Archive for April, 2009

Ezra and the Gang

April 13th, 2009

Tonight at the London City Music Theatre, a night of mayhem with Ezra Levant, Salim Mansur and Kathy Shaidle discussing Canada’s Human Rights Comissions.

It looks like Wendy (she’ll be the one with the Starbucks) and Wonder Woman will be there. As will I. If your going keep an eye open for me, I’d love to say hi. I’ll have a full report, plus pictures tomorrow.


Update: Looking forward to seeing Dr. Roy there tonight as well.

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Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week

April 8th, 2009

I’d like to thank the member of the academy

The honour of this weeks Blogging Tories Site of the Week falls upon this blog, for which I am grateful to Paul over at Blue Blogging Soapbox. Paul does a great job keeping up on all the Blogging Tories blogs and coming up with a weekly best of.  I know from running the site of the week a few years ago it takes a greater commitment than you would expect.  You must daily wade through the numerous posts, keeping an eye for someone who is having a strong week, or had a particularly good post.

This is the second time I have been cited as Blogging Tories Site of the Week, and the second time Paul has picked me for a post that I was pleased with, yet met with yawning indifference once it out there. I have noted before, the first time may have saved this blog from the dust bin. This time Paul noted the post To My Daughter…, which went a bit viral within my family – causing me to have to explain it’s intent was political. It otherwise went unremarked until Paul did so, and for once again saving one of my better posts from obscurity, thanks Paul.

Thanks for all your support through the years and thanks for your work on the Blogging Tories Site of the Week.

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Happy 70th Birthday…

April 7th, 2009
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Francis Ford Coppola has over 60 producer credits and 25 writing credits in Hollywood, but it’s his work as a director that has earned him acclaim. His directorial credits include The Rain Maker, Peggy Sue Got Married, Dracula, The Cotton Club and Apocalypse Now.

the_godfatherIt is, however, director: The Godfather and The Godfather II, two movies that would top many people best of lists, that Francis Ford Coppola can with extreme pride have written on his tomb stone. His legacy as one of Hollywood’s all time great directors is sealed by those two movies, and damaged not a bit by The Godfather III.

For The Godfather I & II, At Home in Hespeler wishes Francis Ford Coppola a very happy 70th birthday.

Birthday Wishes

Saturday Fluffernutter: Keira’s PSA; Corner Gas Day; is Sanata stoned or something?; Madonna Gets Told

April 4th, 2009
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Saturday Fluffernutter – all the fluffy news about those nutty celebrities.

fluffincolorKeira Knightly appeared this week in a dramatic Public Service Announcement about domestic violence. marshmallow_fluff03In the piece Knightly is playing a movie scene that turns bad, and her supporting actor beats her up.

“I didn’t agree to this”

fluffincolorCTV’s highly rated sitcom Corner Gas will air it’s last episode on April 13th. Corner Gas takes place in the fictional town of Dog River Saskatchewan, it determines to prove there’s more going on than meets the eye in Saskatchewan, or as the theme songs says:

if you think there’s not a lot going on,
look closer baby, your so wrong.

Proving the rather new adage, don’t believe everything you hear in a theme song, the province of Saskatchewan is declaring April 13th Corner Gas day. Because if you think there’s anything else going on, look closer…

fluffincolorAfter 15 years on TV, ER signed off this Thursday. Not coincidentally, I watched ten minutes of ER for the first time in 13 years Thursday, and discovered that insomnia is not forever.

fluffincolorI’ve never been a Santana fan. To my ear Carlos Santana has got good guitar chops but I don’t like his style. Apparently the same rule applies to his thoughts as well. He’s on the mark that President Obama should legalize marijuana – prohibition has proven disastrous and foolish. But then he goes off a rant about education and “D movies” and simply proves that too much marijuana turns you into a babbling idiot.

fluffincolorMadonna was turned away from Malawi without a child this week, as the Malwawigian (Malawist?) Supreme Court ruled she could not adopt another orphan from that country.  I might have ignored this story as it rather bores me, except about a week and a half ago, officials from Malawi’s Ministry of Women and Child Welfare Development had the following to say, and it’s too good not to reprint:

Our official policy is that we do not encourage our children to be sent into broken homes. The news she is linked to another woman’s husband and a young man less than half her age makes us question her morals.

And how do you say “she’s skanky ho” in bureaucratise?

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Smitherman to Cambridge: Healthcare or Art!

April 3rd, 2009

This is what happens when you want the government, when you want other people, to do everything. You don’t get it.

Ontario’s Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, and Deputy Premier, George Smitherman told the city of Cambridge this week that priorities must be made, and they need to chose between a hospital or a theatre:

When asked about funding for Cambridge Memorial Hospital and the new arts centre in Cambridge for Drayton Theatre, George Smitherman told The Record, quote, “you’ve got to have priorities and sometimes one has to give way to the other.”

Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig, in a fit of sensibility, told Smitherman, expand the hospital. He’s dead right.

It’s time the arts community stepped up and sang for their supper. This is one community, and I can’t imagine the cantankerous caterwauling if a minister in Stephen Harper’s government had said the same thing, that has the capability to raise funds. The city is committed to $6M – arts community, find the other six.

Back in Brampton in the 80’s, I had some friends who played on an album that local musicians put together to raise funds for the Peel Memorial Hospital expansion. It is much easier, and cheaper to do now. There are festivals, plays, concerts all over town all year. Some benefit shows, some passing the bucket at the larger festivals – how about Shakespeare in the Park this summer and you can ask for donations. More than any other, the arts community have the capability to raise money: Cambridge arts, it’s time to step up.


Minister Goodyear Comes to Cambridge

April 3rd, 2009
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I managed to get an invite to the big cheque ceremony (which didn’t, disappointedly, feature a big cheque) for National Research Council announcement of a grant for Cambridge company MedShare today. Full disclosure, MedShare founder and owner, Barry Billings, may have some relationship to me:

CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – April 3, 2009) – The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced today a contribution to MedShare Inc. from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to support an innovative research and development project.

“The Government of Canada is committed to building a competitive advantage for the Canadian private sector and supports these leading edge technology solutions,” said Minister Goodyear. “This investment in the development of advanced technologies, taking place right here in Cambridge, can one day make the lives of the sick and the elderly much more manageable in their homes.”

MedShare is a software company that provides mobile health record solutions to meet the needs of North American home health care agencies. This initiative will receive a grant of up to $284,500 under the IRAP program and allow the company to explore a new solution for the management of electronic health records for the home care sector. The technology will ultimately be delivered to clients by one of MedShare’s health care delivery partners.


Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear

Barry Billings and Minister of State Gary Goodyear

Barry Billings and Minister of State Gary Goodyear


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Picture of the Day: Hon. Gary Goodyear

April 3rd, 2009
The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

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Autoworkers Did not Cause This Crisis…

April 2nd, 2009

Greedy speculators caused this crisis.

From an open letter to CAW Members:

CHRYSLERUNVEILING7.jpgThere have been incredible attacks on autoworkers in recent months, and those attacks are going to get worse – from anti-union politicians, from anti-union auto analysts, from the anti-union media. We reject those attacks. Autoworkers did not cause this crisis. Greedy speculators caused this crisis.

Memo to Ken Lewenza. Unions in this country are the worst group for attacking others, blaming everyone else for their own problems. If you don’t want to be attacked, then don’t attack other groups.

If you really must, however, at least wait until a new paragraph.

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Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week

April 1st, 2009
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The Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week for the week of March 29, 2009 is:

Silk Stocking

The term ‘Silk Stocking’ is another term for Conservative according to Rogets’ Thesaurus, and I kind of liked the ring. You’ll find a little bit of this and that – not just politics – as my interests are pretty wide ranging. In the words of the late Robert Heinlein, “Specialization is for insects.”