Tuesday, April 29, 2008

NL 2008 Provincial Budget

"We are also allocating $6 million to increase the hourly rate for home support, the fifth increase in the past three years. With each successive increase, we acknowledge that home support workers provide valuable support to many individuals in our province with disabilities, to seniors and to children, enabling many to remain in their own homes despite the challenges they face."

OK Mr. Finance Minister,what does that mean when you apply it to the hourly rate now? Six million dollars don't stretch that far when given to thousands of Home Support Workers in NL. A few MHA's have been known to spend almost that amount in fine wines, ladies panties and artwork recently. As for this being the fifth increase in the past three years. The minimum wage has increased and if not an increase in the Home Support rate it would be far lower then the minimum wage. So don't go patting yourself on the back for that one.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

A few shots from a warm April evening in Cape Ray,NL.

How to end an evening in Cape Ray.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Sad day for the Portnoy Family and a lot of us who supported them.

Portnoys Leaving Canada
April 25, 2008

The Portnoy Family who have been living in sanctuary at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Marystown for two and a half years…is planning to leave and return to Israel. Details are still sketchy but the wheels are in motion to assist the family to move back to their native Isreal….

VOCM News has learned that the Portnoy family’s lawyer, Lee Cohen in Halifax, has been in discussion with Canada Border Services Agency in an attempt to work out an orderly exit for Mrs. Portnoy and her five children. The family has been living in the RC Church basement since October 2005. Alexi Portnoy and his wife Angela, who then had four children, took sanctuary in the church basement to avoid deportation on humanitarian grounds.. During the past two and a half years the community of Marystown has supported the family’s efforts to stay in Canada with numerous campaigns, plus financial and moral support. The episode took a turn for the worse in January 2006 when Alexi Portnoy left the church and was arrested by the RCMP…He was later deported back to Israel, leaving his pregnant wife and their four children - two of whom are Canadian Citizens - behind.

It seems peaceful demonstrations to keep a family like the Portnoys who have lived and worked here was in vain. It seems families are not needed but on the other hand we have a shortage of strippers here. Our Immigration minister has just been threatened because the 700 foreign strippers are not enough according to the criminal gangs. So Portnoy children,remember,your mommy was in the wrong occupation.

Monday, April 21, 2008

OK,we finally have the sun. Now if we can only get the temperature up into the teens.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Tough economic times even for pirates and terrorists.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

P.T. Barnum summed it up best.
“There's a sucker born every minute”
Paul Watson is the modern day Barnum.

Thank you Skipper Hardy & crew

My supper today. Two small seal flippers all ready to put in the oven to bake.Thanks to the crew of the small sealing vessel who fought off the bloody pirates aboard the Farley Mowat this past weekend. Thanks to the Canadian Coast Guard and the fine men of our RCMP who risked their lives to board that pirate ship. Long may your big jib draw !

Monday, April 14, 2008

Pirates captured !

From the VOCM News site:

War Of Words Continues
April 14, 2008

Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn has fired back at the head of the Sea Shepherd Society. The Farley Mowat was boarded Saturday and the captain and first officer were arrested. The ship has been impounded and remains docked in Sydney harbour.The captain and first officer have been granted bail. Hearn says Paul Watson's claims about the ship being Dutch shouldn't play a huge role because his department followed proper protocol in boarding and seizing the vessel. Hearn says Canadian and International laws for boarding and seizing vessels were properly followed and the only say the Dutch government will have is if they agree or disagree with the protocol. It's a decision Hearn says they'll have to live by. In the meantime, Hearn says Watson is anything but a fearless leader when he's consistently commenting from anywhere but on board the Farley Mowat with his followers. Hearn says Watson is not willing to stand with his crew and would rather see them take the fall while he watches and comments from a distance in Los Angeles and now New York. Hearn also took the time to respond to Watson's "dare" last week for his department to board and seize the Farley Mowat. Hearn had two simple words for Watson. "I did!."

Saturday, April 12, 2008

What kind of rabbit hole have I fallen into where it's all topsy-turvy and we're the bad guys?' Gerry Rogers

Last fall a family member of ours received a phone call from someone at Eastern Health saying that her cancer tests had came back negative. This was years after she had a mastectomy for breast cancer. Not quite knowing how to respond, the only thing she could say was "are you saying i never had cancer?" The voice at the other end just said "i can't say anything other then what i just repeated." She asked another question. "Are you saying that i didn't need to have my breast removed?" The voice said "i'm sorry, i can only tell you that your test results came back negative." She is part of the ongoing class action suit but still has received no information in the form of a letter from Eastern Health. She finds it difficult to follow the news and proceedings because she spends most of her day looking after her husband who has recently went through an ordeal and is lucky to be alive. Recently she carried what information she had to her MHA hoping he would be able to shed more light on the situation she's in. The judicial inquiry will wrap up sometime during the summer and the debate in the hose of assembly over it will gradually fade away. For the 108 who passed away lets hope that the voices of people like Gerry Rogers, Peter Dawe , journalists ,bloggers, etc. can help set nation standards for hormone receptor tests so this cannot happen again.

Friday, April 11, 2008


Inquiring minds want to know. You remember the one you promised us when you ran around the province with that cool debt clock of yours ticking? We all know how you guys and gals just hate going to the house of assembly recently with the mess in the Health Care system, but come on,do we really have to wait for the 24 th. of May weekend for it?

Saturday, April 05, 2008

A chance to be a leader.

Butts and Babies Don't Mix
April 5, 2008
(from VOCM News)

The Minister of Health and Community Services says he is keeping an eye on what is happening across the country as a number of provinces have moved to ban smoking in cars when children are present. Nova Scotia was the first Canadian province to enact a ban for cars carrying children under the age of 18 years. The Yukon recently followed suit and the issue is up for debate in the Ontario legislature. Wiseman says until the issue surfaced in Wolfville, Nova Scotia some time ago, it wasn't something that was discussed here in this province.

Mr. Wiseman, here's a chance to be a leader, not a follower. Why not make it illegal for anyone in a car to smoke when there is a passenger? There are those over 18 who can't speak for themselves. They are the developmentally delayed. Even quite a few of our non smoking seniors out there have to breathe it in because they sometimes have no say in the matter.