Santa on the strip, part 2

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Ho! Ho! Ho! from Bells Corners.
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Third annual tree-lighting rally.
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Attendance was way down from last year. No sign of Jay Tysick, Goldie or fake community association honchos. An almost Lisa-free zone.
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Maybe 100 people? “Lock her up!” bellowed one wag from Westcliffe.
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Terry Kilrea ran for mayor…
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…with Joe Varner as his campaign manager!*
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No Scottish military marching band this year, just the one bagpiper.
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Santa arrived by free bike-taxi.
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Lisa’s campaign tent.
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Scotty’s and Britalia’s provided “free” hot chocolate.
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Horse-drawn wagon rides and bike-taxi rides were free – no tipping allowed.
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The button Tristan thought he deserved to push. Alex’s kid did the honours after the politicians had finished self-congratulating.
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A former Stephen Harper strategist (Lisa MacLeod’s husband) acted as MC.
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He ran for the Conservatives in Ottawa-Centre.
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Cookie monsters.
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Liberal MP Chandra Arya was a no-show this year – he sent a staff member.
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Lisa took a shot at Kathyrn Wynne and plugged the Christian food bank.
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Rick praised himself and BIA Jim for bringing DND to Nortel. Huh?
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Rick’s favourite show.
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Chiarelli paid for the doughnuts out of his $250,000 annual slush-fund office budget so it’s only fair he gets to make a speech.
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Somebody was giving out candy canes.
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Mush!
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Lots of smiles.
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shoppers
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New shop where Wallack’s used to be.
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A good day to be a six-figure gold-plated politician.
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Locked out!
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Laugh out loud!
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Only one active NHL player has a connection to Bells Corners – Andrew Shaw whose uncle volunteers at the library.
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Volunteers from the public food bank were at the Bells Corners Loblaws.
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A kid was driving the bus.
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Community bulletin board at Loblaws.
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Pretty much a free-for-all.
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Marketing “Kelowna” wine.
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Marketing Wayne Gretzky tin boxes – thirty sold so far!
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New Japanese-Korean restaurant where Taste of Japan and Golden Tiffin used to be.
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Kids from Montreal chowing down at the Bells Corners Quizno’s after their first victory in the Kanata basketball tournament.
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* The incestuous little world of Conservative Ottawa:
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O’Brien’s first campaign manager, Joe Varner, was also Kilrea’s manager in the 2003 mayoral campaign. Varner is married to MPP Lisa MacLeod, Baird’s former constituency assistant.
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MacLeod’s father, Daniel MacLeod of New Glasgow, N.S., was recently appointed to the National Capital Commission in Ottawa.
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And it was Baird’s intervention – at the request of candidate O’Brien – into a local transit plan funded in part with a federal grant that proved to be the turning point in the municipal election race.
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Baird and Pierre Poilievre used to attend many of Kilrea’s events even when he wasn’t running for office, to whip the right wing into a frenzy….
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Matthew Pearson did a story on Lisa’s rise.
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3 Responses to Santa on the strip, part 2

  1. MJ says:

    To our beloved BC WordPress guy Craig (who I think knows almost all there is to know about BC) I ask: Do you know if the new Korean-Japanese restaurant Lee Ga is open yet? Would love to try it!
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    – The sign has been taken down! But they’re working away inside where Taste of Japan used to be so Lee Ga’s should open soon.

  2. Tristin says:

    Tristin Hopper: For the love of God, stop donating canned goods to the food bank!

    Put yourself in the place of a food bank that has just accepted an anarchic 40-pound box of random food from an office fundraiser. It’s got pie filling, Kraft Dinner, beans, pumpkin and chick peas. All those food items need to be sorted, stored, inventoried and then shoehorned into the food bank’s distribution schedule.

    It doesn’t feel as good to donate money. As much as we like to pretend that charitable giving is a selfless act, a lot of it is driven by the human need to feel special and magnanimous.

    And as donations go, it’s much more satisfying to donate a minivan filled with Froot Loops than to send a $100 e-transfer.

    Charities know this, and it’s another reason why they are so hesitant to pooh-pooh canned food drives, despite the extra logistical cost. Non-profits know that people get a buzz from loudly dropping $6 worth of cans into an office hamper.

    If you’re a pragmatist just looking to vanquish as much poverty as possible with your disposable income, suck it up, key in your credit card number and enter the glorious world of anonymous, non-glamourous philanthropy.

    That empty food hamper at your office needn’t be a mark of shame, but a badge of honour.
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    – But it can be a great educational opportunity for the kids to see the actual goods in the bin.

  3. Mj says:

    Regarding the new Korean-Japanese restaurant, Lee Ga, coming to BC…
    I ran into the owner working hard renovating the place. He’s working on the sign frame; hence sign is temporarily out for repair. I think he’s opening in 4-8 weeks, yay!

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