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1 Year Covid Thoughts

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As we come up on the one year anniversary of Covid, I thought I would share some of things I have learned and observed during all this.  1.    Nothing good comes after the sentence - "out of an abundance of caution.... " 2.     My opinion of Teacher Unions has been confirmed.  They still don't care about the kids.        3.     Masks are not that big a deal, over zealous by-law officers are. 4.     I still can't say virulent and epidemiologist without needing assistance.   5.     I now trust unelected officials to show more leadership than elected.   6.     Sport without crowds is like Diet Soda.  7.     I never thought we would let the world become Chitty Bang Bang's Vulgaria for children.  8.     Attendance in my classes is better during Pandemics.    9.     Sadly, the news my parents consumed no longer exists.   10.   Work is for work and home is for home. I only like mixing the two when I decide.  11.  I thought we were trying to reduce single use plastics.  1

Democracy Can Thank Trump For Making Voting Great Again.

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Have seen and read many insightful minds discussing their concerns over the state of democracy, both here and abroad. Admittedly, Canada's southern neighbor and its post election chaos is where many point the finger.    Trump left U.S. with many scars, but I am not buying that he has hurt American Democracy. Trump is an exploiter, so whatever damage he inflicted was already an underlying condition.  What Trump, well more likely his team knew is that with shifting demographics and immigration in the States, the Republicans were going to be hard pressed to win future elections.  You remember the stories prior to the 2016 election that said as  much. So the Trump team decided that in order to win, they had to court what Hillary famously refereed to as the "deplorables". They figured this disenfranchised group that few would shill, were a greater percentage of the population than many wanted to believe.  Trump dog whistled his way through the 2016 election campaign and rode t

Need Great Reset In Healthcare Capacity

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With 2021 just upon us, one can't help but reflect on the shocking year that passed.  Getting caught off guard is never a good feeling. Even nice surprises can take a moment to process.  When something bad happens, we may be stuck in reaction mode awhile, before we start to contemplate if we could have seen it coming.  At the start this pandemic my anxiety like many was high.  Few people like uncertainty and I am no different. I turned to writing as my way to express my thoughts and vent frustrations from the forces outside my control.  When comparing the dangers of the disease to the negative impacts on fellow citizens and most significantly my kids - something just didn't seem right.  The whole  response seemed disproportionate to what I was seeing  in my day to day life. The first wave of the virus literally, never hit home, but the response to it certainly did. Businesses and schools were shuttered and our family life changed dramatically. Like many, I felt for our

10 Ideas For The Jays New Ball Park

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Kids and I have toured quite a few ball parks prior to the pandemic. Love doing the tours and taking notes of what works and doesn't.     Had noted some of my observations for ideas on how to improve the Rogers Centre for baseball. With a new ball park now hopefully on its way soon, I did some revising.   Ultimately, I don't believe it will be in its current location as its in too valuable a spot already. Better to leverage cheaper real estate down by the lake and build up around it.  The Jays also have few options of where they could play while a new park is being built. So I expect, it will eventually end up by lake, so let's not make it another mistake.  But either way here are … My top ten suggestions for the Jays new ball park...   Let's end this post appropriately, with a walk off from many fans fav park - PNC.   

Am An Unapologetic American - For Now

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I am an unapologetic American, for now. When my country of birth voted for Trump in 2016, I will admit surprise, but not shock. Democracies don't always get it right, but to fall for the same con twice -the Canadian side of my citizenship would make me apologize for that.  Back in 2016,  the media made it seem that only ignorant, white men would vote Trump. With that level of shame and condescension aimed at disgruntled voters, the results should not be shocking to anyone who claims to understand people.  No one would admit voting for Trump, so the accuracy of any polling was off.  As any teenage parent or high school teacher can attest, shame is an effective motivator, if you want the opposite reaction of what's intended.  Keep telling Americans not to do something with derision and just ask the British how that will go. Still, I am hopeful after now seeing Trump for what he is, Americans  will correct course. Even with a media establishment bias that seems hell bent on repeat

When Will This End? Vaccine or Not - Early Next Year

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If you are trying to find a sliver lining to this pandemic a popular one is to appreciate its historical significance. You may have been told or said to others to think of the stories you can tell your grandkids about the pandemic of 2020.  Sadly, it will be a sombre tale. But it will be one that I am glad to proclaim will come to an end after one year.  Yes, the pandemic will stop as soon as we decide to put an end to the pain and suffering caused. Of course I am not talking about the disease. Sorry, but that's not coming to end just yet. The response to it, however, will.  Pandemic fatigue has already set in and although many including myself have resigned themselves to writing off 2020, the novelty of these unprecedented times is beginning to wear thin. Friends who only dared go out for essentials back in the spring - were out and about this past summer and continue do so where allowed.  With each cancelled event, celebration postponement or business lost impatience grow

Guest Contributor Ed Hicken Tells Educators ....

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Why Everyone Wants to Work In Your Department Administration/Front Office: The office does control the world. Our world at least. We have democratic processes and committees, but honestly, if anyone in the office wants to make an announcement, call a meeting, cancel a meeting, ring a bell to end class 5 minutes early or whatever, they could just do it and we would follow along (grumbling, but obedient nonetheless). That is power. You are all better people than I am for handling it with such aplomb. I would be a corrupt monster, ringing bells and calling meetings haphazardly. And yes, this is an email where I am going to use dorky words like 'aplomb' -buckle up! Arts : This is the only subject students actually try to do in the rest of their classes. Seriously - kid not paying attention in class? They’re either doodling images, listening to music or acting out. But what about kids just looking at their phone, you say? Memes? Spotify? Youtube? TikTok? Insta