January 31, 2006

Finally Done...
I'm completely done my Elections work! I handed in my evaluation/recommendations yesterday. The office was in the midst of being torn down (not the building, just everything we put up in it. It seems strange that it was about two months ago that things were just warming up there, and I was putting stuff up in my office.

January 25, 2006

Robbie Burns...
Happy Robbie Burns Day!
It's time to put on your kilt, listen to the skirl of the pipes, and have some haggis. I'll admit that I've only listened to the pipes this year, although I have tried haggis.

January 24, 2006

Yesterday was a general federal election in Canada, after the Liberal minority government fell at the end of November. The Conservatives ended up winning a minority government, with the NDP making significant gains, and the Liberals loosing a lot of seats.
I arrived at the office at 5:30 AM, and at 5:31 the first person called in sick. I only ended up replacing about five people throughout the day, which was better than last year. But in total, about 75 people have turned down jobs or decided not to work for various reasons on the past two weeks. It sounds like a lot of people (and it is), but considering that we hired about 650 people it's not too bad.
It was a fun, albeit long, day. The best part is the evening when all of the ballot boxes come back into the office. It was hectic assuring that all 204 boxes made it back, and that nothing was missing, but nice to know that it was the end of the election and that things had gone well. I left at 10:15, once most of the boxes had come in.
Now it's time to think about my studies...

January 17, 2006

The French governments figures have come out, and they're running a deficit of 45 billion Euros (about $63 billion CDN). However, this is better than the original estimate, so they are relatively happy. And we thought we had budget problems in Canada!

January 13, 2006

Go Vote!!!
Today is the first of the three advanced polling days, so if you can't make it out on the 23rd of January, then go and vote now! The polls are open Friday the 13th, Saturday the 14th, and Monday 16th from 12:00 noon until 8:00 PM. I don't care who you vote for, just vote.

January 12, 2006

First week back...
I know it's been a while since I last posted, but I've been a lot more busy than I had anticipated. Between getting back into the school routine, and jobs it's been a bit crazy this week. I will update more shortly.
But, I just had Mandarin and I found out I got 144/150 for my final exam last semester!

January 08, 2006

En Francais, SVP...
I had a few phone calls in French this past week at work, which was surprising. I'm the only one in the office who actually speaks French, and seeing as it's for the federal government services must be offered in both languages. The one guy I know speaks English (he could say the 'th' of a street name), and the other one was a lady who somehow got redirected to us from Quebec. It was nice to actuallypracticee a bit though.

January 05, 2006

Go Canada Go!!!
Canada beat Russia in the World Juniors, 5-0 tonight. I only saw part of the game though, while I was still at work.

January 02, 2006

New Years...
Well, it's finally 2006, which means the start of another new year filled with lots of unknowns and excitement (as well as fatigue in the near future). Yesterday was the big New Years Day turkey dinner with the other side of the family. I saw a lot of 2nd cousins that I hadn't seen in a year or three (I was away two years ago). It's one of those things where you're a bit apprehensive to go, but it turns out to be a lot of fun anyway.