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(Globe and Mail)   Manitoba to soon get a new statutory holiday in February. The rest of Canada points and laughs at the poor bastards who think a vacation in Winnipeg, in the middle of February, is a good thing   (theglobeandmail.com) divider line 55
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2007-04-05 08:37:13 PM
While this is cool that I will get a free day off next year - big whoop (you would never guess there is going to be an election call anytime now) - this is election buying at its worst.
 
2007-04-05 09:08:57 PM
I'm going to call in sick on this day next year.

/solidarity!
 
2007-04-05 10:27:52 PM
If they're paying you to stay home, it's a good day. End of story.
 
2007-04-05 10:59:48 PM
And the rest of Canada is a veritable tropical paradise in February?
 
2007-04-05 11:34:08 PM
Woohoo it's... Statutory Day?

/the day each year that won't end well
 
2007-04-06 01:41:00 AM
oldebayer: And the rest of Canada is a veritable tropical paradise in February?

Compared to Winnipeg, yes.
 
2007-04-06 01:47:17 AM
If it's ugly and cold, what, it's better to go out and go to work than stay home in bed? The stupidest reason I ever heard to be against a day at home.
 
2007-04-06 01:54:43 AM
Well, when Saskatchewan and even freakin Alberta have a stat holiday in February, well, why shouldn't we suffering Manitoban's have one? Certainly not having as many holidays as another province is a negative attribute to consider when pondering if you want to live somewhere or go elsewhere?

Come to Unforgettable Manitoba (though they don't say why its unforgettable, conveniently enough.)

/if the NDP win again, I'm moving west though.
 
2007-04-06 01:55:34 AM
waste of the green light
 
2007-04-06 01:55:47 AM
Oh, the Manitoba!
 
2007-04-06 01:56:15 AM
Thank you Don Getty.

When "Family Day" debuted in Alberta, businesses had the same concerns about giving employees holiday pay. Turns out that when people have a day off, they go out and spend money. So businesses actually benefited from the holiday.
 
2007-04-06 01:56:18 AM
So it's basically just giving everyone free money?

Sorta like our tax rebate, except you have to go home to get it.

Well, I can't say I approve, but I can't blame em for trying.
 
2007-04-06 02:00:30 AM
Winnipeg is a farking WICKED city. It's freezing there. I love it.
 
2007-04-06 02:07:38 AM
She says her bill next week will lay out a process for working out the details, including whether stores will be allowed to open.

It is so wrong for the gubmint to force businesses to close.
 
2007-04-06 02:08:50 AM
So few people take their vacation in the winter that at one of the larger banks in Canada, CIBC, in many core deparments, you could get an extra two weeks if you took the bulk of it in the winter.
 
2007-04-06 02:09:13 AM
I like the cold. I used to sleep with my window open in the winter in Thunder Bay, east of Winnipeg.
 
2007-04-06 02:11:39 AM
daffy duck from Canada writes: we need way more days off. there is absolutely no reason we need to be so productive to earn a living. we should only have to work six hours days, 4 days a week. thats more than enough time to feed ourselves. the rest is just some foreign conglomerate's profits. forgive me for not being overly concerned. anything that could be used to make life easier for us -like computers were supposed to back in the 60s, and robotics etc- winds up just being used to produce even more to feed the pockets of the fat cats. this is exactly why lobby groups and corporate influence on politics should be sharply curtailed, and direct democracy the rule of the land.

This kid is a moron for all the wrong reasons.
 
2007-04-06 02:19:17 AM
Poopinyomouth

I agree with him to an extent. Farming and resource extraction have become so mechanized and efficient that it's a travesty that we're still working 8-10hr days to survive. It's not necessary at all. When is technology going to start serving man instead of serving the profit motives of the few?
 
2007-04-06 02:24:54 AM
I work with my hands, and only 30 hours a week.

And the clincher is, I'm moving to Manitoba in four months for school, where I'll be locked inside for 8 months of the year, working 20-hour days in the hopes that someday I'll achieve the status of licensed architect.

I'm really hoping that Winnipeg is as great as I hear, 'cause I hate the cold. Oh, and I'm buying a house, my first. It's crazy.
 
2007-04-06 02:25:19 AM
haha, flat landers!
 
2007-04-06 02:25:59 AM
All I know about Winnipeg I learned from a Venetian Snares album.
 
2007-04-06 02:31:55 AM

"Labour Minister Nancy Allan, who committed to the idea in February, says she hasn't yet decided on a name for the holiday."


The MacKenzie Brothers Day.

 
2007-04-06 02:37:42 AM
There should be a Fark contest to name the day - how about "Horton's Day"?
 
2007-04-06 02:42:04 AM
How about feb 15th... you can fark like rabits on the 14th and not worry about work the next day.

I know, most holidays are monday or friday, but darn it, valentines day needs to be followed by rest up day.
 
2007-04-06 03:10:34 AM
<b>Shazam999</b>
<i>When "Family Day" debuted in Alberta, businesses had the same concerns about giving employees holiday pay.</i>

Do people that don't work for the government actual get Family Day off? It's not a stat or anything so they don't have to.
 
2007-04-06 03:12:25 AM
Manitoba is Canada's answer to Minnesota. Flat country with friendly folks and cold winters. The only things to do in February is Farking, ice fishing and Hockey.
 
2007-04-06 03:15:01 AM
Speaking on behalf of the rest of Canada, you're wrong.

/if submitter can do it, so can I
 
2007-04-06 03:25:57 AM
flamesfan

You forgot about the Mall of America *holds up crucifix*

/all former North Stars fans - don't worry, I'm all ready walking to the stake
 
2007-04-06 03:26:23 AM
wow.. lol having lived in winnipeg this is a zinger of a classy joke, good job submitter, funny, with class.
 
2007-04-06 03:45:49 AM
To paraphrase Emo Phillips:

I've never been to a place with so many coffee shops...and so little reason to stay awake.

/Works well for Manitoba.
 
2007-04-06 03:50:06 AM
Up in manitoba
The sky was very blue
People were a few
And nights were never colder

And when i heard the sound
sudden sky turned red
I got up from my bed
And I wandered far from town

Darkness came I couldn't see
I had no lights to follow
I sleep inside the hollow
of a dead and fallen tree

I tell you how three days I tried
to wake me up but , no
My flesh had turned to snow
And I thought I had died

/loves the pixes
 
2007-04-06 03:51:02 AM
loves that frank is catholic on days like today
 
2007-04-06 04:35:23 AM
I declare it Ross the Boss day.
 
2007-04-06 05:31:22 AM
Manitoba is Canada's answer to Minnesota. Flat country with friendly folks and cold winters.
The only things to do in February is Farking, ice fishing and Hockey.


You forgot drinking.

/Ice fishing is just an excuse for married guys to get away from the wife.
 
2007-04-06 05:42:13 AM
Dilbert J. Galt

And the single guys....?
 
2007-04-06 06:51:11 AM
At the bar hitting on the wives who are annoyed about the ice fishing.
 
2007-04-06 07:02:05 AM
I was actually talking about the single guys that were ice fishing. Never understood it.
 
2007-04-06 07:05:24 AM
Not a clue. I don't get it either.
 
2007-04-06 08:02:30 AM
I came from Alberta, and when I heard I needed to work straight from January to April I was freakin pissed. It's about bloody time goddammit.

2007-04-06 05:31:22 AM Dilbert J. Galt

You forgot drinking.


Yeah that's another thing too - drinking. Everyone here does that at home - there's no such thing as going out to the bar here at $2.75 a drink (minimum price by law because some farknut jumped off a bridge and this is consersative country). Coming from Calgary is a culture shock - if your from Calgary - don't move here, you'll be homesick in a week - I gaurantee it!

/Ask about the "Socials"
 
2007-04-06 09:38:32 AM
www.dustygroove.com
 
2007-04-06 10:15:52 AM
How could having a days vacation ever be a bad thing?

It would be just great to sleep in and not have to brush off your car and deal with the weather. It may be the perfect time to have a vacation.
 
2007-04-06 10:24:17 AM
MasterPython: Do people that don't work for the government actual get Family Day off? It's not a stat or anything so they don't have to.

Family Day is a paid stat, you might want to have a little chat with your employer.
 
2007-04-06 10:27:55 AM
Don't Worry, Keep Smoking.
 
2007-04-06 10:29:59 AM
Wow... I've been to Winnipeg in February...

The streets are basically ice (from packed snow) with sand. Parking lots have plugs for your car (heaters, not to charge any fancy electric cars), and if you drive more than 5 miles from the city center, you are in the middle of agri-wilderness rurality (yes, I just made that term up to fit the situation).

I can imagine Edmonton being colder, but they've got the West Edmonton Mall, so it evens out nicely. The also have Foody Goody's (well, did back when I visited).

Vancouver in February? It's the Pacific... mild winters. Toronto? Bad but civilized... same as you head east, until the maritime provinces, but nobody mentions them.

Actually, there is a worse place to end up in Canada in February: Saskatchewan, in a city that rhymes with vagina.
 
2007-04-06 10:47:28 AM
When I think of Manitoba, I think of this town.

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2007-04-06 10:56:41 AM
You know you are from Winnipeg when:

1. "Vacation" means going to Brandon for the weekend.
2. You measure distance in hours.
3. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.
4. You know of several people who have hit deer more than once.
5. You use a down comforter in the summer.
6. Your grandparents drive at 100 km/h through four meters of snow during a blizzard, without flinching.
7. You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them.
8. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
9. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled.
10. You know all four seasons: Almost winter, winter, still winter, and construction.
11. You are bundled up in three sweaters, a parka, ski pants, a toque, two
pairs of mittens, boots past your knees in 3 feet of snow in a -35 (-8000 with the wind-chill) blizzard, your eyelashes are frozen together, your nose is running, you can't feel your toes, and you still stop at 7 Eleven for a Slurpee on the way home.
12. You still think the Winnipeg Jets are the best hockey team ever.
13. You refer to 7-11 simply as "Sev".
14. You love a cold beer, regardless of whether its -40 or +40 outside.
15. You've been to a birthday party at Discovery Zone and waited in line with everyone else to swing from the cable hit the mat at the end!
16. You call jelly filled donuts Jambusters.
17. You've gone to Corydon for gelato.
18. You still remember the Winnipeg Jets.
19. Higgins and Main. Enough said.
20. You've been to Sargent Sundae, or BDI.
21. Teddy Bears picnic, anyone?
22. You can always tell who the Americans are at the bar.
23. You know how to properly pronounce Lagimodiere, Disraeli, and Pembina.
24. A road trip is heading down to Grand Forks.
25. You know where all the red light cameras are.
26. You think "Spirited Energy" is just dumb.
27. Bears on Broadway
28. All directions start with "You take Portage..."
29. The minute it hits 0 degrees, you're in shorts and a t-shirt.
30. Anytime youre in an arena you're compelled to chant "GO JETS GO!".
31. Youre out of province and you get ID'd going into a bar and get made fun of for your 'library card quality' ID.
32. You know what a social is.
33. Mosquitoes don't even phase you anymore.
34. You plug your car in during the winter.
35. You've had one of those hot dogs from the vendors after the bar.
36. You've been to Sals.
37. You're proud to be Slurpee Capital of Canada.
38. You WERE proud to be murder capital of Canada.
39. If you don't know Randy Bachman or Burton Cummings personally, you know someone who does.
40. You can argue the merits of boiled or fried perogies.
41. You remember the dates of major blizzards and floods.
42. Driving in winter is easier because all the potholes are filled with snow.
43. There are always 4 empty cars running in the parking lot of a beer store at any given time.
44. You know that school is never cancelled even during the worst of blizzards.
45. You understand that everyone is connected to everyone in Winnipeg.
46. You know who Dancing Gabe is.
47. Teemu Selanne = GOD.
48. You still believe the Jets are coming back.
49. You're tired of having to switch into the slow lane to drive faster.
50. When you've been to the Forks.
51.You've mixed alcohol in your slurpee.
52. You know about Sunday Cruise Night...and have been.
53. Transcona is known as Trashcona.
54. You know that the Blue Bombers suck, but you'll still defend them to the grave.
55. Only you can make fun of Winnipeg.
56. You've seen a buffalo in real life.
57. Everyone is separated by 3 degrees of separation.
58. You can successfully navigate Confusion Corner.
59. You have no problem driving an hour to a party.
60. You try to avoid cabbing to bars at all costs.
61. You've had your car broken into, stolen, or know someone who has.
62. It snows in May, and you don't even flinch.
63. All you know about is Route 90.
64. You know what the LC, The OC, and TYC stand for.
65. You are thrilled to drive to the smallest town possible to find the best party ever...
66. You've pondered why there is a 13' golden naked boy standing on top of your legislative building.
67. Carlos and Murphy's.
68. You are proud to not wear a jacket when you are in another city and it's -1 and everyone else is all bundled up as if the next ice age has arrived.
69. You will drive to Kenora/Lake of the Woods to party.
70. The Ex and mini donuts.
71. You have devised new and creative ways to kill mosquitoes.
72. You know more than 1/2 the people in this group, and if you don't, one of your friends does.
73. You have thought of (and perhaps even tried) new ways to outwit the photo radar systems.
74. Corydon. Patios. Enough said.
75. It doesn't matter who is playing in a hockey game...to you, it's the Jets.
76. If you have left Winnipeg for some reason, you have found a clan of prairie folk with whom to chant 'go jets go' when you are drunk and feel empowered.
77. River City Ale
78. You have questioned the purpose of the 'erection' on the bridge - and tried to justify it's existence from time to time - but failed miserably.
79. You get a new bike for Christmas, and have to wait 6 months to ride it.
80. You know what the penis bridge is.
81. You know all the words to the Weakerthans' songs.
82. The mosquito is your provincial bird.
83. You tell everyone at home you hate the Peg, but when you leave it's suddenly the best place in the world.
84. You know the number to Pizza Hotline.
85. You know the exact prize of every slurpee size.
 
2007-04-06 11:17:13 AM
Ah yes, Winterpeg, Manitoba...

/Can't believe nobody has said this, yet...
 
2007-04-06 11:40:39 AM
tiigerYou know you are from Winnipeg when:

8. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.


yay global warming and the daylight saving time change, this is probably not a big issue anymore

12. You still think the Winnipeg Jets are the best hockey team ever.

They were. And they will be back! Mark my words!

13. You refer to 7-11 simply as "Sev".

Other people don't do this?

15. You've been to a birthday party at Discovery Zone and waited in line with everyone else to swing from the cable hit the mat at the end!

that's just stupid. And didn't they close that place down?

18. You still remember the Winnipeg Jets.

some of these are just repetitive

24. A road trip is heading down to Grand Forks.

I thought you said Brandon.. Make up your mind!
would rather go to Kenora

25. You know where all the red light cameras are.

I gave up driving because of the red light cameras!

26. You think "Spirited Energy" is just dumb.

well, it is.

27. Bears on Broadway

That's been over for a year already.

28. All directions start with "You take Portage..."

Except for "How do you get to port-awge avenue" which is met with an incredulous stare, correction of how to say it, and "you go down main street til you get there"

38. You WERE proud to be murder capital of Canada.

We're still in the running. Edmonton isn't that much better than us.

40. You can argue the merits of boiled or fried perogies.

fried.

42. Driving in winter is easier because all the potholes are filled with snow.

How many times must this be said?

44. You know that school is never cancelled even during the worst of blizzards.

Always pissed me off as a kid, watching TV from other places and these kids get the day off after like 5 inches of snow.. Pussies

48. You still believe the Jets are coming back.

Technically its 50/50 on that. Though I think they will.

50. When you've been to the Forks.

that's like saying you know you're from Edmonton when you've been to West Edmonton Mall. lame.

54. You know that the Blue Bombers suck, but you'll still defend them to the grave.

THIS IS THE YEAR!

55. Only you can make fun of Winnipeg.

exactly. If you don't live here, you have no right to biatch.

56. You've seen a buffalo in real life.

Riding Mountain National Park!

66. You've pondered why there is a 13' golden naked boy standing on top of your legislative building.

It's because the legislative building is full of Freemason influence.

68. You are proud to not wear a jacket when you are in another city and it's -1 and everyone else is all bundled up as if the next ice age has arrived.

It's true!

70. The Ex and mini donuts.

You can get them at the forks year round, or the zoo, and at the fringe festival.

71. You have devised new and creative ways to kill
mosquitoes.

i like to catch them alive in my fingers and tear their little wings off.

78. You have questioned the purpose of the 'erection' on the bridge - and tried to justify it's existence from time to time - but failed miserably.

most art is phallic. It's not so bad.

80. You know what the penis bridge is.

its disturbing that whoever created this list was so incapable of realising that they are repeating themselves.

82. The mosquito is your provincial bird.

I think its actually the great grey owl or something.

83. You tell everyone at home you hate the Peg, but when you leave it's suddenly the best place in the world.

no, people love Winnipeg, just hate that they had to move in order to accomplish anything (and the weather sucks)

84. You know the number to Pizza Hotline.

222-2222, mr bones was 444-4444, and DO NOT ORDER FOOD FROM THERE IF YOU VALUE YOUR HEALTH.

85. You know the exact prize of every slurpee size.

prize? Remember when they gave out holographic jets discs with every slurpee you bought? That was the best.
 
2007-04-06 11:41:23 AM
Winterpeg ManiSNOWba
 
2007-04-06 11:41:27 AM
tiiger
believe it or not, most of those things apply to Ottawa too.
 
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