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Update on my life…

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So, since I’m on the blog, inundating people with posts about the election, I figured I’d throw a life update out there… and here it is. You’ve found it! Congratulations.

Let’s see… where am I since the last update?! Last time I told you I was meeting me 15lb weight loss goal and that I was going to Palm Desert to visit my mom and Al. Well, since then things have been going very well! I have exceeded my own expectations and have now lost just over 25lbs! I feel fantastic about it! I am so proud of myself for sticking to it and not getting discouraged this time! The one downfall – clothes! Nothing fits and I don’t want to spend a bunch of money on clothes that wont fit a couple months from now… so I’m feeling a bit frumpy in my clothes but I know it’s for a good cause!

The visit to PD to see Mom and Al was great! We golfed, ate, lounged, and hiked and all of it was good! There will be pictures on my website once it’s up and running. Speaking of which, that’s another thing to update you on! I am currently working on a portfolio website for myself. It will be launched on April 7th and I am very excited. Keep your eyes on!

I have been applying to and interviewing for co-op jobs for the summer and I am VERY happy to announce that I got one – a good one! I have been offered (and accepted) a job with Stantec Inc. as an IT Assistant. While it’s not web or graphic design-based, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for a company like Stantec. So far, I have heard nothing but good things about the company and am excited to experience it for myself.

Aside from that I’ve been keeping myself busy with school projects. Once the website is up, you’ll all be able to see some of what I’ve been doing so definitely make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the official launch announcement!



Have Mercer on me…

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Okay, cheesey title, I know. But for those of you who have no idea what’s going on, that’s what you should be saying: “Have mercy on me!” Thankfully for you, we have Rick Mercer – a man with a knack for explaining things just as they are – plain and simple. Okay, maybe things aren’t so plain… or simple… but he does an excellent job of “dimming things down” for ordinary people.

So I have for you, friends with no clue, a series of Rick Mercer videos that may help to educate you about our system and the current state of governmental affairs. I am throwing in the last one for good measure… even though Stephane Dion is gone, I will always love that video. Enjoy.

RMR: Rick’s Rant – Vote (last year Rick did virtually the same rant… still entirely relevant!)

RMR: Rick’s Rant – The Harper Government (this one isn’t really educational, just funny)

RMR: Canada Explained (a bit older but still hilariously informative nonetheless)

RMR: Election Kids (how can you not love this?)

Stay tuned for a link to all the basic information you need to know about each party so you can make an informed decision. My source is in the process of updating info but in the next couple weeks I will make it VERY easy for you to get informed.


How will you vote?

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I know it’s early so I’ll repost this closer to election time as well, but I want to know your preliminary thoughts!

How will YOU vote in the election on May 2, 2011? (Your answer is kept anonymous – I don’t even know who you are!)


He speaks! Iggy FINALLY opens up with some policy…

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Well, it’s election time and as a political scientist, I can’t help but get drawn in. First things first – for all those who really don’t know where they stand on the political and economic scales, check out the 2011 Federal Election Vote Compass. Keep in mind the limited scope of the questions asked – it’s not meant to determine who you should vote for, it’s meant to give you an idea and make you think about what you really believe. Next, for all my young (and hip older people) friends out there looking for a place to find some accurate information this election season I am, as always, promoting Apathy is Boring! Click the link and check out their site for all kinds of good stuff!

Now, to the real point of this article:

Yesterday, Michael Ignatieff FINALLY showed us a snippet of what we might see if the Liberals are to be elected. Unlike 2008 when he held a non-policy policy convention, Iggy has announced “The Learning Passport”, a policy to support high school students who wish to attend University. Sounds good right?

Read the Liberal news release here or the Edmonton Journal article here and then read on to consider my own thoughts on the matter.

So now that you’ve heard the plan, lets think about this for a minute:

1) That $1000 a year will barely cover the cost of textbooks/supplies – what of the other $10,000-$30,000 it costs to get a degree or diploma?

2) This money will REPLACE the textbook and education tax credits – this is a trade-off… you’re really not gaining much here. Although the Learning Passport money is up-front, it hardly makes a dent in the long run, I’d rather have that money as tax credits when I’m working to pay off my student debt.

* Update: after looking at my tax forms, it has become clear that this is really NOT beneficial AT ALL. Even with the money being up-front. Tax credits (assuming full-time enrollment) equal almost $4000 per year. Why would anyone in their right mind want to trade $4000 for $1000?

3) This isn’t even buying the youth vote. The target is 14-17 year old high school students who aren’t even allowed to vote and their parents. If you really want the youth to vote, do something for those of us who have acquired massive debt to go to school.

4) The money is going into RESP’s that the student is responsible for opening – what happens if the money is never used? The Liberals say that it’s just not paid out – so is there a time limit on it? There’s no real clear outline for how this works.

5) Do the Liberals plan on advertising this if they make office? I highly doubt it  – they don’t REALLY want to give money to people. So what of those students who are unaware that they can open this RESP? Are they just S.O.L. once they get into school? Can the money be put into an RESP retroactively?

6) A CBC article (found here) states that “the plan would mean up to $1,300 in savings for some families, but wouldn’t kick in until the budget is balanced, which is projected to happen in about four years.” Seriously?! Guaranteed there will be another election by then – let’s not kid ourselves. This may as well just be an empty promise.

So many problems with this campaign promise. How can we really make a good decision about the future of our country if we keep hearing crap like this?

I’m not saying I have decided who I’m voting for because I really haven’t  but if certain parties keep throwing out “policy” like this, my decision will definitely become easier!