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Friday, 21 September 2007
I Know Who I'm Not Voting For In The Ontario Election

The leaders debate last night was predictable and orientated to the converted of those parties represented.

I know now that I'm not voting Conservative or Liberal in the upcoming election. I was looking for an energy plan that could make Ontario an example for the rest of the world, but I didn't get it. 

Both Dalton McGuinty and John Tory seem to have the same energy policy, more expensive, high-maintenance nuclear reactors for Ontario. Only Howard Hampton (NDP) seemed to stress other energy alternates.

I'm either going to vote for the NDP or the Green Party.

The Government should be encouraging "alternate energy" companies to come to Ontario and create good jobs with enviromentally friendly products. 

Oil, Gas, Coal and even nuclear fission reactors will be phased out in the 21st century and replaced by renewable energy sources and nuclear fusion. Anybody with some foresight can see this coming.

Unfortunately, some politicians seem to think they can only get votes through negative attacks rather than having dynamic visions of the future.

Posted by qualteam at 2:50 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 21 September 2007 3:41 PM EDT
Thursday, 20 September 2007
The Ontario Election Oct/07

I'm not a big fan of anyone in this race.

I feel environmental issues have been given the short shift because of personal attacks on "Dalton McGuinty's Broken Promises" and "John Tory's Stand On Public Funding For Religious Schools". 

Dalton McGuinty is the Premier of Ontario and I'm certainly not enamored by him. Neither do I support opposition leader, John Tory's position on school funding.

Both the Green Party and NDP are too socialist for my liking. Ontario needs to encourage big business to settle in Ontario. High taxes on them would discourage that and this province needs good jobs (Unemployment runs higher than the national average here.).

The best newspaper for best coverage on the issues is "The Toronto Star".

There's a referendum on proportional representation which I support. Probably, I'll decide who I'll vote for after I put my dot on "the proportional representation question". 

The public funding for schools should be handled with a referendum just like it was in Newfoundland ten years ago. Here's my own poll on this "public funding question".


Posted by qualteam at 11:19 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 20 September 2007 10:01 PM EDT
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
Soul Travel/Dreams/Past Lives

Besides this planet and our present lifetimes, we share other realities with each other that are beyond our five senses.

In fiction and modern day mythologies we can find things that remind us of our true natures or where we came from.

The stories in literary and film works like Harry Potter, Star Trek, The Wizard Of Oz, Peter Pan fill a need in us that religious dogma used to fill.

Native North Americans are guided by animal spirits, but spiritual guides can be found in other religions too.

To some, Earth is like "Grand Central Station." Souls are collected in  top secret areas and then sent somewhere else.

The Highwayman

Posted by qualteam at 10:02 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 21 September 2007 11:59 AM EDT
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
Feel Good Video Of The Week: Bless You

"Bless You" was the first 45 that I bought in the 60s. 

I was pleased to come across this uplifting video of the song on YouTube.


Posted by qualteam at 10:03 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 18 September 2007 10:06 PM EDT
Monday, 17 September 2007
The Sacred Garden And Fellow Travellers

It's really great when someone connects with a website that was created from a personal vision of mine.

This is what she said of it:

"Your website seems odd yet familiar. You speak of gardens. The only garden I remember was the  one I played in as a child with other "children" that no one else could see. I have had many dreams, lost time, and various odd contacts".

This website can be found at and you are welcome to visit it too.


Posted by qualteam at 10:42 PM EDT
Sunday, 16 September 2007
Canada's Greatest Hero: Terry Fox

Actually, in a documentary done a few years ago for the CBC, Terry Fox finished second in polling for the greatest Canadian, right behind Tommy Douglas, the father of our health care sytem, but in front Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau who repatriated our constitution from Britain to Canada.

Terry was a warrior not against communists, terrorists or the nazis. He was a warrior against the most hated disease on earth, cancer.

I'll always remember his face on television filled with pain and determination.

Not only his actions were inspirational, but his words as well. His marathon wasn't just another marathon. It was a "Marathon of Hope". He firmly believed that "one person could make a different in this world in the fight against cancer". He also believed that "there would come a time when the suffering would end."

For the first few years, I ran "The Fox 10k Run" with my own "Marathon of Hope T-Shirt". I collected money for cancer research and over the next 26 years 400 million dollars was collected from Terry Fox marathons around the world.

Much headway has been made in the fight against osteosarcoma and cancer since then (1980).

I think it's fitting that Canada's too biggest heroes (i.e. Terry Fox and Tommy Douglas) fought against something that attacks almost every human being, ill health through cancer and unaffordable health services.

Posted by qualteam at 6:43 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 16 September 2007 7:19 PM EDT
Friday, 14 September 2007
My Top Ten New Country Songs Of All Time

With the help of the Eagles, Johnny Cash, and Marty Robbins, the pop/rock of the 50s, the 60s, and the 70s became the new country of the last couple of decades. Here are my favourites: At ground zero is Shania Twain's "I'm Gonna Getcha Good".


  1. I Love This Bar/Toby Keith
  2. What Part Of No Don't You Understand?/Lori Morgan
  3. Lets Go To Vegas/Faith Hill
  4. I Want To Do It All/Teri Clark
  5. Friends In Low Places/Garth Brooks
  6. Neon Rainbow/Alan Jackson
  7. Mustang Heart/George Fox
  8. Independence Day/Martin McBride
  9. Blue/LeAnn Rimes
  10. Live Like You Were Dying/Tim McGraw

Posted by qualteam at 2:35 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 14 September 2007 2:45 PM EDT
Thursday, 13 September 2007
I Like High Energy, Fun Rock And Roll Songs

That's why I cheered for Jaydee Bixby.

Is anyone doing great rock this days? Do I have to go back 30 years or more to find fun rock and roll songs like Rod Stewart's "Hot Legs" below:

Posted by qualteam at 1:53 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2007 2:03 PM EDT
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
It Was A Great Canadian Idol Finale Tonight
Mood:  a-ok

What a difference a day makes. What a difference Jon Bon Jovi and Eva Avila make. What a difference a loose Jaydee Bixby makes.

With material like "Johnny B. Goode" and "That's Alright Mama", Jaydee rocked the house and all of Canada. Unfortunately, the audience voted on his nervous performances from yesterday and he was designated as the worse of the two finalists. The other one, Brian Melo was voted Canadian Idol.

I'm not a big fan of Brian Melo. While he does have stage presence and great intensity (mostly sadness and pain), he has a tendency to sing all his ballads in the same way. Soft at the beginning and loud/raspy during the chorus. It's highly likely that audiences would tire of listening to him after awhile.

There's no penalty for finishing second in this competition. Look at the careers of Clay Aikin and Katherine McPhee.

I'm looking forward to hearing some good country songs from Jaydee.

Posted by qualteam at 10:11 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 11 September 2007 10:54 PM EDT
Monday, 10 September 2007
The Canadian Idol Competition Comes Down To Two: Jaydee Bixby Vs Brian Melo
Mood:  down

This wasn't a competition of who did the best. It was a competition of who did the worse.

Personally, I've been in karaoke contests that were much better than this finale.

Jaydee did reasonable impressions of Bon Jovi, Tom Jones and Jaydee. However, he looked nervous in every song which detracted from his performances. The best that you can say about him is that he tried to be entertaining/energetic and sing songs of different genres.

Brian Melo, on the other hand, sang all of his three songs in exactly the same way and in the same style. If you heard one, you heard them all. On the high notes, he shouted and his voice became raspy. This would be ok if he was singing heavy rock songs, but the guy was doing ballads.

In the competition of who did the worse, Brian Melo wins hands down.

The most memorable comment was Zack saying that he'd manage "Jaydee any day in some sort of Branson show".

It should be noted that Jaydee was well down the list of the judges' favourite singers.


Posted by qualteam at 10:29 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 11 September 2007 10:57 PM EDT

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