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  1. B)For sure. I even like spilling it all over myself as well.
  2. California man suspected of sausage and spice attack is released from jail Published: Thursday, September 11, 2008 | 8:10 PM ET Canadian Press: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SANGER, Calif. - A man suspected of breaking into the home of two California farmworkers, rubbing spices into the face of one man and smacking another with an 20-centimetre-long sausage has been set free. Prosecutors say they do not have enough evidence to file criminal charges against 21-year-old Antonio Vasquez. He was released from Fresno County Jail on Tuesday. Sheriff's Lt. Ian Burrimond says Vasquez was found hiding in a field wearing only a T-shirt, boxers and socks after the Saturday morning attack. Vasquez is also accused of stealing $900 from the home. There is no listed phone number for Vasquez. CBC Link
  3. The School Bus companies are outside contractors who the schools boards deal with (at least around here). It would be totally up to the Bus owner to update his buses to electric.
  4. Time to come out of winter hibernation for this one. :grin:
  5. SevenSeasJim

    USA is #1.

    At least the U.S. is winning the "War On Drugs" :wink:
  6. I've been a few times and the city isn't bad. Sault Ste Marie to Wawa is one of the nicest areas in Ontario.
  7. So they shouldn't learn about other things that some people don't like? Seams reasonable. BTW I know several people who put their kids into a catholic school only because they had all day kindergarten.
  8. Un-fucking-believable. And THOSE schools continue to get funding from our government. Banning books is bullshit. For me religion is bullshit.
  9. Intolerance at it's finest. Religion is running scared! RC board pulls book by atheist November 22, 2007 Kristin Rushowy The Toronto Star Halton's Catholic school board has pulled The Golden Compass fantasy book -- soon to be a Hollywood blockbuster starring Nicole Kidman -- off school library shelves because of a complaint. Two other books in the trilogy by British author Philip Pullman have also been removed as a precaution, and principals have been ordered not to distribute December Scholastic book flyers because The Golden Compass is available to order. "(The complaint) came out of interviews that Philip Pullman had done, where he stated that he is an atheist and that he supports that," said Scott Millard, the board's manager of library services. "Since we are an educational institution, we want to be able to evaluate the material; we want to make sure we have the best material for students." Following a recent Star story about the series, an internal memo was sent to elementary principals that said "the book is apparently written by an atheist where the characters and text are anti-God, anti-Catholic and anti-religion." Millard said if students want the books, they can ask librarians for them but the series won't be on display until a committee review is complete. The Golden Compass is the first of the His Dark Materials trilogy of books and have been likened to the Harry Potter series. In the U.S., the Catholic League has accused the books of bashing Christianity and promoting atheism to children. The league is urging parents to boycott the movie, opening Dec. 7. Catholic schools in Toronto and York Region have the books on their shelves and report no complaints. The public library in Burlington, in Halton Region, lists The Golden Compass as suggested reading for grades 5 and 6. The award-winning tome was voted the best children's book in the past 70 years by readers across the globe. It was first published in 1995. Complaints are surfacing now because of the buzz surrounding the movie, Rick MacDonald, the Halton board's superintendent of curriculum services, said. The Nov. 1 article in The Star prompted several e-mails from principals wondering if the book is appropriate for schools. Pullman has made controversial statements, telling The Washington Post in 2001 he was "trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief." In 2003, he said that compared to the Harry Potter series, his books had been "flying under the radar, saying things that are far more subversive than anything poor old Harry has said. My books are about killing God." The board is unsure how many copies of the Pullman books are in circulation at its 37 elementary schools as they were not purchased centrally and are not a part of the curriculum. "We have a policy and procedure whereby individual, parents, staff, students or community members can apply to have material reviewed. That's what happened in this case," MacDonald said. The complaint was received about a week and a half ago, and it is standard procedure to remove books from the shelves during the review. Any move to ban the book would be taken to trustees. Millard said he's still trying to find additional members for the review committee, but has sent copies to those already on the committee. Richard Brock, who heads the Halton elementary branch of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association, said the board is within its rights to restrict distribution of the Scholastic flyer. "With elementary students, you're always going to bend in the direction of caution anyway," he said.
  10. Replace USD with LSD and read this again. :wink:
  11. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Dubliners
  12. Currently Sundin and Antropov are tied for the League lead at +7 Who would have thought that?
  13. . This was an interesting article on AlterNet. Ice Caps Melting Fast: Say Goodbye to the Big Apple? By Paul Brown, AlterNet. Posted October 10, 2007. The talk of sea level rise should not be in centuries, it should be decades or perhaps even single years. And coastal regions like New York and Florida are in the front line for devastation. The glacier is now moving at 15 kilometres a year into the sea although in periodic surges it moves even faster. He has seen a surge, which he had measured as moving five kilometres in 90 minutes - an extraordinary event. If all of Greenland melts, something we were previously assured would take thousands of years, but now could be hundreds, then sea level round the world would rise seven metres. That is without any contribution from the Antarctic, the glaciers of Alaska, the Rockies, the Himalayas, or the ocean water expanding as it warms. So the talk of sea level rise should not be in centuries, it should be decades or perhaps even single years. For 10,000 years, during all of human civilisation sea level remained stable leading us to believe that coastlines remained roughly in the same place. A century ago the sea began to rise one millimetre a year, 20 years ago it had reached two millimetres and this century it has risen to 3 millimetres. This annual rise may not seem much but add hurricane storm surges and high tides and we are soon saying good bye to a lot of coastal settlements -- like the Big Apple. Link
  14. Still no agreement over iPhone trademark in Canada Last Updated: Thursday, October 11, 2007 | 2:14 PM ET CBC News A dispute between Apple Inc. and Toronto-based Comwave Telecom Inc. over the trademark rights to the name "iPhone" in Canada has yet to be resolved, adding another barrier to the launch of Apple's next-generation handheld device north of the border. Comwave, which markets a collection of voice-over-internet services and products under the name iPhone, has filed its opposition with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) to Apple's trademark application for the proposed use of a handheld and mobile device called the iPhone in Canada. The dispute, currently under review, could further delay the Canadian arrival of the Apple iPhone — a handset with a touchscreen interface, sleek design and both Wi-Fi and cellular service that has already sold over one million units in the United States since its launch in June. It will hit store shelves in the U.K. and Germany in time for the holiday season. The biggest stumbling block to the Apple iPhone launch in Canada remains a deal with a phone carrier, and so far no deal has been reached between Apple and Rogers Wireless, which is the only provider using the GSM (Global System Mobile) communications standard needed to run the iPhone. Before a deal could be reached however, Apple would also need to secure the rights to the name "iPhone." The dispute between Apple and Comwave is similar to one earlier this year in the United States between Apple and Cisco Systems, which claimed ownership of the iPhone name in that country. Apple and Cisco settled their dispute with an agreement to share the trademark before Apple launched the iPhone to much fanfare on June 29. 'Co-existence is not possible' Comwave president Yuval Barzakay told CBC News that sharing the trademark would not be practically possible, however, because of the reach and extent of Apple's brand marketing. Continue Article "The force they put into marketing would quickly make the brand Apple's and not ours," he said. " It's a case of hijacking the brand. If I asked people on the street who owns the iPhone trademark in Canada they'd all say Apple. And their product isn't even in the market. So co-existence is not possible." Comwave said its voice-over-internet products and services are available in 500 communities across Canada. It also makes a product called the iPhone Mobile, a wireless device offering VOIP service. Apple filed a trademark application for a mobile digital electronic device called the iPhone in October, 2004. In 2005, after the application was advertised — a standard step before a trademark can become registered — Comwave filed an opposition to the application, arguing it had been using its iPhone service in Canada since June 2004. Who came first? A trademark can be claimed in one of two ways, said Philip Kerr, a Canadian intellectual property lawyer. One is to establish use in the country, while the other is to register the intention for use. As a general rule, whoever gets there first will get the trademark. The issue then in the Apple-Comwave case is whether Comwave can establish that it was using the iPhone brand in June 2004, three months before Apple filed its application, said Kerr. A common name, however, is not enough to oppose a trademark application, said Cynthia Rowden, a lawyer with Canadian law firm Bereskin & Parr. Comwave will also have to prove that the entrance of Apple's iPhone will lead to confusion in the marketplace. Both companies have gone ahead with separate trademark applications since Apple CEO Steve Jobs first announced his company's version of the iPhone at the MacWorld conference on Jan. 9, 2007. On Jan. 24, Comwave applied for a trademark for telephones and telephone adaptors under the name "iPhone mobile," while in August 2007 Apple filed a trademark application for a design logo with the name "Works with iPhone," for use with peripheral devices to its mobile handset. Kerr and Rowden said both of these claims are likely to be set aside by the trademark office until the original dispute is resolved. Another application filed Further confusing the fight over the name is a July 9 application by a Delaware-based company called Ocean Telecom Services LLC. Before settling their U.S. dispute with Apple earlier this year, Cisco Systems had filed a lawsuit in which it alleged, among other claims, that Ocean Telecom was acting on behalf of Apple. Sheldon Burshtein, an intellectual property lawyer and partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, the firm representing both Apple and Ocean Telecom, said his firm could not comment on the dispute. But he said that Ocean Telecom was related to Apple. "Ocean is not a third party in this dispute," Burshtein told CBC News. Apple could not be reached for comment. Discussions ongoing On the surface, the Ocean Telecom claim makes little sense, said Raymond. "Their application is for July 2007, so they are already late to the party," she told CBC News. "And if they are acting on behalf of a company like Apple, well, Apple already has an application." The Ocean application, however, covers a much broader scope than either the Apple or Comwave claims, including everything from clothing, footwear and periodicals to a host of services related to telecommunications, all under the name iPhone. It was also filed six months after Ocean filed similar claims in the United States. Under Canada's trademark rules, a trademark application's original filing date in another country can be considered its de facto filing date, as long as it reaches the Canadian Intellectual Property Office within six months of the original claim. Genevieve Cote-Halverson, a spokesperson for CIPO, said Ocean's application would likely be handled after the Apple-Comwave dispute is settled. Should Apple be successful in establishing its claim, the next step for the company would be to register its trademark. The two sides could also settle their dispute before the CIPO makes a decision. Barzakay told CBC News that his company has been in talks with Apple, "but those discussions have not led to an agreement." "Our position is Apple has one of two choices: they can either walk away from the trademark and let us keep the iPhone name here in Canada, or they can buy the brand from us," he said.
  15. I remember something about it a ways back, but it wasn't even on the radar in the last few weeks.
  16. February holiday will happen in 2008, McGuinty says in post-election press conference October 11, 2007 The Hamilton Spectator People in Ontario are getting an extra holiday after re-electing the Liberals for a second straight majority. Premier Dalton McGuinty says the party will follow through on its promise to create Family Day on the third Monday in February starting next year. In a post-election news conference today, he also promised to continue to improve the quality of public education. The Tories are widely believed to have lost yesterday’s vote due to a proposal to fully fund religious-based schools. The Conservatives won only 26 of 107 ridings and leader John Tory lost in his own Toronto riding.
  17. Ontario voter turnout a record low Last Updated: Thursday, October 11, 2007 | 6:55 AM ET CBC News The percentage of eligible voters casting ballots in Wednesday's Ontario election hit an all-time low despite changes introduced in an effort to boost turnout. Only 52.6 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot, or 4.4 million of 8.4 million possible voters, according to numbers released by Elections Ontario at 6:30 a.m. ET Thursday, when 99.8 per cent of polls had been counted. The turnout was worse than a previous record low of 54.7 per cent set in 1923. It also fell below the 2003 voter turnout of 56.9 per cent. Legislation introduced by the previous Liberal government since the 2003 election to boost declining turnout in recent elections did not seem to have the desired effect. Those changes included: * Setting a fixed election date. * Extending the hours and number of days of advanced voting. * Boosting the number of polling stations. * Extending polling by one hour on election day. However, there was a significant gain in voting at advance polls. Elections Ontario reported that 451,949 electors voted at the advance polls this year, up from 356,396 in 2003.
  18. Sorry passports will not work all by their lonesome.
  19. And remember to bring ID with you. Passports will not work. Also, bring some mail with your current address just in case.
  20. Unfortunately every company, government and most people are out to screw you over any way they can :grin: Welcome to being human.
  21. I like this. Does this mean that they never really tried to catch smugglers? Watch out for the Crackdown now.
  22. lol and they would have scored more than Ottawa if Raycroft could save more :wink: Last year Raycroft ranked 36th in the league in save% .894 That's not going to make the playoffs ever.
  23. The bottom line is that the Leafs probably would have won if they had a goalie (somebody with at save% over .900)
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