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The Viretta Park Repair’s 2nd Work Party

Posted in Personal with tags on May 4, 2011 by taraden

The Viretta Park Repair has just received word that we have the go ahead to perform a few more work parties! SO>>>>>

the next work party will be held on June 4th, 2011 from 11am to 3pm. If you are in the Seattle (or surrounding)area OR you will be in Seattle on June 4th, 2011 PLEASE come out and show your support for this project! We are aiming to beautify Seattle’s Viretta Park (known by many Nirvana fan’s as “Kurt’s Park”) and to create a memorial for Kurt Cobain. We need to have a great turnout for this event… so please come and show your support!!!

For further info check our Wiki page

and our facebook group

and email us at virettaparkrepair(at)gmail.com for more information

Viretta Park Repair ~ Come As You Are, Nirvana fans

Posted in Check It Out, Kurt Cobain, KurtCobain, Life, Music, My Travels, Nature, Nirvana, Personal, Viretta Park, World, Youth on February 14, 2011 by taraden

February 20th marks the birth date of former Nirvana singer/songwriter Kurt Cobain. He would be turning 44 if he were still alive.

I recently was made aware of an event that is happening at Viretta Park, a small park that is located beside the former home of Kurt Cobain and the location of where his death took place.  Many fans travel to Viretta Park to pay their respects to Kurt, leaving messages on the park benches, along with flowers, candles and other mementos.  I have visited the park many times and have always wondered why there is not something more. Something to honor a man who is still to this day loved greatly, all around the world.

Well, now there is……

Daniel Johnson, has been organizing a “Viretta Park Repair” which aims to ecologically restore and repair the park for residents living in the surrounding area and to create a memorial for fans to visit, remember and celebrate the life of Kurt Cobain and the music of Nirvana.

The very first “Viretta Park Repair” work party will be held February 20th, 2011 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Daniel is looking for people to come volunteer and assist in the removal of invasive plant species that have taken over many areas of the park and to collaborate  ideas on what types of plants people would like to see as well as come up with ideas for a memorial for Kurt.

PLEASE, if you are in the Seattle or surrounding area, come out and show your support and help make Kurt’s Park a special place.

You can RSVP to this event by contacting Daniel Johnson at 206.369.2661 or by email at urbangardens@comcast.net

 

I can’t wait to meet you there!

Sign Me Up

Posted in Personal on May 13, 2010 by taraden

Miss 604 is holding a yummy contest over at her blog and I would like to officially enter for an additional entry for a chance at a delicious lobster dinner and a night out from my 3 year old.  :S

Matthew Good US Tour 2010 Ticket Giveaway Contest

Posted in Personal on February 22, 2010 by taraden

Once again Matthew Good is giving away tickets to shows on his US “Vancouver’ album tour.  For details on the contest visit matthewgood.org

Here is my artwork……

And hopefully I am able to score some tickets to a Matt Good show.... one of the best musicians to go see live!!!

All Work and No pay…..

Posted in Blogging, ChildCare, Crime, Home, Life, Observations, Personal, Ramblings, Random Thoughts, Rants, Work on November 20, 2009 by taraden

I have, for the past 2 and 1/2 years ran a childcare out of my home.  My common law husband and I had our son in Feb of 2007 and as of Jan 2008 I have operated a childcare as my own business and as my primary source of income.

At first I ran a Registered License Not Required Childcare and everything worked out great. When my son was at the age of  3 months, he and I joined a “mommy and me” group and I quickly found clients to fill my future business venture.  These were not only clients but friends.  We came to know one another and see each other outside of the childcare setting.  I could trust them.

Then my husband and I decided to purchase a home together and everything changed.  I, having lived in Port Coquitlam for 5+ more consecutive years, moved to the city of Abbotsford, where I knew no one and away from all my childcare clients.  Starting my childcare business was a challenge but I went about it the right way, the legit way.  I became a fully licensed family child care with the Fraser Health Authority in the beginning of June 2009 and I can honestly say that things have gone downhill from there.

I have spent the time to jump though the ministry`s hoops, had the proper training, first aid, criminal record checks, home safety inspection and fire inspections.  I provide a safe, fun environment for children and feel like I deserve to get paid for the work that I do.  I have had nothing but problems with families paying their childcare bill.

I currently have 6 children enrolled in my childcare.  Not all children come every day.. I have a few that come on a part time basis, but those families are the ones that seem to have their shit together.  I have one mother, single mother, I might add, who brings her son 2 days per week.  She is a student at the local university and I receive childcare subsidy payments for her son to attend my childcare.   I must say that this single mother has her shit together more than any other family that I deal with on subsidy.  She does not receive full payment for her son`s childcare but every month she pays her portion, on time, every time.  Right now, as I speak I am owed over $1000.00 in childcare payments from other families that I deal with that can not seem to get their shit together.

To you, this may seem like a bunch of bitching and moaning but a month before Christmas and the fact that some days I am working 10 hour days, it is nothing more than serious.  I have been watching peoples children on a daily basis, changing their children`s diapers, wiping their noses, making sure that they are fed, dry, happy, safe and am owed money for doing so.  Parents need to realize that childcare providers are the ones that are there caring for their children when they are not and they need to be paying their childcare bills.  When you sign a contract…… read the terms of that contract… if you do not want to pay…..realize that in the future there could possibly be a consequence for your decision.  I will take you to court and fight for what is mine.  I do not watch peoples children for free while they go and line their bank accounts and how dare they think that I would.  PERIOD!

MGtour2009

Posted in Music, Personal on November 18, 2009 by taraden

Matthew Good is currently on tour to promote his new album “Vancouver”.

Dale Mugford has posted some exciting news over at matthewgood.org regarding a little contest for some free concert tickets to one of the shows in the tour.

Here is my banner artwork and I would like to officially be entered into the contest!!!

Crackdown on Crime?

Posted in Court System, Crime, Funny Stuff, Glitches, Health, Home, Life, Me, My Travels, Observations, Personal, Politics, Ramblings, Random Thoughts, Rants, World, Youth on July 25, 2008 by taraden

Today I received a ‘leaflet’ in the mail from my local MP, James Moore regarding which political party is on the right track when it comes to crime in this country. The main point of the leaflet is “Age Is No Excuse.” That just because an offender of a crime is a youth, they should be treated no less than an adult (depending on the severity of the crime… of course.) The point of this leaflet was to choose a political party member who you thought was “on the right track” at combating crime. I was seriously baffled at the notion of having to decide which political party leader was ‘on the right track’….. but here were the options…..

  • Stephane Dion
  • Stephen Harper
  • Jack Layton
  • Elizabeth May

I personally wondered where the “NONE OF THE ABOVE” check box was and quickly realized that there was not one and decided to write Mr. James Moore a letter, letting him in on my view of the Criminal Justice System in this country. The following was sent to his office….

July 25, 2008

Re: “Above the Law” leaflet

To James Moore, MP

Your office recently mailed out a leaflet entitled “Above the Law” asking the citizens of Port Moody, Westwood and Port Coquitlam a question regarding the Criminal Justice System in this country. Your leaflet asked “Who do you think is on the right track on crime?” Well, Mr. Moore, my answer would have to be none of the above. The criminal Justice System in this country is a complete joke. Not only for the light sentences of youth AND adult offenders but for failing the victims of crime as well.

First of all we have our Attorney General, Wally Oppal who seems to come up with excuse after excuse regarding the way that criminals in this country are sentenced. I have contacted him on several occasions regarding the dragging death of Grant De Patie and the reduced sentence of youth offender Darnel Pratt. Now we find out that Mr. Pratt seems to be in some more trouble after assaulting another inmate while incarcerated. The reduction of his sentence now in hind sight seems rather wrong, don’t you think?

I also contacted Mr. Oppal in regards to the Oak Bay murder / suicide involving Mr. Peter Lee. Mr. Lee had assaulted his wife prior to the murders and was arrested for causing bodily harm and aggravated assault. Police made recommendations to the court that he remain in custody. Instead Mr. Lee was released on bail with numerous court orders not to contact his wife, enter the home, or posses any weapons. But did that protect Ms. Park and her family? No. Now every politician, judge and police officer in this country should carry that family’s blood on their hands for not ensuring their safety and for not making the laws around sentencing these offenders more strict.

And lastly ( I could go on, but I will not take up any more of your time) I would like to mention Mayor Scott Young. I am a resident of Port Coquitlam. I grew up in this town and have lived here for the majority of my life. I am also a victim of domestic violence and assault. I do not appreciate the fact that the Mayor of my hometown has been charged and convicted of assault and continues to remain Mayor of this city. I do not appreciate his pompous attitude regarding the matter either. That right there shows you just how screwed up this system is.

I was beaten by my now ex-boyfriend. He gave me two black eyes, choked me, held me against my will for over an hour while confining me and threatening to kill me. After fleeing the scene he was found by police, appeared before a judge and was released on bail with numerous court orders not to contact myself or my family. While awaiting trial he breached those conditions on numerous occasions to the point where I had to have my phone number changed. Each time he breached those conditions I called the RCMP officer in charge of my file to inform him of what was going on and every time I would have to leave a voicemail because he was never available to speak to me in person. By the time the date of the trial came my ex decided to play it safe and accept a plea bargain. He pled guilty and in return the crown sentenced him to a few days in jail. At that time my ex had an extremely lengthy criminal record. He is a career criminal. His mother has informed me that to this day he is still in and out of jail on a regular basis. And you want to know why this is? Because every single time he commits a crime in this country all he gets is a slap on the wrist, released on bail, court conditions that he can breach because he knows he can get away with it, and a minor sentence EVERY SINGLE TIME. And now I have a Mayor that is convicted of assault and I am expected to take him seriously? Please!

There is a lot that needs to be done about the Criminal Justice System in this country Mr. Moore regardless of the offenders age and I believe those changes can not come soon enough. All the offenders mentioned above, regardless if they are a youth offender or an adult seem to think that they are “Above the Law.” As for if any of the candidates mentioned on your leaflet are on the right track against crime in this country? I guess only time will tell.

I thank you for your time.

Thats my take on the system…….