A Post that needs Sharing

king wadeI read this on Face Book and believe it really needs to be shared. This is what I have been talking about for ages, how we islanders so quickly and so easily forget.

Just to connect some dots re claims by Wade MacLauchlan- The Real Bully

When irony turns to disbelief and when disbelief becomes hypocrisy one tends to search out the truth of the matter.

The Guardian, April 16/15, Wade MacLauchlan declares the PC political ads are “sexist and wholly bullying of individuals and of the political process.” And I said, yes, ironic and disbelieving and wholly hypocritical ! Allow me to demonstrate.

Does Wade MacLauchlan know the meaning of “bullying” in its true, ugly form? If we take a peek at MacLauchlan’s tenure as President of UPEI we can conclude that, yes, indeed he does!

I submit that Wade MacLauchlan was guilty of two Charter violations and in every violation he was guilty of “bullying.”

1- I recall most clearly the feature story that Ian Petrie of CBC did on the student newspaper, the Cadre. The student paper had reprinted copies of a Danish cartoon and Wade MacLauchlan was on the warpath. MacLauchlan was running to get ahead of the camera because he had ordered the campus Security to confiscate and destroy all copies of the paper. MacLauchlan was enraged and he bullied the student editor to recant and he bullied the Security staff to do their job and to do it quickly. MacLauchlan was criticized by the PEI Islamic Society for denying the students their democratic rights of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. The Canadian Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship criticized MacLauchlan for pushing his own views on censorship and for bullying the entire democratic process.

2- In March, 2006, the UPEI Faculty voted by 84% to strike for parity with other regional universities re pay, workload, and benefits. The strike became acrimonious. MacLauchlan was seething with anger that this was happening on his watch! He refused to talk with the Faculty and he ordered the Vice President to deal with the picketing staff. MacLauchlan was demanding that the staff agree to a Code of Conduct from which the Administration was exempt. MacLauchlan was loud, demanding, and bullying as he pushed hard for a settlement. An arbitrator finally helped to settle the strike. But what a new and different opinion the Faculty had of their President !This is a direct quote from H. Srebrnik: “one could argue that the President(MacLauchlan) has done more damage to UPEI than anyone on Faculty or staff.”

3-2005- Wade MacLauchlan and the UPEI Administration began to force employees to retire once they reached the age of 65. Six Faculty/Staff employees took their cases to the PEI Human Rights Commission claiming that their dismissals were ” discriminatory on the basis of age and contrary to the PEI Human Rights Act.” The hearings were slow to begin, October, 2009 but in the end the Commission ruled in favor of the employees. What did Wade MacLauchlan do? He appealed the decision to the Supreme Court of PEI! And to further demonstrate his vicious bullying nature MacLauchlan continued to fire employees during the Appeal process. Wayne Peters, UPEI Faculty Ass. May 06,2010 said this: “We just couldn’t believe that the university would take this position.” MacLauchlan’s reaction speaks volumes about the personality of Wade MacLauchlan. Eventually, the Supreme Court ruled against Wade MacLauchlan and forced the university to rehire all the fired staff and pay all compensation! What a sad, sad situation to see Wade MacLauchlan and the UPEI Administration show no respect for human rights for citizens of Prince Edward Island! Does this not define the true ugly meaning of “bullying?”

My point is that no political leader is a Messiah. If we use political propaganda to build up a fictional visionary leader we go into a world of imagination and absurdity. Where is the discussion or even statements on Island values, rural values, or family values? Islanders know in their hearts and in their souls that the Ghiz-MacLauchlan Liberals exhibited a pattern of behaviour where greed , corruption, and a sense of entitlement permeated every facet of government. In psychology, these traits indicate sociopathic and narcissistic tendencies!

PNP; the HST; internet gambling; loan write-offs; loans and grants to the wealthy and the politically connected- the publication of these scandals and horror stories have embarrassed Islanders in a personal way and they have embarrassed us on the national level. Until someone is charged and held accountable for these scams and frauds and lies and deceits how can we hail the Messiah let alone vote for him?
I urge Mr. MacLauchlan to address these issues publicly and to make an intelligent contribution to the debate.

Larry McGuire- Independent

A great article Larry, maybe a bit heavy on the bias side considering your own back ground. However, it appears factual and accurate, I well remember one of the staff fired because of age, I remember later the person being reinstated. I remember the censorship of the Cadre! Alas!!!King Wade is not all the things he’d like us to think he is. Certainly no Messiah!! just more of the same old same old.

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Items from the Past

biroI came across the picture I have included with this blog on Face Book. Quite frequently someone posts  supposedly old items then asked if people are old enough to recognize them. I unfortunately seem to recognize every item instantly so must be old enough. The strangest thing is I consider many of these items to still be in use and fairly modern. Surely everyone remembers the cassette and the Bic pen? The Bic was often used to rewind the cassette tape. How about the eight track and before that the four track. The first ball point pen in my life came about in 1951 and was called a Biro. Oddly they were banned at school and we could not use them for home work either. We still use a wooden shaft type pen with a nib attached, they were excellent blackboard darts. At each desk we had an ink well and always a supply of blotting paper. Ink was messy and frequently spilled, only sometimes it was accidental, usually it was flicked at the nearest student, especially if the student was a girl!. Most of us had Parker Fountain Pens, very posh until they leaked into our white shirt pockets, which they often did . When my pen leaked it was apparently always my fault! Now here is an item that many a boy from my era will recognize. Although not something seen at school or in a school uniform shirt pocket?


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A Little Seniors Humour

No one believes seniors . . . Everyone thinks they are senile.

An elderly couple was celebrating their sixtieth anniversary. The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved back to their old neighborhood after they retired. Holding hands, they walked back to their old school. It was not locked, so they entered, and found the old desk they’d shared, where Jerry had carved I love you, Sally.

On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of an armored car, practically landing at their feet. Sally quickly picked it up and, not sure what to do with it, they took it home. There, she counted the money – fifty thousand dollars

Jerry said, We’ve got to give it back.

Sally said, Finders keepers. She put the money back in the bag and hid it in their attic.

The next day, two police officers were canvassing the neighborhood looking for the money, and knocked on their door. Pardon me, did either of you find a bag that fell out of an armored car yesterday?

Sally said, No.

Jerry said, Shes lying. She hid it up in the attic.

Sally said, Don’t believe him, hes getting senile

The agents turned to Jerry and began to question him.  

One said: Tell us the story from the beginning.

Jerry said, Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday …….

The first police officer turned to his partner and said, Were outta here!

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Sunday Morning Irish Humour

Having a laugh at the expense of the Irish.donkeyUntitled attachment 00046
A Muslim has been shot in the head with a starting pistol; police say it’s definitely race related…
Due to a water shortage in Ireland, Dublin swimming baths have announced they are closing lanes 7 and 8….
Paddy thought his new girlfriend might be the one but after looking through her knickers drawer and finding a nurse’s outfit, a French maids outfit, and a police woman’s uniform, he finally decided if she can’t hold down a job, she’s not for him.

This final joke is accurate and has been verified by a Canadian submarine that accidentally collided with the Titanic during a test dive.
After 100 years lying on the sea bed, Irish divers were amazed to find that the Titanic’s swimming pool was still full.-hmcscornerbrook2

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Caudillo–Benevolent Dictator????

king wadeA very interesting article appeared in the Friday 24th April 2015 edition of the Guardian newspaper. The article was authored by Campbell Webster, likening Wade MacLauchlan to a South American Caudillo. A Caudillo is a charismatic person who offers to right all the wrongs, he is an agent of change. In Latin American politics over the last few hundred years the people have embraced the new Caudillo. By definition a Caudillo exists to be a benevolent Dictator, he depends on his personality and his great admiration for the people. Through this he is trusted by the people and they simply empower him to do good things as he sees fit. I’m not suggesting MacLauchlan is a Caudillo but I do see several comparisons. The Caudillo consolidates his power through extensive use of patronage, sound familiar?

We often hear Wade state he will fix this or that, Ghiz also used these terms whilst in office. When we mention Ghiz, Wade likes to state “this is not how I do business”.   He repeatedly  states he is not looking to the sins of the past, he is looking forward. In other words forget what has been (PNP,eGaming write offs etc) and just trust me!!!

Finally I leave you with the words of Vaclav Havel the former president of Czechoslakvia.

“We had all become used to the….system and accepted it as an unchangeable fact, and thus helped to perpetuate it. None of us is just its victim. We are also its co-creators”.

Now, doesn’t that sound like our usual red- blue flip flop Island politics. Isn’t it funny the two main party’s are talking about new directions, change, better over sight, openness, transparency, new policies, trust, integrity. They don’t talk patronage, they don’t talk environment, they don’t talk deficit. Do we really want to elect a new Caudillo????Caudillo gone

Remember our last Caudillo and his trusty lieutenant!!!They were last seen disappearing into the sunset with bags of money


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Parachute Club

parachuteAs we are all getting a wee bit jumpy over the provincial election, I decided it was time for something a little lighter. As the leadership candidates are busy trying to woo the seniors by visiting all the island nursing homes I thought this might be appropriate!!!

Where are your glasses, mom ??
Yesterday my daughter e-mailed me again, asking why I didn’t do something useful with my time.
“Like sitting around the pool and drinking wine is not a good thing?” I asked.
Talking about my “doing-something-useful” seems to be her favorite topic of conversation.
She was “only thinking of me”, she said and suggested that I go down to the Seniors Center and hang out with the guys.  I did this and when I got home last night, I decided to play a prank on her.
I e-mailed her and told her that I had joined a Parachute Club.
She replied, “Are you nuts?  You are 78 years old and now you’re going to start jumping out of airplanes?”
I told her that I even got a Membership Card and e-mailed a copy to her.
She immediately telephoned me and yelled, “Good grief, Mom, where are your glasses?!
This is a Membership to a Prostitute Club, not a Parachute Club.”
“Oh man, I’m in trouble again,” I said.  “I really don’t know what to do.  I signed up for five jumps a week!!”
The line went quiet and her friend picked up the phone and said that my daughter had fainted.
Life as a Senior Citizen is not getting any easier, but sometimes it can be fun.
Perhaps some of our seniors can fool the politicians by jumping off  the same old LiberaL/PC leader—- ship
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Proportional Representation.

As a follow up to yesterdays blog “Time is Running Out” I want to urge Islanders to work MacKay_0wes_sheridan_medium1young stevie0270540_635945286499857_4964808029842637184_ntoward changing our electoral system from first past the post to proportional representation. However, you can be sure of both Federal and Provincial resistance to such a proposal by the major party’s. Here on PEI you can bet neither the Liberals or PC’s would want to move to this system. It would mean our votes counted regardless of which district we live in. Voting for the NDP and the Green Party would count and indeed some members would be elected. Never again could Harper be elected by a margin of only 39% and yet hold the majority in parliament. Now is the time to start asking the election hopefuls the tough question when they appear on your doorstep. Ask them where they stand on proportional representation and if they say they don’t support it, ask them why? If we ask the same questions enough times, eventually politicians will get the message. Not only will they get the message but will need to have reasonable answers. Proportional representation would also eliminate the idea that a persons vote is wasted unless they vote one of the two major party’s. I believe it would really improve our system of government.  Islanders would no longer be taken for granted. Liberals and PC’s would have listen and work efficiently, if they hoped to be re-elected. We might even see them more often than just during an election campaign and they would have to talk to us and listen to us.

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Time is Running Out

plan B 3plan Bplan 4Time is running out for this beautiful island and the warm and friendly people that live here. It is often said we Islanders are steeped in tradition, we vote the way our parents and grandparents voted in years gone by. There is probably a hint of truth in this, but its not the whole truth. Many Islanders are beginning to sit up and take notice. I’m 76 years old and sometimes I’m glad, because it means I wont be around too much longer to face the consequences of the governments environmental inaction. I’m guessing many other seniors feel as I do.  They, like me surely remember when life was simpler. They, like me remember the pristine fields and farms, the beautiful trees and meadows, the sparkling rivers and seas. The huge variety of birds warbling in the summer sun, butterflies and bees flitting from flower to flower. We never worried about eating fresh fish or fresh produce?  We never thought they might be contaminated with mercury and other insidious poisons. I believe the majority of Islanders had respect for our elected officials, yes there was patronage and probably some corruption but it was never on a scale like today.

Today I walk the roads  seeing what remains of this once beautiful Province, our island once called the Garden of the Gulf.  Our  ditches fill with garbage, the endless treeless/hedge-less  acres of potato fields  looking more like a barren waste land. The polluted and poison soil where not even the hardiest of weeds can grow. I smell the offensive odors emanating from the silted and poisoned river. Rivers without fish and running red with mud and top soil. In the cities rubbish and garbage blow wildly around the streets and avenues. I see the lines of desperate people  at the soup kitchen doors. I hear the homeless persons begging me for loose change to buy a coffee.

How on Earth did we ever fall this far?? A good question, and I believe the answers lay at the feet of our Provincial Governments over the last 50 years. They told farmers to go big or go bust, farmers tore out hedgerows and trees to create huge tracts of land. When winter winds came the top soil blew off into our streams and rivers. Next they poured millions into fish processing plants like Polar Foods and Ocean Choice, now long gone and we hold the debts. Factory hog farms became the answer along with a processing plant, also gone along with millions of tax payer dollars. But Hey!!! we can become a world class golf destination, more millions spent and now we have golf courses for sale but no buyers. More recently we were to become a World Mecca for on line gambling or e Gaming. We all know how that ended up. Yet here today the two same Party’s are out campaigning and telling us of their many wonderful past achievements, and promises for a rosy future. Is it any wonder most Islanders have become disenchanted and have lost all trust in politicians.  However, the more important and difficult question is, what can we do? I unfortunately do not have all the answers, I do however have a suggestion. Try voting for one of the other two party’, Green or NDP. I realize neither will form the next government but if we a have a surge in new votes it will send a very strong message. The Liberals and PC’s will have to concern themselves with some real opposition. Maybe we can make them realize the times they are a changing. Some will say it is a wasted vote and would rather not bother to vote at all. Its never wasted and we can never calculate the impact it might have if we don’t try. If we are going to save our beautiful Island we have to start now—-Time Is Running Out.

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Intellects With Political Opinions????

mike redmondking wadepeterI haverob lantz to laugh just a wee bit when I read some of our political intellects opine on the outcome of the upcoming provincial Election. It seems the Guardian feels they deserve space in the newspaper every time they make a prediction on who will win and who will lose. In yesterdays Guardian (20th April) we had three apparent intellects all over the board with opinions on the winners. They were unanimous in predicting that only Liberals and PC’s would be elected. No NDP and no Green candidates would make it onto the legislative floor. Jeffery Collins PhD candidate in political science at Carleton University predicts a split 15-12 either Libs or PC’s. no Greens and no NDP.  Next we have Jackson Doughart BA UPEI & MA Queens Univ in political science, he predicts 19 Libs 8 PC and O NDP- Greens. Finally Henry Srebrnik a political science professor at UPEI predicts 16 PC’s 11 Liberals, and no Green or NDP. When I take into account the combined educational achievements of our three learned friends, one has to wonder if we might get a more reliable prediction from Fred the Fiddler!

What makes these prediction so wildly opposite? what makes the Guardian think because these educators have impressive degrees they also have better foresight than the rest of us? I have no degrees and no political knowledge other than living with the recent dire consequences of voting decisions of the past. My prediction is it will be a close race between the Libs-PC’s, However, I do not discount the NDP or the Green Party’s from some success. I feel Peter Bevan Baker has a great chance of winning in district 17. No so sure about the NDP as I haven’t followed their campaign as closely. Nevertheless, both Liberals and PC’s have a great deal of baggage to haul around to voters doorsteps. I doubt they are getting warm welcomes from many islanders who still have the Ghiz/Sheridan scandals or the treatment of Olive Crane fresh in their memories. I don’t need a degree to predict the election outcome might hold a few surprises, there are a lot of angry and fed up people out there. So beware of the coming shifts and changes in the electoral landscape. Finally, I firmly predict we will see Peter Bevan Baker elected on May 4th 2015. I will not try to predict who might win the Stanley Cup, but I predict Arsenal will win the FA Cup on 30th May 2015. And those folks are my predictions with no “degree” of certainty

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The Crack of Dawn???

yodabirthday 2011 004I’m not sure where the term “Crack of Dawn” originated but it seems I’m up at the crack of it every morning. If you have noticed the two handsome dogs photographed to the right, they may have something to do with dawn. They may even know where the term came from because they never miss, never sleep in and are never  late for breakfast. I have come to the conclusion they are my breakfast buddies. Especially Yoda the hairy one. Each morning without fail Yoda arrives on my side of the bed, tongue at the ready, wiggling and wagging and if he could talk would be saying Dad Dad its morning get up, I’m hungry dad. One would think that as I’m a reasonably senior senior citizen and long since retired I could lay on in the mornings. Surely I have nothing pressing that requires my presents at the ungodly hour of 6 am. I’m not sure about the crack of dawn, but it seems I’m a wee bit cracked myself getting up so early. However, there is one other possibility!!! could it be that Linda has trained the dogs to do this. Oh well!! up I get. let the dogs out. prepare their breakfast, heck they don’t even fetch the newspaper, I have to do that and once they finish their breakfast, its back to their comfortable beds for their morning nap. Gee its a dogs life!!!!

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