Saturday, September 30, 2006

Babe and Pao in New York

Dig in to my pics file and decided to
post these e-mailed pics of my dearest
niece and nephew photo-ops during
their summer holiday.

Above picture backgound is the
The World Trade Center post 9/11

Is that a Mac or a Windows?
Babe and Pao with their tourist guide
(mom's twins).

Barely eight months in their new country, but showing the love for the
the Stars and Stripes.

That Lady is "huge" and much

more popular than me.

Now, back to school for both of you and take care always. See you soon. Popping in anytime.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Alimodian Town Fiesta as Celebrated In the Greater Toronto

Welcome to our Town Fiesta as
celebrated our way in our new land.

Weather co-operated for an outdoor photo-0ps of our townsmates, friends and guest in our little get-together of fun, food, drinks and lot of yak-yaks plus karaoke numbers and impromptu shomanship on the dance floor.
The young Alimodiananons.
What is fiesta without the above?
The boys of Alsacan(alimodiananon sa canada)
The 'girls' of Alsacan. Always outnumber the boys.

See you guys at the Christmas Party and be ready with more fun and stories to swap...

by vic sept. 24, '06

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Tommy Douglas - Greatest Canadian of All Time

When he was a child, he suffered an infection that necessitate amputation of his leg, had his doctor not found him a good ‘subject’ for his class. That was when Tommy Douglas started thinking that Medical care should be available to all, regardless of his/her financial condition.
He is the son of a Scottish Immigrants, born in Scotland grew up and educated in Canada. Became a Baptist Minister and later Joined politics.
He has a degree in Sociology and completed his Master Degree (MA) with his Thesis entitled the ‘Problem of Subnormal Family’ (and was in Eugenics) - and suggested sterilization for mentally and physically handicapped Canadians and send them to camps. Five years later he completely rejected his theory after a visit to Nazi Germany in 1938.
He was first elected to Parliament in 1935 as a member of Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (later known as New Democrats), a socialist party. Rejected on his application to join the Military at the outbreak of World II because of the discovery of his foot ailment, he was elected leader of the Provincial CCF party of Saskatchewan and in 1944 won an election and lead the govt., the first ever Socialist government in Canada and North America. He Held that Position from l941-l960 and during the period he was able to implement his vision of social economy that was anathema of the time. He was able to implement a program of Government insurance for automobile in Saskatchewan that until today exist. But his vision for Canada or in particular for his province of Universally funded health care was his most cherished dream even from his childhood. And it was a hard Struggle. He was met with Doctors’ strike and unsympathetic disregard from other governments for such an ambitious plan. But Douglas proved its feasability that by careful financial planning, the health care profession can accept government supervision with enough money to finance it. It paves the way to the adaption of the system all over Canada.. Although it was the succeeding CCF government lead by another leader who finally introduced the Bill, when TC Douglas resigned, it was his brainchild and he later became the leader of the Federal New Democratic Party in l961-71 and was very active in Politics until his retirement in l979.
The Man who we will be remembered as the father of Medicare passed away in l986 at age 81. He was married to Irma Dempsey, and parents of Actress Shirley Douglas, adopted daughter Joan, and the Grandfather of Kiefer Sutherland.
In 2004, He was voted as the Greatest Canadian of all time in a nationally televised contest organized by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Nothing beats that honour, though he was also awarded the Order of Canada ( the highest honour vestowed civilians)

Moral: You don’t need to be on top or the most powerful person of the land to do the most good for your fellow countrymen and women.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Shooting in Montreal, one slain, 19 injured.

A lone gunman, Identified as Kimveer Gill by the Montreal police (in picture), wearing a black trenchcoat, carrying an assault rifle, stalked and started firing at Students of Dawson college in Montreal, Quebec yesterday at around lunch time and when it was over one woman was dead, 19 others wounded, several critically and the gunman shot dead by the partrolling police officer. This sad incident in Montreal brings back memories of almost seventeen years ago, when Marc Lepine, another psychotic who blamed women for all his troubles, gunned down 14 women and wounded scores at Montreal 's Ecole Polytechnique before turning his weapon to himself.
Now, we will again ask ourselves: why? There will be debates, inquiries and new laws that will follow. But for now, we are not sure of what really happened yet, but if the gunman was stopped by an officer then, we can thank the officer for the quick action that may have save more lives. It's is not time to speculate the motives, the reasons and the quest for answers yet, but to pause and grieve the lone victim and even the gunman, and to pray all the injured a speedy recovery.

In his online blog entries Gill made some reference of his hatred and anger toward society and authorities. But no one has suspected that it will come to this end.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

My Brothers' Grandsons

Grandpa and Josh in tha backyard somewhere in San Pedro, Laguna in his portable swimming pool. Kids and water and grandparents are inseparable.
New born baby Josh. Made my Brother and his Wife world back to normally happy when their first and only grand-daughter and family left for the U.S. (previous blog).

Baby Manuel was born just recently to my niece in the beautiful city of Toril, Davao, a few months after my elder brother and my best friend passed away suddenly of heart attack. A Grandson, his first, he had never seen. Rest assured my dear Brother, he will be in good hands. Another child born, your very own grandson to carry on. Peace be with you ever more.

At peace with himself, few days after birth. A split image of Grandpa and ears like mine.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Francine-My Brother's Grand-daughter...

Her name is Francine (from dad's Francis). My brother's first grandchild (another one from a daughter since). And she's wondering why she has too many grandmas. Picture above was taken upon mom and child arrival in U.S. to follow Dad who was ahead for about eight months as nurse immigrant to seek what most nursing graduates nowadays look forward as a chance to get a fair and decent pays for one of the noblest professions. And they deserve them, for the services rendered. Both parents are nurses.

cooling off at pleasant beach, N.J. with mom.

Fashion show..

Halloween fairy...

A dedication for chin chin - from another "lolo".. too many grandpas?

Friday, September 01, 2006

AIDS Stay - Behinds

About 150 delegates of last month International Aids Conference Stayed in Toronto and filed Refugee Claims according to The Toronto Sun headline today.

Most of the Claimants are Aids sufferers, including an activist from Eritrea who has to dash away from two state agents assigned to keep an eye at him, at the Airport before departure.

Some claimants claim discrimination in their own country for being an AIDS sufferer and that is a valid reason for refugee claim. Some I believe would just want to take advantage of our Taxpayers’ paid medical care that all Canadian Citizens and Legal Residents enjoy, that maybe suffecient ground for refusal, but for humanitarian reason that could be taken into consideration. Most of this delegates are from African countries selected among the sufferers with strict conditions from their government to come back with their delegation. But for the desperate few, especially the activists that may have spoken against their government during the conference, coming back would be just a fastest way to their demise. And for the poor, who cannot afford the expensive medication for controlling the ravages of the HIV, Canada’s Health Care system is the only way to prolong their lives or at least living and dying in dignity. Immigration Canada said it might take at least a year to process all the applicants. This matter won’t raise much eyebrows among the public except for the few issues which I would like to touch in this blog.

>>Most of these Claimants may not be aware that knowingly spreading the virus, or not informing their sexual partners of their infection is a Criminal Offense in Canada. That before granting Refugee status to any deserving claimant, each should be made aware and be trained and schooled for safe sex and fully made to understand the consequence of unsafe sex. That if an infection result to death of a future partner(s) that they are subject to a Charge of Intentional Homicide and be Punished accordingly, regardless of their disease.

>>That if they are incapable of working for a living that the Taxpayers’ social assistance provided will be used solely for them and not for the purpose of helping their kins and extended family members. Otherwise, if they are independently able to avail themselves of gainful employment or engagement in lawful business, then they have the rights like any other citizens and legal residents.

>> That during the filing to the time of resolution of their case, that they all are entitled to the Health Benefits and Social benefits, either in detention (usually at a holiday inn or minimum security center) or if granted freedom from detention that they be monitored strictly and make sure that they do not spread the virus that they as delegates to the Conference had come together in our City to find ways and solutions to stop the spread of our modern day plague.

Not much to ask for those who ask our understanding and our generosity...