1. From Maclean’s Megapundit on Rick Salutin’s inaccessible article at the Globe And Mail:

    First-past-the-post democracy is “an embarrassment,” Rick Salutin writes in the Globe, and a Yes vote in the Ontario referendum on mixed-member proportional representation is a “no-brainer.” Perhaps his uniquely dystopic view of the province provides a window into his thinking on the matter: a “whirligig of instability,” it is, with “vanishing industries, degraded services, disruptive strikes, [and] fractured communities,” all thanks to “arrogant behaviour by governments that didn’t represent the majority.” Gadzukes – yes on MMP it is!

  2. More:

    Ontario’s no-brainer referendum

    From Friday’s Globe and Mail

    I consider a “Yes” in Ontario’s coming referendum on voting reform to be a no-brainer. That’s because the process we have isn’t very democratic. In fact, it’s undemocratic, due to the stupid system known as first past the post. If there are four candidates in your riding, and one gets 10 votes and the rest each get nine, Mr. 10 wins the pot and gets to be in office, although 73 per cent of voters didn’t choose him. There’s no runoff or resolution, it just stops there.

  3. The referendum issue requires 60% majority of 60% of voter turnout. Ontario elections have rarely reached a 67% voter turnout, more usually in the lower to middle 50 percentile. Unless there is some issue that heats up soon, perhaps the funding of religious schools, I suspect the referendum won’t pass.

  4. Trying to end rebirth? What are you, a Buddhist or something? ;)

    Excellent explanation of your choices, thanks! I just felt like seeing what other people read. It’s a fascinating look at one’s personality, without necessarily saying a word.

    Take care!

  5. OK. I clicked on the Buddhist Books link, and the message I got was “Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.”

    That totally cracked me up!

  6. Please may I add my five favorites, although they can change over time. I am reminded of the story in Zen Flesh, Zen Bones where the customer asks the butcher which cut of meat is the best and the butcher replies that “all my cuts are the best. There is not one cut of meat that is not the best.” The shopper gains insight from the butcher’s comments. I’m paraphrasing, but anyway, here goes:

    Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
    Endless Vow: The Zen Path of Soen Nakagawa
    Old Path, White Clouds
    The Dhammapada (it’s all in there)
    Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn

    There’s plenty more, but then again, all are best!

  7. Is that 16 cents with or without tax? What do you figure it costs Timmie’s to make them? And what did they do with them before Timbits were invented?

  8. As indicated in a few of the news stories, Tims’ management was out to get her because, apparently she brought up a manager’s absenteeism at a staff meeting.

    Who knows? Maybe there was a union drive in the works.

    And Nicole has indicated that she may not take the new job offered at another Tims’ outlet.

    Frankly, I don’t think the real story has come out yet — as is often the case with the media. They simply skim the surface of the story.

    Under normal circumstances with an employee who’s been employed beyond the probationary six months period, discipline is done in steps. i.e., warnings etc. before dismissal.

    In any event, Tim Hortons looks real bad in this case and I’m staying away from the place from here on in.

  9. When I first read the story, I thought she had a federal human rights case. Whatever the backstory is – and there is certainly backstory – the manager comes across as worse than Ebenezer Scrooge and Simon Legree. Neither will come out with roses if more is said.

  10. Yes, City staff.

    Thanks, It printed a little dark and muddy in the taxi/road area. Reminds me to stay away from too much dark greys.

  11. Thanks Sean. You know your comment came at a good time for me today – it was a good kick in the weekly writer’s block.

  12. The Brunswick Hotel is one of the few remaining historical, heritage designated buildings remaining in downtown London, suffering, as did all the others, from loneliness. It is isolated amongst parking lots – sticking up like the last tooth in the mouth. Pretty standard.

    My grandfather found work and eventually settled in London. Two sisters were watching the Armistice Day parade – so the story goes – out of a second floor balcony window when the conversation started – which led to the courtships, which led to the marriages.

    From The London Free Press story on August 12th:

    “It went up two years after the railway arrived in London in 1853, a time of brief but explosive growth with dozens of small hotels and rooming houses hastily built to handle the men who came to the city looking for work.
 With a tavern downstairs and likely an informal brothel upstairs, the Brunswick would have been buzzing with activity until the railroad boom burst in 1857. 
London’s population dropped by one-third in a year and many businesses went broke.
 But the Brunswick persisted.
 It has survived since, even as grander hotels fell, and has few contemporaries left. Eldon House is older and there are buildings along Thames Street from the same era. 
City staff have recommended granting the demolition permit because of the building’s poor condition and because past demolitions have left it an orphan from the mid-eighteenth century.”

  13. 1. Unfortunately, the Brunswick is not desingaed under the Ontario Heritage Act.

    2. The bit about an informal brothel is likely bunk. The proprietors of the establishment over the years ran a pretty clean machine, otherwise they would have had the police on them like hair on a gorilla.

  14. Haha, that is amazing!! Dan looks exactly the same as that!

    What a silly mule!

    He actually still owes me money, that crazy scoundral! Never, ever, EVER rent from or work for Dan Dencev. It will be the biggest mistake of your life. He will also call you at 3am and threaten your life too!

  15. I’ve been following this Brunswick fiasco from afar. These people hell bent on the destruction of the City of London’s heritage and popular nite spots should learn a thing or two about business. Appears to me these “fellows” may not have even learned how to be slum lords correctly. Biting the hand that feeds. Not the strongest of business models. He/they must have one hell of an exit strategy?

    Quite a comical caricature.

  16. The London Police have yet to even look at the video tape. They may not even bother. Very strange.

    Perhaps they give out medals of valour for the destruction of heritage buildings.

  17. The monitors at city hall are often left unwatched. They’re only watched about 8 hours a day.

    The London Police are often short-staffed on the weekends, particularly at the station.

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  20. You draw cartoons, and LOLcats are still considered funny. Besides, who ever saw a search engine that really worked?
    Also, I recall a litter of kittens being yours once upon a time. The Cat Commission keeps track of these things, you know!

  21. Ever driven down Hyde Park rd south of Oxford on a spring or summer evening?

    There’s clearly a population problem.

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  23. Do you want the original plastic version. Also, do you know the year of it. I was pleasantly surprised to see the “Made in Canada” on the bottom. I knew the Sterling factory- I grew up in London too.

  24. When I was a kid my mother refrained from buying me a Ken to go with my Barbie, but Barbie, undaunted, reconciled herself to dating my sister’s Colonel Sanders piggy bank. It inevitably rattled while they walked; however, a little handy cash can reconcile a girl to just about anything :o)

  25. Very beautiful Doug. And, of course, it would be so much larger in real life that the impact would be that much more striking.

  26. I’m looking for a copy of The Concise Tibetan Art Book by Pema Namdol. Does anyone know where can I find a copy or is willing to let go of their own copy? Thanks.

  27. Hello dougrogers, I am residing in Singapore and have learnt thangka painting before from a nun some years ago. I’m trying to get back into thangka painting again and will find the book by Pema Namdol useful. Thanks.

  28. I’d be really tempted to buy one – not because you’re family, but because your cats are good. They express the humour and grace of being a cat… Go ahead. Do it.

  29. Yes. I am sitting here for five minutes trying to think of something to say in response. This medium is bound to words. ‘Thank you’, seems so banal, and seems to inflate my impression of them. A line can carry so much meaning, and it’s created so casually. Glad you like them.

  30. Hi. As to apps, i’ve settled on Brushes, Procreate, Zen Brush. Recently I’ve added Sketchtime. I’ve used Sketch Club, Eazel, Sketchbook Pro, Art Studio, Magic Ink… I go back and forth between fingers and stylus. When I want to push something around, like colour in Eazel, I’ll use my fingers. Else, I’ve succumbed to the need for my fingers and hands to hold a drawing tool. It feels more natural.

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