Monthly Archives: October 2012

Watch as Woolwich Competes for Hypocrisy Oscar Award

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Can somebody tell me whether hell has frozen over?  That’s the only possible explanation for the planned public meeting in Woolwich Township to discuss the possibility of a casino in…..dare I say it?…. in Woolwich Township!  I hope that I can reserve a seat for the November 20th meeting and not just to hear my friends from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.  I want to hear all the ridiculous claims from the so-called Christians and self-appointed Old Order Mennonite representatives.  You know the ones about this ‘type’ of establishment will only provide prostitutes with a new location for their business.  And don’t forget the one about our young people being exposed to the ills of gaming and alcohol – as if they’re not exposed to that at our public schools and the Internet already.  Someone should be selling popcorn at this one because there’s no better entertainment anywhere. 

At least this time I’ll get to watch a new set of municipal councilors as they consider accepting a gaming facility in a location (Breslau) that is at the backdoor of where their colleagues turned one down just over ten years ago.  Wow!  Hollywood just can’t make ‘em better than this.

But it will be good to see my old friends from OLG again.  Those honest, upstanding folks that at a meeting ten to twelve years ago, ordered me to put down my ink pen because they didn’t want any record kept of the meeting involving the revenue split between the municipality and OLG.  Gotta love that kind of accountability, eh? 

Well, look on the bright side.  So far congratulations are in order for Woolwich Township as they were successful in driving out of their township, a 140+ year-old not-for-profit organization that supported agriculture (Be sure to check out the Township of Woolwich web site as it boasts of the rural heritage and agricultural “fields and farms” of the Township of Woolwich), and is considering getting into bed with an organization that is all-controlling and powerful and has no accountability.  Hope Woolwich is ready to lay there and love it.  See you on the 20th.  I’ll bring my own Diet Coke.  Nothing goes better with Diet Coke than Woolwich hypocrisy. 

 

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Bullying or Just Hurtful?

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Bullying seems to be the word of the day – especially in the House of Commons as debate over an anti-bullying strategy begins.  But I’m confused over what bullying actually is – and it seems I’m not alone.  The incident that illuminated my confusion involves Jennifer Livingston, a morning news anchor on WKBT in Wisconsin.  I’ve read the email received about Jennifer and I believe the contents might be hurtful and could have been worded in a more tactful manner but I don’t think it’s bullying.  Compared to the things that my four older brothers threw at me on a regular basis, this email is mild.  Let me quickly state that I don’t feel that I was bullied by my brothers then (or now).  Their comments may have been hurtful at the time but quite frankly they taught me a lesson.  A lesson that prepared me for real life – a life that isn’t always fair.  No debate in the House of Commons is going to change that fact. 

This bullying confusion reminded me of a comment that is attributed to Bill Gates when he explains that by creating a school environment that encourages mere participation rather than excellence, the students aren’t being prepared for the real world.  Some kids are good at sports, some are good at math and quite frankly some kids aren’t good at anything because they don’t care to be good at anything, i.e. their attitude stinks.  Those kids need to learn that if they don’t care about excelling in some aspect of life, they will be on the losing end of life.  This isn’t being taught at schools.  Schools teach that everyone gets a ribbon just for participating.  That’s not preparing the students for the real world. 

Nor does an often quoted saying – “Showing up is 90% of the success”.  That’s crap.  If farmers just drove to their fields and didn’t really plant anything or do anything, would they be successful?  Are doctors who get an extensive education just supposed to show up in the operating room to be deemed successful?  Of course not!

True bullying is awful, but in my opinion, some of the incidents described as bullying, really aren’t – including the Jennifer Livingston incident.  Truthful statements and opinions can be hurtful but it doesn’t change the fact that they are true.  If the email author had said that Jennifer was ugly, that would have been a lie – because Jennifer is a beautiful lady and she may even be a role model for young people but it isn’t as a result of her BMI.  And if Jennifer wants to change her BMI, she can.  It’s obvious Jennifer makes a difference in people’s lives and that proves that she is a role model, regardless of what the email author thinks. 

 

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TD Canada Trust Going to the Dogs

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TD Canada Trust has sunk to a new low – if that’s possible.  In fact, they’re going to the dogs – literally.  TD Canada Trust is now spending my bank fee dollars on dog biscuits – at least in the Kemptville, Ontario branch.  In previous posts I have complained about having cookies, apples, coffee, etc. offered to me as a token of appreciation for my patronage.  Now they’re even trying to brainwash my dog into believing that they’re doing me a favour by giving us a treat.  What a joke!  Instead of providing me with this type of appreciation, just offer me a banking service with lower interest rates and stop dinging me with bank fees.  Now TD Canada Trust is treating dogs better than they’re treating me.  Instead of making banking ‘comfortable’, why not make it more affordable?  Wouldn’t that improve my economic status (as well as the economic status of the country in general?) instead of elevating my blood sugar with a cookie – not to mention what it does to my blood pressure every time I see this practice!   If TD Canada Trust wants to keep their customers, they don’t need dog biscuits, cookies, apples, Ipods, live music in the branches, etc.  Just give me better banking service for less fees.  It’s not rocket science!  Trade in the green chair for common sense.   

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