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    [–] PTSD concerns take centre stage after firefighters’ refusal to clean up traumatic scene led to more Hwy. 400 chaos past_is_prologue 1 points ago * (lasted edited 11 hours ago) in canada

    Miller Paving, which did not reply to multiple requests for comment, completed the washdown as part of its $16-million, six-year contract in Toronto and York with the Ministry of Transportation.

    Once the FD left the scene then I'm not sure why they'd go back— like I said, I've done wash downs at the scene, but returning to do it would be very unusual. Once it is just a mess on the road you call the highway maintenance company. I just think the Star is reaching here.

    [–] PTSD concerns take centre stage after firefighters’ refusal to clean up traumatic scene led to more Hwy. 400 chaos past_is_prologue 1 points ago in canada

    You're mixing quote sources— one was the chief and one was the unnamed Captain. Here is what the chief said:

    “(Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service) leadership recommended that the safest and most appropriate way to clean this fatality scene was to retain a professional remediation company,” she wrote. “Every situation is unique, and we determine operational response based on safety of our citizens and emergency workers, property and the environment.”

    The second half of your quote is later in the article and quotes someone entirely different. I am not familiar with the SOGs of Vaughn Fire, but I suspect the chief is.

    [–] Affordable Rental Apartments Almost Non-Existent For Canada's Low Earners: CCPA past_is_prologue 1 points ago in canada

    Nah, I just like hanging out in France. Good cheese and bread.

    I get that many jobs are in big cities, but people should give rural life a chance. There is opportunity here in large part because people from the GTA get jobs here and can't hack it. There is a lot of upward mobility as a result.

    [–] What are your history podcast pet peeves? past_is_prologue 1 points ago in HistoryPodcast

    When I know a lot about the subject that the host is speaking about, and it becomes clear that their "research" consisted of a trip to Wikipedia. There was a war movie podcast I had to stop listening to because their history "expert" was hot garbage.

    Credit to Dan Carlin, I never feel that way when listening to him. He is not without flaws, but you could never accuse him of not doing his research.

    [–] Affordable Rental Apartments Almost Non-Existent For Canada's Low Earners: CCPA past_is_prologue 1 points ago in canada

    I live in rural Canada. I own a house, truck, and take multiple international vacations every year. Sure there are fewer restaurants, but it's not that bad.

    I actually suspect you've never lived in rural Canada.

    [–] PTSD concerns take centre stage after firefighters’ refusal to clean up traumatic scene led to more Hwy. 400 chaos past_is_prologue 1 points ago in canada

    I have personally been on wash downs at accident scenes. I have also gone into the bush to look for people or parts of people. I am familiar with concept, and familiar with the attitudes around it. I think the break comes from the fact that the crew was released from the scene. All of the wash downs I have attended were part of the cleanup in the immediate aftermath of an accident.

    I think this captain is wrong. There is a contract for road clean up on that stretch. There were no body parts on the road. The victim had been transported. There was some blood and bodily fluid the road. For some reason the fire crew was released from the scene. Once they are released from the scene it is fully reasonable to decline a wash down. Once they leave the scene it is more appropriate for the contracted service to perform the clean up. They are fire fighters, not janitors.

    [–] Pete Buttigieg has a point: Republicans will call any Democratic nominee a socialist past_is_prologue 3 points ago in politics

    Pretty much. No one is decrying socialism when the local fire department shows up to put out a house fire.

    [–] Pete Buttigieg has a point: Republicans will call any Democratic nominee a socialist past_is_prologue 6 points ago in politics

    It's hard to come back from 60 years of Cold War propaganda, I guess. As Canadian I find socialism pretty appealing in some regards— healthcare for one.

    [–] The Innisfil experiment: the town that replaced public transit with Uber past_is_prologue 20 points ago in canada

    CPP is basically meant so you don't starve and die destitute in the street. It is 100% not a retirement plan.

    It is sucky, but retirement takes some real planning.

    [–] PM on Trump’s racist tweets: “Only Quebec is allowed to do that in Canada” past_is_prologue -3 points ago in canada

    I do prefer him underselling rather than over selling, but still. It would be on brand for him to get fired up about this, but he hasn't.

    [–] Liberals 36, Conservatives 30, NDP 19, Green 8, People’s 2 in latest Nanos federal tracking past_is_prologue 1 points ago in canada

    No, I think you're rewriting history. The NDP wanted to form a coalition government with the LPC with the BQ holding the balance of power. The impetus was a gov't fiscal update with they didn't like— one of the major issues was the plan to get rid of the per vote subsidy. The NDP, and to a lesser extent the LPC and BQ, were terrified of that prospect. That elimination, and their subsequent poor fundraising has lead the NDP to mortgage the Layton Building (But I digress... ). The update also did not include enough deficit spending, as well as blocking public service from striking, which also annoyed the union backed NDP. So I can see how you'd get confused and think that was the crux of the issue. Moving on.

    So there are talks of a coalition gov't and the vote on the financial update was the catalyst. The NDP were fired up. Steve Harper was fired up. The LPC was... naval gazing under the sleepy leadership of Step Dion and later Michael Ignatieff. So Steve Harper took the unprecedented (and craven) approach of proroguing parliament while he negotiated with the LPC. They managed to get the LPC on side for a budget in the new year. Ignatieff (Remember "Rise Up, Canada!" oof) negotiated the CPC Gov't provide quarterly updates as a guarantee of propping up the Gov't. He did not ask for any promises of increased spending. In fact, the CPC were apparently a bit surprised the LPC didn't ask for more as they have to report to the house anyway. CPC House leader Jay Hill was quoted in the article as saying, "This is nothing new. … We always report back to Parliament," The NDP and BQ probably did ask for more spending, but Harper was free to tell them to fuck right off because he had the support of the LPC.

    So, nah. You're wrong.

    [–] Liberals 36, Conservatives 30, NDP 19, Green 8, People’s 2 in latest Nanos federal tracking past_is_prologue -2 points ago in canada

    So a minority government was forced to compromise because of their tenuous hold on power? I am shocked. Shocked I say.

    [–] PM on Trump’s racist tweets: “Only Quebec is allowed to do that in Canada” past_is_prologue 14 points ago in canada

    He could say it is disgraceful, and disproportionately harms people of colour. He could say that as an MP of a Quebec riding he strongly opposes it. He could recommend that Quebec defend religious freedom. There are any number of things he could say to be more forceful.

    [–] Liberals 36, Conservatives 30, NDP 19, Green 8, People’s 2 in latest Nanos federal tracking past_is_prologue -3 points ago in canada

    Using a deficit to help weather a global financial meltdown was a sound strategy. You may not like Harper, but it made sense to do it, and it worked.

    [–] Plop past_is_prologue 19 points ago in 90DayFiance

    My wife and I agree that of all the people in the "90 Day" franchise, Jihoon is the most fucked of everyone. Deavan is a damn train wreck, and the pregnancy makes it so he can't (ethically) cut her loose.

    [–] 338 Federal Projection Update: CPC 148, LPC 147, NDP 23, BQ 19, GPC 5, JWR 1 past_is_prologue 32 points ago in canada

    Someone put a BQ sign up in Fredericton in 2005 and it received so much buzz that Gilles Duceppe had to issue an official statement thanking Frederictonians for their support, but emphasizing they had no plans to run outside Quebec.

    [–] Chlamydia, syphilis rates increase in Canada — and experts say declining condom use is party to blame past_is_prologue 3 points ago in canada

    Yes, they are. I'm still not sure why you think I'm making light of them. I'm also not exactly sure how what you wrote in your first post is relevant to my post. It seems like you're trying to pick a fight where there isn't one and I'm not interested.

    [–] Chlamydia, syphilis rates increase in Canada — and experts say declining condom use is party to blame past_is_prologue 2 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago) in canada

    You must be super fun at parties.

    But you're right, it is my personal perspective. Whose other perspective would it be?