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“A Dog’s Purpose” – by Sarah

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So by now I’m sure you’ve heard about it – especially if you’re an animal lover. It’s the video shot on set of the film “A Dog’s Purpose” – in which a German Shepherd is being forcibly shoved into a pool of turbulent water,  apparently done with wind machines and boat engines. I can’t and won’t watch it, but millions have already. (credit TMZ.com for breaking it)

The dog is clearly panicked and in distress:  someone yells “cut it” – and people rush to the dog, which appears to be completely under water.

Even more alarming is the fact that a representative from the American Humane Society was on hand to monitor the set. That person is now on administrative leave.

So, a movie that’s supposed to be about the loving relationship between people and their dogs is actually created by terrifying a dog and possibly almost drowning it. That’s nice.

The film sequence was filmed in Manitoba, and the CEO of the Winnipeg Humane Society, Javier Schwersensky, was rightfully ticked off. He points out that the dog was clearly fearful and not trained for the experience, – and that training for this would have likely taken weeks, – if not months.

Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

How many times has a blind eye been turned in these situations?

Clearly traumatizing or killing an animal doesn’t seem to be that big an issue with film makers. After all, animals are cheap, right? And Dennis Quaid, the lead in this movie, is not what would be considered “A” list anymore, so I’m sure the budget wasn’t big. Shot up in Hollywood North after all – and I don’t recall Manitoba being a huge movie destination.

PETA is now on the case. And the movie’s “saleability” is now being questioned. After all, this is supposed to be a family movie. I don’t think most families consider almost drowning a dog “great entertainment”…

The world is changing. This kind of treatment of animals is no longer tolerated, – and never should be.

It took years to free the elephants in the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Thankfully, Seaworld has ended its orca breeding program, while those remaining orcas will continue shows. They are under a microscope thanks, in no small part, to the shocking documentary “Blackfish” where conditions these great mammals, namely the late orca Tilikum, lived in.

In future, maybe it wouldn’t be the worst thing to have several representatives from different animal protection agencies on any film or movie set where live animals will be used? Hopefully this travesty will see that be our new reality. Better yet, CGI anyone?

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Canadian Dollar Vote – by Sara

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I will say that I’m going to put my money where my mouth is. If Donald Trump becomes president of the United States, I’m going to vote with my dollar. My Canadian dollar. I will make sure that I source every penny I spend. And more than ever I will make sure that my money is spent with trade partners that have the same views that we in Canada do. I will make extra sure that I buy Canadian products. If I can’t do that, Canada just signed a fabulous trade agreement with Europe. And I will make sure that I honour that and buy “European”. That’s my stance. What’s yours?

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Razor thin – by Sarah

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As I go to sleep tonight, wishing I could stay up later to watch the election, I am filled with fear.

Fear because I don’t know what’s going to happen to our great neighbours to the south. I feel like it’s a “Brexit moment”. Where people vote in a knee-jerk reaction for something that they think is better. And throw their vote behind somebody who clearly has no plan. No coherent vision. And a horribly sexist version of the world. If that “man” is our president to the south?

What does this mean for us? I think, in a knee-jerk reaction myself, – as I said to my good friends Jody Vance and Claire Martin, – maybe we need to re-visit immigration to Canada. Who are our neighbours to the south? What do they really believe? And do they really believe in Donald Trump? I don’t know what’s going to happen. Continue Reading

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I need sleep. – by Sarah

 

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Thank god for the end of Daylight Savings Time.

There – I said it. Dammit, I want and need that extra hour of sleep when it’s time to “fall back” – and frankly I don’t think we should be “springing forward” when it comes around again in March.

Seriously, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I treasure my sleep time. I’ve generally got a lot of things on the go, and when I can manage to string together 7 or 8 hours of sleep IN A ROW, I am beyond thrilled. And I don’t even have a spouse and kids to contend with. With everything that people have to cram into their days, and then literally trying to turn your mind off at night, the last thing we should be worrying about is gaining or losing an hour of time. Continue Reading

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When Less IS More – by Sarah

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Yesterday Jody spoke of the media – then and now – and mentioned missing a simpler time.

I miss a simpler time, a time when you couldn’t always reach me.

Remember those times? I know, – I know, – if you were born anytime after about 1981, you probably don’t. But that was likely the last year you could go out for the day, and not have an Amber Alert issued because you hadn’t returned a call.

Many people by this point had answering machines – of course they were prone to audio tape issues (If you don’t know what an audio tape is, I might start crying) and screw ups with re-winding, etc. But hey – you could find out who called when you were out – a major break through! Call waiting was out there too – so you didn’t get stuck with a busy signal, for hours, if someone in the house (me) was yapping for hours on the phone.

But is this really progress? Because since then, life has been literally eaten away as your “availability” increased.

We had the introduction of cell phones, the internet, fax machines, scanners, – CELL PHONES THAT HAD INTERNET AND CAMERAS – so you could not only talk to people, but prove that you were at (Disneyland, Bruce Springsteen’s house, jail) with a digitally sent picture. Lets not forget scanners, digital signatures, – anything and everything you can think of…..

But I now wish for that simpler time.

I’m sure that most families can relate to dinners spent not in conversation, but in heads bowed down staring at a screen. Texting instead of talking. Emails instead of phone calls. The thing is, there’s pressure to ALWAYS respond.

Many employees feel they must to respond to the email that comes through at 9pm. I know that I, as a realtor, feel that I can never disconnect – because if the client can’t get me – they will try someone else. You snooze, you literally lose.

Between Twitter feeds, Facebook updates, and Instagram pics, it takes effort to have an identity these days. To go off the grid is to almost not exist. Having said that, I would probably have a nervous breakdown if I didn’t have my iPhone for a week. What does that say about me?

Maybe we all need to take a break, and give ourselves a breather. Schedule face to face conversation. Resist the stress of always responding, texting, updating…checking in.

But don’t take that break…….until you’ve shared this.

 

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Trump this sh*t – by Sarah Daniels

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So……..

After November 8th – just what the hell is going to happen to the south of us?

The presumption, god willing  – is that Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States. But the thing is, even if she wins, there’s a large, looming group of people who, thanks to the tangerine buffoon at the head of the Republican ticket, believe that her win is the result of a conspiracy theory.

For the last number of days, this uninformed asshat has been yammering on about how the US election is going to be rigged – even sending Rudy Guiliani (who for all intents and purposes has squandered any goodwill from his leadership after 9/11) out to defend him – and assert that there have been MANY instances of voter fraud.

Simply said – it ain’t true – and even his own party member say that it is irresponsible and reckless. Why? Because in the event of a loss, the feckless followers of this misogynistic moron may refuse to accept the results – and given the outlandish behavior exhibited at Trump rallies, god knows how they will react.

In the age of social media, it seems that “The Donald” can say anything – and get away with it – because it was on the internet. Long gone are days of fact checking – let alone a population that was actually interested in facts.

But hey, it’s not just a US problem. It’s a world problem.

It’s hard to believe that the American population is cannibalizing itself like this. But their “pitchfork democracy”  could happen here too – it’s started in Europe over the last decade, where far right groups rail against immigrants, Muslims, – anything and everything.

I’ve said this before, but we need reporters to REPORT. Investigative journalism needs to make a comeback. Too often it seems that the candidates are directing the narrative and not the public, that desperately needs someone, ANYONE, asking questions on their behalf.

I’m so sick about hearing about emails, sex scandals, tax returns, deportation, Muslim and Mexican fear mongering.

I’d like to hear about policy.

My challenge to moderator Chris Wallace for Wednesday’s final debate? MAKE THEM ANSWER POLICY QUESTIONS WITH SPECIFICS.

No variations, no changes of topics.

If they can’t follow instructions, literally SHUT THEM DOWN.

Do it for the United States. The world.

And if you wouldn’t mind calling out this crap about a rigged election – well that’d be nice too. Just saying.

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Traffic Piss Off! – by Sarah Daniels

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Seriously, WTF.

I’m a former traffic reporter, and nothing pisses me off more than dumbass drivers, people that put on their left turn signal at the last second, block the passing lane, and — truthfully — anyone in a Toyota Corolla. (They are always gold or silver, have a turn signal on for no reason, and a Kleenex box in the back window. If there’s a traffic jam, trust me, they’re involved.)

I just wanna get from point A to Point B. Is this asking too much?

Apparently it is. In the Toronto neighbourhood I live in, there’s a busy intersection; Bayview and Moore. Bayview becomes the Bayview Extension, – which has links to the Don Valley Parkway, – I digress. But you get the picture – IT’S BUSY. Just like most every city in Canada and the US.

All I’m asking for is that someone pulls out a map because the intersection that is the subject matter here has been a clusterf*ck since the Labour Day weekend….nd when I say clusterf*ck – I mean that it takes 40 minutes to go 10 blocks, in what is predominantly a residential neighbourhood.

Pull out a map because the signs saying “construction would be happening” in this intersection stated it would occur from June to October. So, that’s okay – quieter in the summer – no kids going to school, people away at their cottages – seems like a good time to do the work. Except from what I can see, nobody lifted a damn finger until the day after Labour Day.  Labour Day is when then the paving began – down to one lane in either direction, sometimes alternating – on a major route. But that’s not all – because all around, every alternate route was gridlock – because of construction surrounding THEM.

Is it totally impossible for anyone in local government to try and coordinate this?

PULL OUT A DAMN MAP.

The simple fact of the matter is that time is money – and by the way – I’d rather see the city pay overtime and do the work at night (see the Dutch do it.) rather than screw us over daily.

The hours we lose will cost the economy a hell of a lot more than the extra cash paid to city workers.

You want me to be a happy tax payer? Make it worth my while.

Just don’t get me started about bike lanes. (And the helmetless asshats that blow through traffic lights who use them.)

Man. I am over 50……….

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Traffic – by Sarah Daniels.

Image: Roberto Machado Noa

Image: Roberto Machado Noa

Seriously, WTF. I’m a former traffic reporter, and nothing pisses me off more than dumbass drivers, people that put on their left turn signal at the last second, those that block the passing lane, and anyone in a Toyota Corolla. (They are always gold or silver, have a turn signal on for no reason, and a Kleenex box in the back window. If there’s a traffic jam, trust me, they’re involved.)

I just wanna get from point A to Point B. Is this asking too much?

Apparently it is. In the Toronto neighbourhood I live in, there’s a busy intersection; Bayview and Moore. Bayview becomes the Bayview Extension, – which has links to the Don Valley Parkway, – I digress. But you get the picture – IT’S BUSY. Just like most every city in Canada and the US.

All I’m asking for is that someone pulls out a map. Because the intersection I mentioned earlier has been a clusterf*ck since the Labour Day weekend. And when I say clusterf*ck – I mean that it takes 40 minutes to go 10 blocks in, what is predominantly, a residential neighbourhood.

Pull out a map because the signs saying construction would be happening in this intersection stated it would occur from June to October. So that’s okay – quieter in the summer, no kids going to school, people away at their cottages – seems like a good time to do the work. Except from what I can see, nobody lifted a damn finger until the day after Labour Day, – and then the paving began – down to one lane in either direction, sometimes alternating – on a major route. But that’s not all – because all around, every alternate route was clogged as well, – because of construction surrounding THEM.

Is it totally impossible for anyone in local government to try and coordinate this?

PULL OUT A MAP.

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Post Debate Polls & POTUS Countdown – by Sarah Daniels

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Image: Jim Bourg

Who will lead our world?
Did you watch the debate? Or were you hung up on the Jays?

I was knee deep in the prior – and the horror of it. Locker room.

Now take in to account that I have a cold and am up to my eyeballs in Nyquil, but even those meds, and a head full of snot, I’m still in  shock.

I was on Twitter gauging the situation. ISIS. Bill Clinton. Iraq. Mike Pence. Taxes. So hard to know where to begin.

And yet I come away with a sense of hopefulness – and a sense of dread.

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Stop the madness: A letter to the Press

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If you follow me on Facebook or twitter you must already be aware of two things:
1. I watch way too much CNN
2. Donald Trump drives me batsh** crazy.
Apart from the political horror show that has most Canadians riveted, I’m depressed as hell about the behavior, as it were, of the press. More to the point, their seeming complete lack of ability to hold Donald Trump’s feet to the fire.
This is no revelation as we all have witnessed journalism, in many instances, hit the skids.  Blatantly biased reporting (I’m talking to you, Fox News  – and MSNBC), but is it seemingly impossible for the press to ask hard questions – and demand answers? Isn’t that the job – the job WE need them to do because we, the people, don’t have access to do the same?
On one hand, we have the flawed candidate Hillary Clinton. There are issues in regard to the Clinton Foundation (which she and her husband have addressed countless times) and of course, the email scandal, which honestly, – I think has been pretty much beaten to death. It been established that yes, she should have not used a private server, and yes she could have (but did not) put state secrets at risk. Got it.

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