Activity on 2008-11-01

lastfm (feed #4) 12:23pm Scrobbled a song on

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twitter (feed #9) 6:32pm Posted a tweet on Twitter.

New blog post: Vitte Les Bonnes Quebecois!
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twitter (feed #9) 8:12pm Posted a tweet on Twitter.

New blog post: A Letter to the Editor

There were 8 Events on November 1st

Weekly Roundup from 2008-11-01

  • I dreamed about a non-stop beach party and a beer-based sandwich. Crazy. #
  • 9 Days to go? No, It’s not over until inauguration. #
  • Our Pumpkin was smashed overnight… but in a really weak way, just cracked up the middle then placed in our tree box in the yard. #
  • Coffee, Coffee, Coffee, What goes around comes back around again, Stud Doogie are you with me? #
  • Now What!? DHCP Issues? #
  • I have completed “Dead Space” There are Nerds on the Internets who have grossly misinterpreted the “Marker” as the source of the evil. #
  • It’s funny to listen to Robyn to rap “hard” lol #
  • Cleaned up tickets, Checked over test laptop, delivered tapes to store, discussed ongoing issues, determined status of External Con. …busy #
  • Having low expectations means that every success, no matter how small, is a great success. #
  • Cleaned up my blog header… those extra links made it messy… #
  • Moved Rss link to “footer” #
  • cleaned up “Top Links” Still not happy. Going to have to go back to Design Phase soon… Still too Texty… #
  • It’s going to be a long 5 days….. the waiting is the hardest part. #
  • Writing a quick hit piece on the “We can’t Hurt or Heal” people… #
  • “It’s hard to read comic books as my time is now restricted.” — Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso #
  • Packing up, I’m not going to get anything else done if it shows up in the next 5-10 minutes anyway #
  • GOP Challenge: Make Establishment of Incoming taxes your policy going forward. If you want to win, just say “We’re stopping taxes” #
  • OMG: WTH did I think I wrote? #
  • Conservatives: Run on a platform of Abolishing Income Taxes, sure fire win. #
  • Eggs and Toast for Breakfast, waiting for iPod to synch #
  • Feeling kinda “off” Dunno if I can make it through a day at the office. #
  • Money Quote: Among the books she lists as favorites: “The Scarlet Letter.” #
  • Another Great One: It has placed within reach of the Oval Office a woman who is a religious fanatic and a proud, boastful ignoramus. #
  • Boastful Ignoramus: #
  • Moron: “Sarah Palin is more qualified than obama and biden and McCain to be president.” #
  • Need to review the comics I read this week… especially the super happy Invincible #54. Yuck. #
  • Sneaker Pimps in French… Nice. #
  • The thing is, that even in Obama wins, the GOP is going to fight every close state tooth an nail, they’re tenacious. #
  • MF: “you know what makes Alan Moore better? “bullet time”!” #
  • Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher – Milkin’ that 15 minutes for all it’s worth. #
  • we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth — SP #
  • Snow BAAAADD #
  • The snow pulled down trees and power lines all over the place, it is like a soggy paper hurricane swept through London. #
  • Oh yeah, Re: House last night. FINALLY. I’m not a ‘shipper, but why tease so long and not do something about it? #
  • I took some pictures of the damage around town, I’m confident that there will be more before I get home. #
  • Waiting for a Laptop Build Process… then a couple hours of software installs. #
  • I may have caused my own service call this morning. #
  • Troubleshooting a DEC Vt420 terminal – Amber Terminal FTL #
  • Stupid Communications Settings… I curse you. Also, that big Tree is still down across Richmond. #
  • Looks like Fun and I have the hardware…. LoL #
  • MF:
    Before the internet, all these people could do is run the room holding their noses and making “ACK-ACK!” noises. #
  • I hope that the Sprngfld office is left untouched #
  • No More Daily digests from “Lifestream” until the the code deals with longer “days” better… my several hundred entry “day” killed it… #
  • It’s amusing that it’s still “teh nortons” – “Frankly Nortons is a pain!” #
  • Last night Jen said “You Broke RP” to me when I stopped calling E “Igor” while putting on a Dracula voice, she was serious, Jen has lost it. #
  • Oh Man, being so NOT busy makes my kinda busy seem like totally swamped… #
  • Okay, now I am busy… #
  • I yelled at a Senior Citizen of Indeterminate sex for wearing a short kilt in the snow “It’s ferr tae culd t’be werring’ that kilt!” #
  • Greatest sound on earth, lots of snow melting! #
  • I didn’t get a picture; but someone left a pile of burning boxes and so on along Wellington north of Comish. Crazy #
  • Grrrr… I was hoping for a happy Hallowe’en today. I know there are still a bunch of hours in the day; but it’s not starting well. #
  • BTW “Dead Set” Is REALLY Scary. Good Job Beeb! #
  • Q: “What ever happened to that secular golden virtue called tolerance?” A: Tolerance doesn’t mean I can’t poke fun at the ridiculous. #
  • OH, I forgot this last night; Technology that is in operation now is not “The Future” it’s “State of the Art”, the “Future” hasn’t happened. #
  • I Should write the next part to “Lights out” #
  • This Ping Pong is making me thirsty #
  • I’m gonna stand out and say I like the new facebook… nyah. #
  • Is it okay for me to think of @maddow as a “Chirpy Gay Liberal” if I think that it is both flattering and completely positive? #
  • OKay CBC, no more Wine talk, you’ve stretched it out SO FARRRRR #
  • D’OY: #
  • In the battle of @chairboy vs @RevNathan I declare @RevNathan the winrar! I am not impressed with the tapiness of the Alien Queen. #
  • Happy Hallowe’en is here! W00T! #

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A Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I am a homecare worker, delivering home health and home support services in Kincardine and area for The Red Cross. I’m writing to inform the community of our current situation.

Ontario homecare workers work hard and deliver quality service. With low wages, no pension and no benefits, our employment conditions are well below the standards set for colleagues working in facilities and hospitals.

Providing homecare requires that I must travel between clients. Many homecare workers, like myself, spend as much time on the road getting to clients as we do actually providing care to them. Currently this time spent on the road travelling between clients is unpaid, but is demanded of us. It’s actually part of our job description to travel, but we don’t get paid for this time on the road. This means some workers are out for 8-10 hours a day but only getting paid for 4-6 hours of work.

I ask you, is that fair?

We do get some compensation for mileage, but at a meager 32 cents per kilometer. With today’s gas prices it often results in the worker cutting into their weekly pay just to fill the tank. We maintain our vehicles out of our own pockets and fill our tanks to get to those people who need our care.

I know the homecare system can be improved. Compensation for all of our work, including travel time, is very important. Fair wages, mileage compensation and work protections for homecare workers – like all other workers – is the place to start.

I love the work I do and know I’m a professional delivering the kind of care that’s essential to the health of patients I meet each week.

But at the present working conditions, a lot of the current homecare workers will not be able to continue providing care to these family members, friends and neighbours, because they can no longer afford to get there.

I ask if delivery people were only paid while they were actually handing over their items and not while on the road in between deliveries, do you think we would have many deliveries being done?

We home care workers deliver a service also and are asking that we are treated fairly and paid for the work we do.

At a time when the healthcare sector is relying heavily on our services for seniors, discharged hospital patients and others requiring care and support, homecare workers are being pushed to their limits and are being pressured by poor working conditions and low wages to leave the profession.

Change must occur!

I encourage you to contact our local MP/MPP and make them aware of this situation.

Kerry Wardrop



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