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July 20th

Failure in the Middle East

You know, I can't imagine what it's like to live in the middle east. But man, I can't sit here and believe that those people can take it. I mean, how do they let such feuds continue? It's crazy... I mean, kiss, make up and move on.

Not only that, but this craziness now means that thousands of Canadian passport holders are stuck in Lebanon. And our government is seriously hamstrung in getting them out, and has certainly mismanaged this crisis. Normally evacuations are planned to go from air... this one is going by sea and it's not going well. Sad, just sad...

July 14th

Do I Get the Tax Credit?

Well, I just got my final 2006 property tax bill... and it's actually nicely broken down. (If only the other levels of government did that) Anyway, I see that the order of contribution to things goes: City-Wide Service, Education, Public Transit, Police, Fire, Waste Pickup and Conservation Authority.

My biggest gripe I guess is that transit costs so much... I mean, third on the list?! Anyway, I pay between $400 and 450 a year for transit in my municipal property taxes. And that's more than I pay for the services of Ottawa's finest. Crazy... oh, and that component is only likely to go up by some 40% or something (5% to overall taxes) with the introduction of Ottawa's ill-planned lightrail system. 1,000 new people will take transit for $1 billion dollars... including an approximate $160 yearly addition to my taxes... stupid.

July 10th

Cycling to Work

I rode into work for the first time ever in Ottawa. It was a decent ride. Meg and I had done a fair amount of it a few weeks back, but I needed to buy a lock and adjust the brakes on my bike. I still have to adjust the rear derailleur it would seem, as I discovered this morning that I can't reach my lowest gears. Not a worry, I rarely use them anyway. I mean, I'd like to build muscle so don't want to use those 'granny gears' as Kev calls them.


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