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OPSEU Diablogue: Champlain CCAC in freefall as patients get dropped from home care

“It’s a question of how we can do work more efficiently and maybe less people.” – Patrice Connolly, vice-president of people and stakeholder engagement, Champlain CCAC. The Ottawa Sun is reporting the Champlain CCAC has cut services to a patient … Continue reading →

Excited Delirium: On Empty Campaign Promises

Why do people vote for candidates that promise to stop gravy trains and run cities like businesses? More importantly, why do people fall for these empty promises?

OPSEU Diablogue: Buoyant Action Assembly renews plan to tackle privatization

They had to dodge a marathon to get there, but it was worth it. Participants at this weekend’s Ontario Health Coalition Action Assembly were in a buoyant mood despite the many challenges facing the health system. Rather than finding defeat, … Continue reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Scottish Fish Invented Sex

I'm not sure I can bear hearing that the Scottish invented both #curling AND #sex. #Scotland

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 20, 2014

Microbrachius dicki was the fish that realized it could use sex to reproduce. Feeling unsatisfied, fish eventually returned to spawning instead.

MT @CBCQuirks "Sex first emerged 'in ancient Scottish lake' (insert joke here) " – Microbrachius dicki. Insert Dicki joke is what he did.

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) October 20, 2014

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Make The Documentary of #ElxnFraud in #cdnpoli

Alison at Creekside has a much better summary of what’s happening behind the scenes on the RoboCon movie than I could hope to write. Warning: If you keep reading though, you may feel the urge to spend $20 or more dollars toward exposing Canada’s most effective election fraud criminals.

Ten minute promotional video on an investigative documentary in production which previews preliminary interviews. from The Script & Film Co. on Vimeo.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Regina Loves Pits

We can’t have just one!

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Regina Women’s History Month #womenhistory

October is Women’s History Month. This year I was invited to the event at the Conexus Arts Centre, and I’d suggest you check it out next October.

Susan on the Soapbox: By-elections and Marshall McLuhan’s Light Bulb

By-elections are like McLuhan’s light bulb.

Marshall McLuhan, an Edmontonian who predicted the World Wide Web 30 years before it was invented, wrote books with evocative titles like The Mechanical Bride and The Gutenberg Galaxy, but none is more famous that his best-seller, The Medium is the Message.

Recognizing that no one had a clue what that phrase meant, McLuhan used the example of a light bulb.*

Marshall McLuhan

McLuhan pointed out that a light bulb, unlike say, a newspaper, has no content, and yet it has a social effect. When it is clicked on it allows people (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Sona Sentencing Taking Too Long #RoboCon

Michael Sona has to wait until next month to find out how much time he’s spending in jail for being convicted of participating in a nefarious scheme to defraud Guelph voters of their votes.

Crown says actions "damage public faith in the democratic process" #robocalls

— Laura Stone (@l_stone) October 17, 2014

Sona, btw, has been convicted but has not admitted to involvement in Guelph robocall. He may appeal. He hasn't commented much since verdict.

— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) October 17, 2014

Justice 4 #Robocalls won't B found 4 me till t/#CPC is no longer a legal entity in (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatoon Lockout of Transit Workers Was Illegal

Saskatoon’s civic politicians are responsible for a City Manager who lost the City a month of transit service, at a price of over $1,000,000. Time for a firing, and maybe a few Councillors and the Mayor will lose their seats next time.

Storify: Reaction online to the Saskatoon Transit lockout ruling #yxe

— Janet French (@Jantafrench) October 17, 2014

City council nears midway point of four-year mandate. Wonder whether cloud of #yxetransit trouble will hang over 2016 election. #yxe #yxecc

— Phil Tank (@thinktankSK) October 17, 2014

The transit lockout has been ruled unlawful. It's unclear when (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Alberta sitrep: Return of the Bitumen Bubble, sort of, rains on otherwise cheerful Prentice parade

A little rain fell on Premier Jim Prentice’s parade yesterday, but the tune the was playing was still pretty cheerful. Below: union members tune up to celebrate the demise of Bill 46 yesterday by singing Solidarity Forever this morning.

Just when you think you’re finding your way out of the woods, there’s that damned Bitumen Bubble again.

This time, it’s crude oil prices that are declining – or, as they say in journalese, the official language of the Internet, “plummeting.”

This is handy for conservatives once they’re elected and want to cut the crap out of public services they (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Experimenting with email Encryption

This may be useful at some point in the future, to verify a message came from the real me.


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OPSEU Diablogue: Ebola threat should spark overdue investment in public health

In September Peterborough residents narrowly avoided the first strike in their health unit’s history. Despite acknowledging significant inequities in how they compensate staff, the Peterborough County-City Health Unit argued they couldn’t afford to play catch-up with the smallest of the … Continue reading →

Sketchy Thoughts: Justice for Jennifer Laude

on the main Kersplebedeb website:

bastard.logic: Tuesday Night Playlist: Canadian Metal Is Canadian.

Yes, yes it is:


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Left Over: Harper’s Zipper: Stuck Again


Conservatives’ copyright law changes could backfire Does the government really want to trigger a debate over the use of political attack ads?

By Kady O’Malley, CBC News Posted: Oct 14, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 14, 2014 8:12 AM ET

The Cons haven’t had much success so far in trashing Junior Trudeau…well, not too surprising, but then they are guilty of the same sort of overstatement, so hard for the pot to call the kettle..and what they’ve focused on seems odd in the extreme..if their new regulation vis a vis the press and what is and (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Flirting With Fascism

ICYMI: @DonMartinCTV does his last word on changes to the Copyright Act @ctvnewschannel #cdnpoli

— CTV Power Play (@CTV_PowerPlay) October 9, 2014

It’s about damn time someone in the MSM noted the obvious. This isn’t akin to calling Harper a Nazi; It’s about calling a spade a spade. Hijacking news footage for propaganda purposes, is entirely unethical for any political party.

Harper’s latest “nefarious scheme” should be called out for what it is. Too bad this sort of thing isn’t enough to change more minds about him.

Uncool for @DonMartinCTV to say PMSH is "flirting with fascism"; proper (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #EnergyEast Hot Tub Party

TransCanada wants to use an old pipe that was designed for another product, and send tarsand bitumen through it, under Regina and many communities.

What municipalities are crazy enough to allow this?

TransCanada is a bit like someone offering to host a hot tub party while they know they have explosive diarrhea.

Excited Delirium: Municipal Vote Thoughts: Don’t Promise to Run a City Like a Business!

Public office is not a business and candidates should stop promising to run City Halls as such. It’s different and it’s time we all started acknowledging this simple fact.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oz

“Oz: The Great and Powerful” [9/10] made me think the TV was malfunctioning when it started, because it’s at half the screen size and black and white. This is by design, to give it an old and otherworldly appearance. It’s a clever movie though, and if you enjoyed Wizard of Oz, you’ll probably like this one too.

In This Corner: Political grab bag time.

And now, in lieu of a real blog of connected thoughts, here are some disjointed thoughts on matters political …

• The leadership race for the provincial New Democrats is even more of a snoozer than the PC leadership coronation of Jim ‘Don’t Blame Me’ Prentice. There are three candidates in the running. One is some guy I have never heard of, and see no need to get to know. The other two are two colorless sitting MLAs, David Eggen and Rachel Notley, both from Edmonton (Edmonton produces NDP leaders the way Calgary produces PC leaders, which is to say (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Are Canada’s Rails Safe?

All signs are pointing to no. And the railway companies are starting to ship way more goods much more explosive than Canadian grain.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Imploding media, a failure to communicate.

It takes a while to digest the sale the other day of Canada’s English-language Sun newspapers to Postmedia. All you can say for sure is that the newspaper market in Canada continues to implode. Postmedia President and CEO Paul Godfrey provided the answer at the announcement of the $316 million purchase of 175 English-language newspapers and Sun’s major printing plant in Toronto. He said it all when saying the best part of the deal was the acquisition of and related websites.

Sun newspapers are no stranger to Paul Godfrey. He used to be publisher of that newspaper chain. (Read more…)

Excited Delirium: Canada’s Capital Punishment Foreign Policy

Do Canadians realize that our foreign policy is now based on capital punishment for supposed crimes committed?

OPSEU Diablogue: Problems at clinics should prompt rethink on competitions for hospital services

The media is applauding Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins this week for promising greater transparency around private clinic inspections that had previously been kept secret by Toronto Public Health and The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (TCPSO). Tom … Continue reading →