My husband died.....
I have not been around much lately. My husband of three years died suddenly on February 4,2010. He wasn't sick or killed in an accident....
I have not been around much lately. My husband of three years died suddenly on February 4,2010. He wasn't sick or killed in an accident.
My husband had Epilepsy and died of a seizure he suffered in the home. Our son and I found him lifeless in our bed. He suffocated on a pillow. The safest and sofest place for a person with Epilepsy can also be the deadliest. I did not know this....I want to share my story.
Edward and I were married on November 25,2006 in Hamilton, Ontario. It was beautiful fall day and the happiest day of our lives. We were unable to have children of our own and we wanted a family so we chose to adopt through our local CAS.
We were in the process of adopting our first child Nicholas. He was placed with us not even three months prior to my husband's death.
We are stunned to say the least. Edward was my world.
In a matter of three months, I have become a mom, a widow and a single mom.
Life will never be the same again.
Life is too short and it is over in an instant. Even if you're not done living it.
We're struggling most days just trying to figure out how to live life as a family of two. The adoption is not finalized; however, after several delays after my husband's death, it appears our son will become ours forever in October 2010.
Life without my beloved husband is no life at all.
I miss him....
He was my very best friend.
I moved to this strange city to be with my husband and now I live here, not having any family or friends within an hours drive. I am isolated and lost.
I have considered joining my husband on several occassions; however, our son has kept me alive.
I have learned that I need to pursue my dreams. I will not be returning to work when my parental leave is over in July. I will be staying home and I will pursue my dream of becoming a foster mom.
Life is too short to be in a job you hate. Find something you are passionate about and just DO IT. Live your life and don't let anyone live it for you.
I have cried publicly and wept openly. I am not afraid to show my emotions to anyone. I love my husband and I will tell the world about him. He is a great man. My hero. He was the strongest person I had ever met. In the face of adversity with his disease, he managed to be an active member of the community and hold down a full time job with the Government. He never ever let anyone slow him down even when he had a bad day with his Epilepsy. He pushed naysayers aside and conquered his fears. He taught me so much. I wish every one knew my husband because he was a force to be reckon with. A beautiful soul with so much love to give. We really miss him.
I am thankful we had a rule in our marriage......WE always said "I love you" before leaving the car, ending a phone conversation or parting ways for the day. I am thankful that the last night I spoke to my husband, I said "I love you" and I meant it.
I did not speak to my husband the morning he died....He died alone in our bed..He left without saying good bye.
My beautiful soul is free and in heaven waiting for me to join him someday. I take solace in knowing he'll never have another seizure and he is free of the pain they caused him.
Live every minute to the fullest, don't worry about tomorrow. I only live one day at a time, because the future we were planning no longer exists.
50 % OFF-Great Wolf Lodge July 2009
I was just glancing over the Fairmont offer and thought to myself.. Self....you have a wonderful code for the Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls...
I was just glancing over the Fairmont offer and thought to myself..
Self....you have a wonderful code for the Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls for the month of July. Why not share it??
The GWL in Niagara Falls is usually a pretty expensive place at any time of the year, but with the down turn in the economy they have issued this code to encourage families to travel to NF. It works. I've used it to book rooms.
TRADITIONS is the code and can only be used for new reservations for stays during July 2009.
I hope this helps anyone thinking of trying out the facility. It truly is one of a kind.
Re: friend had a miscarriage and needs to move on.
Grief has no time line. Everyone deals with loss differently. It sounds to me your friend might need some professional help dealing with her loss....
Grief has no time line. Everyone deals with loss differently.
It sounds to me your friend might need some professional help dealing with her loss. It sounds like a clear and cut case of depression. The sooner your friend gets counselling the quicker she will heal.
Re: Outback Steakhouse closes all Ontario locations
Not good, DH and I had reservations at the one in London for his birthday this weekend. It must have taken the employees by shock..I...
Not good, DH and I had reservations at the one in London for his birthday this weekend. It must have taken the employees by shock..I just made the reservation last week and no one indicated they wouldn't be there by the end of the month.
I feel sorry for the job losses, but it looks like the Keg gets our business on Saturday!
Re: 12 hour license suspension-Ontario
The police department will have the Insurance company on file. When you renew your license/plates either at a MTO office or a Kiosk, they always...
The police department will have the Insurance company on file. When you renew your license/plates either at a MTO office or a Kiosk, they always ask you for your Insurance policy number. It is a simple as running the VIN of the vehicle or the DL number to find out who the insurance company is. It is done in the matter of seconds. Just because it doesn't appear on the police report, does not mean it will not eventually end up in the hands of the insurance company.
For example, I was caught speeding several years ago. I received a ticket for doing 20 kms over the limit. No where on my ticket did it list my insurance companies name/policy number etc; however, when I received my renewal for my DL and insurance there was my speeding ticket staring back at me. A traffic violation of any sort will always appear on the Driver's abstract as well. There is no way around it. The only infraction that will not appear is a parking ticket. An alcohol infraction is a lot different than a speeding infraction. A speeding infraction normally will be removed from an abstract after 3 years; however, there is no removing an alcohol infraction. I believe it will always appear on the abstract.
If the insurance company is not notified of the alcohol offence it would be based on human error.
Legally, the police detachment at the time of the suspension must notify the Ministry of Transportation of the infraction. There is no way around this. The moment a suspension occurs in Ontario a number is generated by the MTO (I'm assuming it's Ontario) and a flag is put on the driver's file. This is how the Police are able to determine the number of offences and how long the suspension is supposed to be.
First offence in Ontario is still 12 hours for an 'alert'; however, this is also at the discretion of the police officer. He can legally cut up a DL at the time of the traffic stop.
There may be no fines now; however there will be hefty fines issued when the vehicle is released from impound after the 12 hours. The tow truck company that attended for the road size seizure of the vehicle, will collect for their services. Depending what part of the country your are in, the going rate in Ontario is just shy of $300 for a 12 hour period. There will be more fines levied. Whom ever got caught will begin receivng notifications in the mail from the MTO. All fines levied will need to be paid before the next renewal date on the plate/license.
You might be thinking how do I know this. Well.....
I work in a MTO Impound Yard. It's my job to know all about suspensions as it is a daily occurence.
If you have any more questions, please ask away.
But, drinking and driving whether blowing the legal limit or not have serious consequences.
Re: 12 hour license suspension-Ontario
Yes and yes..... Any time you have your license suspended due to an alcohol offense for any length of time the insurance company is made...
Yes and yes.....
Any time you have your license suspended due to an alcohol offense for any length of time the insurance company is made aware of it by the police department issuing the suspension.
They fax the police report directly to the insurance company listed on the report.
Re: Admit it! Who hates sleeping with their mate?
Pick me!! I hate sleeping with DH.... He hogs the bed... Knees and kicks me several times a night..... Talks in his sleep... Laughs in...
I hate sleeping with DH....
He hogs the bed...
Knees and kicks me several times a night.....
Talks in his sleep...
Laughs in his sleep...
Then he wonders why I'm so tired in the morning.....I'm glad he had a good night's sleep....
Re: Custom Cookies? where to get them in the GTA???
A Couple of Squares. They are located in London, Ontario, but will ship if the order is large enough. You can find them on the...
A Couple of Squares.
They are located in London, Ontario, but will ship if the order is large enough.
You can find them on the internet.
Re: Costco membership
There is no comparison to grocery store quality meats and the meat selection at Costco. Costco wins hands down. My DH won't eat any meat...
There is no comparison to grocery store quality meats and the meat selection at Costco. Costco wins hands down. My DH won't eat any meat purchased at the Grocery store any longer.
I love Costco, the membership is worth it.
I did almost 75% of our Christmas shopping there last year and saved a bundle.
I agree, avoid Costco like the plague on the weekends, best time to go is mid-week during the day (if you can).
Re: Gave er the boot!
Good for you Shelley! You have to do what you believe in! You have a younger DD you need to protect. I think you made...
Good for you Shelley! You have to do what you believe in!
You have a younger DD you need to protect.
I think you made the right decision. You've exhausted every resource available to you, there isn't much more you can do.
Re: Do you have a tattoo? Show it off!
[image] [/image] Here is my latest tattoo..hurt like a son of a b#tch... My foot swelled up so bad I couldn't wear a shoe for...
Here is my latest tattoo..hurt like a son of a b#tch...
My foot swelled up so bad I couldn't wear a shoe for two days. I have four in total. I have a dolphin on my left ankle, a sun/moon yin-yang on my right ankle and Thumper on my chest.
Re: So Sad
I think I know which Tigger mug you are referring too, I purchased a similar Mickey Mouse mug about 4 years ago from the Disney...
I think I know which Tigger mug you are referring too, I purchased a similar Mickey Mouse mug about 4 years ago from the Disney store. I feel your pain with regards to breaking a prized Disney mug. I have 37 (yes 37!) Disney mugs. I don't have this one in my collection or I would have gladly given it to you.
Re: Most unusual gift competition...
This year MIL gave me luggage.....I know she doesn't like me, but really.... It is lovely, five piece set...enough for me to pack all of...
This year MIL gave me luggage.....I know she doesn't like me, but really....
It is lovely, five piece set...enough for me to pack all of my clothing and what nots in one swoop....
Thanks MIL.....I'm not leaving DH....would you like to borrow it??
Be nice clear your ice!!
This is just a friendly reminder to keep your pathways and sidewalks clear of snow and ice. My sister is a postie and was severely...
This is just a friendly reminder to keep your pathways and sidewalks clear of snow and ice.
My sister is a postie and was severely injured yesterday afternoon trying to deliver a parcel to a home in Burlington.
The owners of the home did not shovel their sidewalk, driveway or front steps. She was delivering was she believes to have been a Christmas parcel when she slipped and fell and hurt herself. The package should have never been sent via Canada Post as it weighed she believed in excess of 25 lbs.
She is now in McMaster Hospital in Hamilton awaiting an emergency MRI. A little bump on the head and some back trauma has caused our family great grief this holiday season. It could have all been avoided if the three days of snowfall had been taken care of by the homeowners. (And yes, they were home when the accident happened) They had the audacity to call Canada Post and complain that their parcel was broken when it arrived.
Just because you are not leaving your home, it doesn't mean others won't be approaching your property to deliver the mail, get hydro readings etc!
Re: Tell us about the bad gift receiver
Goodness this is hard.....I have to admit, I used to be a very bad gift receiver. Alas, it has taken me years to out grow...
Goodness this is hard.....I have to admit, I used to be a very bad gift receiver.
Alas, it has taken me years to out grow it.
Basically, it stems from me not be able to control my environment. I had to been in control at all times.
My expectations were far too high. No one could reach them. No one! I had demands and when there were not met, I flipped out. Literally FLIPPED OUT. I don't know how my parents handled me as a child. I was impossible at the best of times. I could through a pretty good tantrum, if I didn't get the EXACT Barbie doll I wanted. These acts of greed were Oscar worthy performances.
I think my expectations were set so high, because I had rich friends. VERY RICH FRIENDS. That got everything they could ever hoped for. My parents were working middle class. They had a rule. Three gifts each and our stockings. That's all we got. It was hard listening to the mountains of presents our friends got, when all my sister and I got was three things. As a child it took me a while to understand why my parents chose this route. It makes me the person I am today. DH and I plan to follow my parents example and only purchase three gifts each for our LOs when the time comes. Christmas is about family and friends and no dollar amount should ever come into play.
I have since outgrown my bad gift receiving escapades; and I'm embarassed to admit it wasn't until my 20's did this leave me completely. I'm working hard on retraining DH. He's of the mindset you need to spend money to buy love. I appreciate everything he gives me, but it's his time each day that means the most.
I am thankful in our immediate family everyone NOW is such a good gift receiver.
Even if they don't like it, I've heard some grumblings from time to time, usually it's over colour selection, but not necessarily the choice of gift. It's usually pretty easily rectified. We just keep the receipts for everything we purchase.
Re: Attn: SGF Chloe O'Brien
Those are the best damn Chicken Bones I ever did have! What a sweet surprise. They start out all cinammony (I know it's not a...
Those are the best damn Chicken Bones I ever did have! What a sweet surprise. They start out all cinammony (I know it's not a word) and when the candy melts away you get chocolate in the middle!
Those are fabulous. DH liked them too!
The funny thing about chicken bones, I wasn't prepared on how pink they would turn my teeth after sucking on a few. I'm glad I noticed before I left the house last week. I had to run upstairs and brush my teeth. LOL
Merry Christmas to you Chloe! So...when's the grand reveal??
Congratulations!! What a wonderful surprise! ...
Congratulations!! What a wonderful surprise!
Re: I need your love/support :(
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ...
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Re: Christmas/December Holidays - love it, or hate it?
I answered I like it. It's great to spend time with our family and friends, but sometimes we are just pulled in so many directions...
I answered I like it. It's great to spend time with our family and friends, but sometimes we are just pulled in so many directions due to DH's parents divorce and subsequent remarriages, (FIL has been married three times), that it gets too hectic for us.
We have the next week already planned out for us, and it includes little or no time for the two of us.
At least I'm off the hook this year and BIL and his GF are hosting Xmas Dinner. I don't have to cook at all! Yippee!
Re: Grand Bend, Wasaga Beach, Sauble Beach.... ?
Si Senora....I live 1 hour away from Grand Bend. I've been to all the places you mention. If you like camping the Pinery is a...
Si Senora....I live 1 hour away from Grand Bend. I've been to all the places you mention. If you like camping the Pinery is a stunning provincial park.
Grand Bend is really touristy and prices are steep in the summer months. I would start looking now for a cottage to rent. Try Googling local resorts in the area, you might be able to get a good off-season rate if you book now. The Oakwood Resort in Grand Bend is supposed to be very nice. I've never been, but I've heard rave reviews. Also,try a few of the little Inns along Lake Huron. The Bayfield Inn is beautiful.
We stayed in Collingwood when we were up in that area this past summer. We stayed at the Cranberry Resort. Nice place, but most of the property is under a time share and they have a few places to rent that are not associated with the Time Share. I would google Collingwood, they have a mecca of cottages to rent. If you are up in the Wasaga and Sauble beach areas, do some day hiking up at the ski hill in Collingwood and check out the caves as well. Bring running shoes with you. You cannot enter these areas with flip flops.
Niagara on the Lake....do a wine tour or two..okay maybe three...Beautiful little community nestled on Lake Ontario.
If you are in the GTA, take in a Baseball game or football game. They're always fun to do. Hamilton and area has a lot to offer as they are the Waterfall Capital of Canada. Go see Websters Falls and Albion Falls. They are beautiful. Lots of hiking to do in the Niagara Peninsula area. If you want to take in a play head into Stratford. Beautiful town with lots of history.
So many things that you can do down here, all with in a few hours driving of Sarnia.
Re: Wwoman's LATE tree entries
Love the Canoe Tree. Funniest freaking thing I've seen all year! I have tears running down my face I'm laughing so hard. Spit out my...
Love the Canoe Tree. Funniest freaking thing I've seen all year!
I have tears running down my face I'm laughing so hard. Spit out my coffee all over my computer screen too.
Re: SO unprofessional...!!
It doesn't matter where you go nowadays you will most likely get crappy service and it's not always teenagers. I've gotten miserable service from people...
It doesn't matter where you go nowadays you will most likely get crappy service and it's not always teenagers. I've gotten miserable service from people of all ages. I've had fabulous service from people of all ages. It's really just hit and miss.
I made such a uproar about lousy service we received at a fine dining establishment in London this past Valentines day, that I got the waiter and the manager fired. To make a long story short, after a day of classes, DH and I head over to a new posh restaurant that's just opened up. It's been open for about 4-6 months tops. We are seated by the rudest hostess I've ever met. We assumed she was a university student in her early 20's. She marches us over to our table, slams the menus down and announces our server should be over to see us in a few minutes. Okay, great....hopefully this doesn't start out to be one of THOSE evening..
Server shows up a few minutes later, and proceeds to schmooze us (heavy on the schmooze, I hate that) takes our drink and appi orders and leaves. He comes back about 15 minutes later and puts them on the table and takes our orders. So far so good. He brings out our dinners 30 minutes later and plops them down on the table. Asks if there is anything else we need and promptly leaves.
Not even thirty seconds later, I notice there is hair in my veggies. Not a little bit, but a lot....I'm completely grossed out. DH gets waiters attention, he comes back and apologizes and takes my plate away. He said not to worry that my dinner wouldn't appear on our bill. He brings back my dinner, which is cold and puts it down. I am hungry and don't care that my dinner is cold. I start eating it again, and notice that my chicken is raw. Not even cooked completely through out. I grab the waiters attention again, and he's completely red in the face at this point. Embarassed that the kitchen has screwed up, apologizes and goes to seek out help. At this point, the manager comes over and starts lying to me. First she says that all of her chefs and kitchen staff wear hair nets..(we're sitting in front of the kitchen and it's open concept so we can see right in) and no one is wearing a hair net. I ask her which one is wearing the hair net, is it the invisible one? She blushes and says no,it's the prep guys that wear the hair nets. Okay, but you just told me everyone in the kitchen wears a hair net, and clearly no one is that is working tonight has one on. She tries to change the subject and asks what the problem with my chicken is....I cut into it, and pull it away from the bone and it's bleeding. I said, well to put it mildly, my chicken is not cooked. Oh yes it she says, it does that when it's cooked it turns pink and looks that way. I said really?? Cooked chicken turns pink and not white and bleeds? I wasn't born in a barn and I've cooked many a meal using chicken, I've never seen chicken regress to a raw state.
Manager replies "oh yessss, it does that, especially if it's been sitting in a rotisserie for hours". Is the rotisserie on....cuz my chicken sure isn't cooked?
Oh yes.....it's on all day. Then why is my chicken cold?
Ignoring my question, she asks if she can get anything else for me from the menu on the house. I tell her no, I've really lost my appetite. I will just wait for DH to finish his dinner and we'll be on our way. DH's dinner was perfect. Looked yummy, wished I had ordered it.
The manager leaves, the waiter comes back and checks up on us and asks if DH's meal is okay. He says, "Yup, it's great, but I'm done, we'd like to leave now". Waiter says 'oh you cannot leave, you've had a bad night, let me buy you dessert'. Okay, I'm thinking that very nice of him, I am hungry I could eat it. After all it's dessert. We order the cheesecake and settle down to eat it.
Then we get the bill. We are charged for the dessert, charged for my dinner and the waiter only discounted the garlic bread and our salads. I lost it. I demanded to speak to the manager, I questioned why we were billed for my dinner that wasn't eaten, billed for the dessert that we were told was on the house and why was the garlic bread and salads discounted. There was nothing wrong with the garlic bread or salads!'
Her response was and I quote "I've already discounted you for your meal, I' ve taken $24 off your bill including taxes, I'm not taking anything else off". Then she storms away. The restaurant is packed because it's Valentines Day, I say nothing else to anyone. I pay the bill less the tip and call the owner in the morning. And I have to relive the nightmare from the night before during several phone conversations and then they wanted it in writing. End result, our dinner was comped for the entire debacle and the manager and waiter were fired. I still couldn't figure out why the waiter was fired. The only thing I could think of was he also mislead us and charged us for the dessert when he clearly stated that he would pay for it.
Nonetheless, we've never returned to that restaurant and we've told just about everyone we know to avoid it.
The manager and waiter were not kids. They were adults and we disgusted by their behaviour. Manager mid-20's, waiter 30 if not older.
Re: Need a Song that's Great to Dance to...
That's really hard in today's age.. What about Footloose? It's a great song to dance too and it is pretty tame. You have to go...
That's really hard in today's age..
What about Footloose? It's a great song to dance too and it is pretty tame.
You have to go back a few years, but it's a fun song!!
Re: UPS is a one-ring circus! -- vent
Don't get me started on UPS....they're BROWN for a reason...they are the sh!ttiest courier company out there. I've never had good service with them and...
Don't get me started on UPS....they're BROWN for a reason...they are the sh!ttiest courier company out there. I've never had good service with them and I avoid them like the plague. When I deal with a company that uses them, I make my own delivery arrangements.
You're mom should be able to get her money back. Especially if she paid a premium to have her package delivered to arrive before Christmas. I would call their customer service 1-800 and issue a complaint.
Re: GTA/Hamilton/Niagara girls... SNOW?!
I just checked a US web site AccuWeather and they are a little more accurate then some of the Canadian sites. They are predicted 8-12...
I just checked a US web site AccuWeather and they are a little more accurate then some of the Canadian sites. They are predicted 8-12 inches of snow tomorrow in the Hamilton area. It's supposed to move in from the west which means London/Windsor girls will see it first.
By the time it's all said and done on Sunday night, the Golden Horseshoe should see 50 cm.
In London they are calling it Snow-armagedeon, which in MHO is a little over the top. I remember two years ago around this time getting three feet in less than 24 hours and I ended up being trapped at work for over 25 hours. It was not fun. No one called in the Army here...we could've used them...
Cars were abandoned in the middle of the streets, buses were not able to do their routes, ambulances couldn't get down the streets...it was a mess.
Re: I GOT MY PERMANENT RESIDENCE!!
Can I start calling you a hoser now? That's what I was thinking too... ...
Re: I GOT MY PERMANENT RESIDENCE!!
Congratulations! That must be a huge relief and such a burden off your shoulders! What a fabulous Christmas gift! ...
Congratulations! That must be a huge relief and such a burden off your shoulders! What a fabulous Christmas gift!
Re: Attn: SGF Chloe O'Brien
[Oh btw, did you figure out what those seperately wrapped candies were? No, I didn't..they look like mints my Grandma used to give me. I...
[Oh btw, did you figure out what those seperately wrapped candies were?
No, I didn't..they look like mints my Grandma used to give me. I didn't open them last night...too busy inhaling a Toblerone....and drooling over the Mint Lindt(which is tonight's treat).
What are they?
Attn: SGF Chloe O'Brien
Merry Christmas Chloe! Thank you very much for my gift basket filled with the most devine of Christmas goodies! The Toblerone bar is GONE! It...
Merry Christmas Chloe!
Thank you very much for my gift basket filled with the most devine of Christmas goodies!
The Toblerone bar is GONE! It was demolished by DH and myself seconds after I opened the package....DH was so happy I shared. LOL
You've been a wonderful SGF and I'm just waiting for your reveal.
You let a little slip with your real address on the package.
I have a few ideas of who you might be, but no concrete evidence yet.
Looking forward to your reveal!
Merry Christmas again!
Re: Who's on your 'freebie' list?
My list includes, in no particular order. It just depends who knocks on my door first or answers my fanstalking emails. LOL 1. Wendel Clark...
My list includes, in no particular order. It just depends who knocks on my door first or answers my fanstalking emails. LOL
1. Wendel Clark (Ohhh, I love his mustache)
2. Mike Holmes (Build me something baby!)
3. Mel Gibson (after the mullett but before the crazy antisemitic statements)
4. Wendel Clark (DH is a good,good man he'd let me go around twice)
5. John Enos III (ex-Bobby Marcino the Y &R)....HELLO HANDSOME!
Re: Naming your kid HITLER can put a damper on b-days
OMG... That poor child! I hope the child has enough sense to change his name when gets older! There is no way my child would...
That poor child! I hope the child has enough sense to change his name when gets older!
There is no way my child would be attending a Bday party with those parents as the host.
Re: Spin off Pot of Gold
I try to use the Chocolate Legend as much as possible, but when it's missing...and it goes missing a lot at our house. I bite...
I try to use the Chocolate Legend as much as possible, but when it's missing...and it goes missing a lot at our house. I bite into the chocolates and if I don't like them I just offer them to DH.
He looks at me like I've got ten heads and he refuses them.and when he's not looking I just put them back in the box.
Re: An Open letter to a box of Pot of Gold
Quote: Does this mean that it's safe to grab a pot of gold chocolate and not have to worry about biting into a disgusting...
Does this mean that it's safe to grab a pot of gold chocolate and not have to worry about biting into a disgusting chocolate covered cherry? Seriously, those things should be banished! BLECH!
I hear ya Sista! Maybe we should feed the chocolate covered cherries to all the squirrels that keep infecting WB! The squirrels need the sugar to speed up and keep WB running smoothly.
Re: An Open letter to a box of Pot of Gold
P.S....Loved your letter! It's very descriptive and completely desribes your true emotions! I concur, I am appalled with the new Pot of Gold too...however, don't...
P.S....Loved your letter! It's very descriptive and completely desribes your true emotions!
I concur, I am appalled with the new Pot of Gold too...however, don't fret..Walmart has a very large selection of every possible combination your heart desires!
Re: DH's christmas party -no spouses allowed!??!?!
DH's company used to have three Christmas parties. 1 for the kids and two separate ones for the adults. The first adult party the employees...
DH's company used to have three Christmas parties. 1 for the kids and two separate ones for the adults. The first adult party the employees were allowed to bring their spouses/SOs and the second party was strictly for employees.
However, you had to pay to attend the first party where the spouses were allowed to attend. It was $50 per person, you got a bit of that back through drink tickets etc.
This year the only party that was held was the kids party. The other parties were cancelled due to a lack of funding.
Re: What to do if you are rear-ended??
I work in the industry. It's not your fault at all. Call your insurance company and make the claim. I work in Ontario; however, it...
I work in the industry. It's not your fault at all.
Call your insurance company and make the claim.
I work in Ontario; however, it should not be that much different in Manitoba.
I believe by your comments the woman driving, has more than 1 claim against her insurance policy; hence her reasoning for not giving your her policy number and more information.
In Ontario after an accident you have 24 hours to present yourself at the local police reporting centre. If you do not it's very hard to make a claim with your insurance company. Have you made a police report?
Re: Where do you buy a Wreath Hanger?
We have a steel front door, we bought a magnetic one from CTC. We love it. It holds just about any weight of wreath. ...
We have a steel front door, we bought a magnetic one from CTC. We love it. It holds just about any weight of wreath.
Re: Weird crushes! Who's yours???
Quote: yum! He can come and fix my home whenever he wants!! I hear ya sista!! I tune everything else out when Holmes on...
yum! He can come and fix my home whenever he wants!!
I hear ya sista!! I tune everything else out when Holmes on Homes is on...I just sit down and drool...
He can come snake my drain any time!
Re: Whopper Virgins
I'm a born again Whopper Virgin. I have not had a Whopper in 20 years. They are all closing in London too, is Burger King...
I'm a born again Whopper Virgin. I have not had a Whopper in 20 years. They are all closing in London too, is Burger King shutting it's doors in Canada?
Does anyone know?
Re: Do you get a Christmas bonus? How much?
DH is a government employee, so no bonus for him. The division he works for does throw some pretty nice parties, but we don't attend...
DH is a government employee, so no bonus for him. The division he works for does throw some pretty nice parties, but we don't attend them. The Friday before Christmas the managers usually get together and buy the staff lunch from Swiss Chalet. DH doesn't care that he doesn't get a bonus per se, as he gets a health clothing/shoe allowance every year.
I average about $200 tax free. We get a $50 Loblaws gift card and $150 cash. I don't know if we'll get that same amount this year or at all, as our sales have declined quite a bit. I am just happy DH and I both have stable incomes and that we will still have our jobs in 2009. That's the best bonus of all.
Re: GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Need to vent
I hate the CRA. I've been dinged more than once. I dispute it every time. One time it actually came out in my favour. The...
I hate the CRA. I've been dinged more than once. I dispute it every time. One time it actually came out in my favour. The auditor assigned to the case missed an entry I had made and instead of owing $2000, I only owed a fraction of that amount. She was rather rude and condesending and accused me of not claiming all of my income either, but I had, just under 'gratuities',that's what I thought tips were (silly me). Both the CRA and their independent auditor missed the entry. I got vicious with the CRA and the independent auditor, and called both of the people on the file 'uneducated idiots' and that if I can find an entry that is clearly marked in ink, why can't they?
Needless to say, I was written a letter on behalf of the CRA and the auditor apologizing for the error and they had the nerve to thank me for my honesty.
I responded back in writing to both and slammed them again. Stating that if they had just acknowledged and done their jobs correctly the first time, I wouldn't have had 6 weeks of stress and their letter provided me with no comfort. I didn't hear from them again after that letter.
Until of course, I got nailed with having to pay back the GST for 2006. I called them and faxed the CRA like I was instructed to do, notifying them within weeks of my marriage. Apparently, that wasn't quick enough. I ended up having to pay back three GST payments, because their system is too slow. I disputed the repayment online. I mentioned that I had done exactly as I was told to do and I can prove it. I had a faxed letter dated December 12,2006 that I sent to the CRA as well as the date and the name of the person I spoke to notifying them of my marriage. After this point, of course you think you are safe. I noticed that I received three more GST payments. DH and I thought it was just what I was owed before we were married and I didn't worry about it. Until I got a notification of reassement in the mail, and I was ordered to pay it all back with interest.
I freaked out. Called the CRA and flipped out, re-sent them everything I had with regards to my previous attempts to notify them of our marriage, but it was not good enough. They took our tax refund and used it against the amount owing and then I still owed more.
I HATE THE CRA too! It was their mistake, but in the end it cost me!
Re: Poll: Abortion
Quote: The comments i'm seeing most "i've never been but..." But I truly hope that only people who HAVE been pregnant have answered the...
The comments i'm seeing most "i've never been but..." But I truly hope that only people who HAVE been pregnant have answered the poll.
Then you didn't ask the question correctly.
You clearly asked if anyone has had an abortion.
You didn't add a clause for only women who have experienced a pregnancy to answer. It may be common sense to you, but it wasn't to a lot of us.
Therefore, you will get those women who've never been pregnant to answer the question and your poll.
Try rephrasing your Poll and Question if you only want selective answers.
And yes, I answered your poll too!
Thanks for asking it. It was a thought provoking question.
Re: Spinny-What is considered "sloppy seconds"
I've heard both versions. I don't like either. It's just as bad when Dennis Rodman called his ex Carmen Electra a sperm receptacle. How he...
I've heard both versions. I don't like either. It's just as bad when Dennis Rodman called his ex Carmen Electra a sperm receptacle. How he got away with it while still playing in the NBA is beyond me!
Re: Poll: Abortion
No, I've never been pregnant nor will I ever be unless through some sort of medical intervention. When I was a teenager though, my thoughts...
No, I've never been pregnant nor will I ever be unless through some sort of medical intervention.
When I was a teenager though, my thoughts were completely different. At that time, I didn't know that I would never be able to conceive on my own. At that point in my life, I would have easily considered and probably have gone through an abortion. Because, that was the stage of life I was at.
When I entered by 20's and 30's my thoughts and feelings changed, and I would have cherished the opportunity to carry a child even if the pregnancy was unplanned during consenual intercouse. However, if the pregancy was a result of rape, I would really have to do some soul searching on whether or not I could keep the child.
With that being said, I'm all for pro-choice! I believe a woman should have the right to choose. I hope that is never taken away from us.
Re: Spin: Poll! Would you change your vote now?
I'd vote the same. NDP all the way! I loved our last candidate! ...
I'd vote the same. NDP all the way! I loved our last candidate!
Re: Canadian Autoworkers (Industry) Question
I don't know if someone answered this, but General Motors head office is located in Detroit and this office is the parent company for the...
I don't know if someone answered this, but General Motors head office is located in Detroit and this office is the parent company for the entire product line GM offers. It also includes but is not limited to the Pontiac makes/models of vehicles etc. Anything sold under the GM umbrella would be put into peril. If/When GM US folds all of the company folds including the plants/offices located outside of the United States.
A GM plant would face the same fate whether it was in the US, Canada or Mexico. As all locations have the same parent company running the show. For example, when you make a purchase on a vehicle made in Quebec and you have car payments every month, your car payment is directed towards GM Financial. It's not directed towards the plant in which the vehicle was produced. The funds are directed towards a finance company that GM owns or does business with. GM pays the dealership directly the lump sum of money once the dealer has sold the vehicle. The dealerships are paid almost immediately, it's only when you stop making payments on the vehicle does GM finance try to reposses the vehicle and resell it to recoup their losses. Another downfall for the big three was offering ridiculously low finance rates on their leases. That's why they no longer offer them. They were not making any money and when the vehicle was turned in to GM, they were never be able to resell the vehicle for it's true value. The big three made leasing so attractive, that the majority of the consumers stopped purchasing vehicles. They leased. GM never recovered what they had spent on the manufactuing of the vehicle.
There are many factors as to why the Big Three are in so much trouble.
Unions are the big one. The rumours are fairly true. They do intend on closing or rebranding their vehicles to dissolve the current unions. It's about to happen to 1 of the large truck manufacturers in St. Thomas, Ontario. The company spent millions of dollars refurbishing the plant, but as of next March they intend to close throwing 720 employees out of work. The plan is to reopen in six months, manufacturing a new line of truck under a new company name. A condition of employment is signing a contract stating that you will not try to organize and bring in a union into the facility. I heard the length of the new contract is only 5 months and you you will be required to sign a new one every 5 months to continue your employment.
My BIL works in the industry, the union has leaked this information to the workers as a threat to try to stop it.
BIL's all for it.
Sorry, this is long, but I just wanted to answer your questions. I am sure a lot of people are asking the same thing. It's not stupid to ask.
To answer your second question:
It's in GM's best interest to work collectively with the US/Canadian government to keep their company viable. As both countries have an interest in keeping their respective citizens of the company employeed.
I hope I helped shed some light.
Re: Price of Gas
I have a Dodge Caliber and $15 got me a 3/4 tank of gas this morning. I think I paid just under .76/litre in London....
I have a Dodge Caliber and $15 got me a 3/4 tank of gas this morning.
I think I paid just under .76/litre in London.
I'm sorry about the economic strain the country is experiencing; however, I could not afford the prices any more at the pump or the grocery store! I'm thankful we are getting this nice reprieve in our prices.
Re: SPIN - If you were the Governor General, WWYD?
If I was GG, I'd kick all of the leaders of the respective parties to the curb. I would go have tea with the Queen...
If I was GG, I'd kick all of the leaders of the respective parties to the curb. I would go have tea with the Queen of England and ask her to make me Prime Minister.
I don't know if the Queen still has the power to appoint leaders in her Commonwealth of countries, but I feel it's still worth a shot.
Then my first task as PM, I would abolish Free Trade which is clearly hurting our country and I would put the Canadian citizens of this great country back to work.
I would expedite or eliminate the red tape that inhibits the talented and trained immigrants that arrive to our country to begin practicing their trade. The doctors emigrating to this country wouldn't have to wait years to ascertain their licenses and wouldn't be driving cabs to make ends meet. They would be in our operating rooms and hospitals where they belong!
I would ensure all the CAS country wide would have enough funding to ensure no child would be lost in the system. They wouldn't slip through the cracks and end up a statistic later.
I would ensure the new construction of several federal prisons. If you do the crime, you are doing the time. No short sentences and you don't get off for good behaviour. No stayed sentences and the time you spent waiting in jail for your trial, would not be subtracted from your sentence.
Oh, and I would fix the health care system. No hospital should have to worry about whether or not they are going to run a deficit this fisical year. I wouldn't want a hospital administrator to ever be put in the position of eliminating jobs in a sector that is a basic human right.
I think I would base my term as Prime Minister on those above-mentioned systematic problems as soon as the Queen gave me the power to become super GG.
Re: Your thoughts on "Buy Domestic" Stickers
That's a tough one. We live in such a global economic society, that's really hard to purchase anything manufactured domestically. The automotive sector is suffering...
That's a tough one. We live in such a global economic society, that's really hard to purchase anything manufactured domestically.
The automotive sector is suffering due to the unions. IMHO.
I hate the unions. I feel that they have far too much power in this society. They take and take and take your money, but when push comes to shove....they are not able to save your job!
I think the Big Three would be in a better position of there were no unions.
I could go on forever about this subject, but I won't.
What the Big Three really need to reorganize, restructure and get the damn unions out of their plants.
Toyota has the right idea. Treat your employees with respect, pay them what they are worth and have them sign contracts that only guarantee employment for a x number of months. Therefore, you keep the union out and you keep the employee happy.
The bottom line is not affected and if you have a dead weight employee, you can let them go and you don't have to fight for months with the union trying to justify your decision to terminate their employment.
The North American financial structure economically is going to collapse unless the unions are dissolved.
That's why our jobs keep going to Mexico etc, no unions, lower wages and plenty of enthusiastic employees who are just thankful to have a job. No North American company can continue to pay $30/hr for someone who screws in nuts and bolts into a frame. The company loses their viability and very few North Americans really want to pay the true value of what the vehicle is worth. That's why these companies are in trouble. The demand for their $50,000 vehicles dropped when oil spiked. They have lots and lots of expensive cars and SUVs that are obsolete. No one will buy these gas guzzlers with the fear that oil will spike again.
JMHO. The unions need to go!
Re: Christmas Party Ugliness....
I don't attend X-mas parties because of the silliness and ugliness that usually ensues. I like to think of my co-workers as upstanding citizens. I...
I don't attend X-mas parties because of the silliness and ugliness that usually ensues. I like to think of my co-workers as upstanding citizens. I do have a story to share though. This was the LAST time I attended a party. It was 2001, and I was still working in Alberta. The company I used to work for put on a Gala for all of their employees to attend along with their dates. It's a very formal event and it's all inclusive to the employees, which in my mind is a mistake.
Anywho, one of the male supervisors in my department who was openly homosexual had far too much to drink. He had brought his boyfriend to the dinner. They were behaved for the majority of the event and sat at our table during dinner. After dinner had ended they hit the bar and hard. They disappeared shortly before the dance started and we just thought they had decided to call it an evening because they getting the 'look of lust' in their eyes. However, instead of going home, they were found in a washroom having sex. The flustered manager who walked in on them in the throws of passion was so disturbed and shocked he just broke up the tryst and sent them home. He didn't say anything to anyone. He wished he had.
Fifteen minutes later the same duo was found in a very public area continuing what they failed to 'finish'. The same manager that had caught them in the washroom stumbled across them again while he was checking on the kids party that was held in a separate room.
The couple was escorted immediately from the property by security and the supervisor was fired the following day.
The manager that found them never really recovered from what he saw and left the company a few months later. He was tired of being the butt of everyones jokes. He was transferred to another location far far away.
That same evening another supervisor was found in the same washroom the couple had been found in and urinated over the entire bathroom and was planning on excorcising the demons. He had also consumed far too much alcohol and was trying to free the bathroom from the "demons of homosexuality". He was causing so much noise during his 'exorcism' he was stopped before he really got started. However, the damage was done and he had peed over everything. He wasn't fired, but he had the pleasure of cleaning up the bathroom the following day and he had a lengthy suspension as well.
That was the last Xmas party I ever attended.