2007-07-29

Immigrants Should Visit Canada Before Moving to Toronto

As a Maritimer in Moncton, New Brunswick, I live15 minutes from an ocean beach with warm water that you actually can swim in.

And as I prepare for that quick trip to the beach, let me quickly indulge in my other pastime: Torontonian bating.

My selected Torontonian today is an American immigrant who chose Toronto (Mississauga) because Canada is such a great country.

Don't you hate people who confuse Toronto with Canada? Toronto is to Canada what Paris is to France, London to England or New York to the USA: irelevant.

L-Girl in her We Moved To Canada blog explains how she left the horrible United States for the social paradise that is Canada. But yet, she lives as close to the USA border as she can without getting wet. Worse, she seems to spend all her spare time there, back in the USA. And not just to visit family and friends, but to explore the horrible country she abandoned.

I say, to be accepted as a landed immigrant, people should first prove that they've been to at least 50% of Canadian provinces.

You don't get married on the first date, and you shouldn't move to Canada unless you've experienced many of its parts. But if you do, at least have the decency of visiting your new country! Especially if you insist on writing about how great it is and encouraging others to move to Canada!

2007-07-18

Old Orchard et les Tetes a claques

Je sais que mon blog est populiste puisque mon article sur les Têtes à Claques a attiré un visiteur d'Old Orchard durant les vacances de la construction.
 
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2007-07-17

Maketing 2.0

DVD Of People playing cards.
Every once and while, I have to admit I'm clueless and will surely spend the rest of my life poor. "Let's film people playing cards and put it on TV". I would have vetoed that one. "Let's make a "best of", put it on a DVD and sell it for C$33.86". I not only would have vetoed that, I would have fired the person who came up with the idea.
 
Free High Speed Internet?
By the way, Rogers will give you a $200 shopping channel gift card for subscribing to "Express" 7 mbps Internet ($45/month), no term required. Apart from a $5 activation fee, I've yet to find the small print where Rogers shows you it isn't actually giving you 4 months free Internet (no term required). Granted if you use the $200 gift card on gambling DVDs, I'm pretty sure Ted (Rogers) still wins.
 
Twice As Fast For the Same Price
In other news, Rogers just doubled my Internet connection. Ultra-light is still $19.95/month for the first 12 months ($24.95 thereafter), but you get 256 kbs instead of 128 kbs. Granted, I would have preferred they halved the cost of my subscription instead. But considering that dial-up (56kbs) is actually more expensive, I'll take it (I might even forgive them for taking away newsgroups a couple of years ago).
 
 
tSc Price: $33.86

2007-07-10

Felix and Garfield Are Way Better Than Chicken

Chicken, turkey, goose, pork (pig), lam (sheep) veal (cow) or hair (rabbit), most people would agree, small animals are tasty. And you got to feel sorry for people who's religion bans pork/ham/beacon. But there are some animals we don't eat. Are we missing out?
 
I'd like to taste some dogs and cats. I mean, think of it, there are so many varieties. Perhaps some taste better than others. Perhaps some dogs go better with port, others with fine wine. Maybe some cat's would go well with poutine. Who knows?
 
Well, the Chinese do. And you got to wonder, perhaps the country that invented spices is on to something.
 
The following article also illustrates the mobilising power of the Internet, even in communist China. In a country where hundreds of million of people live on less that a dollar a day, it is also quite amazing that some are now rich enough to protest againts food!
 
SHANGHAI, China (AP) - Chinese cat lovers mobilized online to save a truck load of cats from the cooking pot, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Veteran Shanghai cat rescuer Duo Zirong started off her mission of deliverance on Friday when she called police to stop a truck stuffed with some 800 live cats, the China Daily said. The standoff happened at a parking lot in a southern suburb of Shanghai. It continued for hours while cat lovers spread word of the incident online, eventually raising the equivalent of US$1,320 in donations to buy the whole load.

They now hope to place them in homes after posting their pictures and profiles on the Internet.

"They were so frightened," it quoted one of the rescuers, Huo Puyang, as saying.

"Some bit people when they tried to let them out of the boxes. Some still hide in dark corners and will not come out for food," Huo said.

Cat meat is considered a delicacy in southern China and cats are sold live to markets where they are slaughtered fresh for customers.

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