Thursday, February 16, 2012

February's Random Disconnected Things

There is so much fodder for this. Watching the local news has me shaking my head.

Harvey's Sidewalk Report

Another stellar idea! Maybe we should ask people to "Call 311" to get info on the condition on the sidewalk in the area they are planning to walk... or expand Navigo to include "real time" sidewalk up dates. There is clearly a need...

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MGEU out protecting their own

Always nice to see the same folks who tell us how hard their members work to keep Manitoba moving along want to knock the wheels off the wagon seeking answers about a little girls death while in the care of it's members. We wouldn't want to hold anyone accountable now... would we?

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MB Govt out protecting their own

In the same vein as above, it seems the Government lost it's bid to quash the Sinclair families suit regarding the death of Brian Sinclair. Always nice to see our government wanting to find the truth insofar as the Health Care System is concerned. I'm surprised there were no charges laid.

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Hydro cuts power during rush hour
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Traffic-lights-out-across-north-section-of-city-138891109.html

Some clown named Scott Powell comes on the news (Anita Mitchell was quoted in the FreeP) telling  us how they "only receive clearance" to do the work earlier in the day, and it wasn't safe to leave the damaged pole and insulator in service.It seems not one reporter was astute enough to ask, "Who gives you the clearance?". Unless I'm VERY wrong, the clearance is granted by Hydro itself.

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Car Jacking at gun point
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/138791419.html

Seems I recall Marty Gold prophesying these sorts of things as a result of the immobilizer program. Gun play in Winnipeg. Why can't I have a gun?

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Spanking Harms Children
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/spanking-hurts-more-than-helps-studies-find-138836244.html

I heard this on the news first, the interview had some UofM egghead. (Dr. Joan Durant) telling us spanking has the opposite effect to what parents are trying to achieve. Parents have an ever shrinking arsenal of tools at their disposal. It seems to me the above mentioned car jacker could have used a few extra smacks. I punished my children, at times with a spanking. My Dad taught me a little more often, but maybe I needed it more. Seems to have worked for us...
If you read the article, the study says, "Spanking, yelling at, or shaking children could tend to make them more aggressive toward others, a review of 20 years of studies into physical punishment says."
OK... maybe... if all three are the only method a parent employs in training their child... maybe.

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Should HIV carriers have to disclose...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/02/08/hiv-scoc.html

Do you have any other stupid questions?
Frankly I can't even get my head around the idea of why anyone could argue why this would NOT be a requirement. "Oh these people would just be further stigmatized". Really... so by not telling a potential partner, you'd be taking away their choice NOT to have sex with an infected individual because they may be further stigmatized?
So if you self proclaim that you're fat, and the other person doesn't like that, and chooses not to copulate with you...
Or if you're body is covered in scales. Could you accuse a person who spurned your advances of discrimination?
I'm waiting for the CBC to cover a story like that... making the person who declined sex because they were informed about HIV, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, or whatever the "bad guy".

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How do you clean up after a murder?

Send the City! On Monday, after the Police finished up their "investigation" and evidence gathering in the 600 block of Simcoe Street, a crew came to "clean up". A large front end loader, a dump ruck, and two (new) pick up trucks, sand bags, water hoses... I can just imagine the call. "The Mayor and Police Chief want that mess cleaned up as soon as possible. Get a crew there before people see!"

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The Stadium won't be ready

Hands up... who's surprised?  "Lost 11 days in December to wind" How about, "The original projected dates David trotted out were as good as his financial forecasts, which were only marginally better than his sister's". Even Gordo is bashing the stadium "info". Next week he'll offer a reporters look into the delayed development at the "Upper Fort Garry" park site as only he can"
What will they do with all the season ticket holders who won't have a place to sit?

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Electronic Health Records

Commercials are touting the benefits of having all your health info on a "card" . Anyone remember Connie Curran, the big bad American brought in by the "scary Gary Filmon" Progressive Conservatives to "dismantle" the Health Care System back in the early '90's? I seem to recall she suggested just such a card. I guess it's only a good idea 20 years later when Theresa comes up with it. Very original. Like re-releasing a Disney movie. It all seems NEW in 20 years.
In other news, Greg Selinger thinks flying to the moon would be a good goal to set for sometime in the near future. He'll appoint Dave Chomiak to explore the options.

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Synchronizing lights
http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/02/13/syncronizing-lights-not-a-silver-bullet
(Anyone else notice that the word "syncronizing" is spelled wrong in the address above?)

This Escobar guy... where did we find him? It seems he always has an excuse for his dismal performance. Almost any reasonable driver could stand on the corner of an intersection and come up with ways to improve the flow of traffic through there. Might be a dedicated turn lane, protected turn arrows, longer greens in particular directions, only having lights go red in a particular direction when there's a vehicle in the "staging" area... sure, all things that cost money, but they should all be considered before any repairs or upgrades are done at any intersection.

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Pedestrian buttons don't actually do anything
http://winnipeg.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120207/wpg_pedestrian_buttons_120212/20120207/?hub=WinnipegHome

Only in Winnipeg would anyone ever set up  lights like these to cause a red light out of sequence. In every other place I've ever been, if you don't push the button, you DON'T get a "walk" signal.
Anyway, it doesn't matter in Winnipeg, as pedestrians cross whenever they feel like it anyway.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Murder on 600 Simcoe St.

A bad play on the movie title  Murder on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with Diane Lane (my wife rolls her eyes), we arrived at "work" this morning to Police tape. Fortunately, we enter the building from the lane, so it wasn't a big deal.
No... I didn't walk to the front to see what was going on... it didn't concern me.
At some point in time, Winnipeg's third murder occurred, apparently near the corner of Wellington and Simcoe. (Poor Harvey, right across the street from him)
There were a few cruisers, what I think is an ident. van, some cadets, and lotsa tape.
Did I mention the reporters?
To describe them as a "hoard", or a "feeding frenzy" would not be unfair. They outnumbered the Police, which had me thinking...
I was asked a few questions by a reporter, as were neighbours and residents all along the block. I realize that the Police don't have the man power to "canvass the area" like they do on Law and Order, but maybe the Police should have the reporters do their investigative work for them, at least insofar as talking to residents goes.
There is a problem with this idea though...
A smart guy might say something like, "Maybe you should find Andy, my MLA. He's the Minister of Justice, but we never see him around here... there's no election going on."
Or, "Nice to see the Police are here. Why do we only see them AFTER there's been a problem. Is this how Police work is done? As a REACTION?"
Some other clown might go off about how Police can write traffic tickets for Cell phone use and Texting because MPI is footing the bill and there's a clear revenue stream, but Operation Clean Sweep and the like can't keep happening in the West End because they don't have the funds.
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I don't live on Simcoe, but I will in a few months. I'm investing heavily in the area in a number of ways.
No one cares.
It seems the community needs a shit disturber again. We had one. He passed away a few years ago.
He was the sort of guy who would have embarrassed Sam into something PROACTIVE.
The girls ply their trade openly, taking their Johns between whatever buildings they can find that might offer enough of a break from a clear sight line, dropping their used condoms all over the yards and the lane.
Do you suppose the Police could follow an obvious trail of condoms to figure out where the tricks get serviced?
It would seem to some, that the answer is either, "No", or that they just don't care.
Reporters and Police seems to be more similar than I realized. Neither are around until something bad happens.
I can accept that from the reporters...
Hey Chief! So far, I'm pretty unimpressed with your methods. If I were Mayor, you'd be told to polish up your resume.
Anyone who can spend money on snowmobiles to fight a problem that doesn't exist, while allowing an entire community the be absorbed by gangs isn't worthy of a leadership role.
There is NO ownership of the problems, or fighting them.
Andy (I believe) lives in a different riding... not far, but far enough. The Mayor doesn't call his West End buddy for advice anymore, so he has forgotten about the area. I'll be there isn't an officer on the force who lives in the neighbourhood (and I'll also bet there are a few with rental units around here).City staff make enough to live in the outlying areas of Winnipeg, leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves.

We do have the presence of a small department with some authority on the street. Since there is a 2 hour parking limit, the Winnipeg Parking authority patrol the block quite diligently. Ahh the revenue stream...

Don't get me wrong. I like the West End. I like living here, I like the neighbours, I like the proximity to everything. I don't want to move, but until the AUTHORITIES get things under control. we'll continue to live cautiously, ensure we know who is walking behind us, we'll keep erecting fences that are higher than the zoning by-laws allow. We'll take everything out of our cars every time we exit them, padlock our BBQ's, chain up our ladders, install steel framed doors in our garages.

All this while Police write tickets for dirty license plates.