Anthem flap suspends teacher
MIRAMICHI, N.B. (CP) — A New Brunswick teacher has been suspended after sending a student to the principal’s office for refusing to stand during the Canadian anthem. Eric Cameron, a Grade 9 teacher at Miramichi Valley High School, was disciplined following the incident last Thursday.
The student who wouldn’t stand was roughed up after the incident by others on a school bus. He wasn’t seriously hurt.
ASHLEY BURNER CAMPAIGN LAUNCH
WHERE: 560 Academy (right by Comics America and Starbucks)
WHEN: Saturday, April 28th 11am.....
The rest of us need to understand: This government lies to us without compunction or apology about the most important files a government can be asked to handle.
Manitoba is already competitive with other provinces on the PST.
We're tied with British Colombia for the third lowest rate in Canada, behind Saskatchewan at 5% and Alberta, which has no retail sales tax.
Where we're not competitive is on income taxes. Manitoba has the highest incomes taxes for middle and high-income earners west of Quebec.
So if the goal is to be more competitive on taxes, income taxes -- not the PST -- should be the focus.
The best income-tax policy going these days would be to significantly raise the personal exemption -- the amount people can earn before they pay taxes.
Right now it's at $7,834. If you jacked it up immediately to $10,000, you'd eliminate provincial income taxes for around 40,000 people.
3. Industry Minister Maxime Bernier, 44. His English is poor and his connections to the Montreal Economic Institute might taint him a tad too libertarian to get elected, but by every account from people who've met him, he's impressive: personable, attractive, intelligent. And he really believes in making government smaller. He'd be my choice. And if I were prime minister, I'd make him my finance minister. He might be leader one day but not any time soon.
April 21, 2007 - Now that the Manitoba election has been called, I can disclose that Hugh McFadyen is a friend. We used to work together at Brokeback Consultants. When he told me, in confidence, that he was leaving to return home to Manitoba, I told him he was crazy. If he stayed, I told him, he'd be Ontario's Premier in no time.
Now, of course, I see that I had the right church, but the wrong pew.
When the Liberal popular vote is above 20% and closer to 25%, the Tories usually form government, as they did in 1988, 1990 and 1995.
But when Liberal popularity drops to the mid-teens, which is where it's been stuck for a decade, the NDP tend to form government
"Steven Ashton thinks he'll be premier one day. Seriously, he does. I don't think it'll happen. What will happen is that he'll win again as the MLA for Thompson."
Might be a goofy issue - but it got the attention of the media, didn't it?
Manitoba's Opposition is criticizing Lieutenant Governor John Harvard about a new vehicle being driven by the government head.
Tory MLA Jack Reimer claims Harvard's office has purchased a new 70-thousand dollar Lincoln Town Car to replace a 1999 Cadillac with only 76 thousand kilometres.
Reimer feels the vehicle is too expensive, unnecessary, and not environmentally friendly.
Indeed, if there was any party that profited from her brief fling with the Liberals, it was the Conservatives, who were thereby disposed of a disruptive influence. That she demolished what was left of Peter MacKay’s reputation in the process must be counted as a bonus.
Re: Election's Coming And The Other Side's Gearin' Up
Dear folks, (you know who you are)
I've been watching hockey for the last seven and a half hours. Many many times I discovered that it was be absolutely crushing to "return to the 90's" in regards to health care.
"What? The Feds are cutting hundreds of millions in transfers again? When did that happen?"
But I digress. The point of this memo is to bring attention to who was paying for said advertising spot during Games One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Manitoba Nurses Union.
You know what this means, right? This election matters and you need to engage. Spend some money and help out the folks who generally govern with a business and economy-building mind - February stat holidays notwithstanding.
Of course, if you don't help out the Tories, maybe you shouldn't be so surprised when they play the populism card to reach out.
Just a thought.
We make our way back to the dressing room after the second overtime, and by now everyone is caveman hungry. So, we order some arena pizzas. The pizza comes and I'm sitting there with my shirt off, my gut hanging out and stuffing pizza in my pie hole. I'm there telling the boys, "Don't worry boys, I'm like a bear hibernating in the winter. I got all this fat stored up to use for 50 overtimes! I'm worried about you poor bastards with 3-percent body fat. Just get my fat back, fellas!" One thing you can say about the 1999-2000 Flyers, we were always loose. I made sure of it.
- from former Flyer Keith Jones' book discussing an epic Philly/Pittsburgh OT of 2000 - the third-longest in NHL history
As a fan, you have to love OT like this. Hell, CBC just "analyzed" a camera shot of the Dallar Stars' bench. The fans behind the glass had a beer-a-myd of empty plastic beer glasses. Maclean, Hrudy and guest Craig Simpson actually numbered those visible. (11)
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6th Intermission Update: They have a better shot of the beer-a-myd. Twenty-three to the fans. Kelly Hrudey as added a smaller one of his own in the studio.
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Hockey Morning In Newfoundland Update: Game over. One Sedin (Henry) from the other Sedin (Daniel). Harry Neale was outright begging for the game to end. I think Jim Hughston kinda liked the idea of going longer and higher up the all-time rankings. (I believe it finished sixth in the end.) What an exhausting time for the players. Hell, what an exhausting time for me!
Day one is in the books. All eight-and-a-half hours of it. Only two more months to go.
In Stephen Harper's case, the starting point is the January 2006 election. In the five quarters since then, the Canadian economy has created nearly half a million new jobs, 158,000 in the first quarter of 2007 alone, the strongest employment growth in five years.
Go ahead, make Harper's day.
In January of last year, there were 16,321,000 Canadians working in this country. In March 2007, there were 16,798,400 million employed Canadians. About 477,000 more Canadians are working today than when the Conservative government took office.
In the boom years of the mid-1980s, it took a full mandate for the economy to create anything close to one million new jobs - a bullet with boasting rights. At the current rate of employment growth, the economy could create a million new jobs in only two years. [emphasis added]
"I don't understand the comments at all," continued [Senators' Coach Brian] Murray, who admitted he'd grown frustrated by the discussion [about the team's inability to perform in the playoffs]. "I don't know how many times Ottawa was supposed to win the Stanley Cup." [from TSN.ca]
Well speaking as a Sens' fan Coach, even once would be kinda nice.
Reuters spoke with Jason Cuevas, spokesman for Southern Co. power, who said it plainly: "We haven't seen any measurable impact." New Jersey's Public Service Enterprise Group said the same thing: "no impact" on their business.
Yes folks, that's right. The big hyped "live blogging return" is not about politics. (Though we'll likely dip into a line here or there...Maybe I'll even flip over to QP if they are sitting this week and I'm not exactly sure if they are).
No, it's Opening Day for the Blue Jays and I couldn't help but take a few hours off work to come and watch. Figured I would comment a bit while I did it.
12:05 pm - And we're off. Reed Johnson's at the plate. And in classic Reed sense, he walks.
12:07 - Reed's running and while it looks like Detroit Tigers' catcher Pudge Rodriguez is going to get him, Reed just makes it while the crowd boos and I cheer on the first stolen base of the year.
12:09 - That stolen base pays off. Two-hole batter first-baseman Lyle Overbay hits - what else? - a double and hits Reed home. Two batters into the 2007 season and the Jays are leading the AL Champion Detriot Tigers 1 - 0.
12:11 - I'm partically giddy. Vernon just singled up the middle and knocked Overbay in for the second score. Bring on Frank Thomas, the Big Hurt.
12:14 - Frank popped out, but Wells just stole second. That's two SBs thus far and we're only halfway through the order. Troy Glaus popped fly for Out Two. Alex Rios - prove that last year's start wasn't a fluke!
12:16 - What should have been the third out on a Rios pop fly to shallow left scored Wells, who took off running prior to the hit. Rios blooped, but the fielders screwed up and it dropped, allowing Vernon to cross home plate for the score. Luckily for Detroit, they just got Zaun for the final out of the first half of one. Impressive start for the '07 Jays. Even without the Rios flyball error, they had two earned runs into the dugout.
12:24 - With one out and one on second, Halliday is battling Sheffield. Down 3-1 in the count. On a fast ball, the bat gets broken on a lame shot to 3B Troy Glaus, who stares back the runner and tosses the former Yankee out at first.
12:27 - And Jays GM J.P. Riccardi gets some kudos. His stop-gap at shortstop - journeyman Royce Clayton (who I'm positive played himself as a strikeout in the Dennis Quaid Disney movie "The Rookie") - just made a leaping defensive play, stopping a hit, tossing out the hitter, thus saving a run and end the inning. The word on Clayton is to expect him to be an out four out of five plate appearances, however his fielding will pay off for it.
12:32 - ....To which Clayton replies, "Cram it you bums!" Aaron Hill flyed out, but Clayton made a single to bat 1.00 for the first time ever quite likely. (According to IMDB, Clayton was Jim Morris' first out in real life, but Clayton did not play himself. Too bad, I swore the actor was a dead ringer when I caught the flick on ABC Saturday night.)
12:38 - Clayton's still at first and Overbay's got a full count with two out. Detroit pitcher Jeremy Bonderman is already up to 46 pitches, which is insane when you remember that it is Opening Day, the second inning and Frank Thomas/Troy Glaus/Alex Rios are leading off the next inning. This is good, good, good for the Jays. Chase him out by the end of the fourth and then beat up the Tigers' bullpen. Even with tomorrow being a bonus, it's always fun to rattle a bullpen early in a series. In the meantime, Vernon flyed out in right to end the inning.
12:48 - You know, normally when an NHL team fires its head coach in the last week of the season despite being one of the top teams in the conference, you would view that as a sign of weakness.
Not the New Jersey Devils though. Somehow, this move makes them scarier somehow.
12:54 - Shows what I know. Thomas/Glaus/Rios just went K, fly, fly. Still, Bonderman is up to 58 pitches. On opening day, he's good for what? 85-90? The Jays can still rough him up and chase him out after five.
1:00 - One out, Tigers on first and third, Sheffield at the plate. Could be a fun battle.
1:01 - Fly out to Reed Johnson, but the runner on third scored. 3-1 Jays.
1:04 - Halliday's getting into trouble. Ordonez just worked a 0-2 count into a full count and then hit a single. Runners on 1 and 2.
1:08 - Hard hit to Rios in right to end the inning, but now I'm worried about Halliday's pitch count. The final out was pitch number sixty for the day.
1:18 - No Question Period to review...With Easter this weekend, I didn't think they would be sitting. Instead, CPAC is showing some agricultural forum with Minister Chuck "I'm Getting Rid Of The CWB Monopoly" Strahl. I was happy with the results of last week's vote. When it comes to a monopoly telling me that they absolutely, positively MUST stay a monopoly or else they might as well go out of business altogether (in this case, the barley business), then my guy reaction is that probably they should be out of the business. We'll see how stubborn the CWB board is, but my hunch is that should they choose to remain in the barley sector, they'll do okay.
1:32 - Doc's in trouble. No out. Runners on the corners, the Tiger's just closed the gap to 3-2. Halliday's in the low 80's pitch count, and Sheffield's coming up. Fight it Doc. Fight it.
1:48 - Thomas made it on, but the Jays went one, two, three after that (though Glaus was two feet away from a two-run homer that was caught above the bullpen fence). In the meantime, Greg Staples is also in a baseball mood and linked to this gem of a movie speech.
1:51 - Halliday just threw number one hundred. This must be his last inning. 102 was a strike and ended the sixth. Watch for the Tigers to switch up their pitchers after the break.
Seems like a good time to make a few predictions for the year. My heart wants the Jays to be in it, and while they should remain in the hunt, it's tough to call them as AL East leaders when you have Boston and New York to deal with. The Yankees pitching sounds suspect (at least until Roger Clemmons and his non-steroids arrive in June) and Boston just has one of those "twitchy" looks to them. Dice-K can't be that great right out of the gate and it sounds like he gets pissy under pressure. Perfect for Boston. Like everyone else, I'm in the "Everything has to break right" for the Jays, but I'm also thinking that they are due a little good luck this season.
Around the rest of the AL, the Central looks mean, but that could also mean that they beat each other up, enabling the Wild Card to return to the East (likely Toronto's best chance at a post-season berth). In the West, it would be extremely hard not to like the Angels as Oakland's falling off the pace and the Mariners and Rangers don't appear remarkably better.
Let's go: Indians, Angels, Yankees.....With the Jays in the Wild Card (though in four months I might be
striking that out and putting in "Red Sox").
2:00 - Blast it! Monroe, the same fielder who robbed Glaus, just robbed Johnson of an even harder hit dinger. Royce Clayton was even on base (better OnBase% that Vernon this game), so that could have broke the game open.
2:05 - That inning went no where and our first Jays reliever of the new year.....Casey Janssen, step right up!
2:09 - Ten pitches later, he's done his inning. Very well done young man.
2:24 - Once again the Jays did poorly, but once again Janssen came out and retired the Tigers one, two, three. We're headed into the ninth, but I doubt BJ Ryan's getting warmed up yet. Need the Jays to score a cheapie here with Zaun, Hill and Clayton up to bat.
2:29 - Canadian bench player Matt Stairs is in for Clayton. Hill's on first with one out. I'm assuming that Stairs will play right and after Johnson's next at-bat, John MacDonald will come in to play short.
2:30 - Stairs hit into the double play. Crap. Now where do you cycle the guys? Glaus to short and Stairs to third? You cannot pinch hit into a double play. Terrible, terrible, terrible!
2:33 - Oh, I was being foolish. Of course, you just insert MacDonald for Stairs and play as normal. Speaking of foolish, if Gary Doer doesn't call the election this week, then he's being foolish himself.
2:35 - Janssen's out yet again to hold Pudge at bay. I like this call by John Gibbons. Janssen rewards his skipper with a strikeout and Scott Downs is coming into the game. Good use of a young pitcher who started in the fifth spot of the rotation in 2006.
2:41 - Downs couldn't get his guy despite being ahead in the count. On full count, Zaun had a foul bounce out of the glove and Down walked him on the next pitch. Jason Frasor, COME ON DOWN!!!!
2:46 - Tigers' OF Craig Monroe might have done really well in the field, but he just got tapped for his fourth K of the day. Downs got him one, two, three pitches. 1 out, 1 on first.
2:47 - And by one out, I meant two out, and Johnny Mac just threw out number three. It's Opening Day 2007 and we're going into Extra Innings. (Sorry work, hopefully it won't be too many innings.)
2:57 - Detroit P Fernado Rodney is wearing his ballcap slightly aschew and I can't tell if the large chain-wearing black man is doing that because of the sun (quite possible) or to project a gangsta-ish image (also quite possible).
3:01 - Vernon Wells just walked putting him on first and Overbay on 2nd with only one gone. Thomas is up and Sportsnet just played a montage of him hitting dingers to set up the scene. Please Frank, end the game. Just score Overbay and I have no doubt BJ Ryan will close it out. I have to get back to work soon.
3:03 - The Big Hurt's behind 1-2.
3:04 - Gangsta man Rodney just caught Frank on the forearm. Bases loaded and Troy Glaus is up with no out. i would really like to feel more confident right now.
3:05 - Whaaaaa? Jason Smith in to pinch run for Overbay on 3rd. That makes little sense to me. Overbay's no slowpoke.
3:06 - I was starting to type about my bad feelings towards Glaus, who looked ugly falling to 0-2. Then Troy chopped a solid drive to left and scored Smith. (Everyone advanced one.) Jays 4-3. I'm tempted to call it a day and head back to work, but I want to stay and see BJ. Come on Rios, plunk another to the outfield.
3:08 - Rios blooped an infield chopper. Wells had a jump, so there was no play at home. Tigers get Rios at 1st, but a run for an out is a trade you make in this situation every day and twice on Sunday.
3:11 - Zaun strikes out. (Not a great day for him 0 - 5, but at least no one stole against him.) Here comes BJ!
3:14 - BJ gets his first K of the year for out one, and that somehow reminds me to remind you to check out "Sad Kermit" on You Tube before The Jim Henson Company & Disney order it taken down. It's pretty sweet viewing.
3:16 - And there's his first hit. A single. Gary Sheffield's up now.
3:17 - BJ got him swinging. Jays had to appeal to the first base ump, but got the call.
3:19 - And Beej's first walk. Carlos Guillen up. I still think this is over.
(So why haven't I left yet?)
3:20 - I can leave. Guillen swung at the first pitch to pop out to Aaron Hill. Game over. Toronto: 5....Detroit: 3. Baseball season is upon us.
3:22 - I'd wrap up, but I've got to get back to work. Later all.