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Great Lakes International Air Show

Don’t forget the Great Lakes International Airshow is happening this weekend. BUT…I highly doubt we will be attending this highly anticipated event due to the new parking situation. I have to admit I am disappointed that there is no parking on site. I would have paid $10 to park on …

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Your opinion matters to us!

http://apps.facebook.com/my-surveys/thestthomasblog We have created a poll on facebook to allow you to easily share your opinions about us. The results are anonymous and can be views after completing the survey. We would really appreciate your input. You may have to register on facebook to participate, if you would prefer to …

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The coolest bar you don’t know about!

My wife (the back end of the elephant) and myself (I like to think of myself as the brains of the operation, probably not though) went out last night for a drink. We went to a bar in St. Thomas. It was a bar that if found in Boston, New …

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The coolest bar you don't know about!

My wife (the back end of the elephant) and myself (I like to think of myself as the brains of the operation, probably not though) went out last night for a drink. We went to a bar in St. Thomas. It was a bar that if found in Boston, New …

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Success!

I wanted to write a post about the Movember Event that The Blog and Braxtons held last night. I will be honest, The turnout was poor. There were people I suspect may have been there to share their Movember look (or perhaps there are just a lot of people in …

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Wellington Street Almost Finished! … Or Is It?

As most of you probably know, Wellington Street and Elgin Street have been undergoing construction for quite a long time. If you happened to drive down Elgin Street since Friday, you might have sighed a sigh of relief as you realized the last coat of asphalt has been applied. This surely is a good sign, no? No. Well, sort of.

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Are you always this inattentive?

I found this post while hanging around on facebook (yes, I do that far too much but because of that I find gems like this) Jim McHarg has pointed out something we all just accept to be the norm anymore. We settle for mediocrity on a daily basis, so much so that we are ready to give out awards to just about anyone who pretends to give a….darn! Have all our employers demanded so much from us that we can’t even muster up some faint piece of genuine interest in the work we do, and I would like to take this one step further and say that it is not just the people in the service industry. Everyone seems to “feel” they are over worked and stressed to the max, that they just couldn’t give one bit more. Here is Jim’s take on customer service.  I may have to follow up with a post of my own. Coffee shops have become fast food restaurants; fast food restaurants are serving coffee – the market has become saturated beyond all comprehension. Restaurant convergence has resulted in the need to minimize the the interaction between customer and server – this ostensibly makes up [...]

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As seen on facebook…

The following question was posed on Facebook and I thought it might be worthwhile sharing it. Attention Electoral Candidates: What is your position on the rising energy costs especially where it pertains to residents of St. Thomas? My personal con...

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Pictures and politics

With the forest of signs growing larger each day, both here and London, I am wondering what the motivation is to either place your image on the sign, or to omit it? Do you include your image so that you can show the potential voters that you look trustworthy, that you have an honest face? On the flip side, if you don’t include your image, does it mean that you would rather not be seen by the voters? As I believe most candidates have websites, or at least brochures or leaflets with their image on it, does it come down to money? If you don’t have your likeness on the sign, does it mean you are financially responsibly? The same can be said about the size of the signs, does bigger mean anything, does it mean you can afford to spend more? Does it mean that size IS important? In my ‘world’ I would have each candidate given a budget with which to advertise their wares as it were. How they chose to spend it would be up to them, but the voting public would know how much they had to spend and would be able to see what that [...]

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Why you should elect Bill Sandison for Alderman

For the past three and a half years, I have been an advocate for a better municipal government, one that is open and accountable to the residents of St. Thomas. I have engaged with residents, businessmen, provincial and federal politicians to highlight the need and request support for the implementation of an economic strategy for St. Thomas; protection of our heritage; sound financial management; accountability and transparency. Priorities for Our City The priorities you have voiced to me can be grouped into five major categories; job creation and economic strategy; road and sewer improvements; lower costs and control spending; improved delivery of services; and rebuilding community pride. • Job Creation & Economic Strategy • Road & Sewer Improvements • Lower Costs & Control Spending • Improved Delivery of Services • Rebuilding Community Pride I will advance these priorities on your behalf, as YOUR voice on YOUR city council. Job Creation and Economic Strategy Your voice on this issue has been heard both loudly and clearly. While council does not create jobs they do shape the environment that helps attract new business. Growth, promotion, diversity, health care, and education are the pillars of a Job Creation and Economic Strategy Surrounding communities [...]

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How to play nice with others.

It is a little ironic (don’t you think?) that I write this as I have been described many times as ‘Does not play well with others’. I was going to write that I prefer to play with myself than others but for obvious reasons I am not going to. When it comes to advertising and promotion though, it always pays to play nicely. When this website was created, it was so that there would be a place online that was promoting St. Thomas, but also listing events that were being held by so many organizations. The reason why the website came about was that there was no sharing of information, far from it. If organization ‘A’ was having an event, unless you looked at their website, you wouldn’t have the details. There was very little cross promotion between these organizations. This is where we came in, because with no affiliation to any organization, business or charity, we don’t play favours, keep the information to ourselves or require you to only look at our website to discover what goes on in St. Thomas. It isn’t always easy to get the information that we want to share. A lot of time and [...]

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Could you pass???

My husband Mr.Blog, Is a British Citizen, with permanent residence/landed immigrant status in Canada. His PR Card is due to expire early next year and currently it takes about 8 months to get a new one so we figured he should get his application in soon. While looking online for …

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How do I get involved???

It seems that once you get involved with one thing, the other opportunities roll in….But where should you jump in? The quick and easy answer to that is ANYWHERE! Just find a cause or activity that you have an interest in and start asking around. To make this leap even …

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The Caring Cupboard

Until yesterday when I had the idea for the food bank bingo, I didn’t realize that the caring cupboard didn’t organize the Christmas Care drive. I guess I just assumed…and you know what they say about that! Now I know there are many opinions as to what people believe of …

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Punished for obeying the law

I grew up watching movies. I can remember going to the movie theater when I was five or six and watching Kelly’s Heroes and I distinctively remember watching Where Eagles Dare sat next to my dad on the balcony of my local flea pit (and yes it was). I remember once going every single night of the week to watch Police Academy (no accounting for taste when young) and trying to watch any movie that I was able to get into to. To be honest, a lot of the movies weren’t that great and it was also very cheap to go to the theater. I still remember that half way through the movie, the old lady who would have taken your money at the door of the theater, would walk to the front of the cinema with a tray that had a little light and lots of tubs of ice cream. I still shudder when I remember using the wooden spoon. I remember these with fondness. Now that I am grown up, I don’t manage to get to the movie theater as much as I might once have liked to. There are reasons of course for this, I have a [...]

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Jeff Kohler’s Platform

  KOHLER’S PLAN Positive Forward Thinking Kohler’s Plan to create a better standard of living and quality of life for those who live and work in St. Thomas. KOHLER’S PRIORITIES QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE Create a plan to address deficient roads by...

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More signs?

I noticed on the way back into town today coming from Talbotville, that the majority of the signs on Highway 4 as you come down the hill are grotty. The sign to the airport for instance isn’t clear, it looks dirty. Surely if we want people to com...

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Politics and Signs

I know that if you want to be elected for something, be it class president, city council, or president of the country, you need to get your name out there and on everyone’s lips, but I find the numerous signs that appear whenever there is going to a vote as an eye sore and an annoyance. The bigger the sign, there less chance that I am actually going to care enough to vote for you. Surely if you need to become known to the voting public, you need to be seen, heard, and understood. To me, signs just look like someone is selling a house, rather than selling an idea, a philosophy or a statement. I appreciate that, with voter turnout being low, you need to use every trick in the book, but surely this should be a challenge to politicians to find new ways to become known. The local newspaper, which has a small number of subscribers, is the traditional way, appearing on TV, the same. Why not host discussions on Facebook, or on this website, where people who care, and want St. Thomas to thrive and become a successful city can ask important questions and get answers. All [...]

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