Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
CRANKY this morning due to the 18 calls from a fax machine to our land line starting at 5:29 this morning. And where was the call from? (613) area code, of course - some Ottawa bureaucrat faxing up the wrong number when he got into work. GRR.
I'm feeling anti-Ottawa today really because I am anti-Harper. I actually quite like Ottawa and I am a fan of civil servants (being one myself) so take that first paragraph as grumpy Jenn with not enough sleep. But aside from the census debacle, read on about Harper's latest plans to nix employment equity in the public service. I get so sick and tired of hearing people say crap like "jobs should be awarded based on merit” and leave it at that. We (Canadian society) actually decided that we wanted a more representative public service. And it's not as if employment equity legislation has been running around awarding jobs to complete idiots in place of some highly qualified white male.
Employment equity came out of a 1984 judicial commission and the purpose of the Act (passed in 1986) was to: achieve equality in the workplace so that no person shall be denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to ability and, in the fulfilment of that goal, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment experienced by women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities by giving effect to the principle that employment equity means more than treating persons in the same way but also requires special measures and the accommodation of differences.
So apparently Harper and our lovely Immigration Minister Jason Kenney don't think that people of colour, women and persons with disabilities are any different than anyone else in terms of the challenges they face in the job market. Oi vey - what decade is it? These groups of people (visible minorities especially) are treated unequally when it comes to the public service and because they are not fairly represented we should do things to improve that. I actually like how Donald Oliver (a conservative senator) explains it.
And for those of you who are Tories (or were Tories since the current conservatives are not), one of the saddest things is that the original Employment Equity Act was passed and promoted under the Mulroney government. I am no fan of Lyin' Brian but I can give props where they are due and at least previous Tory governments weren't evil. Our current conservative one seems pretty demonic though. I really feel that the longer Harper is in power, the more he is dismantling a number of core Canadian institutions and approaches to how society should work. Depressing. Just depressing.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Wow. I've never been to Germany even though my mom's side of the family ist Deutsch and I have travelled to Europe several times. It's hard to even remember that for most of my life (well, my first 17 years anyway) there was an East Germany. These photos, taken by Siegfried Wittenburg in the 1980s show a side of Germany that seems almost impossible now.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Sign the Petition:
DO IT NOW.
The Keep the Canada Census Long Form petition is at:http://www.gopetition.com/online/37527.html
So far, it has 2000+ signatures. Monday July 12, the petition will be sent to Tony Clement (Minister for Industry and Stats Can), the Prime Minister, the Chief Statistician and opposition leaders. Sign on, because a lot more signatures are needed.
Links re the importance of the Long Form:
Because it’s “dumbing down” democracy.
The archivist in me, thanks you.
I cannot actually believe that there are only four more weeks until TransRockies. I can't decide if that excites me or terrifies me. Perhaps it's a bit of both. I just want summer to go on and on. I had a pretty big week of riding and am feeling really good today (ie: not sore at all). I am somewhat nervous that I haven't mimicked 7 days in a row of 6-8 hours each day but I am hoping that it isn't necessary to being able to complete the race.
So Sierra and I started the week on Canada Day with the idea of using the long weekend to spend back to back long days on our bikes. On July 1st we did the Yukon epic: Mountain Hero in Carcross. We rode this last year, but we shuttled up the first 7 or so kilometres and then we didn't actually enjoy much of the descent because Tony smashed his elbow on the way down. That said, I still loved that ride. This year Sierra and I rode the whole loop: from the Carcross Visitors' Centre, up and over the mountain, and the 17km back to Carcross along the road. The weather was decent and the snowy patches on the trail weren't impassable. I had to push my bike just about as much as I did last year (which disappointed me somewhat) and I am finding myself quite frustrated by steep terrain with big hunks of gravel/rock. That said, it was beautiful and it was good fun to ride with Tony, his friends from Ontario, and Dave who is now riding with Cyclemeisters and is ridiculously speedy. You can see the whole set of photos here if you want, but the ones below are some of my faves.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Had a great long weekend. Actually, it wasn't a long weekend since I worked on Friday. But with Thursday off and a lot of time spent on my bike, it felt like a long weekend.
To start things off, I dyed a swath of pink in my hair. Why not, I figured. I keep debating whether it's time for me to return to the short pixie cut, but I am not quite there for some reason. But then, when I don't make the "giant cut it all off" move, I want something else while in the stylist's chair. So this time I suggested she dye part of my hair an interesting colour. She chose (and I agreed) to orange, pink and copper which come out mostly as pink:
I quite love it and hope that I don't too much look like a 16 year old wanna be. I'll probably only keep the pink until the end of the summer.