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Saturday, 2 June 2007
It's Only One Dead Indian, So Who Cares?

Any government or police official could have uttered that remark when unarmed Dudley George was killed in 1995 in Ipperwash Park. For years, the provincial Conservative Government blocked any inquiry until the provincial Liberals got elected in 2003 on a campaign promise to hold an inquiry which they did.

I remember the name of the protester (Dudley George) who was murdered that day, but I don't remember the killer's name, the OPP officer who did it. Later on, he was killed in a car accident a month before he was due to go on trial.

The most memorable thing about this incident was former Mike Harris telling his lackies "To get those Indians out of the park". Under testimony, Harris couldn't remember what he said and since he didn't order any physical force, there's no apology from him. However, there was an apology from today's premier, Dalton McGinty.

Land disputes, of course, continue throughout Canada, but thanks to this incident, Government and police officials will be handling native protests hopefully in a more civilized fashion.

The CBC TV Movie, "One Dead Indian"

Background On The Incident At Ipperwash Park

Results Of The Ipperwash Inquiry

The Sacred Native-American Burial Grounds In Arizona

Posted by qualteam at 2:38 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 2 June 2007 4:34 PM EDT
Thursday, 31 May 2007
Murder In Toronto: It Wasn't Just A Black Killing Another Black

I saw part of Jordan Manners (age 15) funeral today on TV. I was moved to tears when parishioners started to sing "Amazing Grace." Here was a good boy who was a good student and a good son. Sure he lived in the high risk area of Jane and Finch, but that doesn't lessen the hurt of his murder. 

Surprisingly, I remembered the death of another 15-year old on boxing day in 2005. Her name was Jane Creba. Victims have faces, names and lives.

"Well, Jane, you have a friend now to help you end this senseless gun violence in Toronto". It's tough having your life terminated at such a young age, but we need spiritual defenders to protect other young people in Ontario, Canada and the world".

The best words I can find now aren't my own but 16th century poet John Donne:

"No man is an island, entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. Therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls....for it tolls for thee".

Jordan Manners Funeral

Jane Creba's Story

Posted by qualteam at 1:37 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 31 May 2007 1:48 PM EDT
Wednesday, 30 May 2007
The Fight Against Cancer Continues

The best way to fight cancer is to build up your immune system and physical condition, so it's continually resisted. The program that I'm working on has been successful in doing this job.

  1. I drink a strong anti-oxidant, pomergranate juice, which has shown effectiveness against prostate cancer.
  2. I take "Prosta Ease" which is benefical to prostate health.
  3. I exercise 20 minutes a day, four times a week.
  4. Since January, I've been on a weight reduction program and I've lost 20 pounds during that time.
  5. Fruit smoothies made with protein/vitamin/mineral powder and frozen fruits are a vital part of this program.
  6. My diet also includes lemon juice in warm water, mueslix cereal, almonds, pumkin seeds, walnuts, salad with lean turkey or chicken breast, and, of course, lots of water.

Yesterday, my urologist gave me a clean bill of health on my PSA tests. He said cancer grows in the fatty cells of the body and it was good that I reduced some weight. I don't have to see him for another six months.

The Medical Wins With Pomegranate Juice

The Fight Against Cancer Continues

Posted by qualteam at 11:10 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 31 May 2007 9:54 AM EDT
Monday, 28 May 2007
Bookstore Emergency

The young man realizes his father has swallowed a silver dollar and starts to panic, shouting for help. A well dressed, attractive and serious looking woman, in a blue business suit is sitting at a coffee bar reading a newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee. At the sound of the commotion, she looks up, carefully puts her coffee cup down, neatly folds the newspaper and places it on the counter, arises from her seat, and makes her way, unhurried, across the bookstore.

Reaching the young man's father, the woman carefully drops his pants. She takes hold of his testicles and starts to squeeze and twist, gently at first and then ever more firmly. After a few seconds the father convulses violently and coughs up the silver dollar, which the woman deftly catches in her free hand. Releasing the father's testicles, the woman hands the coin to the young man and walks back to her seat in the coffee bar without saying a  word.

As soon as he is sure that his father has suffered no ill effects, the young man rushes over to the woman and starts thanking her saying,  "I've never seen anybody do anything like that before, it was fantastic. Are you  a doctor?" "No," the woman replied. "Divorce  attorney".

Marriage Fun???

Posted by qualteam at 10:13 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 28 May 2007 10:22 PM EDT
Saturday, 26 May 2007
Interesting Facts About Canada and Toronto

  1. Between 1840 to 1860, more than 30,000 American slaves came to Canada and freedom via "The Underground Railroad".
  2. In 1988, Canada became the first country to adopt an official multiculturalism act.
  3. There are more than 200 ethnic groups in Canada. 13.5 percent of the Canadian population belongs to a visible minority. 17.6 percent has a mother tongue other than French or English, and more than 30 religions are practised in Canada.
  4. In Toronto, Canada's biggest and most multicultural city, 43 percent belong to visible minority groups, 49 percent was born outside of Canada and more than 100 dialects and languages are spoken there.
  5. Toronto's diversity is reflected in India Bazaar, Chinatown, Greektown, Koreatown, Little Italy, Little Poland, Portugal Village and other cultural neighbourhoods. As Tourism Toronto puts it, "two transit tokens can take you from one country to another inside Toronto".
  6. Canada has tough gun laws.
  7. Canada has, probably, the best laws against "hate propaganda" towards any ethic group or religion.
  8. Despite an impressive diversity of backgrounds, Canadians live together with equally impressive harmony compared to the rest of the world.

Canada And The Underground Railroad

The Battle Against "Hate Crimes".

More Interesting Facts About Canada

Posted by qualteam at 10:51 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 26 May 2007 10:57 PM EDT
Friday, 25 May 2007
One Too Many

One student killed in a Canadian high school by a hand gun is one too many.

The Toronto High School Tragedy


Posted by qualteam at 11:08 PM EDT
Thursday, 24 May 2007
The Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin:Senators Vs The Ducks

For the first time in hockey history, "The Ottawa Senators" will be playing "The Anaheim Not-So-Mighty Ducks" for the Stanley Cup.

As a tribute to ducks everywhere, Here is my top ten list of feathered and nonfeathered friends:

  1. Donald Duck: Short-tempered animated duck who rarely wore pants.
  2. Scrooge McDuck: The Jack Benny of Duckburg.
  3. Daffy Duck: Lovable, screwball feather-brain, who many have managed the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  4. Howard The Duck: Comic book character brought to life in fowlest movie ever made.
  5. Darkwing Duck: Parody of the superhero genre who's theme was "Lets get dangerous."
  6. Disco Duck: Rick Dee's song creation about a man who turns into a duck on the dance floor. "Disco duck" really means "disco sucks".
  7. Peking Duck: Chinese delicacy, rivals "Duck A l'Orange".
  8. Dallas Drake: First quacked the NHL in 1992 with the Wings(Detroit not Buffalo).
  9. Rubber Ducky: Inanimate bath toy to whom a wistful Ernie expressed fondness.
  10. John Brophy: Meanest, baddest dude on Long Island Ducks of the Eastern Hockley League who once said: "Once you're a Duck, you're a Duck the rest of your life".

Darkwing Duck Intro

Lyrics To Disco Duck

Posted by qualteam at 10:56 PM EDT
Wednesday, 23 May 2007
No Surprises On American Idol
Mood:  happy

The best moments of the night were all the previous American Idols singing songs from the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".

Without Belinda Dolittle in the finals, the whole event became a coronation for Jordin Sparks as American Idol. Obviously, baby boomer support was behind her and not "beatboxer" Blake Lewis.

Carrie Underwood is still the biggest star to come out of American Idol and Taylor Hicks is still the Idol that many love to hate.

I think the time has come to throw out the age requirements for Idol and let singers of any genre compete.

Posted by qualteam at 10:39 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 25 May 2007 11:12 PM EDT
Tuesday, 22 May 2007
The American Idol Finale Goes To.....

Both Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks did their best to win American Idol tonight. Both singers appeal to two different audiences. I'd say that Blake appeals to the "hip-hop" and the "alternate rock crowd," while Jordin is a middle-of-the-road pop, soft rock entertainer that appeals to an older audience.

Personally, I feel that anyone who voted for Belinda Dolittle will vote for Jordin Sparks and not Blake Lewis.

Jordin, obviously, has more singing ability than Blake, but Blake has that novelty "beatbox approach" which goes over well with "hip urban people". Jordin has  "a vulnerable little girl quality" that has brought tears to my eyes occasionally. All things considered, she should get more votes than Blake who tried extremely hard to win.

My prediction is that Jordin will win and both contestants will have successful careers.

Discussion Group At Idol Me.Com

Discussion Group TV Squad: American Idol


Posted by qualteam at 11:10 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 22 May 2007 11:20 PM EDT
Monday, 21 May 2007
High Stakes At Niagara Falls Casinos
Mood:  vegas lucky

At one time, you could play craps or blackjack at the Niagara casino with a minimun bet of $5. This was usually in the morning before the herd of gamblers arrived in the afternoon. A $50 dollars stake could get you a few hours of fun and you might win a dollar or two.

However, things have changed. The five dollar crap table is still there, but it's usually overcrowded. The minimum bet on Blackjack Saturday was $10 and that went up to $15 at 11:00 A.M.

When we arrived at the casino today, the minimun bet at Blackjack was $15 at 9:30 A.M. So much for a cheap table that you could play for hours. I only had $50 dollars to play with and used that up in 15 minutes. Fortunately, I won more than I lost and I walked away with $17.50 in winnings. For the whole weekend, I won a grand total of $30 dollars. I didn't play that long, because I didn't have a huge amount of money to gamble. I know my limit and I play within it.

My basic strategy is to bet my money a little at a time, than stop playing when my stake is finished and see how much I've won.

Obviously, the games at the casinos are moving away from the average player and going after the high rollers who are often complusive gamblers. To play for a few hours, probably, requires a couple of hundred dollars now. I don't like it, but what can I do about it. Just bring more gambling money to the casino, but play less in a year.

Winning At Blackjack

Niagara Falls Previews



Posted by qualteam at 9:31 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 21 May 2007 9:34 PM EDT

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