Opinions with an Accent

How does an iPad equal 292929 sheets of paper?

In the May 22nd City Council meeting a recommendation to was put forward for the purchase of 22 iPad 3’s for the Council and Senior Management. This is to help implement a paperless Council agenda and to allow for paperless distribution of council meeting minutes. In a previous meeting the …

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You left me, just when I needed you most

If you look at the webpage of the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, you will read a statement that says “The program provides eligible people with disabilities with: financial help”. That means that they are here to help with those who have disabilities in need of financial help. …

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The real reason you (and I) are fat!

My wife has made me fat. I cannot tell a lie. I have gained roughly 30 pounds of flab since my happy day back in 1998. I am sure a portion of the blame can be laid at the feet of my wonderful mother-in-law who seemed to think that early …

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Are you successful?

Monday lunchtime I was driving through London when a random question popped into my head. Am I successful? At first I thought one answer, and then a different one, and lastly I tried to decide what exactly being successful meant in general and how it applied to me in particular. …

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Transparency and why we need it

In recent years, and especially in the areas of sport and politics, the major buzz word has been transparency. No longer can decisions be made in secret without the public demanding access to information concerning the decision. When the decision affects us, be it politically, financially, or even just with …

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Happy Birthday to Us!

Two years ago, in the May of 2010, The St. Thomas Blog was born. It was an accidental happening, one that came about because of the lack of information concerning when the steak dinner was being served at the St. Anne’s Festival that year. From those strange beginnings, the website …

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Pupils and discipline

Everyone reading this attended school, even if only for a short time. Classes are attended, tests are taken, passes and fails are assigned and the goal at the end of how ever many years you are there is graduation, a diploma and all the preparation needed to go out into …

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Saying goodbye to the bowl

The first bowl I ever knew was a ceramic bowl that fitted on my head. The reason why I knew this? It sat on my head while my mother cut my hair. Yes, I had the dreaded bowl hair cut. It didn’t look too bad, and being an incredibly cute …

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Stop wasting the St. Thomas wasteland

If you drive down Elm street towards Sunset drive, or Wilson Ave, you see the Memorial Arena and on three sides of it, rough, mostly overgrown land. By far it isn’t the only plot of land that appears abandoned to the wilderness. While not exactly overgrown, the area between the …

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Can video games turn your kid into a killer?

Just when you think the debate on the effect of video games on young people has died down, here it comes again. Respawning if you like. It has been a discussion that has run for as long as there has been first person shooter (FPS) games, and with that genre …

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Motivate this!

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. –Mahatma Gandhi Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. –Oprah Winfrey Just do it.™ -Nike It can take a lot to get out of bed …

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St. Thomas looking forward

St. Thomas, Ontario. Formally the rail city of North America and the last place that Jumbo saw. Presently an area that has been hit hard with factory closures. So what of the future? What will St. Thomas be known for in 100 years time? A ghost town or a thriving …

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Stop using the word curvy!

At the start of the year I wrote that I would no longer use the phrase ‘gay marriage’ as marriage is marriage, regardless of the genders of the two people involved. I have been successful so far. Not only is marriage simply marriage but based upon a survey carried out …

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Hybrid Cars. A NO NO

In 1899, the first hybrid car was created by Henri Pieper, a German living in Belgium, with Ferdinand Porsche developing a more advanced version a year after. While hybrid cars were invented over 100 years ago, it wasn’t until 2000 that the Toyota Prius became the first hybrid was launched …

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A puff piece on Ashely Judd

Ashley Judd is an actress. She has starred many movies and is a vocal but well spoken woman who supports quite a few charities. She isn’t just a pretty face, Judd holds a degree in Mid Career / Master in Public Administrion. She can ofte be found at race tracks …

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SHOCKING! Women without makeup can be ugly!

An article on Complex.com recently shocked the world when it posted pictures of super models without makeup alongside pictures of the same super model with makeup. (http://www.complex.com/style/2012/02/30-shocking-photos-of-supermodels-without-makeup#1)The headline used actually used the word shocking as if this was news to anyone. The fact that super models look like everyday women …

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Will your grandchildren learn how to cook?

Society is ever changing. Just one ‘thing’ begins to wane, another ‘thing’ takes it’s place. Cell phones are common place now, computers, reality TV, all things that in the 1970s were either unreachable by the common person or just a pipe dream. Some ‘things’ stay longer than others. Fast food …

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Goodbye to online privacy

In the UK, plans are afoot for the law enforcement forces to have unlimited access to someones online activity. To keep things legal, a warrant must be issued, which is reassuring as police force has ever done anything without a warrant. What exactly would become daily reading for Scotland Yard? …

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Total Recall? How real are your memories?

This summer, the re-imagining of Total Recall will be released. Based upon, as so many science fiction movies have been, a book written by Philip K Dick, ‘We can remember it for you wholesale‘, the book features a construction worker, Douglas Quail, who, unable to afford an actual visit to …

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