• First things first – Piper is home and she is fine. She was ecstatic to see us this morning at Can-West. She pulled like a tank all the way to the car. We have switched her over to a harness. It was a good thing we brought one with us as they had one for us to buy. When we dropped her off yesterday we paid 75% of the high estimate. We got money back today! I am sure that rarely happens. Piper is on tramadol for 5 days. She has to go on leashed walks only for 3 weeks. We are so relieved that this surgery is behind us. The surgeon said she has a good prognosis but she will still be a noisy breather. We like her little noises and she will probably still snore.
  • Back again to the HST. The whole thing is making me MENTAL! The latest is that the BC Liberals are saying that it will take 18 months to implement the PST. Oh, and apparently, 18 months is aggressive. I think they are full of shit. First of all they say it is going to take the feds 10 months to change the legislation and the rules. How? Why? All the feds need to do is repeal the BC portion of the HST. They have nothing to do with PST. The province is saying that they have to wait for this to happen. Even if this was true, which I doubt, they could work with them to get going on it much sooner. Plus there should be no change to the rules as they are to revert back to the same system prior to the HST implementation. The second reason they cite is that they will need all new computer systems to go back to the PST. Now, seriously people, are we to believe that the current computers that calculate the HST cannot calculate the PST? They also need brand new software, which they must either build or buy. What is wrong with the old software? Third they claim that they need all this time to educate businesses about how to collect the ‘decades old’ tax. Clearly this is spurious. If they could ‘train’ all the businesses in the province for the HST in a year why do they need much more time for the PST training? I think the real reason is that they want to suck as much money out of us as they can. I think most people are astute enough to know exactly what is going on and hopefully the BC Liberals are punished at the polls.
  • Listening to the news today we were appalled to hear that the cougar that attacked the child in Pacific Rim Park is going to be found and killed. I don’t understand why they have to kill the cougar. I am sure they can find an island where they cougar can live out its life. We encroach on their habitat and then kill them when they do what comes naturally to them.

One thought on “Dispatches from the Swamp – the ‘they are full of sh*t’ edition

  1. I read about that cougar on CBC.ca & noticed that the article had this advice at the end:

    “Visitors heading to areas where cougars might be present are advised to keep dogs on leash at all times, and carry pepper spray and an air horn.”

    Um… what about keeping small children within arm’s reach at all times??? Or better yet, if you’re in an area with a cougar warning, just wear your baby/toddler! Not that I blame the parents in any way, but I suspect that cougar would not have attacked had the parents been right there.

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