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In Canada on June 11, 2014 at 20:34


CONSTABLE DAVID ROSS KEPT HIS SAFETY VEST, a generator and survival equipment in his car in case he ever ran into someone who needed help.

It came as no surprise, then, that when a call came out across the radio last Wednesday that a gunman was loose in his neighbourhood, Constable Ross dropped everything, leaving the garage door open and barbecue lid up as he ran to the scene.

Even off the clock, he’d stop at every accident he saw, staying at the scene until on-duty officials arrived to make sure everyone was fine.
“That the barbecue was still open says everything about who Dave was,” his brother-in-law Adrian Van Der Ploeg said Tuesday, reading a eulogy prepared by Constable Ross’s pregnant widow, Rachael.

His response to the call showed he believed good can triumph over evil, his brother-in-law said. Constable Ross also preferred kindness to prevail over misfortune. Even off the clock, he’d stop at every accident he saw, staying at the scene until on-duty officials arrived to make sure everyone was fine. Mr. Van Der Ploeg recounted one trip the officer took home from Quebec with family in a snowstorm, pulling over to check on every car he saw in the ditch. “The ride from Quebec normally takes eight hours,” his brother-in-law said, “but in a snowstorm with Dave, the journey would take all week.”

He’d wanted to be a dog handler since his first day on the force. The officer not only landed a lucrative spot to train for the role – there are usually hundreds wait-listed – he finished training in an astonishingly short two years, Mr. Van Der Ploeg said.

Rachael Vander Ploeg, the widow of Constable David Ross, accepts his hat and flag. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

The officer counted his blessings and made no secrets about the joy he found in life, always finding reasons to laugh, smile and persevere. He was a man who’d celebrate a friend’s hunting bounty as much as his own, a man who sneaked a SpongeBob SquarePants pillow into his RCMP training, a man who still, at 32, took pleasure in puddle jumping.

He’d also speak the world of his wife to anyone who’d listen. And he had a deep-seated sense of fatherhood, hoping to pass on his joy and passion to his young son, Austin.

That passion is already deeply missed by Constable Ross’s family, Mr. Van Der Ploeg said. “Few people in this world have such genuine care and concern for their fellow man.”

ON JUNE 1, CONSTABLE DOUGLAS LARCHE CELEBRATED his 12 years of marriage with his wife, Nadine, at their three daughters’ year-end dance recital.

The couple finally got a chance to go out to celebrate properly the following Tuesday, two nights later. And on Wednesday, proud of the new house that he and Nadine had just bought, he spent the morning getting ahead on the landscaping. When she stopped by on her lunch hour, he excitedly showed her everything he’d done.

“Never in my worst nightmare did I envision a stitch in time where I would be the one to give his eulogy.”
It would be the last time he’d get to work on his lawn. A few hours later, he was shot and killed. Constable Larche’s older brother Daniel, a master seaman with the Canadian Navy, delivered his eulogy Tuesday in Moncton, sharing stories from his life.

They were tightly-knit growing up. “He was always chasing me around with a hockey stick or a baseball bat, telling me what he would do if he got close,” Daniel Larche said. “Lots of brotherly love.”

After high school, the brothers “created our own lives and careers in different uniforms,” but remained the best of friends.

“Never in my worst nightmare,” he said, “did I envision a stitch in time where I would be the one to give his eulogy.”

He remembered Constable Larche as a proud father who would do anything for his three daughters, Mia, Laura and Alexa. “All daughters have their dads wrapped around their little fingers, and Doug was no exception,” Daniel Larche said.

Nadine Marche, the widow of Constable Douglas Larche, hugs RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

The officer cherished making them their favourite supper, playing hockey and baseball with them in the street and taking them to dance class and swimming lessons at the Dieppe Aquatic and Sports Centre.

Constable Larche was an avid runner, too, and his daughters would watch him race. They’d join races on their own, too, his brother said, because “they wanted to be like Daddy.”

He and Nadine got a dog, Ziggy, shortly after they wed. As three daughters came along, Constable Larche realized Ziggy was his only male companion at home. So, Daniel Larche said, “Doug enjoyed taking him out for little walks around the neighbourhood to get a little man time.”

As Daniel Larche recently got ready to have children of his own, he sought advice from his brother. He said he had hoped to seek that advice out for the rest of his life, even 50 years from now, as they became grumpy old men together.

ON THE DAY OF CONSTABLE FABRICE GÉVAUDAN’S WEDDING in 2013, he found himself talking with his spiritual adviser about a favourite hobby: diving.

To reach the depths you want, he told his adviser, Geoffrey McLatchie, it’s absolutely crucial to be in the moment.

“He told me it was vital to focus in on the now, and not to get distracted from the task at hand,” Mr. McLatchie said in Moncton on Tuesday. “Fabrice totally understood the meaning of living in the now.”

“Fabrice made a difference, because he had joy in his heart because he lived a heart-centred life, where love is the main ingredient.”
Constable Gévaudan died doing something else he loved last week, Mr. McLatchie told a crowd of 7,000 and a nation of onlookers Tuesday as he delivered the Moncton RCMP officer’s eulogy.

“Fabrice gave all of himself every moment, every hour, every day of his life,” Mr. McLatchie said. “Fabrice made a difference, because he had joy in his heart because he lived a heart-centred life, where love is the main ingredient.”

He showed his love to friends and family, turning up at Mr. McLatchie’s home at 5 a.m. recently to wish the adviser’s wife, Carol, a safe trip to Vancouver. “We hugged, not knowing that this was going to be the very last time that I would have the pleasure of his company on the Earth plane.”

His family – both his wife, Angela, and his stepdaughter, Emma – were the chief recipients of that love. He and Emma would cook special weekend breakfasts for Angela, whom Mr. McLatchie called Constable Gévaudan’s “twin flame.”

Angela, the widow of Constable Fabrice Gévaudan, accepts her husband’s hat and flag. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

That kind of relationship, he said, begins well before two people meet, when “two souls were joined together, and have come back into the Earth plane and joined again as two people who have a dynamic, passionate, exciting and – for the most part – an everlasting and exceedingly intense relationship.”

Constable Gévaudan had a second family in the RCMP, cherishing each day he went to work, because he loved “to be a part of the community, to be a protector to the community.”

Constable Gévaudan died being a protector, Mr McLatchie said. Though the timing was too soon, “that was the way that Fabrice wanted to leave the Earth plane, and he got his wish.”

Hockey actually does equal Canada

In Canada, Hockey, The CBC on December 23, 2012 at 15:20

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Hockey actually does equal Canada


Obama Message to NHL Owners & Players Dec 13

PM Harper says NHL lockout ‘dangerous’ for league . PM: #NHLhasn’t been able to sell ‘product’ to clients: TVA.

 Retweeted by HockeyNightInCanada

Saskatoon as a “foreign speck of dust”

In Canada, Customer Service, Government, Saskatchewan, South of the boarder, This Means WAR on August 17, 2012 at 15:15

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“This is America. This ain’t Saskatoon or Piscataway or Buddhistan or some other foreign speck of dust. This is America. We have an army. A god damn capital-A Army. A big badass American army with big ol’ guns. And that army needs soldiers. Lots of soldiers. Lots of big god damn badass American soldiers to carry some big guns and show the freaks and the geek’s what’s what. There’s Jesus in Heaven and there’s god above and he gave man dominion over all things and guess what, that man is called The You Ess God Damn Army. Now you tell me, son: where exactly do you think we should find a bunch of god damn red-blooded boys ready to kill for god and country? Should we, should we, should we look up under the couch cushions? Should we look up under the floormat? Hey, I think I left m’ god damn US Army recruits on my nightstand table! Should we look there? Hot shot? Oh, you probably think we should look up in the god damn fabric store, eh? How bout we look for one million future globe-dominating soldiers up in the La-mozz class? Is that it? Maybe we should go on down to the, to the Yankee Candle store down at the outlet mall and ask if they have any assistant managers lookin’ for a little excitement? Maybe that’s where we’ll find the future Navy SEALS of America? Maybe a bunch of posey-picking little girls will beat up the next Sad-dam? Is that it? Or do you think maybe, maybe, maybe we should, lemme just propose this to ya, maybe we should take a look down at the ol’ Nascar track? You think? Ya think that one might be a better idea, smart guy? Maybe we should go have a look at the ol’ football stadium? For some strong young fellas? Would that be alright with you, pinky? Maybe we can find a few strong young boys who know a little something about kickin’ butt down at the drag-racing spot, eh? That alright with you, Albert Einstein? Thank you so much. So if it ain’t too much trouble and all, we’re just gonna keep on spendin’ our $80 million a year sponsorin’ some stock cars and football games under the name of the God Damn Army of the United States of America, thank you very much. So stop your god damn bellyaching about it. There’s still a few good men left in Congress, thank god.”

Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) [pictured] responded during the debate: “We have a volunteer military and they have to advertise for recruits somewhere. …. Do you think they should advertise at the philharmonic? Or maybe you think they should advertise at the ballet. We could surely get some burly, mean paratroopers if we advertised at the ballet.”

Peter McKay’s response, “This means WAR!”







The Summer Olympics in Toronto…and Chicago?

In Canada, London, Olympics, South of the boarder, Sports, The World Comes To Toronto, Toronto on August 6, 2012 at 16:51

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So I’m watching the Summer Olympics and getting into the spirit of it all. Also the envy of, “wouldn’t it be cool if we had the Olympics here, in the T-Dot.” Of course this is madness. The economy is in the shitter. Toronto has failed twice in the last 20 years. Atlanta in 1996 and Beijing in 2008. We’ve got the Pan Olympics happening in 2015 but that’s like the Triple “A” of sporting events. No the Olympics in Toronto might be a far distant want. But what if Toronto got some help. What if we teamed up with another city. No not Mississauga or Hamilton. Ottawa might be cool but I’m thinking bigger, much bigger. Why not look outside of our province. Heck outside of the country. My pick would be Chicago!?! What the heck are you talking about. How/Why would Chicago even think about partnering with us. In one word, Money! Chicago has already put their hat into the ring for the 2016 Olympics and was handed a first ballet boot to the ass. Foot in mouth was felt throughout Michigan Ave and City Hall.  Beating chests and red, white and blue did nothing for the Olympic committee.  Heck not even the President could get the Olympic committee to look their way.  But a dual bid from two of the largest cities in North America could be very attractive.

Here’s my break down of who does what

Opening Ceremonies – Chicago
Closing Ceremonies – Toronto
Track and Field – Chicago

Pentathlon – Chicago

Triathlon – Toronto
Aquatics – Toronto
Gymnastics – Chicago
Cycling – Toronto
Courts (basketball, volleyball) – Chicago
Canoeing, Kayaking and Rowing – Toronto
Equestrian – Toronto
Boxing, wrestling – Chicago
Judo, Taekwondo- Toronto

Weight Lifting – Toronto

Wrestling – Toronto

Soccer – Toronto

Baseball – Chicago

Softball – Chicago

Golf – Toronto

Field Hockey – Toronto

Sailing Toronto, Chicago

Tennis & Badminton – Chicago

Archery – Toronto

Hey it could happen..maybe


The @CityofLdnOnt rocks!

In Canada, Olympics, Sports, The World on July 25, 2012 at 11:35

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No Olympics for London, Ontario or London, Norway, or London, Nigeria or Little London, Jamaica.

That’s just fine.


Oh Canada Day Eh!

In Canada on July 1, 2012 at 09:44

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I am Canadian and my Canada is 145 year old.  So happy birthday Oh Canada.  To all Canadians, have a safe weekend and enjoy your Canada Day!


Canadian Beer

Jim Carrey explains Canada

Classifed’s OH Canada!

Making fun of Canada with Colin

Russell Peters

Canada Day in London

It’s the Goz! (for my wife)

Canada Day on July 1st, Indy Day on July 4th

Oh Baby

From NYC

ParticipACTION + Coca Cola Canada…I’m confused

In Canada, Customer Service, From Coast to Coast to Coast, Government, Gravy, Media, Money, YouTube on June 20, 2012 at 09:59

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Listening to the Metro Morning before heading to work and I hear that ParticipACTION is back!  I’m thinking, pretty cool.  I so remember those old ads about getting up and getting fit.

Damn Swedes

Lazy Bones

Way To Go Canada!

Do It! Do It! Do It!

Raw Deal

Nice that the government is getting this program out to the people.  However it turns out that this is not completely a public funded initiative.  Turns out Coca Cola Canada, with their “Live Positively” social media effort is footing a large amount of cash for the programs relaunch.  Hmm Sugar Water and getting fit.  Probably not the best way to promote an active, healthy lifestyle.  Honourable Bal Gosal Minister of State (Sport) and Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health what is going on under your watch?


I do love my Coke, but this is a stretch, do you think?

An act of a coward: Shooting at the Eaton Centre

In Canada, Loss of Life, Me Myself & I, Toronto on June 3, 2012 at 15:33

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“My son was asking questions when I first grabbed him and took him under the table. He was asking, “What was that noise? Why are we down here?” Things like that. I was pretty calm talking to him. I just said, “There’s a bad, naughty man being inappropriate, doing bad things. Let’s just stay here to be safe.” Later on, he started saying, “Daddy I’m scared.” I said, “Why?” He said, “Because of the loud noises and because of all the people running so fast.” Bobby Umar via The National Post 

Guns.  Crime.  Murders.  It’s part of living in a city with nearly 3 million people.  You’ve got the good the bad and sometimes the ugly.  The ugly pushed its head up yesterday and reminded the majority of us that were at home around 6.30pm that even our safe city has its share of tragic events.  You ask people that live in Toronto and 99.9% of the  time they would tell you this city is pretty damn safe.  Not much goes on to strike fear in our hearts.  I wasn’t there.  Thankfully I haven’t heard of any family or friends that were injured yesterday, but it makes your heart sink that much further.  How many times have I been in that mall.  Ear buds or meeting up with friends.  Shopping without a care in the world.  Does all of that stop because of this event?  No it does not.  It can’t.  We don’t let these people dictate where we share our lives.  This is Toronto.  Good, Bad and Ugly, we will stand up to this.  We have too.


Jamaica “Punching above it’s weight”

In Authors, Canada, Jamaica, The World, Toronto on May 30, 2012 at 14:10

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“Like his writing, Gladwell’s conversation is fluid, funny, and wide-ranging. Monday’s event was sponsored by Jamaica 50—an organization that is orchestrating local celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from Great Britain—and so a lot of the discussion centred on Gladwell’s Jamaican/African heritage.” via Torontoist

I never pump my chest on the fact that I’ve got a Jamaican background, but that little island of 2.6 million people just keeps becoming a bigger factor in my life and the world in general.  My dad’s battle with Parkinson’s and Dementia has probably fueled that.  He talks about heading home, not Mississauga, but back to Jamaica where he was born and raised.  Wants the kids to get out to see HIS island ASAP.  Jamaica you may see me sooner than you think.


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Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Hockey Night in Canada sans the #CBC

In Business, Canada, Customer Service, Have to Laugh, Hockey, Sports, The CBC, YouTube on May 29, 2012 at 16:24

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“Rogers Media is broadly hinting for the first time Tuesday that it would be keen to win the television rights that the CBC has held for six decades.

Broadcasters pay the National Hockey League for these lucrative rights, whose costs have been rising substantially.

In 2007, when HNIC’s rights were last on the auction block — the price the CBC paid was not revealed, but media reports suggested it ranged from $90 million to $100 million for the six-year contract, up $20 million from the previous deal.” via CBC

Loose our 2nd national anthem to TSN then loose the only reason to watch hockey in Canada to Sportsnet.  Thank goodness I’ve got CBCRadio3 (no pun)