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Day 1

So Day 1 of the Olympics is underway and so far Canada hasn’t hit their stride. 

The men’s rowing 8 finished last in their heat and is into the repechage round. The team won gold in Beijing but only a few members are still on the team.  Good luck with the repechage round!

In women’s soccer we defeated South Africa 3-0 after losing to Japan.  Next game against Sweden to see if we get to play in the quarter-finals.

Scott Dickens and Katerine Savard are both through in swimming, 100m breaststroke and 100m butterfly respectively. Finals tonight. Ryan Cochrane was out of the 400m freestyle when Park Tae-hwan from Korea successfully challenged his disqualification due to a false start.

Best events I’ve watched today have to be the men’s road race and the Canadian men’s beach volleyball match against Great Britain. The volleyball just kept going back and forth until the 2nd set when Canada ran away with it.  For the road race the British team was leading for much of the race but due to a small crash nearing the end of the 400 km 5 hr race they fell back.  Gold to Kazakhstan!

 

More events to come!

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in London 2012 Olympics

 

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They’ve started!!!

Yes, the Olympics have started today. I’ve watched most the opening ceremonies over two time zones as the afternoon also involved work and a nap. LOL. I love the Olympics every time. I like the spirit behind getting the world together to celebrate one thing, in this case sport. The rest of the time I’m not really a sports person – I watch the occasional baseball or hockey game, skating competition or curling match but nothing serious. So why the Olympics?

Two reasons – Honestly, cheesy but the honestly, the spirit. I got a bit emotional when I saw Palestine then Syria come in. Both countries that have had a long road to get to these Olympic games. BTW, did anyone see South Sudan come in? They are supposed to be competing under the Olympic flag since the country doesn’t have an Olympic body yet (since it’s only a year old). Countries that are experiencing civil war and international disputes and questioned whether they should even exist all come together in sportsmanship. It makes the heart a bit soft.

My second reason – I love cheering on my country. Canada is not overtly patriotic, especially when compared to our southern neighbours, but that doesn’t mean we don’t feel it. The Olympic games give us a chance to show it. So locally — here’s a list of our athletes There are many more Canadians worth mentioning like Adam van Koeverden, Clara Hughes, Ian Miller (the oldest competitor for Canada at age 65), Alexandre Despatie and Dylan Armstrong.

Click here for the full schedule, including an easy link to each sport and the competitors. Cheers to Canada!!!

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in London 2012 Olympics

 

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Today’s News: June 7 2012 – Bags, Mister Rogers and the UN

Toronto banned the plastic checkout bag. It’s funny how that happened – Mayor Rob Ford wanted to get rid of the fee, council agreed and went one step further and got rid of the bags. Now he’s mad! Quite entertaining if you’ve never seen him get mad.

  • I too have an opinion on this – I don’t entirely agree. I think getting rid of plastic bags *IS* the way to go. I have so many around the house and contrary to popular belief, they are not recyclable. However, when the announcement came out I was listening to a call in show on CBC and a couple of small business owners called in. They were quite upset that there was little warning (fee is gone on July 1st, bags gone on January 1, 2013) and absolutely no consultation. They have tried the reusable bags in the past and customers have not been happy and they’ve taken their business elsewhere – not a good thing to keep our small businesses go (shop local!) It was not on the agenda and there was no public input. That is not the way that I think a government should work but it seems to be the trend. Stephen Harper has brought in EI and environmental changes with no consultation, nor it being on his election platform. Majority government and he thinks he can do what he wants. That’s what Rob Ford is pushing for as he is vocally speaking out about starting his election campaign (vote is in 2014) and “removing” members of council that disagree with him. You know, sometimes they both scare me…..

    It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood. Mister Rogers remixed!   Awesome!

    A disturbing fact: Canada ranks 53rd in the world for the number of peace-keepers deployed, just 42. We invented peacekeeping! Shouldn’t this be part of Canada’s military focus?

    And a note about yesterday’s entry. I can see what links my dear readers click and it’s amazing how many more clicked on the breasts link than any of the others….

     
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    Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

     

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    Today’s News: June 6, 2012 NSFW today


    Ray Bradbury passed away today at the age of 91.
    I haven’t read much by Bradbury but I recognize his impact on the science fiction world. I applaud him for the social issues he brought forth 50 years ago in Fahrenheit 451. And I look forward to reading more (checked “Something Wicked This Way Comes” out of the library today). Do you have a favourite book by Bradbury? Why have his books made you think?

    Had this actual conversation with my husband this morning regarding Kelly Ripa’s “comedy” this morning with Neil Patrick Harrris. Breasts in Advertising Do you even notice any more? Do breasts actually encourage you to buy food products? Do you define yourself as a feminist?

    I’ve been trying to avoid the obvious story with Luka Rocco Magnotta. But there seems to be rash of dismemberment and cannibalism??? First a guy in Miami on bath salts (recently a copycat in Louisiana on same drug). Then a college student in Maryland and now Magnotta. What is with the rash of cannibalism??? Does it have anything to do with a new Hannibal Lector series coming to TV in the fall?

     
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    Posted by on June 7, 2012 in Feminism, Uncategorized

     

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    Today: June 5, 2012

    GOP blocks pay equity. Seriously??

    Macaroni for $13.99 a box! 2nd seriously? That is ridiculous. There needs to be a way that government and private business can find a way to cut the costs, even if only by 25% (and even raise wages by 10% or more??). Perhaps a discount paid for fuel that is used to supply towns under 10,000 and above the 60th parallel? Perhaps a break on the GST rate for Northern citizens? I know people choose to live up there (and have forever) but we need and want people in all parts of our country. The Innu were the first to notice the melting of the polar ice caps. They were the ones that alerted the world to the blight of the polar bears. They will be ones to defend the land once the oil, gas, gold and diamonds are accessible. But we can’t make eating healthy out of reach of most people! This is happening in the south too but not to this extreme.

    Poplar Hill Home town news: It’s just a shame that they have done away with the parade. I was in almost every year growing up through the school, Girl Guides or on my own. Somewhere I know there are pictures….

     
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    Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

     

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    Welcome to Mental Health Awareness Week

    Mental health is more than just the absence of mental illness. It affects your physical health and your quality of life. It can allow or prevent you from working or raising a family. It affects your ability to recover from illness or traumatic event. And each year, one in five Canadians will experience a diagnosable mental health problem or illness.

    The point of Mental Health Awareness Week is to separate mental health from “the other” – it’s not just something that other people deal with. The Canadian Mental Health Association’s theme this year is Mental Health For All. 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lives, regardless of age, education, income level or culture.

    We all understand the cost of our health care but do we actually see the whole cost? Mental illness costs the Canadian economy $8.5 billion a year in health costs, short and long term disability and lost productivity (not taking into increased policing costs). It is estimated that each day 500,000 people in Canada miss work due to mental health concerns.

    It is stigma and discrimination that prevents people from speaking out, from finding support. Over this week I hope to change that even if just for one person. I will be writing about mental health issues for children and teens, policing issues, and what happens when it comes to the nursing home.

    The National Mental Health Strategy will be out tomorrow.  It’s been 5 years of research for recommendations on how to move forward with mental health issues in Canada.  There should be some interesting ideas coming forward soon.

    If you find yourself needing someone to reach out to please contact your local distress line (in London 519-667-6711) or the Canadian Mental Health Association (in London 519-434-9191). Or send me a message and we’ll talk. Remember, anyone coping with mental health concerns can use some support sometimes, whether you’re the survivor, family member, friend or employer.

     
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    Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

     

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    Rally – January 21st

    So I’ve decided my internet soapbox needs a break.  I need to get into the real world and get energized!  Tomorrow (okay, later today the 21st) a large rally will be held at Victoria Park in London to support the locked-out Electro-Motive employees.

    I’m not connected with Electro-Motive in any way, nor am I a union member, however I feel we must stand together so that Canada continues to *have* a middle class. We do not have a division of 99% vs 1% like the United States but our division is closer to 85% or 90% with just 10-15% of people controlling the wealth.

    If we do not stand up for ourselves we will find ourselves in worse shape – with few jobs offering a living wage indexed to inflation, a pension plan, medical benefits or simple job security. I haven’t been to a political rally in over 15 years but I intend to be there tomorrow!  Who else will be attending?

     
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    Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

     

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