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Field of dreams

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 00:25

Loved watching tonight's ball game.
There is no game but baseball where the team that wants it more can come back to win, even against a better opponent.

KC may not get very far against the LA Angels, but you never know.


Our parliamentary secretary for short pants

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:52
The Harper Cons went just a little too far this week in demonstrating their disrespect for Parliament, and finally they got called on it by the Globe and Mail and Ottawa Citizen.
So Paul Calandra apologized -- he's just such a passionate guy ya know and he couldn't help himself and we have to forgive him!
So the apology is for allowing his “passion” and “anger” to get the better of him? But this is, like most political apologies, self-praise.

— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) September 26, 2014But I don't think he was trying to stop himself from crying as he spoke to the house, but rather from laughing -- he also said he was "fairly certain" he would do it again.
And what's with his "short pants" obsession? He keeps mentioning them....

Sad news

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:22
Such sad news today -- the Canadian blogosphere has been informed that Skdadl and Pogge have both died..

Susan Kent Davidson (Skdadl) died yesterday, and Rob Hills (Pogge) in July -- they had both blogged at Peace, Order and Good Government, Eh, which had gone dark lately and I didn't know why.

Skdadl's obituary is here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?pid=172542918 and Pogge's is here: http://www.aftercare.org/obituaries/David-Rob-Hills/

Covering the Impact of the transit lockout

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:03
CBC Saskatoon is doing a good job covering the impact of the transit lockout. Today there are two stories -- this one: Saskatoon transit lockout affects high school attendance:

Of the more than 300 people that are registered students at Oskayak High School, more than half missed class on Wednesday...the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools board is looking into hiring a bus to pick students up from an area where the greatest number of absentees live. The buses can carry 72 passengers, but if more students need a ride to Oskayak, they may look into acquiring a second bus.

In the meantime, some staff members from other Catholic schools are going out of their way to get students to school.and this story: Transit lockout hitting Sheena Bird's family hard

Bird said the city's decision to shut down bus service might force her to keep her son out of school.

"Usually I have to drop him off and then I take the bus to work after I drop him off early," Bird said. "But now I can't get him to school at 9 and be at work at 9. I have to now walk an hour to get to work."

...Bird's husband is walking about 45 minutes to work.The Star Phoenix is doing an abysmal job -- a "both sides are to blame" editorial a day ago which I cannot link to because it is not online; and no other coverage today at all.  Great leadership!

What's the rush, Saskatoon?

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:34
Transit workers picket to protest lockout, roads jammed during morning commute
I guess the idea is because the city administration has failed to negotiate a contract, then City Council should just implement the pension changes by fiat.
Yeah, that'll calm things down.
Saskatoon's transit lockout experienced its first workday morning today.
The next big story will be tonight's so-called emergency city council meeting -- when our councilors are supposed to vote on a bylaw that would impose the pension changes on the transit union.
The city and union have been warring over pensions and wages for months. The city has offered a 10-per-cent wage increase over four years with changes to the defined benefits pension plan — an offer the union voted 91 per cent against. City council had scheduled an emergency meeting Monday to legislate changes to the pension plan and force the union to accept the pension changes, but the move won’t end the lockout. The union calls the legislation a “bullying tactic” and said it would only accept the new pension arrangement in exchange for a 22-per-cent wage increase over five years.So negotiations have been going on for a year, and the pension problems have been an issue for much longer, but its just terribly, terribly urgent that the pension be resolved TODAY?
Why don't I think anyone is going to buy this?  I hope councilors can resist getting sucked into this rush to judgement.
And now the union that represents many of the other city workers is entering the fray:
The national office at CUPE, the union representing four locals and more than 2,500 city workers in Saskatoon, now agrees with the locked out transit workers that the pension plan is sound.
The Amalgamated Transit Workers Union (ATU) is arguing that the city’s pension plan is now in a surplus position, not in a deficit, as officials have stated.
Today, a CUPE national spokesperson said they agree with the ATU.
CUPE has had its own pension experts look at the latest data from the City of Saskatoon and they tell the union that there is no deficit.
What’s more, said national representative Rhonda Heisler, the four locals in Saskatoon believe that they were misled when they signed their latest contract.

Checking out the People's Climate Marches

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 12:28
Some memorable photos --
New York city
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People's Climate on Twitter:
RT @JennaBPope @LeoDiCaprio ~ GO LEO! THX for hitting the street! #PeoplesClimateMarch #PeoplesClimate #NYC 9/21/14 pic.twitter.com/u4rrhxxRtz

— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) September 21, 2014Sydney, Australia: Beyond Coal + Gas
So happy to have been a part of #peoplesclimate in Sydney today. @michaelcaton was amazing. @350Australia pic.twitter.com/gbuB9RNFxn

— Jane Nicholls (@janey64) September 21, 2014Berlin
In Berlin, 3 marches are converging on the Brandenburg Gate. Marches ongoing in Paris, London & more #PeoplesClimate pic.twitter.com/gdznFLLsad

— CAN-International (@CANIntl) September 21, 2014Paris
25,000+ at #PeoplesClimate march in Paris. Thousands in Rome. Check it out: http://t.co/67eL5KLygg pic.twitter.com/KufdDJ5wqm
— Avaaz (@Avaaz) September 21, 2014Toronto
#Toronto showing solidarity with #NYC #climatemarch #PeoplesClimate #PeopleClimateMarch pic.twitter.com/bzeNiXZOkq

— Rebecca Spring (@rspring) September 21, 2014

Saskatoon's Press Release War has begun!

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 23:13
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I see the first shot in the press release war between the city of Saskatoon and its bus union was fired by the city tonight when they locked out the bus drivers -- likely we can expect to see an answer tomorrow from ATU Local 615.*
I am totally annoyed about how the city has been managing our transit system lately -- this lockout is the last straw. SaskatoonHomepage News summed it up today:
Saskatoon Transit is dealing with a multitude of issues at the moment: a transit union dispute, lack of mechanics, lack of available buses and route disruptions. And that doesn't even touch on the recent incident where a 9 year old stole a city bus that had been left running. SaskatoonHomePage News has asked repeatedly in the last week what the status of the [Calgary] buses are, that were ordered to alleviate the shortage of working buses, which have caused service interruptions for riders. The response from the city has been "we're working on it". Working on what has not been specified.Of course, if the "previously-owned" buses need repairs, the city has locked out the bus mechanics, too.
But if you want to see someone who is absolutely furious, don't miss the tweets from Max FineDay, president of the 11,000-strong University of Saskatchewan Students Union. It was only a few years ago that the city and the student union worked out a deal whereby all students would pay for bus passes with the guarantee that the transit system would improve for students.
Yeah, right:
Its official, #yxe has locked out transit operators. Our community loses faith in #yxecc & our transit system #skpoli pic.twitter.com/qvmuhmr3jH

— Max FineDay (@MaxFineDay) September 21, 2014
*Here it is already!

2/2 Results show that the plan is actually in a surplus not deficit. City may not have to pay the $90,100 monthly. pic.twitter.com/W5dGFMAvCJ

— Eric Beck (@GlobalBeck) September 21, 2014
Here is the document (PDF).

Defending our right to choose

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:33
The days when old men get to decide what a woman does with her body are long gone. Times have changed for the better. #LPC defends rights.

— Justin Trudeau, MP (@JustinTrudeau) September 18, 2014
I'm glad to see Trudeau and the Liberal Party hit back hard against the so-called Liberals who thought they could generate some traction for the Harper Cons by criticizing Liberal policy requiring MPs to vote pro-choice on any abortion bills:
"Anyone is entitled to hold their own personal views, but Canadians deserve to know that when they vote Liberal they will get an MP who will vote to defend women's rights in the House," party spokeswoman Kate Purchase said in a statement.
"Women's rights are long-held Liberal values that we will not back down from."Not surprisingly, the National Post editorial board has weighed in to decry Trudeau's "troubling stance".
But it is absolutely clear that Trudeau never said, and is not saying now, that Liberals must support abortion.
Rather, he requires that  Liberal MPs must promise to support a woman's right to make her own choice.
And these old men never will.




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