Auf Dass Wir Niemals Vergessen Mögen

This is most definitely an old story at this point, but it randomly just popped into my head and I realized I never posted it. Veterans Affairs bungles VE-Day video by showing Nazis
Unclear if any Canadian troops visible amid footage of German forces

It’s since been fixed and apologized for, but if anyone from the government has offered an explanation for how it was able to happen in the first place, I haven’t heard it.

Veterans Affairs Canada quickly deleted an online video it posted — on Wednesday, to celebrate the 74th anniversary of VE-Day — upon realizing it showed images of the German Wehrmacht, the unified Nazi forces in the Second World War.
On Twitter, the message said: “74 years ago, crowds celebrated Victory in Europe (V-E) Day across the Allied nations. Today, we remember the service and sacrifice of those who fought for peace and freedom during the Second World War.” The war in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. 
Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay appears on screen to present the short video explaining that “more than a million Canadian men and women served in this bitter conflict.”
The sound of MacAulay’s voice describing the war effort is then played over images of the German troops ending on the line: “Lest we forget.”

Walter Dorn, a professor of defence studies at the Canadian Forces College and at the Royal Military College told CBC News it’s unclear if there are any Canadian troops in the footage. 
“Some of the images show German uniforms,” Dorn said. “What’s most notable is the eagle just above a Nazi symbol worn just above the right brevet.”

You can see the video for yourself in the linked article if you’d like. I would have embedded it here, but either CBC or my screen reader of choice has screwed up the usual process for that.

I can’t decide if this is more or less ridiculous than that time Stephen Harper sent a congratulatory note to the wrong group of Indians, but at least back then he hadn’t yet become the government.

When Christopher Columbus confused North American natives with East Indians more than 500 years ago, it was a geographical blunder that tripped him up.When Stephen Harper made the same mistake, computer data bases and other high-tech communications equipment were to blame.
The Conservative Party leadership candidate got into trouble when his office sent greetings to a Canadian aboriginal organization on the occasion of Republic Day, which commemorates India’s independence from Britain.
“As you partake in cultural festivities and events, which honour your ancestors and celebrate your heritage, I am pleased to pay tribute to the members of the Indian community in Canada,” the Jan. 26 letter signed by Mr. Harper said.
A red-faced Mr. Harper issued an apology yesterday.

All Elite Wrestling Looks To Have A Canadian TV Home

They didn’t exactly leave a lot of room for promotion considering that the thing debuts tomorrow night, but All Elite Wrestling’s Dynamite TV show will be available in Canada.

Details are extremely sparse (there hasn’t been an official announcement yet), but several reputable wrestling sites have reported that AEW and TSN have made a deal to air it live every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Like I said before, TSN is the most logical choice, and hopefully with a lot more time and space to fill than they had during the WWE and WCW days there won’t be the constant preemptions and weird time slot changes that we dealt with back then. The only frustration might come from knowing which of the five TSNs is airing it on a given week, or from people who don’t get all five TSNs not having consistent access to it. I’m not sure how big an issue that last bit is since any package we’ve subscribed to has always had them by default, but I expect there to be at least a little trouble there.

I’ll update this if/when a press release comes out and contains anything approaching useful info.

And here is that useful info. It seems like TSN2 is going to be where it will land most weeks, but in the first month it’s already being moved once.

TSN announced today a partnership with the new professional wrestling promotion ALL ELITE WRESTLING (AEW) to deliver live coverage of the weekly live wrestling show, AEW DYNAMITE, kicking off Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the famed Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
TSN and TSN Direct subscribers can watch the all-new AEW DYNAMITE every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on TSN’s digital streaming platforms, including TSN.ca and the TSN app, and on the network’s five national television feeds (subject to final scheduling confirmation). TSN’s AEW DYNAMITE schedule for the month of October is as follows:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 2: 8 p.m. ET on TSN.ca, the TSN app, and TSN2
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9: 8 p.m. ET on TSN.ca, the TSN app, and TSN2
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16: 8 p.m. ET on TSN.ca, the TSN app, and TSN2
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23: 8 p.m. ET on TSN.ca, the TSN app, and TSN2
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30: 8 p.m. ET on TSN.ca, the TSN app, and TSN3

TSN’s coverage of AEW DYNAMITE is also available for on-demand viewing to TSN and TSN Direct subscribers via TSN.ca/Live and the TSN app.

We Said The Food Would Be Fast. We Never Said It Would Be Warm

Police: Men complaining about cold food threaten Palm Coast McDonald’s employee with gun

According to a report, Jawan Davis and Jordon Dunn pulled out a gun at the window of a Palm Coast McDonald’s drive-thru after complaining their food was cold.

Authorities said the men told the employee at the window to remake their food. Officials said the men stated they “do not play” when it comes to food while waving the gun.
Officials said the employee told the men he would remake the food and went to the back of the restaurant to call 911.
Deputies said when they arrived, both men were still at the drive-thru window.

Both were arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. NO mention was made of charges relating to the stolen gun that was found in their possession during a search.

When asked about what happened here, Davis claimed that the whole gun waving thing was a joke, but that they were legitimately upset about the cold food.

Well good. At least they’re able to channel their anger in positive ways and use humour to defuse unpleasant situations.

Way To Go, Premier Labels And Tags

I suppose that something like this could probably happen to anybody, but I’m going to take a moment to delight in it because it’s happening to people who spend most of their time doing their best impression of a rudderless ship, drifting from thing to thing, just kind of doing stuff without any sort of forethought. Plus the irony of this happening to Doug Ford, who owns a company that does this very thing, is pretty rich. Anti-carbon-tax stickers falling off gas pumps, Ford vows to fix the problem

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the government’s provincewide campaign to criticize the federal carbon tax just isn’t sticking.
That’s because the stickers decrying the tax, which gas stations are required by law to post on their pumps, were produced using the wrong adhesive and are falling off.
Ford joked about the issue at the International Plowing Match in Verner, Ont., on Tuesday, quipping that the stickers may have worked if they’d been produced by the label company owned by the Ford family.

But the premier acknowledged that the stickers were somehow botched and vowed to fix the problem.
He says the specifications were all accurate for the stickers, which became mandatory in Ontario gas stations at the end of August.

He offered few details, but said he would be discussing the matter with Energy Minister Greg Rickford.
“It’s like the shoemaker’s daughter not getting shoes,” Ford said of the mixup. “They have to pull me off the ceiling when I hear they are coming off.”

No way they really have to pull him off the ceiling. I’m sure he eventually starts coming down on his own.

When Did It Become Such A Chore Not To Call 911 With Your Arse?

OPP detachment gets almost 2,000 accidental 911 calls, urges people to stop butt-dialling
Officers had to respond to 1,965 accidental calls due to carelessness with phones, police say

Clearly this is a thing that happens because just look at those numbers, but I can’t figure out how. I got my first cell phone in the year 2000, and the number of times I’ve managed to call anybody let alone 911 by accident that way in the 19 years since is 0. And in that same time I think I’ve been on the receiving end of maybe two of those calls, so I’m not sure what’s going on here. Are my friends, family and I that much smarter than the average person (no) or have people just gotten more careless?

And what’s the deal with the bit about office phones? Admittedly I haven’t had to use one in a while, but since when did the 9 you dial to get an outside line have an impact on the number you’re trying to call? Or are they saying that people are dialing 9 when they don’t have to? And if that is what they’re saying, why has this not historically been an issue? What is it that’s making something as simple as a telephone suddenly so difficult?

all 1,965 calls required an officer to be dispatched, only to end up educating the phone user.
Wellington County OPP has had a total of 7,417 high-priority calls so far this year, meaning about 26 per cent of those were accidental.
OPP said each accidental call, where a dispatcher can’t determine what’s wrong or speak to someone, requires a cruiser and two officers to resolve it.
Accidental calls are a result of people playing their phone in a cup holder or their pocket, or dialling international numbers from office phones (hitting 9 and then 1).

It Was The Engagement Of My Dreams

I hope that one day Carin will write about the sleep talking she’s been doing. Some of it has become rather elaborate and strange. For now it’s all talk, but at the rate she’s going, who knows. Maybe she could be Jenna Evans one day. Note to Carin: Please don’t be Jenna Evans one day.

In her dream, Evans thought she and her fiancé, Bob Howell, were in a “sketchy situation” involving “bad guys” on a high-speed train.
“He told me I had to swallow my ring to protect it,” she recalled from her dream. “So I popped that sucker off, put it in my mouth and swallowed it with a glass of water. I assumed this, too, was a dream, because WHO ACTUALLY SWALLOWS THEIR ENGAGEMENT RING.”

Evans told KGTV in San Diego, Calif., that she knew immediately what had happened when she woke up.
“I had to wake Bobby up and say: ‘I did something really stupid last night,’” she told the station.

A trip to the hospital and a scope later, the ring was returned and all seems to be right with the world.

May want to think about taking it off at night, though.

So, in case you missed it, I swallowed my engagement ring in my sleep on Tuesday night. I actually remember doing it,…

Posted by Jenna Evans on Thursday, September 12, 2019

If Anybody’s Going To Put A Stick To Someone Here It’s Going To Be Us, Said The Cops

I realize the answer is that I really don’t want to know, but I do sometimes wish I knew what went through people’s minds when these sorts of decisions are made.

After being stopped by police for riding bikes with no lights, almost getting themselves hit while crossing a street and subsequently refusing to take part in or doing not so well on sobriety tests, Aaron Thomas and Megan Mondanaro found themselves handcuffed in a police car, waiting to be taken to jail. But idle hands are the devil’s tools or at least so the saying goes, so Thomas and Mondanaro decided this would be a fine time to employ some tools of a different kind.

While Hunter was outside his squad car waiting for a vehicle to transport Mondanaro and Thomas to jail, “Megan and Aaron took their clothes off and started to have sex,” according to arrest reports.
Upon spotting the pair trysting, Hunter “opened up the door to stop them.” By then, “Aaron was naked and Megan had her pants down where her vaginal area was visible. I also observed her bra was half way off and her breasts were fully visible,” Hunter noted.

Mondanaro was charged with DUI, resisting officers (based on the fight she had with the cops after their very rude interruption), exposure of sexual organs, and engaging in lascivious acts. She was jailed on $12,508 bond, which seems like a completely random number.

Thomas was charged with basically everything Mondanaro got, plus escaping (he knocked down a deputy, ran off and was eventually found hiding naked behind a Cold Stone Creamery), and threatening public officials. He’s been locked up without bond.

So He’s Good Then?


Let me make sure I have this right.

The Conservatives bought advertising time on television stations so that they could show advertisements like this one that advertise all of the bad things that Justin Trudeau has done, and then tell us at the end of all of their advertisements that Justin Trudeau is not as advertised?

Makes sense.

So Long, Tom Lorimer

This happened back in May so I’m sure some of you already know about it, but I had no idea until today when I randomly thought about the Whitestick website and popped over there for the first time in quite a while and saw this message near the top.

In Memoriam
On May 8th, 2019 Tom passed away unexpectedly in his sleep. His three children decided to keep his renowned Whitestick website that he dedicated so many years to operating. We know he’d want the site to continue.

I don’t recall ever talking to him or the two of us exchanging any emails, but if we did and I’ve forgotten, I hope that one of the ones I sent let him know that his efforts were appreciated and that his site was extremely helpful to me over the years, especially when I was new to the web.

Stephen Woodworth Is Not An MP, No Matter What His Signs Want You To Believe

Allow me to answer Luisa D’Amato’s question. Some say Stephen Woodworth shouldn’t write ‘Re-elect’ on his signs
Everyone wants to talk about Stephen Woodworth’s election signs. Don’t we have better things to discuss, Luisa D’Amato asks.

Do we have better things to discuss? Yes. A lot of things are more important in the grand scheme than what’s written on homeboy’s signs. But does that mean we shouldn’t talk about them at all? No, because honesty is still somewhat important, even in politics.

Let me start by saying that reusing old signs to save money and prevent turning them into garbage is completely legitimate. More people should do that when appropriate. But that’s the problem. Even though it may not be technically incorrect to say re-elect because he used to be an MP, you can’t tell me that it isn’t meant at least in part to sow confusion and that the environment isn’t a convenient excuse to that end. That’s not appropriate, it’s shifty. It’s especially shifty when taken together with this.

One thing that also bothered more than a few people was that after he lost the 2015 election, Woodworth continued to work full-time as an unpaid politician and political activist.
He continued to respond to people who asked him for help on everything from how to return something they bought and didn’t want, to concerns about immigration.
He went to community events like the Multicultural Festival in Victoria Park with a large sign for his table.
It said: “Your Voice in Ottawa.”
Doesn’t that make it sound like you are the MP, I asked him on Tuesday.
“That’s my aspiration,” he replied.
“It’s an aspirational slogan.
“I resist the notion of having a Liberal tell me what my slogan can or cannot be.”

You can call that aspirational and say you’re standing up against the establishment all you want, but you’re not going to look at me with a straight face and say that it isn’t also blatant misrepresentation.

And don’t even get me started on “I don’t think people are that uninformed. Everybody knows I’m not the incumbent,” because yes they are and no they don’t. Not all of the people are that uninformed, but you’re leaving out a lot of folks who are through little or no fault of their own. A young voter just getting up to speed on current events so she can vote for the first time probably isn’t going to know who represented the riding two elections ago, nor, I suspect, is someone who just moved here from another community and has little or no reason to remember or care. If those people are satisfied with the general state of things, those re-elect and your voice in Ottawa signs are quite possibly going to give them the impression, at least temporarily, that you’re the one to thank. And environment or not, that’s no accident. And it doesn’t sit right.