Robin Hood Tax

24 Hours For The Tax: robinhoodtax.ca

There a literally millions of reasons to support this tax. And only really 2 not to: 1: you are rich enough to make financial transactions on a regular basis that would be taxed. 2: you believe the rich people telling you that it is a bad idea. The rich don’t get rich by looking out for others. They get rich by exploiting people to work for them in some way, and not compensating them appropriately for their work. It really is that simple. This tax really would make a big difference. There really is a chance that it could be put into law. It really is worth your time to take part in the actions to support it.


Continuing saga of the Cucurbita sp. rotting in the back yard.
November 6, 2009:

The Canadian public health system is rotting too. Merlin and I would have had to stand for hours outside today to get an H1N1 shot. I know people who are not high risk at all that have gotten the shot already. Why has our medical system whipped everyone into such a frenzy that they are willing to wait in the November rain for hours for a vaccine?
Keeping in mind, the risk factors for developing complications are quite specific. I was surprised, for instance, to hear on the phone message from our public health authority that people over 65 qualified for the shot. Anyone over 65 has already been exposed to the 1950's and 1970's outbreaks of H1N1. In fact, chances are quite good that they've already HAD it once or twice during the previous outbreaks.

But ambulance paramedics aren't considered by the BC government to be health care workers, so they don't qualify.

And in the mean time, most anyone working for a health authority has been pulled from regular duties to help administer the shots. This means that anyone needing: breastfeeding assistance, prenatal education, pregnancy testing (pregnant women are a risk group, so this seems particularly twisted - how do you know if you are at risk if you can't get a pregnancy test?), tuberculin testing (tuberculosis IS actually an epidemic in Vancouver that has cost hundreds of lives in recent years), adult immunization, audiology, dental, nursing support services, speech-language pathology, health promotion, parent support etc... can just wait until the craziness is over. But when will that be? The pattern of H1N1 is that it sticks around for a few years. We don't know how long the vaccine stays effective for, so everyone will probably want a shot again next year.

It takes a fair amount of trust in the system to let them just poke me and mine with a needle full of magic serum. And all this really doesn't make one confident in the system.


Yeah! We finally have proper garbage pickup. I don’t sort the recycling, I can compost the kitchen and yard waste. It has wheels. And it’s unionized.

Now we have caught up to what my German friends had 20 years ago. We’re SO progressive. CANADA, WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS!!!

Working and Merlin's words

So, it's been a while...
A job found me (literally) - possibly 2, actually. I'm working part-time in a law library for a labour law firm. Kind of my dream job. Really friendly folk and I have a lot of autonomy.
The second is a few hours a week lending support to families with a child that has been diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing. I've been shortlisted for that, so I don't know yet.

My main reason for posting is to say how excited we are with Merlin's progress. He's been talking/signing up a storm. He had about 10 words and signs before the implant. He now has over 150. For those that want to keep up to his signing, check out this
list of words Merlin knows.

Oh, and I should follow up with my Leopard rant... the 10.5.2 release seems to have fixed my problems. My mac is a mac again. But I still say Apple could have acknowledged the problems instead of acting like they didn't know what we were talking about.

Oh yeah, and we bought a house. More on that later, I'm sure.

Leopard Rant

I can't find a good forum to rant about the new MAC Leopard operating system. The Apple forum seems to be telling anyone who has anything negative to say about their new OSX that they need to be more specific about their problems, or that they have hardware (also mac) problems. And of course, because they are denying there are any problems in the first place, they can't admit to fixing them in any upgrades to the program.

I was skeptical that my old iBook G4 would be able to handle yet another OS upgrade, but it met the minimum listed requirements. I still was unimpressed with the advertised features of Leopard, and only upgraded because my husband did and now our iCal calendars wouldn't sync. (thanks, for that Apple). So I was forced to go through the hassle of the upgrade, which went surprisingly well.
But now my happy, friendly, hardworking, abuse-taking mac runs like a PC with the work ethic of a meth addict. Sometimes I can't even turn it off. I mean when I finally get my kid to go to sleep, I just want to click my mac off and go to bed. I can't handle having to close down each application individually at that time of day.

So I'm waiting for the new release, which they claim won't fix any of the puking PC-like behaviour of my little mac, and if it doesn't help I'll be reverting back to Tiger. With all of the hassle that will entail. I'll have to backup all the work I've done to the website since the "upgrade" and hope that I can transfer it back into the old operating system. The iCal problem will be a serious one for our household. Now I will have to rely on hubby actually telling me when he will be flying out on business. I can see I'll be cooking a lot of dinners that won't get eaten. Oh well fingers crossed that Apple really will take care of its customers as it has in the past.