Posts Tagged ‘canada’

Better Off Without Senate

2015年9月26日

 

Better Off Without Senate

 


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Kato, you sound really political… What happened to you?


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Well …, it’s about time.

It’s about time for what?

Think about the upcoming election.

Are you talking about the federal election on October 19, 2015?

Yes, of course, I am.

I didn’t know that you’re such a political person.

Don’t be silly, Diane… Voting for our representative is your responsibility and mine as a citizen.

All of a sudden, you appear to be a different person, huh?

Diane, you’re pulling my leg, aren’t you?

No, I’m NOT… so who’s better off without the Senate?

Of course, we ARE as Canadians.

Are you kidding, Kato?

No, I’m NOT… I’m as serious as you are… Look at the following video.


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I’ve seen this guy on TV several times, but what is the big fuss, anyway?

Well, Senator Mike Duffy is a self-righteous, self-centered, and selfish man who believes that what he’s done is perfectly alright, and he has pleaded not guilty to 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery in connection with his Senate claims.

But how come the media is fussing about the scandal for so long?

Well…, first of all, Senator Mike Duffy filed for expenses on the basis that he was travelling and living away from his “principal” residence in Prince Edward Island, even though he lived most of the time in Ottawa.

According to common sense, his principal residence should be the house in Ottawa, I suppose.

You’re telling me, Diane… I think so, too.

Mike Duffy claimed $90,000 for those expenses, didn’t he?

Yes, he did… Since Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Mike Duffy to the Senate, this scandal will damage the image of him and the Conservative Party. Hence, this scandal will certainly affect the upcoming election. But Mike Duffy refused to repay.

I see… So, Nigel Wright, Harper’s chief of staff, stepped in to give Mike Duffy a personal chack for $90,000.


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That’s right… Unfortunately, Nigel Wright left the job in May 2013 after news of the check became public.

Did Prime Minister know about this?

Harper said he knew nothing about the payment to Duffy. Now, Duffy’s lawyer said that Nigel Wright had engaged in a deliberately deceptive scenario to fool Canadians into thinking Duffy had repaid the money.

I see.

Duffy said the rules in the Senate were so vague that he had done nothing wrong, but Nigel Wright insisted Duffy repay the money on what he called moral grounds.

I think Wright made a point.

In any case, New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair said:


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“On October 19, Canadians will get a chance

to fire that person responsible

for the whole mess.

And that is Stephen Harper.”

Kato, do you agree on that?

Yes, I do… and the problem is NOT Stephen Harper BUT the Senate itself.


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What about the Senate?

Well…, Senators are NOT elected, BUT appointed by the Governor General at the direction of the prime minister. They serve until age 75.

What do they do?

Most of their work is to rubber-stamp the bills the House of Commons has passed. The thing is, those senators sit for only 72 days a year at a cost of $116 million to the Canadian taxpayers.

No kidding!

I’m as serious as you’re, Diane.  Historically, this plum post was used to reward friends and allies of the party in power.  As a matter of fact, a handful of the senators Harper appointed were major donors to his Conservative Party.

So, Kato, you think the Senate should be abolished, don’t you?

Yes, I do… that way, we should be able to save $116 million.

But, no Senate is dangerous to democracy. Don’t you think, Kato?

Well…, the United States of America has the House of Representative and the Senate. Japan has the Lower House and the Upper House. But the members are all elected. In Canada, however, the senators are appointed.

I see.

The NDP (New Democratic Party) leader is the most voracious critic of the Senate.  


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Thomas Mulcair thinks the Senate should be abolished.  So, Diane, when you vote, think about it.

I will.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Canada extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles) in total, making it the world’s second-largest country by total area and the fourth-largest country by land area.

Canada’s common border with the United States forms the world’s longest land border.

Naturally, many wild animals live in the vast land—especially in the northern part of the country.

Some of these animals are shown in this documentary called “Snow Babies,” which depicts the first year of baby animals and their families originally broadcast on television as individual episodes in 1996.

Prepare for your heart to melt as the “BBC Eath” program brings you an in-deapth look at adorable baby animals in the beautiful but harsh world of ice and snow.

It is a fascinating and entertaining documentary.

Please take a look at the following trailer.


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In any case, I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“Sabina”

“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”


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“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”

“Poutine@Canada”


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“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”

“Tyrannosaur”

“Love@Magic”

“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”

“Love@Redemption”


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“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver

Aftershock

Whiplash

Sex Appeal


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies by the end of this year.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


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『Actual List』


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Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.


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The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.


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ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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ディープコーヴ

2015年6月24日

 

ディープコーヴ

 


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『拡大する』


デンマンさん。。。 今日は“ディープコーヴ”のお話ですか? 

そうですよ。。。 真由美ちゃんが気に入ったと言ったのでねぇ~。。。、こうして取り上げる気になったのです。

先日の日曜日にキャッシーちゃんと二人で行ったのですわァ。

キャッシーちゃんというのはカレンおばさんの娘ですよねぇ~。

そうです。。。 現在、UBC (ブリティッシュ・コロンビア大学) の地球環境学部の3年生です。


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ほおおォ~。。。 キャッシーちゃんは ずいぶんときれいになったもんだねぇ~。。。 僕は 小学校の時のキャッシーちゃんしか覚えてないのですよ。。。 

あらっ。。。 マジで。。。? キャッシーちゃんは21歳になるのですよ。

。。。で、真由美ちゃんは“ディープコーヴ”のどういうところが気に入ったのォ~?

こじんまりとしていて、おしゃれで、それでいて自然がいっぱいあるところがいいですわァ。


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上の写真は キャッシーちゃんのお友達のリンダさんですわァ。。。 この人の家に呼ばれて、わたしはベーグルを作ったのです。


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ベーグルを焼いて、カキフライを作って、カキフライ・サンドイッチにしていただいたのですけれど、これがウケましたわァ~。

うん、うん、うん。。。 これはマジで旨そうだねぇ~。。。 僕もぜひ食べてみたいですよ。

いつか、機会があったら ぜひデンマンさんにも食べていただきたいですわァ~。。。 次の写真のようにチーズとハムをサンドしたのも、けっこうウケました。


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う~♪~ん。。。 これも旨そうだねぇ~。。。 で、食後にカヤックにも乗ったのォ~?

そうなのですわ。。。 リンダさんの妹のメアリーちゃんが一緒に乗ってパドルの使い方を教えてくれたのです。


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う~♪~ん。。。 面白そうだねぇ~。。。

充分楽しみましたわァ。

それで、就職の方は。。。?

キチラノ (Kitsilano) のベーグル店で何とか働いています。


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キツラノ・ビーチ(Kitsilano Beach)


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それはよかったねぇ~。。。

でも、本採用ではないのです。。。 たまたま産休をとっている女の子がいて、その子が戻ってくるまで試用期間ということで働かせてもらっているのですわ。 私の働き振りを見て、もしオーナーのお眼鏡(めがね)にかなうようだったら本採用にしてくれるということですわ。

ふ~ん。。。 とにかく、マイペースで頑張ってみたらいいよ。

駄目だとしても諦めないで、いつか必ずバンクーバーにやって来たいですわ。

やっぱり、真由美ちゃんはバンクーバーが気に入りましたかァ~?

そうですねぇ~。。。 バンクーバーにやって来るのは小さな頃からの夢でしたし。。。 今では、バンクーバーと、それにホームステイしているノースバンクーバーで たくさんの友達ができましたわァ。。。 何とかしてバンクーバーで暮らせるように頑張るつもりです。

大丈夫ですよ。。。 真由美ちゃんならば、バンクーバーで生活してゆくことができますよ。

そうでしょうか?

あのねぇ~、67歳でカナダに移住したおばあちゃんがいますからねぇ~。。。


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『きびしい暮しの中のロマン』

この上の写真のおばあちゃんが その人ですか?

そうですよ。。。 もし、今回、真由美ちゃんが就労ビザをゲットできなかったとしても、まだまだ何度でもトライできるからねぇ~。。。 諦めないでバンクーバーで暮らす夢を叶えてねぇ~。。。


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【真由美の独り言】


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私は小さい頃の夢が叶ってバンクーバーにやって来ました。


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現在、移住を目指して頑張っているところです。

幸運にも、ボランティアでカーネギーセンターのキッチンで働くことができました。

でも、これは無報酬のお仕事です。


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お給料をもらいながらパン職人、ベーグル職人、
あるいは調理師として働くためには、
どうしても語学ができないと駄目です。

私も一応、そのために日本で英会話を勉強しましたが、
実際にバンクーバーにやって来てみると、
私の英会話の能力では、
面接の受け答えには不十分だということが実感できました。

もし、あなたが、カナダ移住を目指しているならば、
ぜひ、語学力をしっかりと身につけてから、渡航してくださいねぇ。

どの程度の語学力が必要なの?
あなたは、そのような疑問を持つかも知れません。

それは、カナダ大使館のウェブサイトを見れば解るはずです。

私は、残念ながら 渡航する前に、語学力のことを充分に調べませんでした。
現地の人とコミュニケーションが充分にとれないと、
大きなハンディーを 最初から背負うことになります。

とにかく、語学力が大切だという事を身にしみて理解することができました。

ところで、あなたはバンクーバーに行ったことがありますか?
とっても素敵な街ですよ。


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世界で最も住みやすい街バンクーバー


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ビデオを見ても、なんだかワクワクしてくるでしょう?

卑弥子さんも バンクーバーにやって来たことがあります。
2008年の元旦の2週間ほど前に来たということです。
クリスマスをバンクバーで過ごして、
それから元旦の“Polar Bear Swim (寒中水泳)”に参加したのですってぇ~。。。


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上のビデオを見ると、まるで真夏のようでしょう?
ところが気温は2度ぐらいだったそうです。 
水の中の方が暖かかったとか。。。

とにかく、バンクーバーには面白い人たちがたくさん居ますゥ。
あなたも、お暇と お金の余裕があったらぜひ出かけてみてください。

デンマンさんが、また興味深い、面白い記事を書くと思います。
だから、どうか、あなたも またやって来てくださいねぇ~~。
では。。。


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:



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“My Name is Mayumi”

“Mayumi’s Bagels”

“Mozzarell & smoked chicken

Bagel Sandwich”

“Bagels@Granville Island”

“Matcha Bagels”

“Scones & Puddings”

“Lox and Bagels”

“Oyster Bagel Sandwich”


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“ついに会えました”

“お天道様が見てます”

『真由美ちゃんのカナダ移住』

『真由美ちゃんのカナダ就活』

『ロマンと夢が広がる』

『カナダ就活と英語』

『カナダへの履歴書』

『真由美ちゃんの夢とベーグル』

『真由美ちゃんの命の力』

『迷い、決断、そして行動』

『夢と希望の光』

『下着女装に負けない真由美ちゃん』

『真由美ちゃんの就活面接』

『真由美ちゃんのリクエスト』

『真由美ちゃん@とんでん』

『バンクーバーで面接』

『海外で面接』

『真由美ちゃん、読まれてるよ』

『真由美ちゃん@面接英会話』

『真由美ちゃん@教会』

『真由美ちゃん@バンクーバー渡航』

『真由美ちゃん@バンクーバー』

『心温まるスープ』

『大切な第一印象』


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『サンタ マユミちゃん』

『お汁粉@海外』

『お汁粉@カナダ』

『支払いでトラブル』

『風邪で甘えてる場合じゃねぇ~!』

『バレンタインのお菓子』

『結婚、仕事、人生』

『命の力だね』

『英語と真由美ちゃん』

『海外に目を向ける』

『カーネギーホールじゃないよ』

『やる気があれば道は開ける』

『ニャンニャンと人生』

『ピラミス@美術館』

『夢のバンクーバー』

『バンクーバーの屋上で』

『オランダ移住』

『カナダ移住の夢』


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Roof of Vancouver

2015年6月5日

 

Roof of Vancouver

 


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The Top of Vancouver

Revolving Restaurant


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Kato, what do you mean by “Roof of Vancouver”?


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Of course, I’m talking about the top of Vancouver.  Have you been up there?

Oh yes, a couple of decades ago, I went up there… In those days, they called it differently.

Oh yeah?  What was it called years ago?

Maybe “Roof of Vancouver”… I’m just kidding.  Anyway, Kato, how come you’ve brought up “Roof of Vancouver”?

You see, Diane, World Trade Center is gone now.


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Are you saying some terrorists will attack the top of Vancouver in the near future?

No, I don’t think there’ll be any terrorist attack, but the top of Vancouver might be destroyed.

…destroyed by what or who?

Well … back in 2012, I wrote about Vancouver Earthquake.

Vancouver Earthquake

 


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Kato, are you saying that we’re gonna have a big earthquake in the near future?


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You bet on that, Diane.

No kidding!

Diane, are you aware that we had several quakes in the past?

No, not really.  As a matter of fact, I’ve never felt a sizable quake here in Vancouver.  Have you, Kato?

Well… compared to the quakes I experienced in Japan, the quakes here in Vancouver for the past 20 years are almost next to nothing.  I’ve never felt any danger whenever Vancouverites were worrried about tiny quakes.

Tell me, Kato, if there were any recorded quakes in and around Vancouver.

Yes, there were quite a few.

You must be kidding!

Well…, if you say so, look at the following chart.


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The mark on the left means a big quake that happened in ths past.

Wow! …  So, in 1909 there was a big one in Vancouver, wasn’t it?

You’re telling me, Diane.

But I’ve never felt a sizable quake here in Vancouver.

… simply because you were lucky … you were at the right place and at the right time so that any quake didn’t hit you dead.  But a big one is coming.

You mean, a giant quake like the one that took place in 1700?

That’s right.

No kidding!  How do you know?

Well … I’ve watched the following DVD.


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■”Actual Listing Page

DVD Description

Uses earthquake survivors’ account and interviews with experts to uncover the significant earthquake dangers that are unique to Cascadia, the region that surrounds the Cascade mountain range, extending from southern British Columbia to northern California.

Discusses the effects of previous earthquakes in the region, including the 1964 Alaska earthquake and the 2001 Nisqually Quake.

 

Kato’s Comment – Aug. 15, 2012

If you live in the northwest of America—that is, Cascadia, you should be prepared for a giant earthquake.
Since 10,000 years ago, 18 earthquakes of magnitude 9 and over (equal to the East Japan Great Earthquake that devastated Fukushima and its surrounding areas in Japan on March 11, 2011) have caused catastrophic damages on the coasts of Cascadia.

Seemingly, a super-quake occurs approximately every 500 years.
The last super-quake attacked Cascadia on January 19, 1700.

So, a super-quake might take place along the Cascadia subduction zone any time because 312 years has already passed since the last super-quake.
Mind you, a 500-years cycle is an approximation.

If you’re in doubt, watch the DVD for yourself.

Tōhoku Earthquake 2011

(東北地方太平洋沖地震)

But, Kato, how do you know that the super quake occurred in 1700?

A certain geologist dug up the old layers of the earth near Vancouver and found out the trace of giant tsunamis that had taken place 18 times since 10,000 years ago.

Amazing!

Besides, the 1700 super-quake was recorded in the Japanese chronicle.


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Why on earth in the Japanese chronicle?

Well …, the super quake in 1700 created the super tsunami, which hit the pacific coast of Japan.


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The Japanese people at the time were totally puzzled because they didn’t felt any quake at all.

So scientists found out recently that the 1700 super quake caused the super tsunami that devastated the pacific region of Japan, didn’t they?

You’re telling me, Diane.

But I can hardly believe that a big one is coming to Vancouver.

Well…, I searched for the video clip on the Net so that you could understand the imminent danger caused by a super-quake.

Did you get it, Kato?

Yes, I did.  Here it is.

Cascadia Subduction Zone

M9 Earthquake Imminent

(Documentary)

Amazing! … Unbelievable!

Seeing is believing, isn’t it?

I wish I hadn’t seen it.

Diane, a super quake is coming to Vancouver for sure.

I hope not.

Vancouver Earthquake

You must face the reality, though nobody can tell exactly when a big one will come.

If a super quake occurs every 500 years, then we still have 188 years before the estimated super quake in 2200.

Diane, the 500-year cycle is an approximation.  A super quake may occur tomorrow.  Nobody knows for sure, but the big one will certainly come in the future.

I hope, a super quake won’t hit Vancouver in my lifetime.


SOURCE: “Vancouver Earthquake”
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So, Kato, do you think the top of Vancouver will be toppled down when a mega earthquake hits Vancouver?

Yes, that’s a possibility, isn’t it?


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So the top of Vancoure revolving restaurant might disappear in the case of a mega quake… That’s why you went up there with Mayumi and enjoyed dinner with her, isn’t it?


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You’re telling me, Diane.  You wouldn’t be able to visit World Trade Center in New York, would you?

So, Kato, you enjoyed the Vancouver view from the top of Vancouver before a meg quake hits Vancouver.  Is that it?

Yes, you’re right on.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Have you ever been to Vancouver?

It is a beautiful city—one of the best cities in the world.


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Beautiful Vancouver


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Kato says that Vancouver is a paradise.

As you know, however, nothing is perfect, nobody is perfect.

So no city is perfect.

However, no matter what disaster hits the city, I wish, Vancouver remains to be a beautiful city.

In any case, I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“Sabina”

“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”


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“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”

“Poutine@Canada”


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“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”

“Tyrannosaur”

“Love@Magic”

“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”

“Love@Redemption”


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“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies by the end of this year.


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“Actual Listing Page”


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So far, he’s watched 822 movies.

That is, he must see 179 more movies to accomplish his goal.

I’m particularly interested in Number 812 in the above list.


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“Actual Catalogue Page”

Kato jotted down his comment as follows:

This is a documentary originally broadcast on July 19 and July 20, 1998 on PBS (Public Broadcasting Service).

Especially interesting for Vancouverites is an upcoming Cascadia earthquake, which takes place in an every-300-to-400-year cycle.

The last such earthquake occured at 9:00 PM on January 26, 1700.

This earthquake created a giant tsunami that hit hard at the Japanese coast.

Hence the Japanese document at the time recorded the devastating disaster.

So, some scientists predict that the next Cascadia earthquake will take place within 100 years.

It is an amazingly interesting documentary.

The above comment sounds quite interesting, doesn’t it?

Why don’t you see it?

Well, if you’re not a registered patron of the library, you might just as well watch the following video clip.


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MegaQuake Could Hit North America

BBC (Full Documentary)

ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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Happy Gal in Canada

2015年5月7日

 

Happy Gal in Canada

 


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Kato, how is Mayumi these days?


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Oh…, she’s quite happy.

How come?

Well… please take a look at the following list.

World Happiness Report

Ranking 158 countries

Scores are out of 10

世界158カ国の幸福度調査

(10点満点) 第3回国連調べ


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1 Switzerland (7.587)

2 Iceland (7.561)

3 Denmark (7.527)

4 Norway (7.522)

5 Canada (7.427)

6 Finland (7.406)

7 Netherlands (7.378)

8 Sweden (7.364)

9 New Zealand (7.286)

10 Australia (7.284)

11 Israel (7,278)

12 Costa Rica (7.226)

13 Austria (7.200)

14 Mexico (7.187)

15 United States (7.119)


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『市長選挙とおばさんパンツ』より
(2015年4月26日)

I see… So, Canada is ranked as the fifth happiest country in the world, huh?

You’re telling me, Diane.

Then Canadians should feel all happy, shouldn’t we?

Oh, yes… You and I should be able to feel reasonably happy.

As I see the title and picture in the above, you are trying to tell “Happy Mayumi in Canada.”

You’re quite right, Diane.

Why is that?

Before I answer your question, please read the following passage:

Don’t worry, we’re happy


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“Increasingly hapiness is considered a proper measure of social progress and goal of public policy,” the report says.

“A rapidly increasing number of national and local governments are using happiness data and research in their search for policies that could enable people to live better lives.”

Giving of themselves is one of the reasons Canadians are a happy lot,

according to the report:

Canada tops the ranking for voranteerism, with the “highest shares of population volunteering in registered organizations” at 38.1%.


調査報告書には 次のように書いてある。

幸福感が増していると市民が感じることが 政策を施行するゴールでもあり、また、社会的な進歩の正しい目安でもある。

より良い生活を市民が送ることができるように、国や市町村の役所では、幸福度を政策を決めるための尺度に取り入れているところが急速に増えている。

社会に貢献していると感じることが カナダ人が幸せな国民である理由の一つだとレポートは指摘している。

なぜなら、ボランティアで社会に貢献している人が 38.1%で、カナダでは他の国に比べて最も多いのだ。

【デンマン意訳】


Page 6 “News 24”
Friday, April 24, 2015
http://vancouver.24hrs.ca

『市長選挙とおばさんパンツ』より
(2015年4月26日)

Kato, how come you’ve pasted the above passage?

Well…, the other day, Mayumi applied for a volunteer position, and received the following reply:

Hi Mayumi,

My name is Robert Johnson and
I am part of the Volunteer Resources Department at Union Gospel Mission.

First of all, thank you for your interest in volunteering at Union Gospel Mission.

Here is the process we follow for all volunteers:

– First, attend a volunteer orientation

– Second, complete an application form

– Third, attend an interview with Volunteer Resources

Please note that reference checks will take place for all volunteers and a criminal record check is required.

Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age,
and for most opportunities the minimum age is 19.

For volunteers under the age of 19 parental supervision or permission is required depending on the placement.


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At the Volunteer Orientation you will learn about different volunteer opportunities available here at Union Gospel Mission.

If you would be interested in attending an upcoming orientation, please let us know and we’d be pleased to let you know upcoming dates.

Thank you,

 

Robert

Did Mayumi attend the orientation?

She replied like this:


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Dear Robert,

Thank you for your email.

Yes, I’ll be more than happy to take part in the orientation held on the earliest possible date.

Please let me know the upcoming dates.

I would really appreciate that.

 

Best regards,

Mayumi Ogawa

What happened?

Well…, there is a long waiting list. Mayumi has to wait for a couple of months to attend even the first available orientation.

So, what did she do?

One day, Mayumi and I were chatting at one of the table in the atrium at the cantral library.


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What happened?

A woman called Vicky happened to walk by and noticed us while we talked in Japanese.


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Vicky used to live in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan.  


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Apparently she seemed to get kinda nostalgic and talked to us, introducing herself.

Is Vicky a Canadian?

Of course, she is, but a naturalized Canadian, originally from Brazil. We’ve become friends. And later Vicky took Mayumi to Carnegie Centre to enjoy some music in the theatre.


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Is Vicky a member of Carnegie Centre band?

No, she is not, but she joined them voluntarily and played the piano. That’s what Mayumi told me.  Mayumi was really surprised to find out that Vicky is a telented pianist.  Anyway, over there Mayumi happened to see the big poster on the wall.


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I see… So Mayumi noticed the above poster.  Did she apply for a volunteer position?

Actually Mayumi talked to one of the friendly staff and later met a woman in charge of the volunteer programs.

Did Mayumi get an offer.

Luckily enough, she did after explaining her dream to become a baker in Canada.

What is Mayumi doing at Carnegie Centre?

She is now working in the kitchen.


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I see… that’s why Mayumi feels profoundly happy, huh?

Yes, she does.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Have you ever been to Vancouver?

It is a beautiful city—one of the best cities in the world.


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Beautiful Vancouver


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Kato says that Vancouver is a paradise.

As you know, however, nothing is perfect, nobody is perfect.

So no city is perfect.

However, no matter what result comes out from the plebiscite, I wish, Vancouver remains to be a beautiful city.

In any case, I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“Sabina”

“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”


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“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”

“Poutine@Canada”


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“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”

“Tyrannosaur”

“Love@Magic”

“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”

“Love@Redemption”

“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies by the end of this year.


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“Actual Catalogue Page”

So far, he’s watched 658 movies.

That is, he must see 343 more movies to accomplish his goal.

I’m particularly interested in Number 649 in the above list.

It is called “The Sawshank Redemption.”


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【Trailer】

Kato jotted down his comment as follows:

This is a 1994 epic American drama written and directed by Frank Darabont.

Adapted from the Stephen King novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”, the film tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite his claims of innocence.

During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation.

I think this is one of the greatest movies, in which you could feel, as if in realty, that maintaining one’s feeling of self-worth is quite important even when placed in a hopeless position.


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This film clearly shows how you can be free, even in prison, or unfree, even in freedom, based on one’s outlook on life.

The above comment sounds quite interesting, doesn’t it?

Why don’t you see it?

ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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Say NO!

2015年3月21日

 

Say NO!
 

 

In Vancouver

 


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Kato, are you against the transportation and transit plan the Mayors’Council has developed?


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Yes, I am.

Why?  The plan looks pretty nice.  Look at the above ballot.  It reads:

The Mayors’ Council has developed a transportation and transit plan called Regional Transportation Investments—a Vision for Metro Vancouver.

The plan will:

– add bus service and new B-Line rapid bus routes.

– increase service on SkyTrain, Canada Lone, SeaBus and West Coast Express.

– maintain and upgrade the region’s major roads.

– build a new Pattullo Bridge.

– build rapid transit connecting Surrey Centre with Guildford, Newton and Langley.

– build rapid transit along Broadway in Vancouver.

– extend the region’s cycling and pedestrian walkway networks.

With the above plan, Metro Vancouver will be a much better place to live in.  Don’t you think?

Yes, I agree with you, Diane.

Then how come you’re against the plan.

Well…, the above plan includes a new 0.5% additional sales tax.

The 0.5% additional tax is so small, isn’t it?

It depends.  An average family would have to pay extra $260 out of their pockets each and every year. This salestax hike would hurt the poor more than wealthy, which is NOT fair.

But that amout of money seems reasonable, doesn’t it?

Diane, you don’t trust TransLink.

Why is that?

Think of TransLink’s wasteful blunders.

What blunders?

For example, years-late fare-gate program.


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These fare gates were installed a long time ago, but these haven’t been used for quite some time.  Apparently, the decision-makers at the top are to blame.  Yet the CEO is getting $70,000 a month as salary.

No kidding!?

Believe me, Diane, they are paid that much even though they’ve made some blunders.  If you want to know more about their blunders, you can read stories at http://www.notranslinktax.ca.

I’ll read those stories later.  In any case, TransLink needs money, doesn’t it?

Yes, of course, it does, but the Mayors’ Council doesn’t have to push for a salestax hike.

Then what kind of solition does it come up with?

Well…, TransLink could fund their entire plan by simply earmarking 0.5 percent of their projected 4.8 percent revenue growth over the next 10 years.

I see…

A more efficient, better-run TransLink would allow money to be reallocated to other transit priorities.

It sounds good.

The decision-makers at the top must be more careful in planning and spending.  Here is an interesting newspaper article:

Municipal watchdog loses all credibility

The provincial government appointed a watchdog to keep an eye on municipal spending.
In 2012, the Office of the Auditor General for Local Government was created, headed up by Basia Ruta.

What a great concept.
An auditor gerenal specifically tasked with sniffing out waste at the local level and holding city councils to account.

Too bad it has been an utter failure.

Only two years into its infancy, it seemed like this agency needs its own watchdog—and badly.


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Here are some numbers that would make any auditor cringe.
The AGLG has ten staff and an annual budget of $2.6 million.
Ruta earns $200,000 annually, and her office has spent about $5.2 million in the past two years.
With all this staff and resources, Ruta’s office is supposed to be auditing local governments across the province.
However, to date the AGLG has only released one audit of one municipality.
One single audit, that’s it.

This glacial pace of productivity is truly astounding—and unacceptable.

To make matters worse, a report that looked at the work environment in Ruta’s office was recently leaked and it suggests there are some serious problems.
The report details frustrations expressed by Ruta’s staff that their time and work were wasted.

It sounds like Ruta’s office is a picture-perfect example of the sort of waste and inefficiencies her office was mandated to fix.

Ruta attempted to defend the issues in her office by chalking it up to “growing pains.”
She has promised there will be audit reports released soon.

But at this point, it is too little, too late.

Taxpayers have doled out $400,000 in salary for Ruta and all we have to show for it is one audit report.
A failure of this magnitude would never be tolerated in the private sector, so why is it tolerated in government?

An auditor general whose own office is wrought with waste and inefficiencies, according to the leaked report, does not have the credibility to audit and call out the waste of others.
The AGLG needs to be leading by example.

Enough is enough.
It is time to replace Ruta, bring in a new AGLG and hold local governments to account for their spending.


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by Kathryn Marshall


SOURCE: Page 4 “News 24”
Thursday, March 12, 2015
vancouver.24hrs.ca

TransLink has nothing to do with the watchdog, I suppose.

You’re right, but a failure of this magnitude would never be tolerated in the private sector, so why is it tolerated in government?

So, Kato, you’re saying, years-late fare-gate program is a big blunder, aren’t you?

Yes, I am.  With those blunders in mind, the decision-makers at the top of TransLink are also losing credibility, I suppose.

The TransLink CEO is getting $70,000 a month as salary.  That means $840,000 per year, doesn’t it?

That’s right.  TransLink is pretty good at one thing: rasing taxes.  Gas taxes, tolls, property taxes—TransLink has increased all of them several times after they were introduced.  This salestax hike, which will be here forever, will be no exception.  And you know what?

Tell me, Kato.

There’s the $7 million in taxpayer dollars the mayors have spent to try and buy your vote in this campaign.

No kidding!

So, Diane, it’s about time for you to say NO in this plebiscite.  


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“Actual Site”

Tell the Mayors’ Council “No!”


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I’ll think it over.

You don’t have to think it over.  You see… those decision-makers at the top are like the mobs who grab our tax money.


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I feel as if I were Clint Eastwood in the above movie, and wanna tell them, “You wanna raise sales tax? Make my day!”


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Have you ever been to Vancouver?

It is a beautiful city—one of the best cities in the world.


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Beautiful Vancouver


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Kato says that Vancouver is a paradise.

As you know, however, nothing is perfect, nobody is perfect.

So no city is perfect.

However, no matter what result comes out from the plebiscite, I wish, Vancouver remains to be a beautiful city.

In any case, I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“Sabina”

“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”


(biker302.jpg)

“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”

“Poutine@Canada”


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“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”

“Tyrannosaur”

“Love@Magic”

“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”

“Love@Redemption”

“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies by the end of this year.


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“Actual Catalogue Page”

So far, he’s watched 658 movies.

That is, he must see 343 more movies to accomplish his goal.

I’m particularly interested in Number 649 in the above list.

It is called “The Sawshank Redemption.”


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【Trailer】

Kato jotted down his comment as follows:

This is a 1994 epic American drama written and directed by Frank Darabont.

Adapted from the Stephen King novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”, the film tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite his claims of innocence.

During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation.

I think this is one of the greatest movies, in which you could feel, as if in realty, that maintaining one’s feeling of self-worth is quite important even when placed in a hopeless position.


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This film clearly shows how you can be free, even in prison, or unfree, even in freedom, based on one’s outlook on life.

The above comment sounds quite interesting, doesn’t it?

Why don’t you see it?

ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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JAGEL Again

2015年3月16日

 

JAGEL Again

 

Soft Japanese Bagel


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Hi, my name is Mari.

I’m a baker and baking soft Japanese bagels

Have you ever been to a bakery for fresh produce and the irresistible aroma of newly baked bread?

I guess you have.

But have you ever imagined about the daily life of a baker?

I guess NOT.

Well, for the average baker, the day starts bright and early.

Bakers are often up before 4 AM.

You’re probably in a sound sleep at this time.


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While you’re dreaming, I drive to my bagel shop.

It’s still pitch-black outside, but such is the life of a morning-shift baker at a bagel shop called “Bagel de Paris.”


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I start preparing the day’s bagels by 5 AM.

Picking my epron off hook, I chek my name on the bagelry’s task list.

It’s the wee hours of the morning, so the list is geared towards producing all the fresh baked goods patrons are going to want with their morning lattes, cappuccinos, and other fancy drinks.

Although I bake cinnamon rolls, croissants, and Danishes, in addition to the artisanal grains like Italian Rosemary and Kalamata Olive that are staples at a typical bakery, I specialize in baking bagels at my shop.

First thing on my list is to prepare the bagel dough.

Though my shop in Japan was a relatively small operation, it sometimes seemed to me that I would spend my entire life around dough.

I kneaded it, smelled it, touched it, tasted it.

And when I was really bored, I even talked to it.

Dough and I had some really great conversations over the years.

But with only a couple hours before the bagelry opens for the day, I don’t have much time to talk to dough, today.

Instead, I heads to the huge industrial fridge to grab a bottle of milk.

It needs to be heated until it’s warm, but there’s no need to use the microwave.

The oven has been going for a while now, and it’s quite hot in the kitchen.

It should take just a few minutes for the milk to be warm.

In a bagel shop, there’s no such thing as a free moment to wait around for something to finish, not when there are dozens and dozens of cinnamon rolls to be prepped.

In the meantime, I heads back to the main kitchen area in order to begin the dough for the bagels.

For most other people, dough is just an unfinished product.

I know, however, that dough is the make-or-break, be-all and end-all of any bakery.

There’s a reason only experienced bakers are trusted with the task of making dough.

Meanwhile, interns and trainees are assigned things like cutting out cookies and rolling up the rugelach.

That’s just arts and crafts class.

But dough?

That’s where the magic happens.

A seasoned baker should definitely have enough experiences to make it happen.

And I think I should be able to make it happen because I’ve been making dough for more than six years.

At 6 AM, the other bakers and I start loading the prepped, not yet baked goods into the industrial ovens.

The ultimate goal is to have the bagels baked and on the shelves by 6:45 AM, so that it’s warm and soft for the early-bird patrons to step through the door at 7 AM.

My first shift is done, and now I have a 30-minute break before starting the second, early-afternoon shift.

As I takes off my apron, I watch the business people in their suits rush through the door, grab their coffees and bagels, and rush out the door again in a hurry to get to their desk jobs.

I seldom talk to these customers, and most of them don’t even know I exist.

But they love my bagels.

They say here in Vancouver, “Bagels are so hard to eat!”

But my bagels are soft, chewy and yummy!

The bagels I’ve baked recently are as follows:


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This is a soft onion bagel.

Using this bagel, I’ve made it into a fried-oyster bagel sandwitch.


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If you want to know how to make it, please take a look at the following article in my own blog:


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“Fried Oyster Bagels”


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The next bagel is a “bagel pizza”—my own creation.


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It is soft yet crispy and, of course, yummy!

How do you make it?—you may ask.

Well… take a look at the following article:


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“How to make bagel pizza”


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You might as well bake your own kind of bagel pizza with your favorite topping.

One of my favorites is the following Croque-Monsieur-style bagel.


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It looks delicious!—don’t you think?

If you want to know its recipe, please take a look at the following article:


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“Croque-Monsieur-style bagel”


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I don’t think you’ve ever heard of “JAGEL” as a kind of bagel.

If you search on GOOGLE, you may see the following results.


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【Search Results at the present】


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About 401,000 hits are too mnay, but none of the results match the “JAGEL” which I’ve just coined for “soft Japanese bagel.”

Jagel might mean many things, one of which is a name for a German town in the district of Schleswig-Flensburg as shown in “Wikipedia”.


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Why did I coin the word?

Well … Spreading the taste of “New Japan”—soft Japanese bagels or JAGELS is my dream.

I’ve got another big, big, big dream.

Some day, I’d like to own and operate a chain of bagel shops called “JAGEL” all over the world.

When I was a small girl, living in Vancouver was a dream simply because Uncle Denman and kayo-chan, one of my girl-cousins, lived in Vamcouver and my relatives talked to me about both of them.


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Beautiful Vancouver


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I’m now living in North Vancouver with a Japanese Canadian family.


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North Vancouver


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Lonsdale Avenue


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Now I love and enjoy every minute of the day here in North Vancouver.

Auntie Karen loves my soft, chewy and yummy bagels.


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She once ejaculated, “Oh, Mari, this is one of the best bagels I’ve ever tasted in my whole life.”

I’ve been here in North Vancouver for 2 months now, and am looking for a job as baker.

The problem is I don’t have a work permit nor a permanent resident card.

I’ve heard that I might get a job offer more easily in the North than in Vancouver.

So, if you’re a bagel shop owner or a cafeteria manager in Yukon, Alberta, North West Territories, or Northern Ontario and willing to sponsor me and help me get a visa, I would be more than happy to talk with you.

Please contact me at barclay1720@gmail.com

I really wish that you will take a bite on my jagel some day.

Now, talking about my work at the shop, just before 12 PM, the kitchen is given a thorough clean in preparation for the lunchtime rush.

Hygiene is of crucial importance in a kitchen, so dishes and utensils are also cleaned.

The afternoon is spent preparing ingredients and products for the next day, freezing selected stock and cleaning the kitchen again!

Due to the flexibility of working in bakery, taking a break is generally a matter of preference.

Bakery employees normally get two 15 minutes breaks during the day, plus an hour for lunch.

Bakers also have to be fit and strong because those heavy bags of flour don’t lift themselves!

And don’t be fooled into thinking bakers get to work in a nice warm, oven-heated environment all day.

They have to make frequent trips to the freezers to store products or retrieve ingredients, which might be refreshing in the summer, but it’s not so nice on a crisp, cold winter’s day!

As you can see, bakery life is a hard, but it’s varied, it’s sociable.

And, let’s not forget, you get to work with delicious bakery goodies—especially bagels I baked for you.

What a tasty job!


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How’s your job hunting, Mari?

I’m still struggling, Uncle Denman.  It’s so hard to land a job without a work permit nor a permanent resident card.

I know… I know… Even with a permanent resident visa or a landed immigrant visa, it was terribly hard for me to find a job when I came to Canada a couple of decades ago.

Was it?  So how did you cope with that difficulty?

Well… I couldn’t find a job for the first 6 months.

Why not?

‘Cause I was mainly working in Japan as a computer programmer-analyst in the field of science—not commerece.  At the time I was looking for a job in Toronto, there weren’t many job openings in the field of science.  So, I decided to study at Centennial College to brush up my English as well as to obtain some accounting knowledge.

When did you land a job?

After studying at the college for three years.

I see… but in my case, I don’t have enough financial resources, that is, not enough money to pay my tuition for that long.

The best bet is, Mari, you try to find a job as baker in the North—such as Yukon Territory, Alberta Province, or Northwest Territories.  Not many people want to work in those northern regions because of the extreme coldness during the winter.  So go to North Vancouver Library and read the employment section of local newspapers in the North.

Then what am I supposed to do?

Chances are, Mari, the manager of the cafeteria of a mining company is desperately looking for a baker to replace the leaving worker.

But I don’t have a work permit nor a permanent resident card.

Well… for example, there is a program called “Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)”, which is developed to allow the Government of Yukon to nominate potential immigrants based on industrial and economic priorities and labour market conditions.

Is that program any good to me?

Yes, of course, you’re categorized as a “skilled worker.”  In the above program, once you’re admitted as a qualified individual, then the government will help you obtain a visa.

I see.

But the first thing you have to do, Mari, is to find a prospective employer who desperately looks for a baker in Yukon.

Uncle Denman, do you think I’ll be able to find such an employer?

Well… don’t worry too much, Mari… I think you’ll find one sooner or later.

How come you’re saing that?

‘Cause the article called “JAGEL” I posted on March 9 is read by many people as shopwn in the following list.


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“JAGEL”


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As you see, Mari, “JAGEL” is read by 112 Net citizens for the week from March 8 to March 14—top of the list except for the RSS feed and the home page.

I see…

Chances are, one of these days, a prospective employer will contact you at barclay1720@gmail.com

I really hope so.

【Denman’s Monologue】


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Oh, yeeeesss!
Mari’s bagels are so soft, chewy and yummy—far from hard traditional bagels.

She was born and brought up in Japan.
She has 8-year experiences as baker in Japan.

Mari has now settled in North Vancouver and enjoys Canadian life to the hilt.


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She is one of the most hardworking, cheerful and good-natured women I’ve ever known in my life.
Mari has excellent people skills and gets along well with almost everyone and she has no trouble getting to know new people.

She used to work in a fun-loving, friendly, well-organized bagelry, and wish to work in the same work environment.
If you give her an opportunity to bake her jagels, I’d really appreciate it.

Thank you for reading my monologue.


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“Go Bananas”

“Manwatching”

“Stanley Boardwalk”

“With Your Tiger”

“A Second World”

“Asexual Thought”


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“Stanley 125 Years”

“Sushi @ the Globe”

“Peace@Syria & Pentagon”

“Sweet Memory”

“Unforgettable Movies”

“Typhoon 26”

“Great Luck”

“Diane@World”

“Diane@Spam”

“Sabina”

“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”

“World Family”

“My Name is Mayumi”

“Mayumi’s Bagels”

“Mozzarell & smoked chicken

Bagel Sandwich”

“Bagels@Granville Island”

“Matcha Bagels”

“Scones & Puddings”

“Lox and Bagels”

“Oyster Bagel Sandwich”

“JAGEL”


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