Thursday, May 24, 2012

burn my cookies

Folks, I don't even know where to begin.

First of all, I support the Quebec student strike!  They have every right to protest tuition hikes.  Something you all should know is that it's not just about tuition hikes.  It's about student debt.  It's about working for pennies (oh wait, they don't exist anymore) after you finish school.  It's about how frustrating it is to get a job and pay off your loans without sacrificing food or shelter.

Many moons ago, I finished my post-secondary education with a debt of $50K.  I got okay jobs however after paying bills, rent & food I'd have nothing left over.  I used to pay upwards of $1000 per month to student loans.  Then when I lost my job the bill collectors were ruthless.  Get a job, they'd tell me.  So off I'd go to the gift shop, grocery store or mall to get a job to pay the bills; once they saw my resume, they'd tell me thanks but no thanks.  You tell me what I'm supposed to do.

I also just read some bollocks about changes to EI...? Seriously??? My cookies are on fire.  So Stevie H has decided (in his infinite wisdom) to make it so that if you're on EI, you have to accept a job at a certain percentage of your last job because people are allegedly sitting on their backsides on EI.

For those of you outside Canada, EI is basically unemployment insurance.  I've been on it a few times - it's not fun.  I would never want to sit on it for good.  I had to go to these asinine workshops that taught me how to look for a job.  Talk about a good waste of my time.  Funny how the feds just ASSUME that the employed are lazy & stupid.  I am neither, for the record.  I know how to pimp my CV.  Better yet, remember my job search?  Dead as a doornail.

People, blame the employers for lack of jobs.  There are millions out there who are capable of working.  It's the employers who don't want you.  They want people to fit their perfect mould - people who'll be their BFF after 8 hours on the job; people who'll wander around the downtown core in nice expensive clothing on their lunch break; people who'll put work before food, family & friends... I could go on.  Employers need to do their part.  There are indeed jobs out there however the snobs employers will ensure that you'll be on the outside looking in so they can feel better about themselves.

Good Lord.  Ethan thinks the world economy is going to collapse and money will cease to exist as we know it.  With everything going on in the world today, I'm beginning to think he's right.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

out of the mouths of babes...

12-year-old Victoria Grant has told it like is! Watch her speech about Canada's banking industry here:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

this blog hasn't been abandoned...

So here's a quick update on life:

- Ethan's mother passed away in March
- Stevie H is proving to be an exact duplicate of General Admiral Aladeen
- Despite massive cuts to the CBC, they still renewed Coronation Street (sweet!)
- FC Barcelona fired their coach
- Canada quietly bailed out its banks a few years ago
- I've been watching Oprah's Lifeclasses online and they're GREAT
- I have a new lease on life!