Went to Winnipeg

I went to Winnipeg on the weekend. A car rental was less than $70 for 4 days. While there I witnessed a U-Haul van driver gently crash into the car in front of him after I had waved him into the flow of traffic in my lane. I guess if I hadn’t waved him in, he’d have hit me instead.

I also got sick with a cold, and couldn’t do half of the things I wanted to see while there.

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I Think Pat Martin Is Swell

You heard about the woman hospitalized for wearing so called “skinny jeans”?
Global didn’t seem to understand Pat Martin was joking.

From Kady’s old 2008 report comes this line:

Pat Martin, meanwhile, is playing Goldilocks. After unsuccessfully hopping up and down on his chair, he swaps it for another one – just right, apparently.

“I left to go and have a chat with the Speaker, and Mr. Galipeau overreacted heavily by saying I should forfeit my vote for having the temerity to ask the Speaker a question during the vote,” he told host Evan Solomon.

“The actual fact is I say it was a cheeky answer to what I thought was a cheeky question.”

You Can Vote, But You Can’t Travel in Canada

This situation is BS.

A Manitoba MP is crying discrimination after two aboriginal women were not allowed to board a plane with her, even though they had tickets.

Niki Ashton, who represents the Churchill riding for the NDP, said Gail and Joyce Nepinak were scheduled to fly to Ottawa from Winnipeg with her on Sunday evening.
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MP Niki Ashton said the Nepinaks were embarrassed when they were not allowed to board the plane. (CBC)

​ The Nepinaks had been invited by the House of Commons to speak at the special committee on missing and murdered indigenous women on Monday.

If an MP (with ID) cannot vouch for a passenger, then the whole point of security is exposed for what it is. It’s not to ensure that the people boarding are who they say they are (or who a trustworthy public figure says), it’s to demand red-tape obedience from lowly people not afforded the human dignity to travel freely. It exposes the system’s racism.

Manitoba to Ottawa is an in-Canada flight. There should be no requirement to have photo ID to travel freely within Canada (especially at the request of Parliament).

Ashton asked to speak to an Air Canada manager but one never showed up.

She said that in many ways this situation is symbolic of the systemic discrimination aboriginal people face in so many areas of their daily lives.

This doesn’t just show Air Canada’s horrible customer service, it shows our airline industry and culture around airport travel is very sick and inhuman.

In Winnipeg

It’s not often I have so many days go by without blogging, but it’s been a busy week. Along with buying a motorbike, we had a trip to Winnipeg for the U2 concert to undertake. We didn’t want to take our Sunfire to Winnipeg until it got some service, so we rented what was supposed to be a compact, and turned into a Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, which hasn’t been terrible on the gas mileage, but is worse than the Sunfire by about 4L/100km.

Yesterday we went to the zoo, and a pub, and The Forks market. This one vendor was explaining vinegar to us, and wanted us to make five gallons of jelly to sell if we were keen to do so. At the zoo we watched peafowl courting each other.