Sunday, January 30, 2005

My subway adventure....what a small world....

So I was riding the subway last night in order to visit one of my favourite walking places in Manhatten. I was wearing my "Canadian Socks" (white socks with a Canadian flag on them). Someone asked if I was Canadian? I said of course I'm from Toronto. She said "Me Too!" We had a small conversation and apparently she has been brought down here from Scotiabank to work on Wall Street.

I just thought to myself, after she left the train, "what a small world". Now I am also thinking "good thing I wore the Canadian socks that I swear are too small for me."

You never know who you are going to run into in New York.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

CBC Ottawa - Fan rebukes NHL from beyond the grave

CBC Ottawa - Fan rebukes NHL from beyond the grave this is has to be haunting for all those involved in the NHL lockout dispute between the players and owners.

I know they have lost at least two tickets from myself. One to Madison Square Gardens to see the New York Rangers and another one to visit the New York Islanders. Nuff said...there are a lot of angry Canadians without hockey.

On another note, here in New York City there is really very little coverage on the NHL lockout. That will only hurt the NHL since it seems the media and, in turn, the fans will slowly forget about the NHL. That can only hurt the NHL since when hockey comes back, most fans will have forgotten to purchase seasons tickets and tickets for early games. Besides, if fans know about a game once hockey does come back, the fans will most likely be angry at the high priced players and refuse to purchase tickets in order to refuse to pay their salaries.

Message to NHL players, a salary cap is a must. Otherwise more NHL Teams will go bankrupt or move (i.e. Winnepeg Jets and Quebec Nordiques). Besides, why should a hockey player be payed 10 times more than a New York City School Teacher?

More snow...

So it is snowing in New York on a Saturday afternoon. Just one question, as a teacher in New York City, why couldn't it snow on a Sunday afternoon and evening instead? That would make two long weekends in a row. But, I guess I can only wishfully think and dream about it....cause it ain't gonna happen.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Toronto Sun: NEWS - Bill would make voting mandatory

Toronto Sun: NEWS - Bill would make voting mandatory

Making elections mandatory? Right this sounds like a good idea in theory. But I can already see more money being flushed down the toilet worse than the current gun registry bill. First would be to re-do the current permanent voters registration list. Hundreds of people at each election must register to vote period. This is because they have somehow been left off the voters registration list or there are errors on them. Add the fact that some university students are away from home during election time. I, for one, voted in Ottawa when I went to school at the University of Ottawa during one federal election in the last five years. I had to register at the polls while my name in Aurora was never crossed off the list. So under Harb's new law would I be fined for not voting in Aurora yet I still voted in Ottawa? I would think so since the federal government cannot even keep a simple thing like handling easy imputted information into a database for guns in order.

Add another interesting thing, there are dead people on the voters list probably. Would these people be fined and have their estates penalized because some bureaucrat in Ottawa doesn't know this person is dead? Why burden the families of the dead with yet another piece of paperwork to file in order to have their names removed from the voters list in order to avoid a potential fine. We already know how badly the government messed up the heating rebate cheques of a couple of years ago when people who rented (even though their heat was included in their rents by law) and the dead received cheques. That went over quite well with some people who never even saw a dime.

I would propose that government not head down this road until it has all the kinks worked out of the gun registry worked out. Try working on one problem at a time before creating yet another possible boondoggle after another. But then again, that might be too simple.

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