Thursday August 21, 2014




One cent cheque worry

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The Canadian Armed Forces should be embarrassed and ashamed after word got out they have been making a habit of issuing cheques to families of former soldiers for 1-cent. There are two known cases, including one last week where the mom of Justin Stark was extremely forgiving when the Justice Minister offered his apology. Denise says she feels the act wasn’t intentional, but it does open old wounds. She’s more upset the Canadian Forces refuses to admit Justin’s suicide was military related despite some evidence to the contrary.  The other 1-cent cheque didn’t go to a family who suffered from a soldier’s suicide, but rather to the soldier himself. The government’s explanation is not acceptable. The Minister says if more cheques for one cent are out there, then it’s more of a concern (do you think?), and Rob Nicholson can’t even say why the payment to Stark was issued. He also can’t explain what measures are being taken to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I don’t know about you, but that sounds to me like they’ve got the matter totally under control. Not.

A New Jersey couple being sued by their teenager felt more wrath from the child on Facebook last week when she posted a rant saying she was, “stunned by the financial greed of modern parents who are more concerned with retiring into some fantasy world rather than provide for their children’s college and young adult years. Suburban baby boomer types are the spoiled lot.  They make massive amount of money a year, they are used to flying to luxury destinations when they want, and buy things that they don’t need. People should be inclined to see things my way.” The teen says if her parents do not pay for her post secondary education she will be forced to join the armed forces. This is what we are raising as the future leaders of our world. As much as I get annoyed with this kind of attitude, I guess we should just blame ourselves for not teaching our kids better.

Speaking of teaching our kids, I was alerted by a reader last week about an incident with social media where the parent was able to do only a few minutes of Google research and was able to discover the full name, address, phone number, and other personal information of a 9-year-old child that his own daughter was conversing with on the internet. The two little girls have never met and the parent was being prudent to make sure his daughter was, in fact, socializing with another child when he decided to get a hold of the parents of the other girl. Needless to say, the mom on the other line was floored that she could be tracked down so easily. Let’s remember, using real names and giving out personal information to strangers can be used by others to build a profile for a fake identity or even by predators to make it seem like they are not strangers to a child at all. Make sure you have that conversation with your kids to be guarded on what they give and who they give it to.

Full marks to the Parkland Outdoor Show and its organizers from this past weekend. I was there (Gallagher Centre) on Saturday for the Broken Arrow archery event and I was pleasantly shocked at the parking attendants that were on site directing motorists. It was excellent. I don’t know who was responsible for this, but whoever you are, two thumbs up from me and all the people who have emailed me supporting my crusade for cleaning up the madness that goes on in that parking lot.

Debate has sparked up around a few water coolers surrounding the hours of night clubs and whether or not they should be able to stay open 24-hours. I recall there was one such establishment in Cape Breton when I lived there. It was called Smooth Herman’s and it was open until 4am. The couple of times I was there, it was jammed until closing. Personally, I’m too old to take advantage of extended business hours for drinking establishments, but I have no issue if they want to stay open longer than 2am. The sub shop next door to Smooth Herman’s stayed open 24-hours because hungry bar patrons would, often, stumble in for some grub before heading home to sleep the next day away.  So, it can provide an economic benefit, I suppose.  To each their own.


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