the place to go when you've honestly got nothing better to do . . .

[sticky post]I've moved . . .
I bet both of you have been wondering where I've been.  Wonder no more - I've moved my bloggy-thing to:
(not that I'm much more likely to blog, but still . . . at least you have my correct address now)


Seniors coops?
First Rick Mercer jokingly said that Canadians put seniors on ice floes & set them off to sea . . . now CMHC is not only ackowledging, but apparently supportive of "seniors coops"
No respect.  None at all.

From: CNW Portfolio System [mailto:portfolio@newswire.ca]
Sent: February 4, 2009 12:13 PM
To: Portfolio E-Mail
Subject: Media advisory - Minister Finley and Minister Baird visit seniors coop...



CNW Group Portfolio E-Mail


Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Transmitted by CNW Group on : February 4, 2009 13:11

Media advisory - Minister Finley and Minister Baird visit seniors coop - Photo Opportunity

	    OTTAWA, Feb. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada
Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Minister John Baird, Canada's
Minister of Infrastructure, Transportation and Communities and Member of
Parliament for Ottawa West - Nepean will visit the Eastern Ontario Christian
Senior Citizens Cooperative in Nepean to discuss support for social housing
proposed in the Federal Government's Economic Action Plan. The Ministers will
be available to media.

	    Date:       Thursday, February 5, 2009

	    Time:       9:00 am

	    Location:   220 Viewmount Avenue
	                Nepean, ON



/For further information: Michelle Bakos, Office of the Honourable Diane
Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister
Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Development,
(819) 994-2482/

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Minus WhatNow?
. . . and I moved to Regina, why?

Environment Canada's Official Weather Warnings

City of Regina
9:09 PM CST Saturday 3 January 2009
Wind chill warning for
City of Regina continued

Extreme wind chill values of minus 45 to minus 50 tonight into Sunday morning.

An Arctic ridge of high pressure is bringing bitterly cold air into southern Saskatchewan tonight with air temperatures of minus 35 to minus 40 being reported. Wind speeds around 15 km/h are producing dangerously cold wind chills in the minus 45 to minus 50 range. As of 9 PM for example Saskatoon was reporting a temperature of minus 38 with a wind chill near minus 50. At these values frostbite is possible in less than 5 minutes. These dangerously cold conditions will persist tonight into early Sunday morning before moderating above warning levels Sunday.

Google Insights . . .

So very, very cool!


Stuff & things . . .
Various shots of stuff & things . . .

Every Saskagirl's dream -- a Roughrider themed wedding dress!

. . . not much of a "market", one would suppose.

. . . where to begin?

This sign works on so many levels: 
"Policy Muffins!" . . . sweet! 
"Be generous while delighting yourself" -- I'll let you go where you like with that.

Getting into the Guiness Book is a vocation now.  Can't find the NOC Code, though - must be in the upcoming revision.

(no subject)
I love me the politics. This is a given. So, some may expecting me to chirp in on the current situation in Ottawa . . . what more can be said? The issue has been analyzed, re-analyzed, interpreted, re-interpreted, dissected & dismantled . . .

Of all the analysis, I think Rick Mercer hits the nail on the head:

"With leaders like this we shouldn't be blamed for asking why bother. But I do know this. If this parliament was a dog it would be brought out behind the shed and shot. Rabid dogs aren't reformed, given second chances or trusted ever again."

"One imagines the Queen will not be amused. In a perfect world she would just knock [Harper & Dion's] heads together and call it a day."

"We need one more historic press conference attended by two political enemies. A joint press conference between Stephen Harper and Stephane Dion. A historic event where they both apologise to their country and their parties, in that order, and then they resign immediately no questions please. Because quite frankly they deserve one another and Canada deserves better."

I love me some politics
Stories like these and "Government of Canada" press releases like this make me love politics. 

Did someone say "procedural tactics"?!? 

I know it wastes my tax dollars and countless hours of time in PCO, PMO, and all the other exciting NCR acronyms . . . but it keeps Rick Mercer, the cast of This Hour has 22 Minutes, George Stroumboulopoulos, Rex Murphy & Craig Oliver employed . . . and most importantly, it keeps me amused. 

From the looks of these releases, I already know what my Christmas present is going to be:  months & months of rhetoric, political positioning, and a paralyzed Parliament . . . all wrapped-up in a lovely guise of "working for Canadians"

Santa knows me so well!

Google knows when I have the Flu?
Too cool -- I love it when megacorporations take an interest in my health . . .
Google Flu Trends

Economic development through elections.
Sadly, I thought this headline was a joke.  It was not.

The information in this article got me thinking . . . if the economy in much of Canada & the world is tanking, the government & opposition parties could collectively decide to help provide a shot in the arm by maintaining a minority government & bringing the House down on confidence motions every 6 months or so . . . 40,000 temporary hires would soon turn into 40,000 permanant employees;  $300million is directly spent on the election;  safe to assume another $50 million is indirectly spent on advertising, chartered planes, hotels, shooters, food, bribes, balloons & confetti . . . . all good things for the economy.

I'm not sure if this is part of Stephen/[Iggy/Bob/random backbencher]/Jack/Lizzy/Gilles' master plan, but if it isn't, my advice is free this week only (I can be placed on retainer, however).

Because I KNOW you're interested . . .
. . . in what I'm reading right now, have a look at my Google Reader shared items.

Happy Black & Orange Day to my friends in the GTA . . .


I'd also like to send a quick note out to the drivers of Regina:

the right-hand lane is drive-able.  No, seriously -- you can drive in it.  It's all legal-like.  The cops won't ticket you or nothing. 

Don't get me wrong, your aversion to the right-hand lane shaves time off my already blistering commute (especially at 13th Ave & Pasqua), but to be fair, I thought I'd let you know.


On a somewhat related note, I find the fact that the right-hand lane on Albert Street downtown has been designated "Bus-only" during the morning & evening rush to be endlessly amusing . . . and a waste of asphalt to boot.  For those not familiar with Regina Transit (also known as, "Regina has a bus?"), the designation of this lane as bus-only has the effect turning 3 otherwise drive-able lanes into 2 at precisely the times that extra capacity is required. 


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