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More Bad News for Cornwall Area? January 31, 2006

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Kraft has a plant in Ingleside just west of Cornwall.  Hopefully this news does not affect that community:

An air of uncertainty hangs over the Canadian operations of Kraft Foods Inc. after the giant announced plans to cut 8,000 jobs and close 20 plants over the next two years as it broadens an ongoing restructuring effort.

The worldwide plant closings and layoffs, which will amount to about 8 per cent of Kraft’s workforce, would save the company $700 million (U.S.) in annual costs, executives said yesterday. That’s on top of savings of $450 million Kraft already hopes to achieve through a restructuring plan announced in January 2004.

It is still unclear how the Canadian operations will be affected, a company spokesperson said yesterday.

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The Ten Most Hated Athletes January 30, 2006

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Check out this list of the Ten Most Hated Athletes.  It’s good to know the things that you don’t always hear about.  Gives you a different perspective on that person and how you view them the next time you see them compete.  Hopefully there are enough athletes to fill out a Ten Most Liked Athletes list.  Somehow I think there would be a lot of hockey players on that list.

Liberal Skeletons January 27, 2006

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This is probably one of the major reasons why the Liberals have were so desperate to hold onto power:

Stephen Harper is promising to pull back the curtain on yet more misspending by the outgoing government.

In his first news conference since winning Monday’s election, Harper said he intends to make good on campaign pledges to open up government and launch legal action to recoup the $40 million he claims is still missing in the Liberal sponsorship scandal.

And he suggested that David Dingwall, the former Liberal cabinet minister who resigned as head of the Royal Canadian Mint, may be out of luck in his bid to get severance.

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It will be interesting to see what the Conservatives are able to dig up and whether or not they are going to share their findings with the public.  Although skeletons could sometimes be used as a bargaining chip in our current Parliamentary system, especially in a minority situation.  But we’re talking about Conservatives here not Liberals so chances of that happening are nil.

Why The Leafs Continue To Fail January 27, 2006

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Damian Cox of the Toronto Star gets it right when he writes about why the Leafs continue to be pretenders instead of contenders for the Stanley Cup:

The hockey team, with 24 victories against 25 defeats (three by shootout) this season, is awash in excuses and clichés and a near-total absence of player accountability, not surprising since even multiple errors or giveaways rarely result in a benching.

Everything’s a lucky bounce or a bad officiating call or just a tough break, and no matter how many goals Ed Belfour surrenders — 28 in his last six starts with an .820 save percentage — the veteran goalie never bears any responsibility.

It would appear, based on the fact the club is giving up more than five goals a game these days and is among the worst defensive teams in the NHL, that only a handful of players, if any, are listening to the instructions of the head coach.

But he’s the Canadian Olympic boss, so that makes him untouchable.

So it’s not the coach, according to the GM and owner, never the goalie, and everyone loves the irreplaceable captain, Mats Sundin, still stuck at 10 goals on the season with just one goal in his last 10 contests.

“Mats was terrific tonight,” said Quinn of Sundin’s two-assist outing in a blowout loss.

The rest of the players never have to bear any responsibility, either. A team like the New Jersey Devils might change coaches and dump underachieving veterans when the results aren’t there, but not the Leafs.

The Edmonton Oilers, a club in nearly the same position in the West as the Leafs are in the East despite a superior record, pinpointed a need and picked up two puck-moving defencemen yesterday in Jaroslav Spacek and Dick Tarnstrom.

With the Leafs, however, everybody stays, nobody gets traded or bought out or banished to the minors, and nobody in a suit gets the short-leash treatment like Rob Babcock or, for that matter, Kevin O’Neill.

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I think major changes are needed if the Leafs actually want to make a serious run for the Cup this season.  Quinn needs to go or some major changes to the Leafs lineup has to happen.  Maybe even both have to occur in order for the Leafs to turn their season around.  Something has to give and if Ferguson fails to do anything to address the problems, maybe he should go too.

24 In French Is… January 26, 2006

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24 Heures Chrono.  Yeah so I was flipping through the channels on TV the other day and noticed that they’ve francophonized the TV show 24 by calling it “24 Heures Chrono”.  What the heck is up with that?  Did the “Language Police” deem the number 24 as not french enough?

Secret Agenda January 26, 2006

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Fear of Hidden Agenda

101 Dumbest Moments in Business January 26, 2006

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Check out the list of 2005’s 101 Dumbest Moments in Business

A Poker Story January 25, 2006

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So I had my brothers and cousins over last Friday (it was my Dad’s 50th birthday and the girls were there too) and we got the poker chips out to play some Texas Hold’em.  It was some good times all around with the beer flowing freely.  The night’s pot belonged to my cousin Chinh but the best hand of the night went to yours truly.  I started off the round with two numeric hearts.  The “Flop” came down with three hearts; a Queen, a Ten and an Eight.  Immediately the odds were now with me as I got a flush right off the “Flop”.  After some bets the “Turn” came down with another heart.  This time a Seven.  So now it was time to lay it all on the line.  I went all-in, confident that the cards I had in my hand would secure me a victory.  My brother Vien and Chinh were still in it and I suspected that they too were looking at a flush.  For Vien, the stakes were too high and so he folded.  Chinh on the other hand was brimming with confidence.  He took me up on my bet and unloaded the Ace of Hearts.  The best card you can get on a flush.  A card that under normal circumstances would trump every other flush.  There was no way to beat his hand.  Unless you had my hand.  Before Chinh could take ownership of the chips in the pile, I laid down the two hearts I had in my hand.  The Six and the Nine.  A friggin’ STRAIGHT FLUSH!!!  Six, Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten.  Everyone was in disbelief.  I couldn’t believe it either, even after I put the cards down.  So that’s my poker story.  I didn’t win the pot but that’s ok because now I have a cool poker story to tell everyone. 

Not Gonna Happen January 25, 2006

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Looks like the news that Friends is making a comeback is false

More Important Things January 25, 2006

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Now that the election is over, we can now focus on more important things.  Specifically, Drew Barrymore’s breasts.  And for the women, direct your attention to this site.