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Bon Jovi - I'll Be There For You

(Fill 1)
I guess this time you're really leaving
G                              D
I heard your suitcase say goodbye
Well as my broken heart lies bleeding
G                          D
You say true love, it's suicide
You say you've cried a thousand rivers
G                        D
And now you're swimming for the shore
You left me drowning in my tears
G                         A
And you won't save me anymore
I pray to God you'll give me one more chance, girl 

I'll be there for you
These five words I swear to you
When you breathe I want to be the air for you
A       C       G   D
I'll be there for you 

I'd live and I'd die for you
Steal the sun from the sky for you
Words can't say what a love can do
A       C       G   D
I'll be there for you 

(Fill 1)
I know you know, we've had some good times.
G			     D
Now they have their own hiding place.
I can't promise you tomorrow
G		            A
But I can't buy back yesterday
Baby you know my hands are dirty
A			D  C#m Bm
And I wanted to be your valentine----------
I'll be the water when you get thirsty baby
When you get drunk I'll be the wine.

I'll be there for you
These five words I swear to you 

When you breathe I want to be the air for you
A       C       G   D
I'll be there for you 

I'd live and I'd die for you
Steal the sun from the sky for you
Words can't say what a love can do
A       C       G   D
I'll be there for you 

(Guitar Solo)
D   Bm   G   A   D   Bm   G   A

A			       G
And I wasn't there when you were happy
A			 D    C#m Bm
I wasn't there when you were down-----------
I didn't mean to miss your birthday, baby
I wish I'd seen you blow those candles out (Scream)

I'll be there for you
These five words I swear to you
When you breathe I want to be the air for you
A       C       G   D
I'll be there for you 

I'd live and I'd die for you
Steal the sun from the sky for you
Words can't say what a love can do
A       C       G   D
I'll be there for you

Finale (Repeat once)
Woo ----- ooo ----- ooo
Woo ----- ooo ----- ooo
G                    A
Woo ----- ooo ----- ooo
C         G           D
I'll be there for you

(Closing- Fill 1) 

Fill 1

Guns N Roses – Patience

C G A D    C G A D
C G C Em   C G D D

Shed a tear cause I’m missing you
I’m still alright to smile
A                            D
Girl I think about you every day now

Was a time when I wasn’t sure
But you set my mind at ease
A                               D
There is no doubt, you’re in my heart now

C          G
Sad woman take it slow
C               Em
It will work itself out fine
C              G               D
All we need is just a little patience

C          G
Said sugar make it slow and
C              Em
It comes together fine
C              G               D
All we need is just a little patience

Sit here on the stairs
Cause I’d rather be alone
If I can’t have you right now
I’ll wait dear

Sometimes I get so tense
But I can’t speed up the time
You know love, there’s one more thing
To consider

Sad woman take it slow
And things will be just fine
You and I just use a little patience

Sad sugar take the time
Cause the lights are shining bright
You and I got what it takes to make it

We don’t fake it
Ahh and never break it
Cause I can’t take it


G    C
A little patience
G    C
Mhh Yeah

I’ve been walking the streets tonight
Just trying to get it right
It’s hard to see with so many around
you know I don’t like being stuck in a crowd
And the streets don’t change but maybe the name
I ain’t got time for the game
Cause I need you
Yeah Yeah cause I need you
Uh I need you
Woh I need you
G   C  G
Uhh this time

May 29th at noon – meet at high park!!!

Bike riders get together and ride along bloor in a fight to have bike lanes added!!  And they’re giving out free bike bells!!!  🙂

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he’s fed.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts

Tax  his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid.

When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
It’s time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Airline surcharge tax
Airline Fuel Tax
Airport Maintenance Tax
Building Permit Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Death Tax
Dog License Tax
Driving Permit Tax
Environmental Tax (Fee)
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment (UI)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Gasoline Tax (too much per litre)
Gross Receipts Tax
Health Tax
Hunting License Tax
Hydro Tax
Inheritance Tax
Interest Tax
Liquor Tax
Luxury  Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Mortgage Tax
Personal  Income Tax
Property Tax
Poverty Tax
Prescription Drug Tax
Provincial Income and sales tax
Real Estate  Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Retail Sales Tax
Service Charge Tax
School Tax
Telephone Federal Tax
Telephone Federal, Provincial  and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Vehicle  License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Water Tax
Watercraft  Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
— and in  2010 the HST


Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was one of the most
prosperous in the world.  We had absolutely no national debt, had a large
middle class, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in “Hell” happened?  Can you spell ‘politicians?’

I hope this goes around CANADA at least 100 times!!!!!

YOU can help it get there!!!!

GO AHEAD – – – be a CANADIAN !!!!!!!!!!


Just click on the picture to read it…

This is truly amazing!

My brother Kelly Krogman found it and I snarfed it. 🙂

It’s beautiful, and really makes you think.

Prue Demands Immediate Reversal of Special Diet Allowance Elimination

April 1, 2010

Today at Queen’s Park NDP Poverty Critic Michael Prue repeated his demand that the McGuinty Liberal government reverse the decision to eliminate the Special Diet Allowance.

“We have heard today from Ontarians who are able to mange their medical conditions because they receive this additional allowance. I know from recipients, social service workers and the medical community that the Special Diet Supplement must not be axed.”, Prue said.

Connie Harrison, who suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure, has used her 72 dollar-a-month allowance to effectively manage her health. “Eliminating the special diet allowance will be devastating to me. I use it to buy the fresh vegetables and fruits I need to manage my condition – and it is working – I can’t go backwards,” Harrison said

Dr. Gary Bloch, a family physician in downtown Toronto has fought for improving access to special diet funding for years. “We already know that Social Assistance rates are grossly inadequate to maintain food security and now we face a looming health care catastrophe!  By ending the Special Diet Allowance, this government risks the health of tens of thousands of Ontario’s most vulnerable people.” Bloch said.

“We are calling on the government to immediately reverse its decision to cut the Special Diet. Ontario cannot afford the severe consequences that will impact our health care system as a result of this wrong-headed and mean-spirited decision.”, reasoned Prue.


For more information:  Laurie Orrett 416-816-1765

Instant Hansard – April 1, 2010

Special Diet – Questions 1 and 2 (LEAD NDP)

Social assistance

Mr. Michael Prue: My question is to the Premier. Mr. Premier, Connie Harrison is a downtown Toronto resident who is here in the gallery today. Connie is a cancer survivor, and today she suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure. She barely gets enough money through her ODSP payment of $710 a month. Because of her measly income, she counts on a $72-a-month special diet allowance so she can afford the food she needs to manage her conditions. I’m asking this question on Connie’s behalf: Will he explain to her why his government is about to make her life much harder by scrapping the special diet allowance?

Hon. Dalton McGuinty: I appreciate the question; I really do. I think it’s important for my honourable colleague to understand, as well as those who are receiving the special diet allowance. I’m not an expert when it comes to this particular matter. I’m not a doctor; I have not been trained in medicine. But it sounds to me like this particular individual would continue to benefit under the new nutritional supplement. Our intention is to ensure that those who are in need of special support when it comes to their diet in fact receive that special support. The program as it exists right now is doing more than that, to the point where, when this started off I think it was costing us some $6 million; it’s up to $250 million on an annual basis. They tell us it could rise up to $750 million. That’s three quarters of a billion dollars. We want to make sure we get the program right; we want to make sure those who are entitled to receive this are in fact receiving it.

The Speaker (Hon. Steve Peters): Supplementary?

Mr. Michael Prue: Since the McGuinty government announced its intention to replace the special diet allowance, Connie has been living with fear and anxiety. She doesn’t know when her allowance will be terminated or if it will be terminated, and she doesn’t know how she will make ends meet if it is cut. Why is the Premier doing this to Connie and countless other vulnerable Ontarians like her who rely on the special diet allowance to stay healthy? Why haven’t you announced concrete plans on exactly what you are going to do?

Hon. Dalton McGuinty: To the Minister of Community and Social Services.

Hon. Madeleine Meilleur: This is a great question that is being asked by the member from the NDP. Yes, there is a lot of concern out there in the community, but what I can say is that there is a transition period. Nobody will be cut off before the next program is in place, so I want to reassure everyone. This being said, not everyone on the program now will be transferred to the new program, because this new program is a nutritional supplement program but it’s going to be developed in consultation with our partners: the medical community and the Ministry of Health.

The Speaker (Hon. Steve Peters): Final supplementary?

Mr. Michael Prue: The minister has already said this will be for severe conditions, and it’s administered by the medical community. You have to get a doctor’s letter to get the supplement today. Connie isn’t alone here today. Kyle Vose is a diabetic living with HIV. He’s here in the audience as well. He is also worried about the cuts. So is Fiona Blair, who lives with post-traumatic stress disorder. Connie, Kyle and Fiona are just three of 170,000 Ontarians who rely on the special diet allowance to deal with their serious medical conditions. I want the minister and/or the Premier to assure all of these Ontarians, each and every one of them, that they will not see a reduction in their benefits as a result of the cancellation of the allowance. Will the minister make that assurance?

Hon. Madeleine Meilleur: As I have explained, this new program will be developed in consultation with our partners in the poverty community and in the medical community, along with the Minister of Health. Will everyone who is the receiving special diet now be receiving it—

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(Hon. Madeleine Meilleur)

… our partner in the poverty community and in the medical community, along with the Minister of Health. Will everyone who is receiving the special diet now be receiving it in the future? My answer is no.


Social assistance

Mr. Michael Prue: Mr. Premier, you’ve just heard the minister, so back to the Premier. This government claims the special diet program is not meeting its objectives, but it provides not one iota of evidence: no report, no study, no analysis. Its own expert social assistance review panel says the program shouldn’t be cut, and they’re not due to report until the end of this month.

Why is the government in such a rush to end the special diet allowance before it has been properly evaluated by your own panel?

Hon. Dalton McGuinty: I know that my honourable colleague is aware of the concerns that the auditor has expressed about this government program of ours. We think that we have a responsibility not only to those individuals who are in need of special nutritional support and supplements, but we also have accountability to taxpayers to make sure that it is running as efficiently and effectively as it can.

On page 264 of the 2009 auditor’s report—one passage—he says a doctor “diagnosed celiac disease in 99% of the applications” brought before him, “which we feel is unreasonably high given that the nationwide incidence of this disease is estimated at 1% of the population.” That’s a legitimate concern. That’s just one reason why we feel a sense of responsibility to review the program and to find a better replacement.

The Speaker (Hon. Steve Peters): Supplementary?

Mr. Michael Prue: What the government has done is not a review, Mr. Premier. What the government has done is unilaterally cut this program in favour of some unannounced program in the future.

This government is desperate to save money—that’s the real reason it’s cancelling the special diet allowance—not by cutting six- and seven-figure salaries of hospital and government agency executives, but by slashing the benefits to Ontario’s poorest and sickest citizens.

Why is the McGuinty government willing to balance the budget on the backs of struggling people like Connie, Kyle and Fiona, but not on its high-flying Liberal friends and big seven-figure earners?

Hon. Dalton McGuinty: That’s an interesting and exciting way to put it, but obviously I can’t agree.

I think that one of the responsibilities that we have, all of us, is to give expression to Ontarians at their best, and I think at their best they’re kind, caring, considerate and compassionate. They also expect that their government will treat their hard-earned tax dollars respectfully.

What we’re trying to do is strike the balance. We don’t believe that we have struck that balance in the best way possible with the existing program, so we’re going to develop a successor program that strikes that balance, that ensures that through their government, the people of Ontario do lend a hand to those folks who need special help when it comes to their diet.

But at the same time, they expect that we will be responsible when it comes to dealing with their money. That’s what motivates this: We want to better strike that balance.

The Speaker (Hon. Steve Peters): Final supplementary.

Mr. Michael Prue: There are words to describe this government’s actions. “Cruel” and “heartless” and “mean” come to mind.

Back in 2007, when this Premier was looking for votes, he said over and over and over again that reducing poverty was his top priority. But three years later, without any consultation, his government is cutting a basic allowance that provides up to 30% of the income for hundreds of thousands of social assistance recipients struggling with medical conditions.

Will the Premier look at the people here today—Connie, Kyle, and Fiona—display some courage and immediately reverse his decision—

The Speaker (Hon. Steve Peters): I just would like to remind our guests that you are very welcome to observe but not participate in the proceedings.

Please finish.

Mr. Michael Prue: —display some courage and immediately reverse his decision to scrap the special diet allowance?

Hon. Dalton McGuinty: I just want to remind my honourable colleague: I know that for purposes of simplicity, you want to pigeonhole and you want a caricature of the government. They’re either profligate spenders or hard-hearted and mean-spirited.

The fact is that we struggle to get that balance. The fact that we are continuing to move ahead with the Ontario child benefit, a program that wasn’t there before, that will provide $1,310 for our families when it’s fully implemented, notwithstanding difficult economic times, I think, speaks to where our heart is found.

The fact that we’ve found permanent funding for 8,500 more child care spaces speaks to where our heart is.

The fact that we are now determined to find a better program to help people who find themselves in difficult circumstances, who need additional support for their nutritional requirements, speaks again …

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(Hon. Dalton McGuinty)

… The fact that we are now determined to find a better program to help people who find themselves in difficult circumstances who need additional support for their nutritional requirements speaks again to where our heart is. But we’ve got to balance that with our responsibility to taxpayers to get this right.

LISA RAINFORD Apr 15, 2010 – 10:37 AM

MPPs say Ontario Works dollars fall short

One-thousand-three-hundred-fourteen dollars a month is the amount of money MPPs determined a single person needed to pay for the basic necessities of life, including housing and food; however, an Ontario Works (OW) recipient falls $729 short of that tally while those receiving an Ontario Disability Pension (ODSP) would be $772 short.

Forty MPPs from all three parties completed the Do the Math survey, a budgetary exercise that can be found on the Stop Community Food Centre’s website, that asks participants to answer the question: ‘Does a single person on social assistance receive enough income to live in health and with dignity?’

At $1,314, the MPPs’ total was just $236 shy of the average total of the 5,000 other survey participants, clearly indicating that after paying for housing, clothing and transportation, most people on social assistance have nothing left for food and are forced to rely on food banks and drop-in meals to survive.

Do the Math teams, comprised of community leaders, OW and ODSP recipients, visited 40 MPPs throughout Ontario calling for an immediate monthly increase of $100 for every adult receiving social assistance in the province. This initiative is being promoted by the Put Food in the Budget campaign. A report, summarizing the MPPs’ responses, was released Wednesday, April 14, during a meeting that brought together anti-poverty activists from across the province to College United Church at Bathurst and College streets.

The consensus, said Peter Clutterbuck of the Social Planning Network of Ontario, is that the majority of MPPs visited agreed the current social assistance rates are not enough to meet the basic necessities of life.

Nadia Edwards of The Stop along with a group of delegates met with Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur.

“She said there’s no money to give to this, but we all know this is not the case,” said Edwards. “Don’t say you know what we’re going through, you don’t know what it’s like. You’ve never raised your kids in poverty, you don’t know what it’s like to live in poverty.”

Meilleur refused to do the math, said Edwards, because she knew what the answer would be.

“I was disappointed in her. She was refusing to hear us. This is unacceptable. We need to take action,” said Edwards.

Click here to read more!


Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 by Mike Balkwill – Put Food in the Budget

Dear Mr. McGuinty and Mr Duncan,

I am the Chair of the Weston Food Bank (W.A.E.S.) located at Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue in Toronto.  I have been involved with the Weston community for over 20 years.  In 2009 WAES saw a 26% increase in need – serving over 12, 500 people.

You must be aware that nobody could possibly live on social assistance or disability benefits in this city.

The people that come to WAES for support come from all walks of life, some with mental health or addiction issues, but most with just a need to feed themselves and their families.  All of those that need support are my neighbours, and they want to live a decent life, be able to put food on their table, have clean clothes to wear and a decent place to live.  These are not outrageous aspirations.  And yet in Toronto, where so many live so lavishly, there is a growing group of people that are being left behind.

At the April 13th Do the Math event at the Christy Barns, one 11 year old girl said “I can’t believe how hard it would be to not see a light at the end of the tunnel”.  She was talking about poverty and living on what a person gets from a food bank.  It brought tears to my eyes.

Click here to read more!!!!

Well, the job interview went smashingly. lol

I was late…. so I walked in, put on my cheekiest smile and announced – Hi, I’m Tracy and I’m LATE.  I have no idea who I’m to see, but I know I have an interview.  lol  I had a lot of fun, met some great folks and learned a whole new type of job interview…three women… 7 questions.  And I enjoyed it.  It was questions I know the answers to..common sense answers….

Then EARTH DAY happened!  We had 12 drums, and face painting and food!!!  We managed to snarf the TTC No Fair box!!!  It’s going around the city… landing where needed.  The idea is that you put your suggestions or feelings into this box that looks much like a TTC FARE box. 🙂  What it means to you that TTC fares are so high… what you can’t do because of it, what you have to give up to pay it…. etc.  Some very inventive mind came up with that..and we got to use it.

All in all, terrifically great day!

TTC No Fair Box
TTC No Fair Box
Musical Instruments to go with the 12 Drums!
Musical Instruments to go with the 12 Drums!
The Cat, teaching me how to meow and roar!!
The Cat, teaching me how to meow and roar!!

I spent the day with my daughter… and Saaash and met Ingrid. lol

We painted our feet and hands.  lol  Kaela had an idea to paint these body parts and make them art!  I got two new pieces from her…

They are so happy, vibrant and so full of color!!!  I’m pretty darn lucky!

And in the morning I have a job interview.  I’m pretty much terrified of job interviews..and avoid them at all costs.  I will sit still until the time has come and gone and I can’t move until it’s too late….but tomorrow I think I’ll do it different.  I’ll just – in my mind – think I’m going to see Susan who I volunteer with.  I’ll go there and act like it’s her I’m going to see and act like I would with her.

Once I get in I’m always ok……… but ew.  I can’t sell myself.  If you don’t get me from word go…I’m not here to convince you.

So it’s goodnight to me. lol

Our Feet - My Daugher's and Mine - My new painting!
Our Feet – My Daugher’s and Mine – My new painting!
My New Painting done by My Daughter!
My New Painting done by My Daughter!
Our Hands...Kaela's New Painting :)
Our Hands…Kaela’s New Painting 🙂

Laughter….best medicine?

Read on… CLICK HERE!!


lol  Ok, serious… when someone else tells you how you feel, or what you want….grr.

Stick it in your ear, mate…. I don’t assume to know your wants, needs or desires, so how about letting me have my own say?!?!

How about you don’t assume… how about you stop the drama… listen to the words I’m actually saying, not what you want to make of them.

Ok, vent over…but I’m still pretty sure I wouldn’t want green eggs and ham!!!!  lol

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It’s so funny!  People keep telling me they feel sorry for me.  LOL

I totally love this diet…. add lots of water and exercise and bring on summer!  lol

I’m eating strawberries, any meat I like, salads, cheese, watermelon, cucumber, eggs, broccoli, cauliflower..mmm!  What’s not to like?  My latest thing is I get a bag of baby spinach and a bag of salad….and mix them together!  Spinach is my new fave…and I looked it up – it has all sorts of great things in it.  I’m surprised I’m alive seeing as how I’ve never had it before. lol  And it’s great – fresh!!