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Old 07-23-2019, 04:57 PM
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My thanks to the Lethbridge Dopers, Spoons, Cat Whisperer and the Dread Pirate Jimbo! I thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the Owl - good food, good beer and great conversation! It's always great to meet another Doper IRL! I hope to see any or all of you in Ottawa some day.

I am now back in Ottawa, sweltering in the heat and trying to make sense of all the notes I took!
It was great to meet you too, Das Glasperlenspiel! It was a fun evening, and reminded me that I need to get back to the Owl from time to time. Hope that you can make it back sometime. As for visiting Ottawa--I found out recently that I may need to be in Toronto next June. Nothing definite at this point, but if it happens, I might be able to make a side trip.
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Old 07-24-2019, 06:19 PM
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I was in Ottawa last month. Even though I was fairly sick, I had a good time!
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Old 07-24-2019, 06:35 PM
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Old 07-24-2019, 11:15 PM
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It was good to meet you too,Das Glas. I hope you had a nice trip here. ��
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:29 PM
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Yesterday I visited a place I hadn't been to before - Mont-Tremblant. Mostly known as a skiing place near Montreal, though I found it's wonderful in the summer.

I saw a performance by the Sam Roberts Band there last night. It was amazing! One of the best of their concerts I've seen.
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:16 PM
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Yesterday I visited a place I hadn't been to before - Mont-Tremblant. Mostly known as a skiing place near Montreal, though I found it's wonderful in the summer.

I saw a performance by the Sam Roberts Band there last night. It was amazing! One of the best of their concerts I've seen.
Cool. I've skied there many times, but never been in the summer.
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:43 AM
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Premier of Manitoba announces he's moving the election date up from October to September; apparently all the parties have already been campaigning for weeks, so why not just get it done?

Election campaign in Manitoba will get officially underway as early as today

No reaction yet from the other parties as to whether they agree with the timing change or think it's an attempt to get an advantage.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:22 PM
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Cool. I've skied there many times, but never been in the summer.
I'm not really a skier. Would like to go back to Tremblant sometime, though. It's wonderful.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:52 PM
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Premier of Manitoba announces he's moving the election date up from October to September....
October 2020 to September 2019.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:59 AM
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PM Trudeau found guilty of violating the Code of Interest Act. Will they hire back the two women that he forced out, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott?
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Old 08-16-2019, 12:41 AM
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PM Trudeau found guilty of violating the Code of Interest Act. Will they hire back the two women that he forced out, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott?
I doubt it. Even if they were offered their jobs back, I doubt they'd accept.

I'm sure that they will both run in the upcoming election, as independents, which is fine--we'll see how they do.
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Old 08-28-2019, 08:29 PM
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I go to Ottawa occasionally on business. I may be there for a meeting in November. Will post here if it starts to look likely - would love to meet some Otta-Dopers!
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We’re always up for it!
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Yeah, sorry I missed you last time. Shit happens, as they say.
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No probs! Maybe next time.

I'd be up for another Ottawa Dopefest, if we can make it happen!
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Old 08-31-2019, 02:45 PM
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I'd be up for another Ottawa Dopefest, if we can make it happen!
As am I!
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Old 09-15-2019, 02:15 PM
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As am I!
Hey, me too.

I'm currently at The Royal Oak in Kanata listening to live jazz; it's awesome.

Mike Duffy is sitting 20 feet away. Any messages I should give him? 😁
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Old 09-16-2019, 11:48 AM
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Second Alberta man told to remove pro-oil and gas shirt during Parliament tour.
They lied when they said they would train the security staff better, or the security staff doesn't listen to their supervisors; which do you figure it is?

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I'd guess people are lazy and only haphazardly look at mass emailing stating "please don't consider messages about Canadian oil being political".
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Just finished writing my submission to the court for the class action settlement on Thu and Fri. I have a sore throat but am hoping to not feel like utter shite by then. How is everyone's Tuesday going?
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The high winds blew down the side folding fence panels/gate. Dammit, now I can’t put the dog in the yard.

An hour later it blew down my neighbour’s too! At least mine was somewhat understandable as it’s effectively solid fence panel that fold back. But my neighbour’s is just wood stripping spaced about 5” apart !

It’s been howling like this most of the day!
That's why I took up dual traction kiting when I lived in London. Two wings like a biplane, but no fuselage. Unfortunately, here in Thunder Bay there is only one public field large enough for me to fly it.
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Just finished writing my submission to the court for the class action settlement on Thu and Fri. I have a sore throat but am hoping to not feel like utter shite by then. How is everyone's Tuesday going?
Good luck, Poysn.
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Old 09-19-2019, 08:59 AM
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In court today and tomorrow. The room is packed, and there are two overflow rooms that are also packed. Apparently they received 700+ participation forms in the two months that it was open - the lawyer said that is A LOT for a class action, but since I have never been in one, I only have his word.

It’s also really, really warm in here.

On the bright side, the judge has said he wants to hear from everyone that wants to speak, so that is really good.

Comparing this to the one other times I was in court (Queen’s Bench and a military proceeding), it is pretty different so far
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:14 AM
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Second photo of PM Trudeau in blackface surfaces. Does this change how anyone is planning to vote?

(The link also includes Jagmeet Singh's reaction.)
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:24 AM
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Second photo of PM Trudeau in blackface surfaces. Does this change how anyone is planning to vote?

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And now a third blackface photo/video.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/globaln...ace-video/amp/
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:26 AM
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In court today and tomorrow. ...
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Seconded!
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I had been rooting for Tom Mulcair to get a chance at being PM in 2015. Even Stephen Harper was smart enough to not wear blackface in his 20s, and he was a buzz-cut Reform Party thug. Between Jian Ghomeshi and the current PM, I wouldn't be surprised if the "wannabe-progressive sociopath" becomes the latest Canadian stereotype.
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Second photo of PM Trudeau in blackface surfaces. Does this change how anyone is planning to vote?

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Doesn't change a thing for me. I didn't know about this specifically, but we've all known for a while that the modern Justin Trudeau is an artificial, superficial construct and that his past incarnations were, at the very least, pretty immature. Somebody knew about these pictures months ago and chose to wait until the election campaign to release them, which makes it seem like a cheap shot in my view. (I'm trying really hard not to use the word "smear".)

I'd rather judge Trudeau on what he has actually done as a politician and PM, which is some good and some bad, including some bad things reminiscent of the other Trudeau.
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So. Who won the debate. I was busy watching the Leafs lose.
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:21 AM
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So. Who won the debate....
Hard to tell. Things started off civilly enough, but in the latter half, the questions got harder, there were many deflections in answers, the leaders were trying to talk over one another, and the Moderator at the time had to remind them, "One speaker at a time, please!" So I have no idea who won.
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So. Who won the debate. I was busy watching the Leafs lose.
No one.

How many times has anyone really won or lost a debate? I can think of, to be honest, exactly two examples; in 1984, Brian Mulroney absolutely floored John Turner, and in 2011, Jack Layton knocked out Michael Ignatieff's teeth. And in both cases they won because they had a crushing one-liner, which was memorable and damaging but really has nothing to do with the national interest.
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Old 10-08-2019, 11:51 AM
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Yep. And I remember both of those comments.
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Honestly I preferred the Face to Face session formats where the moderator acted as a bit of a ref or fact checker. It would mean the leaders hang out in the green room, get called out and grilled for 15/20 minutes on established topics. No talking over people, no benefiting from quippy one liners but actual examination of platforms.
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