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Monday, November 19, 2018

Snow day gentleman

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 12:03 PM

To the 20-something guy with the immaculate moustache and rad green gloves with aliens on them who was riding the overcrowded bus during Friday's snow storm: Although you were visibly soaking wet, cold and shivering, you were the only person willing to give up your seat so an elderly woman didn't have to stand. Your kindness did not go unnoticed. You got a good head on your shoulders, kid.
—PS, you're cute too
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Joyous moment

Posted By on Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 12:11 PM

To the mom and children (I think twins) at the grocery store, when your kids ran over to me and hugged my legs it was the most heart-warming moment of my life. Seeing the innate kindness of the little people you're raising fills me with hope for the future of humanity. Thank you! —Bearded Goof





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Monday, November 28, 2016

Offer to teachers

Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Nova Scotians believe that teachers should feel supported in the work they do in educating children and youth.

I think the issue with the wages part of the offer to teachers is that it is 0% in the first 2 years of the contract. In both 2015 and 2016 the NS economy was not in recession with the GDP growing in both years and growth also projected for 2017. This leaves only 2018 a bit uncertain at this point.

So minimally you might expect at least a half percent increase for the first 2 years of the contract rather than 0%.

If we take the government offer of 3% as fixed, there are a number of ways that it could be distributed over the 4 years of the contract to provide a better offer to teachers (each of which involves slightly more money but not excessively so) and which does not have 0% in any of the years.

Some examples are:
A) .5% (first 3 years) and 1.5% final year; or,
B) .5% (first 2 years) .75% (third year) and 1.25% (final year); or,
C) .5% (first 2 years) and 1% (final 2 years).

This would mean only a few hundred dollars more in wages each year and would show at least some sensitivity to the position of the teachers and not make them feel that they are really falling behind economically. Plus, if it goes to arbitration, the options above might be looked at more favorably by the arbitrator as it shows some movement in trying to reach a negotiated settlement and also reflects an economy which one would think allow for a small increase to have been paid.

Here's hoping that everything works out for the best and teachers feel supported at the end of the process. —Hoping for the best (or at least not the worst)

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pokémon Sucks

Posted on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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Pokémon Pokémon Pokémon. It's all over again, even in the front page of the fucking papers now. To the point where they just add it in for no reason. “Woman gets solicited for sex while walking in park, while playing Pokémon Go.” What the fuck? Who gives a fuck about Pokémon. Isn't the point that she was solicited for sex? Leave out the Pokémon bit and it seems a little more real, otherwise fuck off. Also, Pokémon is lame FYI. —Pokémon Hater
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