Raising the minimum wage: another sign of the times

This video from Blue Collar Logic, explains how the minimum wage should work.  It applies, or should apply, everywhere and anywhere. The current debate about rising minimum wages here in Ontario and around the world is just another sign of the times. Young adults want and expect to earn lots of money at the beginning of their careers, instead of working their way up the ladder as most of their parents and grandparents did.

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A recent post complained about how people here in Ontario are blaming a specific Tim Hortons franchise owner for reacting to a rising minimum wage by cutting back on paid breaks and benefits.  Because this particular franchise owner happened to be the rich relative of the Tim Hortons founder, their actions were judged to be greedy, mean and bully-like.  Because of the greed (perceived) of one small (wealthy) business owner some people are now boycotting all Tim Hortons franchises.  How much sense does that make?

The fact is, one that blind supporters of the rising minimum wages forget or choose to misunderstand, most small businesses are not run by wealthy people.  The majority are run by people who have worked very hard for years to establish their business. Most of them started out working for a low minimum wage, but were ambitious and motivated enough to climb a long ladder to achieve their current success at the top of that ladder.

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Many of these owners have no choice but to cut back when forced with a rise in minimum wage.  It makes no (business) sense to raise the wage of inexperienced new hires simply get their wages closer to that of their owners.  Unless you are a politician looking to get votes after losing face with the hydro fiasco.  Then it makes perfect sense, give the young adults, the ones that don’t yet pay hydro bills, a raise.

 

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Howie Mandel is asking you to talk about mental illness, today and everyday

 

Today is Let’s Talk Day, sponsored by Bell Canada.  Celebrities like Howie Mandel, Clara Hughes, Michael Landsberg and others are urging us to talk about mental illness.  Bell Canada has, once again, stepped up to help.  All day today Bell Canada will donate  5 cents to mental health initiatives for every:

• Text message sent by Bell and Bell Aliant customers

• Mobile and long-distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers

• Tweet and Instagram post using #BellLetsTalk

• View of the official Bell Let’s Talk Day video on Facebook

• Snap using the official Bell Let’s Talk Snapchat filter

Results have been incredible so far since the inception of this promotion in 2011:

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check out this LINK for more details on the amazing impact this money has made on so many organizations throughout Canada.

 Join forces with these amazing people all day to tweet, share, text, phone, snap, view, and post this important message around the world.

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Howie Mandel is asking you to talk about mental illness

 

 

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 is Let’s Talk Day, sponsored by Bell Canada.  Celebrities like Howie Mandel, Clara Hughes, Michael Landsberg and others are urging us to talk about mental illness.  Bell Canada has, once again, stepped up to help.  All day on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 Bell Canada will donate  5 cents to mental health initiatives for every:

• Text message sent by Bell and Bell Aliant customers
• Mobile and long-distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers
• Tweet and Instagram post using #BellLetsTalk
• View of the official Bell Let’s Talk Day video on Facebook
• Snap using the official Bell Let’s Talk Snapchat filter

Results have been incredible so far since the inception of this promotion in 2011:

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check out this LINK for more details on the amazing impact this money has made on so many organizations throughout Canada.

Please mark your calendars for January 25th so you can join forces with these amazing people all day to tweet, share, text, phone, snap, view, and post this important message around the world.

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Christmas trees and cats

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My son and his girlfriend have a cat, so I have been warning them what cats will do to Christmas trees and ornaments.  I remember how my husband’s parents’ cat used to knock their Christmas trees over at least three times a season.

This video is hilarious too…

An amazing work of art

 

This video I saw posted on Facebook reminds me of my favourite hymn growing up called All Things Bright and Beautiful:

Refrain:
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flow’r that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple-headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

I have encountered many spiders and webs in my job as a gardener, sure glad I try not to destroy their amazing works of art.

 

We are nice, but not that nice

 

Ellen showed this video on her show recently.  The joking video was created based on the rumour circulating that some Americans are considering moving to Canada if Donald Trump becomes their next president.

Her more sensible advice to those worried about Trump winning is to get out and vote..

My favourite garden style: the English country garden

Although there are many garden styles out there, my favourite is the traditional English country garden.  Watch this video to see what I mean…

I love the non-contrived, informal, whimsical, and natural look!   What is your favourite garden style?

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly at the 2015 Grammys

The best part of watching the Grammys, or any other award show for that matter, is the parade of dresses, suits, hair, speeches and performances throughout the show. Some are good, some are great, some are bad, just horrible, and some are downright ugly and outrageous…..

Starting with the women’s wear, here are my nominees, shown left to right, from GOOD to GREAT

 

Up next are the BAD, in no particular order, for obvious reasons…

 

Then come the downright UGLY:

Although the men’s clothing is not usually as varied as the women’s, there were still the good, the bad and the ugly to be found, shown here in that order…

What show is complete without bad hair? Here are my nominations for good, bad and ugly HAIR…

 

 

 

Although the Grammys seemed very mellow (yawn) this year, the fashion display, performances and the antics are always fun to watch. Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift dancing (not together), Kanye ranting, unrehearsed speeches (Pharrell Williams), genuine excitement (Sam Smith) and many musical performances were the highlights.

Miranda Lambert’s performance was by far the liveliest and best of the night:

Miranda Lambert performs Little Red Wagon
Miranda Lambert performs Little Red Wagon

watch the video Miranda Lambert

Honorable mentions go to performances by ELO, AC/DC and Madonna:

Watch the videos:      ELO    AC/DC       Madonna              and decide for yourself.

There you have it, the short and sweet, condensed version!