHAT??? WHAT HAVE THEY DONE???

If there was EVER a prime time to abolish this ridiculous institution for good... isn't it now?

Incidentally... the official government synopsis of their purpose is rather hilarious when thought of in the context of what they seem to actually be doing...

http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Senate/FAQJ ... hure-e.htm

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Is Quebec Leaving Yet? 
So Quebecers have gone and elected a whole pile of separatists again.

I know they don't have a majority, but maybe we'll get lucky and they'll hit that milestone next time around.

Last time they went in that direction there was a giant national swell of unity sentiment.

"Please don't leave us. We'll give you presents" said the rest of Canada.

This time, I'm not really hearing much at all. It's like people just don't care anymore. The honeymoon is over and we're just not getting any benefits for putting out anymore.

So far as I'm concerned, Quebec can go off on their merry way. Good luck to y'all.

Just don't ask us for alimony.

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Toronto is Banning Plastic Bags 
City council has just voted to ban all plastic bags as of next year in Toronto. Who do they think they are?

What right does the municipal government have to decide whether or not a store can give us a bag? What makes them the environmental police?

Am I still going to get a bag to carry my food at Swiss Chalet? Are people going to die because they've been putting leaking bags of raw chicken pieces into reusable shopping bags and growing mounds of bacteria for the next time they go shopping?

What's next? Will they ban those plastic things that hold 6-packs together? Nobody likes those, right? Will they ban plastic cutlery? That's wasteful, right?

What about plastic lids on disposable cups? What about plastic straws? Are those next? Will they be banning paper wrappers on sandwiches? What about the plastic bags they put flyers in before leaving them on my doorstep? Are those legal?

What about newspapers? Those get used for a day and then thrown out. Are those going to be banned?

This whole thing is completely idiotic.

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