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I don't how it is in the Buffalo area, but in Detroit/Sarnia, the border nazis are on our side.

Well you have the Windor tunnel right? I have never been there. Not so bad at the Peace and Rainbow bridges in Buffalo but in the 1000 Islands bridge to the north its terrible. Give them a little power and they run with it. They would not let my wife and I in once over some stupid shit. I have not really wanted to go back since. What do they have that we dont have? Better beer, I know. They own more property in Florida than many New Yorkers. Most Toronto millionaires. I dont like their attitudes at that border. Bastards is what they are.

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Well you have the Windor tunnel right? I have never been there. Not so bad at the Peace and Rainbow bridges in Buffalo but in the 1000 Islands bridge to the north its terrible. Give them a little power and they run with it. They would not let my wife and I in once over some stupid shit. I have not really wanted to go back since. What do they have that we dont have? Better beer, I know. They own more property in Florida than many New Yorkers. Most Toronto millionaires. I dont like their attitudes at that border. Bastards is what they are.

At least you have border controls, silvermedalist. Seems over here that any Tom, Dick or Haribskiczexch can just walk right in.

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At least you have border controls, silvermedalist. Seems over here that any Tom, Dick or Haribskiczexch can just walk right in.

Hi Bouillon,

No work for my 2 sons on the farm, my wife and her dad have been laid off, why you may ask? because the farmer has to find work for his 30 or so Eastern European so called Students (thats a joke, most are no even students) who are under contract, i cant wait for the next ice age to cover England then we'll only have to worry about the Eskimos comming over for our jobs. :o

Kind Regards, Danny

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Hi Bouillon,

No work for my 2 sons on the farm, my wife and her dad have been laid off, why you may ask? because the farmer has to find work for his 30 or so Eastern European so called Students (thats a joke, most are no even students) who are under contract, i cant wait for the next ice age to cover England then we'll only have to worry about the Eskimos comming over for our jobs. :o

Kind Regards, Danny

I'm really sorry to hear that Danny. :( Once Turkey joins the EU they'll be even more competition for jobs.

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They may piss us off but we don't hate them

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Hi Bouillon,

No work for my 2 sons on the farm, my wife and her dad have been laid off, why you may ask? because the farmer has to find work for his 30 or so Eastern European so called Students (thats a joke, most are no even students) who are under contract, i cant wait for the next ice age to cover England then we'll only have to worry about the Eskimos comming over for our jobs. :o

Kind Regards, Danny

Farm? In Greenwich??

What the hell kind of farm would that be? A skunk farm?

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I don't how it is in the Buffalo area, but in Detroit/Sarnia, the border nazis are on our side.

TBH, even though I was denied entry for the Zep Seattle show in 72, I've never encountered a nasty American border guard. However, on occasion I have run into some real pieces of work at the Canadian border. Guess it's got something to do with trying to suck up every ounce of duty they can get their hands on dry.gif

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At least you have border controls, silvermedalist. Seems over here that any Tom, Dick or Haribskiczexch can just walk right in.

Its called Freedom. A good thing

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RIM (Blackberry) is laying off @ 2000 staff ....... http://www.ctv.ca/ for details.. this story will probably just be on the site today...

I lived in Waterloo in the 70's when I was a student at Wilfrid Laurier University... In my final year I lived in the same area of town where the RIM building is situated....it wasn't built when I lived there..now the whole area has seen amazing development over the past 30 years...so I'm very sad to hear this news...very sad for the community as well as the staff....

Hopefully Jim and his staff will pull through...they need to re-open "The Loo"...it was a campus pub in the 70's for Laurier and Univeristy of Waterloo students...it was in the basement of an historic hotel in Uptown Waterloo....have a brain-storming session there.... :beer:

Juliet :coffee:

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Loverboy's Mike Reno Sheds 50 Pounds, Plots Comeback

By Andy Greene

July 22, 2011 4:25 PM ET

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In the early Eighties, Canadian rock band Loverboy seemed poised to take over the world. Their singles "Turn Me Loose," "Hot Girls In Love," and of course, "Working For The Weekend" were all over the radio and MTV. But the end of the decade, hair metal started putting a dent into their career – until grunge came along and nearly snuffed it out completely. "As I once said on MTV, Nirvana killed our career," Loverboy frontman Mike Reno tells Rolling Stone. "You just looked at the charts, and it was all negative lyrics – and people dressed up like they're lumberjacks. The Seattle grunge thing just took over everything."

Near the peak of grunge, Loverboy took a year and a half off to reassess their lives – before deciding that they missed being on the road. They haven't stopped touring since, even though their schedule consists largely of casinos and fairs. "The good news is that I'm still touring the big cities," Reno says. "Right now I'm in London! Bad news is, it's London, Ontario."

About 15 years ago, Reno started putting on some weight. Eventually, he looked twice the size he was in the "Working For The Weekend" video. "I got tired of complaining about my knees being sore," he says. "So I contacted a doctor and he said, 'If you stick with me kid, I'll have you down to your old weight in six months.'" Reno was put on a strict diet and exercise regime. "I eat fruit, vegetables and fish," he says. "I don't use any salad dressings. I don't use much oil. I don't have butter, sugar or flour. I haven't had a piece of bread in six months, or piece of cake or anything. That's been really hard. I put the booze away too."

Reno has lost 50 pounds, and is still going at a pace of three pounds a week. "I feel lighter on stage," he says. "I'm dancing around like the old days. I'm singing better. I'm breathing better. I'm not getting tired, so my knees don't bother me. It's just a night and day difference. I did it rather quickly over the winter, so it's funny to see the jaws drop on our longtime fans in the first few rows when I walk onstage."

Around the time he was shedding the weight, Reno got a call from producer Bob Rock, who engineered their first four albums. "That was right out of the blue," he says. "He said 'I want to cut some songs with you guys.' And this is after working with Metallica, and some of the biggest bands in the world." He sent the band a couple of tracks, and asked them to add their distinctive touch. Rock liked their ideas, and they recently went into Bryan Adams' Vancouver studio to finish the tracks.

One of the songs, "Heartbreaker," is currently streaming on the band's website – but don't expect a new Loverboy album anytime soon. "I don't know if it's worth it," Reno says. "I don't want to spend $400,000 in the studio recording 12 songs, when people only want one or two. I don't expect to be on the radio anymore. That game can't be won by anybody. AC/DC put on a new record, and radio just played 'Back In Black' and all the old stuff . . . I do want to put out a new song every couple of months. I just think that's the new way."

Even without a new record, Reno is noticing an uptick of interest in Loverboy. They recently played "Working For The Weekend" on Fox & Friends, have seen their music used in all sorts of movies and commercials. Last season on 30 Rock, Pete Hornberger revealed that he was in the band for three months. "Something's in the water," says Reno. "People are drinking something weird. I go to these concerts expecting there to be 3,000 people, and there's seven or eight thousand people! And most of them are young! Even kiddies, like 10 years old. They even know all the words. It's freaking me out."

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Ok. I'm pissed off. Toronto's Mayor Ford is considering closing libraries (among other things) as part of an effort to trim budget costs. It would be one thing had he presented this with some evidence that they're 'little used'. Trouble is, the one he used as an example in his own ward, Northern Elm, has actually increased in checkouts by 15% compared to last year.

TORONTO STAR: Constituents to Ford - Lose our library and lose our votes

Northern Elms is one of the libraries singled out because it has the sixth lowest borrowing rate. But stats alone of course don't accurately present its value to the community. It's a small library so the numbers are proportionate to its size, but it is vital to the community's immigrants, parents and children, and the elderly. You know, PEOPLE who make a place a COMMUNITY by participating in programs that help others, and keep citizens engaged and intelligent.

G & M: Library cuts will happen "in a heartbeat," Ford says wherein Ford further endears himself by insulting national literary treasure Margaret Atwood.

Clearly doing his due diligence before speaking, Ford claimed that there are more libraries than Tim Hortons in his ward. The horror.

FACT CHECK: Tim Hortons franchises outnumber public libraries in Etobicoke (where Doug Ford lives) by a margin of three to one. There are 13 public libraries in Etobicoke, and 39 Tim Hortons franchises.

So, to sum up bike lanes (rant for another day) and books: bad. Timbits: good.

Here he is paying attention during today's depositions.

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Timbit crash.

This guy needs a Timbit like a drowning man needs a glass of water. Keep your greasy hands off our libraries, Fatty.

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Saskatoon's the Sheepdogs land cover of Rolling Stone

Sure, they won a contest that made them rock stars literally overnight with a Rolling Stone magazine cover and major label deal with Atlantic Records,

but Saskatchewan rockers The Sheepdogs have long been preparing for their chance to shine.

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I live in the Ford's ward. The Ford's have learned many a thing from their favourite NeoCons that skewing actual true facts and statistics, etc should never stand in the way of making public policy.

My rant.

Ok. I'm pissed off. Toronto's Mayor Ford is considering closing libraries (among other things) as part of an effort to trim budget costs. It would be one thing had he presented this with some evidence that they're 'little used'. Trouble is, the one he used as an example in his own ward, Northern Elm, has actually increased in checkouts by 15% compared to last year.

TORONTO STAR: Constituents to Ford - Lose our library and lose our votes

Northern Elms is one of the libraries singled out because it has the sixth lowest borrowing rate. But stats alone of course don't accurately present its value to the community. It's a small library so the numbers are proportionate to its size, but it is vital to the community's immigrants, parents and children, and the elderly. You know, PEOPLE who make a place a COMMUNITY by participating in programs that help others, and keep citizens engaged and intelligent.

G & M: Library cuts will happen "in a heartbeat," Ford says wherein Ford further endears himself by insulting national literary treasure Margaret Atwood.

Clearly doing his due diligence before speaking, Ford claimed that there are more libraries than Tim Hortons in his ward. The horror.

FACT CHECK: Tim Hortons franchises outnumber public libraries in Etobicoke (where Doug Ford lives) by a margin of three to one. There are 13 public libraries in Etobicoke, and 39 Tim Hortons franchises.

So, to sum up bike lanes (rant for another day) and books: bad. Timbits: good.

Here he is paying attention during today's depositions.

FORDVERSUSTHEDEPOSITIONS.jpg

Timbit crash.

This guy needs a Timbit like a drowning man needs a glass of water. Keep your greasy hands off our libraries, Fatty.

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Loverboy still rockin', and lovin' every minute of it

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44062156/ns/today-entertainment/#.Tkp-5oJxV8E

I enjoyed their old tunes but somehow that new one Heartbreaker just doesn't sound like the Loverboy I remember, getting old sucks <_<

Ohh well Im off to see Heart & Def leppard tonight at Ontario Place, hoping it re-energies my weary soul.

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I live in the Ford's ward. The Ford's have learned many a thing from their favourite NeoCons that skewing actual true facts and statistics, etc should never stand in the way of making public policy.

My rant.

Well we'll see how things develop now that even his political supporters are distancing themselves from his proposed policies...

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... and in other, sadder news, NDP head and Leader of the Official Opposition, Jack Layton, has lost his battle with cancer:

CBC: Jack Layton to have state funeral Saturday in Toronto

Goddamnit.

Here's a letter he wrote just this past Saturday:

Jack Layton's last letter to Canadians

August 20, 2011

Toronto, Ontario

Dear Friends,

Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful, inspiring and often beautiful notes, cards and gifts. Your spirit and love have lit up my home, my spirit, and my determination.

Unfortunately my treatment has not worked out as I hoped. So I am giving this letter to my partner Olivia to share with you in the circumstance in which I cannot continue.

I recommend that Hull-Aylmer MP Nycole Turmel continue her work as our interim leader until a permanent successor is elected.

I recommend the party hold a leadership vote as early as possible in the New Year, on approximately the same timelines as in 2003, so that our new leader has ample time to reconsolidate our team, renew our party and our program, and move forward towards the next election.

A few additional thoughts:

To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: please don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope. Treatments and therapies have never been better in the face of this disease. You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer.

To the members of my party: we’ve done remarkable things together in the past eight years. It has been a privilege to lead the New Democratic Party and I am most grateful for your confidence, your support, and the endless hours of volunteer commitment you have devoted to our cause. There will be those who will try to persuade you to give up our cause. But that cause is much bigger than any one leader. Answer them by recommitting with energy and determination to our work. Remember our proud history of social justice, universal health care, public pensions and making sure no one is left behind. Let’s continue to move forward. Let’s demonstrate in everything we do in the four years before us that we are ready to serve our beloved Canada as its next government.

To the members of our parliamentary caucus: I have been privileged to work with each and every one of you. Our caucus meetings were always the highlight of my week. It has been my role to ask a great deal from you. And now I am going to do so again. Canadians will be closely watching you in the months to come. Colleagues, I know you will make the tens of thousands of members of our party proud of you by demonstrating the same seamless teamwork and solidarity that has earned us the confidence of millions of Canadians in the recent election.

To my fellow Quebecers: On May 2nd, you made an historic decision. You decided that the way to replace Canada’s Conservative federal government with something better was by working together in partnership with progressive-minded Canadians across the country. You made the right decision then; it is still the right decision today; and it will be the right decision right through to the next election, when we will succeed, together. You have elected a superb team of New Democrats to Parliament. They are going to be doing remarkable things in the years to come to make this country better for us all.

To young Canadians: All my life I have worked to make things better. Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party. As my time in political life draws to a close I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world. There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.

And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

All my very best,

Jack Layton

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/08/22/pol-layton-last-letter.html

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... and in other, sadder news, NDP head and Leader of the Official Opposition, Jack Layton, has lost his battle with cancer:

CBC: Jack Layton to have state funeral Saturday in Toronto

Goddamnit.

Here's a letter he wrote just this past Saturday:

Jack Layton's last letter to Canadians

August 20, 2011

Toronto, Ontario

Dear Friends,

Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful, inspiring and often beautiful notes, cards and gifts. Your spirit and love have lit up my home, my spirit, and my determination.

Unfortunately my treatment has not worked out as I hoped. So I am giving this letter to my partner Olivia to share with you in the circumstance in which I cannot continue.

I recommend that Hull-Aylmer MP Nycole Turmel continue her work as our interim leader until a permanent successor is elected.

I recommend the party hold a leadership vote as early as possible in the New Year, on approximately the same timelines as in 2003, so that our new leader has ample time to reconsolidate our team, renew our party and our program, and move forward towards the next election.

A few additional thoughts:

To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: please don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope. Treatments and therapies have never been better in the face of this disease. You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer.

To the members of my party: we’ve done remarkable things together in the past eight years. It has been a privilege to lead the New Democratic Party and I am most grateful for your confidence, your support, and the endless hours of volunteer commitment you have devoted to our cause. There will be those who will try to persuade you to give up our cause. But that cause is much bigger than any one leader. Answer them by recommitting with energy and determination to our work. Remember our proud history of social justice, universal health care, public pensions and making sure no one is left behind. Let’s continue to move forward. Let’s demonstrate in everything we do in the four years before us that we are ready to serve our beloved Canada as its next government.

To the members of our parliamentary caucus: I have been privileged to work with each and every one of you. Our caucus meetings were always the highlight of my week. It has been my role to ask a great deal from you. And now I am going to do so again. Canadians will be closely watching you in the months to come. Colleagues, I know you will make the tens of thousands of members of our party proud of you by demonstrating the same seamless teamwork and solidarity that has earned us the confidence of millions of Canadians in the recent election.

To my fellow Quebecers: On May 2nd, you made an historic decision. You decided that the way to replace Canada’s Conservative federal government with something better was by working together in partnership with progressive-minded Canadians across the country. You made the right decision then; it is still the right decision today; and it will be the right decision right through to the next election, when we will succeed, together. You have elected a superb team of New Democrats to Parliament. They are going to be doing remarkable things in the years to come to make this country better for us all.

To young Canadians: All my life I have worked to make things better. Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party. As my time in political life draws to a close I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world. There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.

And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

All my very best,

Jack Layton

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/08/22/pol-layton-last-letter.html

Thank-you for posting this.....my thoughts and prayers are for Olivia, Jack's children, Beatrice-his beloved granddaughter and all Canadians who admired him...

Juliet :(

R.I.P. JACK

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Thank-you for posting this.....my thoughts and prayers are for Olivia, Jack's children, Beatrice-his beloved granddaughter and all Canadians who admired him...

Juliet :(

R.I.P. JACK

You're welcome, Juliet. Regardless of people's political affiliations, many have expressed that Layton left behind something sorely missing from the partisanship of today's leaders - a legacy, particularly that of championing social justice, the roots of which were put down years ago when he was spearheading attention for causes that are now well known and far better supported as a result. That kind of dedication and advocacy deserves respect.

p.s. funeral is tomorrow at 1pm, I think

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