Serious Climate Change in Ottawa

Hmm, It seems there are serious changes in the Ottawa weather, no more sunny ways! A great dark cloud has descended on poor ole Justin. The temperature in the Prime Ministers Office has risen to unbearable highs. So high in fact some members have been forced to resign and escape to cooler climes. Climate Change is now the biggest single issue plaquing the sunny way boys. The hills once alive with the sound of pipelines are now dark and silent. The middle class and those working hard to join it are forgotten in this severe weather befalling Canada. The dark clouds of discontent are rolling in from East to West, North to South. The forecast predicts more bad weather on the way. The hot air emanating  out of parliament hill is causing drastic shifts in the jet stream. A storm of winter weather, the likes of which has never been seen before, is about to explode. We expect unprecedented amounts of Liberal precipitation, what we Canadians would call, a regular Sh#t storm. Justin is asking, where oh where has my sunny ways gone, where is the justice in this? The Scheer magnitude of this heat is penetrating into every nook and cranny of the Liberal house. It is hoped a ray bolt of light will finally shine through. But not too worry Justin,  it will soon be a record breaking summer of more heat. Sadly the new sunny ways the summer might bring could require serious sun block. That folks is my political weather forecast for the days and weeks ahead.

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Be Careful which car you buy.

Be Careful Which Car You Buy

Five blokes in an Audi Quattro arrived at the ferry checkpoint in Harwich, Essex.
Tracey, in her brand new uniform, stops them and tells them: ”I can’t let you on the ferry. It is illegal to have 5 people in a Quattro. Quattro means four. One of you will have to get out and stay behind.”
“Quattro is just the name of the car,” the driver replies disbelievingly. “Look at the papers, this car is designed to carry five people.”
“You cannot pull that one on me. This is Tracey you’re talking to here,” she replies with a smile. “Quattro means four. You have five people in your car and you are therefore breaking the law. So I can’t let you onto the ferry. It’s more than my job’s worth to let you all on.”
The driver is now very cross and replies angrily, “I’ve had enough of you. Call your supervisor over. I want to speak to someone with more intelligence!”
“Sorry,” responds Tracey, “but Sharon is busy with those two blokes in the Fiat Uno.”

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The F Word????

The “F” Word
Do you ever wonder why people use the F word so much. Is it perhaps a lack of vocabulary or maybe a failure to find the right word to express ones self. Is it maybe a bit of both?
Whatever the reason, it is a word often used and more often heard these days. There was a time when it was probably mostly used by men along with a variety of other swear words. But it was important to be careful and not to use it in the company of parents, children or ladies. Today it can be heard on the street in restaurants in shopping malls, in movies and on TV. When I was a young boy in the early 1950’s the F word was almost unheard of. Of course we had a variety of other words we were not supposed to use. God help us if the teacher or a parent heard us swearing, washing the mouth out with soap was the end result. Our words were mild compared with today. I remember using words like Crikey!!Blimey!!Crumbs but if I was really mad I’d use Bloody Bugger shit. Whilst in the Navy I recall visiting a US destroyer and above the chaplains office door were the words “Damn is not God’s surname”. As a young sailor I used all the popular swear words including the F word, but again we were always careful ashore to avoid such language in public. In the UK the word “Bloody” was a very common swear word, derived I believe from the term Blood of Christ. I have no idea were some of these other words originate from, although I can guess at a few. However where the “F” word came from I have no idea??? Phew!! There, I managed to write this whole blog without actually using the “F” word.
Good job too, I didn’t want to slip up and say Fuck on Sunday!!!!!!. If you are wondering about the three photos attached, well they all make me want to use the F word!!!!
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No Change in Fake Legion Medals

Several Legion Branches have submitted resolutions to Dominion Command to change the policy on the sale and wearing of these fake legion medals

This was an issue brought up many times in the results, a Veterans Organization wearing “fake” medals. It is correct to say that the medals awarded by the Legion, or available for purchase in the Legion Store, are not official medals in the Canadian Honours and Awards System. They are however often mistaken as real medals. As a Veterans Organization, the Legion must present itself and its members with the same level of military standards as our military, these medals should not remain. There is, as we have discussed and concluded, a middle ground.
As a Veterans organization, we should embrace the Canadian Honours and Awards System by seeking the creation of our own medals. Not such a far fetched idea as the Order of Saint John has two medals, The Order of St John and the St John Service Medal, plus a Chancellors Commendation and a Provincial Commendation. Lets not also forget: the Sovereigns Medal for Volunteers, the Polar Medal, and the Queens Medal for Champion Shot; not that these are not worthy medals, but it shows that the Honours and Awards System is in place for more than military operations. As well, some provinces have their own medals which are recognized for wear after National Honours and Awards, such as the Ontario Medal for Good Citizens, the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal or the British Columbia Medal for Good Citizens. If the Legion were to replace the right breast medals with medals in the Canadian Honours and Awards System, some credibility would be returned to the Legion while officially recognizing the efforts of our members.
Although removing right breast medals entirely is too far. Many organizations besides the Legion wear medals on the right breast. Keeping a limited number of right breast medals to recognize service on Executive Committees at all levels and service to the Cadets recognized by the Cadet Medal of Excellence. Although we strongly believe that medals which are purchased have no place in the Legion.This was an issue brought up many times in the results, a Veterans Organization wearing “fake” medals. It is correct to say that the medals awarded by the Legion, or available for purchase in the Legion Store, are not official medals in the Canadian Honours and Awards System. They are however often mistaken as real medals. As a Veterans Organization, the Legion must present itself and its members with the same level of military standards as our military, these medals should not remain. There is, as we have discussed and concluded, a middle ground.
As a Veterans organization, we should embrace the Canadian Honours and Awards System by seeking the creation of our own medals. Not such a far fetched idea as the Order of Saint John has two medals, The Order of St John and the St John Service Medal, plus a Chancellors Commendation and a Provincial Commendation. Lets not also forget: the Sovereigns Medal for Volunteers, the Polar Medal, and the Queens Medal for Champion Shot; not that these are not worthy medals, but it shows that the Honours and Awards System is in place for more than military operations. As well, some provinces have their own medals which are recognized for wear after National Honours and Awards, such as the Ontario Medal for Good Citizens, the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal or the British Columbia Medal for Good Citizens. If the Legion were to replace the right breast medals with medals in the Canadian Honours and Awards System, some credibility would be returned to the Legion while officially recognizing the efforts of our members.
Although removing right breast medals entirely is too far. Many organizations besides the Legion wear medals on the right breast. Keeping a limited number of right breast medals to recognize service on Executive Committees at all levels and service to the Cadets recognized by the Cadet Medal of Excellence. Although we strongly believe that medals which are purchased have no place in the Legion.

I have include a few photos of our illustrious associate members in their legion finery.

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Follow up to Richard Brown Yesterdays Blog

MLA Richard Brown and Protocol.
Posted on May 25, 2016
by irishroverpei

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It is so refreshing when one learns that a letter to the editor has a positive impact. Last evening while attending the Annual Review of the Blue Heron Sea Cadet Corps I met the Lieutenant Governor. He was a special guest along with MLA Brad Trivers, I was invited as the founding Commanding Officer of the Corps. The LG sought me out after the parade to tell me my letter to the editor regarding Richard Brown had worked. The LG said Mr Brown now addresses me correctly at official functions, and its all due to your letter. I wrote a letter to the editor of the Guardian newspaper in May 2015 complaining that it was so inappropriate for a member to the Provincial Government to go around at an official function calling the LG as Frank, his first name. He did this in a voice so loud most other guest could hear, it was as if he thought he was impressing the guest by the fact he was on a first name basis with the LG. Please read my blog below, it was the origin of my letter.

One might ask what is the meaning of protocol ? to put it in simple terms it means “Good Manners”. That brings me to today’s subject and the manners sometimes displayed by our elected officials. In the case of the Lieutenant Governor, the correct way to address him is “Your Honour” Sir, is also quite appropriate. Last year I attended an official function at the Lieutenant Governors residence in Charlottetown. On completion of the official part of the ceremony we were invited to have refreshments with the LG. Frank Lewis, is our Lieutenant Governor and a very amiable gentleman he is. However,the MLA attending on behalf of the Premier and Provincial Government seemed intent on showing he was on a first name basis with the LG. During refreshments he called him Frank on more than one occasion and in a loud voice that all in the vicinity could not fail to hear. I have no problem with this person and the LG being on a first name basis . But it is certainly not good manners to address the LG this way at an official function and in front of others. On this particular occasion I let it pass without comment. This year I had occasion to attend another similar event at Holland College. The same MLA was in attendance as the Government representative. During his speech to a crowd of some 500-600 people, he turned on the speakers platform and again addressed the LG as Frank. This was done over the speaker system for all to hear. I was disgusted to have this happen again, especially as it was in front of 170 of our youth who were receiving awards from the Lieutenant Governor . I realize not everyone agrees with the Monarchy or the pomp and ceremony that goes with it. To many I may sound like a nit picker just out to embarrass a local politician. However, it is the system we presently have and I think it should be respected as such. After all, good manners are not difficult or hard to understand. If we expect the youth of this Country to be polite then should we not be setting the example. Our politicians should at the very least conduct themselves with some decorum on the public stage. Perhaps the Premier needs to appoint a protocol coach for the less informed of our elected officials!

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Remember Richard Brown

As we are probably close to the provincial election call, I thought I should remind voters of Richard Brown. Not someone who I would consider a sincere politician, indeed not even a smart politician. A few years ago I wrote two separate letters to the editor regarding Browns lack of good manners. At two different Duke of Edinburgh award nights he managed to display the worse possible lack of protocol. He was either ignorant of the protocol or attempting to impress the youth gathering, with the fact he was on a first name basis with the Lieutenant Governor. He didn’t just refer to him as Frank he made sure he said it loud enough for all to hear. More recently he gave the finger to a local citizen. Not the sort of person who should be in government in my opinion. This is the same guy who thinks to use the word Farce, is unparliamentary.

Letter to the editor (May 2015)
I have on occasion sent letters to the editor regarding the lack of good manners MLA Richard Brown seems to display. During at least two official functions involving the Lieutenant Governor he addressed his honour as Frank. It was done in a loud voice for all to hear, once actually over the audio system at Holland College. So when I read the following article on social media, it came as no surprise. A group of young men were passing Provincial Government bldgs saw MLAs gathering for a photo shoot. One of the group shouted, Honour The Vote. Now most reasonable politicians would probably wave, nod or ignore the comment. However, Richard Brown thought it was much more appropriate to give the citizen in question, the Finger! One would think the Liberal government is under enough pressure from their questionable actions at this time. It might be wise to keep a low profile, especially in public. To react as disrespectfully Richard Brown did, is utterly disgraceful and ignorant.
Not so Respectfully Submitted F.Ben Rodgers Abram Village PE

So folks we are nearing a Provincial Election, do we really want to re-elect such uncouth loud mouth people to run our province????????

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Disgusting person/politician

I get so angry when I see and listen to Robert Ghiz lying through his teeth. Smiling while telling Canadians through the media of television that the allegations against him are false. Three women formerly employed in the Ghiz government have come out with issues of fraud. The three women (whistle blowers) lost there jobs, had their personal information released by the Ghiz government. They were ostracized by both Ghiz and the later MacLauchlan liberal governments, with little or no recourse. Today, they are bringing a law suit against Ghiz and several others, yet Ghiz smiles when saying it is all false. This is the guy who suddenly resigned before his term expired, the usual politicians excuse, I want to spend more time with my family. Following closely behind him was his finance minister Sheridan, he left apparently to look after is sick wife. Today Ghiz works in Ottawa and Sheridan in Halifax, neither appear short of money. Why would they be? Large severance packages from us, not to mention the disappearing PNP monies? It’s somewhat ironic, Ghiz was the son of a premier (Joe Ghiz) and Trudeau is the son of PE Trudeau. Both are now embroiled in scandals, but will Canadians ever learn the truth, will either of these two ever pay for their dishonesty and corruption?  God Bless and keep readin

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GEBIS letter finally Published!!!!

Over the past few months I have sent at least three letters to the editor at the Guardian, none were ever published. I asked why but never received an answer. I sent in the letter attached below on 1st February and started to think it had gone the way of the others, but, it appeared in todays paper.Wow!!!!

There appears to be much concern in the Montague and surrounding areas over the sale of land. The Monks that represent GEBIS seem to be buying up an inordinate amount of acreage. People are divided on the issue, some say we have more important issues to deal with. Some ask why are we picking on these gentle peaceful monks? Others worry about the island losing large portions of valuable farm land. However, the more important question is, where is all the cash coming from.? I find it difficult to believe the monks are wealthy, surely their purpose is not about financial gain? Who funds these purchases ? who is GEBIS and or who is behind them.? I found it very strange when MLA Alan Roach so forcefully argued against GEBIS appearing before the committee on Lands Use and Protection in the spring of 2018. I believe it’s beyond the time for our government to provided answers to these questions. An immediate and serious investigation is clearly required.

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New Leader of PC Party of PEI

Tomorrow is the day, 9th February 2019. The membership of the island Conservative party will cast their votes for a new leader. They have five to choose from, or perhaps I should word that another way. They have five candidates but if you have been paying attention only one choice. Kevin Arsenault. The other four failed to speak to the years of corruption, not just liberal corruption , but the years of corruption by both party’s . It is only Kevin who wants the crimes of the past investigated. There have already been issues of backroom interference, they want Dennis King as the new leader. One more reason to vote for Kevin, if King wins, we will have another MacLauchlan style politician. If he becomes premier we will see another wave of patronage, fresh corruption and we islanders will be stuck with four more years of seeing the island sink ever lower. If we have any chance to improve our lives and to make our province whole again, we need honest leaders. Now, having said that, I’m not a PC member and I have no vote, but that does not mean I should have no voice . Indeed all islanders should have interest and concerns with this leadership race. It is not a question of whether you are a party member or have no vote. you will be voting in the next provincial election and that is why this leadership,race is important to all of us. This is why I’m taking this opportunity to speak for Kevin Arsenault, in my opinion he is the best choice, actually the only choice. Nevertheless, he is up against the power of the backroom boys, so the outcome is uncertain. We shall know later today.  You will note I have added only photos of the present Liberal Government, the reason, do you really want more politicians like these guys?

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Election Year! what to do????

We have a difficult year ahead of us. Both a provincial election and a federal election. I’ll try to deal with the federal election first and the difficult issues it will involve. From my own prospective I see nothing positive in voting for either of the two major party’s. Both offer much the same message, although differing in some policies. We never hear the truth during election campaigns only empty promises. Promises they have no intentions of keeping. So what to do?? we can vote Green, but they presently have only one seat in the house. We can vote NDP they have seats but with a new leader yet to win his seat. A new leader yet untested, and does not appear to be particularly popular. I suppose if we vote either Green or NDP we might cause a minority government. That might not be too bad Liberals or PCs would have to deal with other MPs who do not owe loyalty to either.

The PEI Provincial election, now that is a different kettle of fish. Like the Feds we have two major party’s Liberal and PCs. However, what is different from the feds, we have a strong Green party with a popular leader, they presently hold two of the 27 seats. The red and blue party’s are so close to being the same its almost impossible to separate the colours. Both are corrupt, dishonest and opaque in their policies, they are riddled with patronage. Islanders clearly want change, however, it seems they always fall into the same old traps. Wild promises of better to come, offers of jobs, will pave your road, lower taxes, better grants to fishers and farmers, and the list goes on. Islanders tend to forget the past, and that is the intent of these politicians. Our only newspaper, (if we can call it news) is so bias toward the liberal government we cant trust what we read.

My personal view is this, and if you agree with me then vote for your choice in both Federal and Provincial elections this year. But please let that choice be anything but RED or BLUE.  If we Re-elect more of the same, we will have four more years of deficits, higher taxes, less health care, more shortages of trained personnel, more Irving demands, more deep water wells, less water! It really is time for use to change how and who governs us.

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