Author Archives: The Grumpy Voter

Sign Of The Times

A sign on the back of a septic truck: “Caution – This Truck is full of Political Promises”

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Toronto: Please Stop Calling It A Budget Surplus

According to recent reports it looks like the 2011 operating budget “surplus” for the City of Toronto will come in at around $285 million — far exceeding the $154 million predicted during the budget debate back in January. And while … Continue reading

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David Suzuki For Prime Minister – No Thanks!

The photo to the left is making its way around Facebook and it’s really starting to piss me off. First off, the plural of “party” isn’t “partys”, it’s “parties”. But more importantly I’m both annoyed and stunned that anybody could … Continue reading

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Library Strike In Toronto

Facebook is filling up with supportive comments regarding the Toronto Library workers strike. I suspect the silent majority in Toronto is just sitting there thinking, “Seriously? Unemployment is still incredibly high, and the only reason it’s not higher is a … Continue reading

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Copyright Law And The Record Labels

Earlier this year the big record labels in Canada settled a copyright lawsuit by agreeing to pay over $50 million to compensate for hundreds of thousands of infringing uses of sound recordings. Just to be clear, this is the record … Continue reading

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Governmentium and The Skyrocketing Cost Of The Civil Service

Lawrence Livermore Laboratories has discovered the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 … Continue reading

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“Every Year In This Country 300 Kids Take Their Own Lives”

I think that at one point or another almost all kids, even the popular ones, and even the bullies themselves become a victim of bullying. But there are some kids that spend the bulk of their childhood as the targets … Continue reading

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Sympathy For The Modern School Teacher

The following editorial cartoon is making the rounds amongst Ontario teachers on Facebook. I’m not a teacher, but I know a number of Ontario teachers, which is how I happen to have seen this comic. Most of the teachers I … Continue reading

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“Canadians” Who Don’t Evacuate Syria Now Shouldn’t Be Rescued Later

On Friday, Canada’s Foreign Affairs department upgraded its travel warning regarding Syria from “Avoid non-essential travel” to “Avoid all travel.” They also said all Canadians in Syria should leave now: “Canadians in Syria should leave now by commercial means while … Continue reading

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Ontario Election Results Are Frightening

Three things I find scary about the Ontario provincial elections yesterday: 1) The Liberals won a minority. Under Liberal rule the Ontario government debt has almost doubled, from $148 billion in 2003 to an estimated $283 billion in 2012, this … Continue reading

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