Thursday, June 30, 2011

I Make Art



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXXth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

As stated yesterday & many other times in this blog, art & the making of it is good. Today I will be taking part in a drawing class at a local community hall. Later, the seniors in this centre I know have invited other seniors and their family's to come over & learn how II make candles. Since I have never done this beIV, its a new thing to learn.

Always Learning,

Rory

Source: Myself.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Lights, Camera, Action



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2
June XXIXth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Watching Turner Classic Movies with Hosts Robert Osbourne & Ben Mankiewicz is like gettiing inII the science of watching movies. The quality level of the old classic movies from golden eras of moviemaking in Hollywood, California & worldwide is second II none. Plus the introductions & commentaries by the hosts, guests, & guest programmers is amazing. Students of art & film really get to know the artisans & crews quite up close. They learn not just the good about films, but about all of the pratfalls & deals/compromises that must be made to get a film(s) II market.

Exuding Class,

Rory

Source: Www.Tcm.Com.

There's No Business Like Show Business



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXIXth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Consevative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

This sounds like an exciting show. The Shaw Conference Centre is hosting student works of art in its pedway. Now patrons of this fine establishment can see the rich pool of talent we have IV art in this fine city. Knowing then that Edmonton has many generations of artisans ready to flourish & make this a great artistic Capital of the Province. paRTnership Gallery is a great business model example!

Shaw High Speed Internet Is Dandy,

Rory

Source: Www.EdmontonExaminer.Com, Jan Vykdal & Www.Edmonton.Com/Shaw-Conference-Centre/Default.Aspx.

Couldn't See The "Forest" Through The Trees



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXIXth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

I congratulate you on your refurbishment of Forest Heights Elementary School & others. But quite frankly I find it rather appalling in your announcement that you have no choice but II cut great teachers & their aides in order II do this with your announcement. I realize that you must strike a balance on line by line budgetary items, but you could have tried a lot harder.

My Name's "Forrest" Gump,

Rory

Source: Www.ForestHeights.Epsb.Ca.

I'm Her Number One Fan



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXIXth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Its my dear mother June's LXVIIIth (68th) Birthday tomorrow! Her granddaughter & son are here visiting from Beijing, China. I cannot think of a better way II bridge the intergenerational gap. Her granddaughter is in Playschool over in China & is thriving. Grandma or "Nana" is as an ex-teacher (University of Alberta 1968, B. Ed.) thrilled beyond anything IV her. Plus she is happy her son is raising the child so well, she is happy, healthy, & doing very educationally in a Team Kids Learning Environment.

What An Outstanding Birthday Present,

Rory

Source: Myself.

"Root"ing IV Her



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXIXth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Not because she is African-American in skin tone, no but in spite of it, XIII year old Bronx, New York resident Autum Ashante has achieved the priviledge of getting ready II go II college. A superb example IV homeschooled students. Imagine that, fighting racial struggles & awkward teen hormonal imbalances, Autum is at the top of her game. Such a beautiful child, her family must be so proud!

Go Autum Go,

Rory

Source: Www.TheRoot.Com. , Jenee Desmond-Harris.

Know II Info



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXIXth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

I applaud the tenacity & forebearance of your Her Majesty's Government of Alberta in bringing in tough fines IV distracted driving starting September Ist, MMXI. These positive initiatives to ban things like cell phone calls, texting, reading & other distractions started with a fine rate of $172.00. This is both fair & justified, I personally think that with these new laws, folks will pay more attention to their driving in school zones. This of course will increase the safety of the students overall & thus decrease the worry of students, parents, teachers about children's ability to safely negotiate contact with the ground in areas where drivers may cross with walkers. Eg.: Crosswalks at school zones.

Appropriate,

Rory

Source: Www.Saferoads.Alberta.Ca.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Belly Satisfaction



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXVIIIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Here's a dose of fantastic corporate caring. In the Save-On-Foods grocery corporation, sole owner & great humanitarian, Mr. James Pattison & his group of directors make sure that 300,000 kids who otherwise might not eat get proper nutrition from free British Columbia fruits & vegetables. This dose of nutrition gives the kids extra healthy energy IV use in playing, as well as daily activity's such as learning in a school setting!

Way II Go James,

Rory

Source: Www.SaveOnFoods.Com.

Monday, June 27, 2011

All Stamped Out

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXVIIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Mnister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

I am glad to see the postal strike is ending. I for one favour making posties "essential workers", as I feel the mail must go through. I am most greatful II my Member of Parliament, Laurie Hawn & the rest of Steve Harper's Conservative Majority ramming this back to work bill through. Canada Post employees are paid much better than ther counterparts in private courier company's. They need an education in the fact that the world isn't just Monday-Friday anymore & should be happy with their pay rates.

Students of business need to learn that the imposed settlement (although less than what Canada Post was offering) was fair & very much in line with other collective bargaining agreements. Unions should still have th right to exist & bargain, but I am glad the Government has broken the back of this CUPW union. They waste so much of their members dues on socialist, almost communistic pinko causes & their inflated salary's, its ludicrous!

Lick It,

Rory

Source: Myself.

Number LXXXIII (83) Harley Hotchkiss



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXVIIth MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

I am assuming that the University of Calgary, the oil industry, the Calgary Flames Hockey Club & his family are in mourning. After a valiant battle with prostrate cancer, Harley Hotchkiss died recently at the age of LXXXIII (83.) That is why my hockey style of introductory title is appropriate. Mr. Hotchkiss was a generous patron II the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute, & many other fine charitable endeavours. He led the Calgary Flames through tough times as an owner & was instrumental in bringing the team over from Atlanta & its Stanley Cup victory. He stuck with it through thick & thin, even saving it from bankruptcy. Mr. Hotchkiss has been loyal to the University of Calgary as well. His cash raising & donating efforts have let many scienific experiements & analysis be done II improve neurological functioning & aid in helping in the recovery of brain-injured persons.

Truly A Remarkable Country Gentleman,

Rory

Source: Www.Hbi.UCalgary.Ca & The Calgary Flames Hockey Club.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Cats Meow



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXVIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

The XIXth Annual "Pets In The Park" is on today at The William Hawrelak Park. Folks of all ages can show off their pets & how proud they are of them. Students can also pet many animals & learn about the importance of respect & caring IV animals. Plus if they are scared of animals, by seeing them up close visually, they can overcome their fears.

Pawerriffic,

Rory

Source: Www.EdmontonHumaneSociety.Com., Shauna Randolph.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The House Of Windsor



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXVth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

This is one hell of a promotional tie-in. The new Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are coming to take part in ceremonies for the Cth (100th) Anniversary of The Calgary Stampede. This is great IV the King & Queen to be & an exciting boost to the morale & economic standing of the City of Calgary, the Province, & the Dominion of Canada. The newest Princess can show the metal she is made of & how great a wife she is for William (& future mother) of the next generation of Royals. The stronger that William & Kate show themselves II be as positive youth role models, the more they'll be respected by students throughout their realm & the very Earth itself!

Regalia,

Rory

Source: The Whitehaven News (Wales.)

Crayola Craving



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXVth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Last night I was babysitting my niece & we were colouring with "Crayola" crayons. I heard of a satellite radio report of a child dying after choking on a crayon in Auckland, New Zealand a few months ago & this I guess has happened beIV. As we know, colouring & play is part of a child's normal development. But we must also keep in mind safety factors & ensure the child(ren) is/are aided as quick as possible if its found they have swallowed a crayon product. Or marker, pen, pencil or any substance. The faster they are treated, the less likely they are II suffer from ink &/or led poisoning.

Health Factors Triumphant,

Rory

Source: Www.Crayola.Com/Canada/Index.Cfm.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Still Couldn't Hit A Curveball To Scratch Himself



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXIVth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Got to see former Major League Baseball Star Jose Canseco at the Edmonton Capitals Game last night. Playing & managing the Yuma Scorpions& he looks less bulky, but is still in great shape. It sure is great II see a former steroid user free & clear of "the juice" & any other poisons. Jose is now speaking out against drug use & is playing IV "the love of the game." Hey he made it to the Major Leagues, he has nothing II prove.

Seems odd that a drug user & giver to others is trying to reshape himself inII a role model & reformed man in order to influence students of the game & young players. Its a good message that Jose is sending out II kids & I IV on applaud him IV trying. The Capitals are a very good family team, Capitals Owner Mr. Daryl Katz in letting the kids run around the bases after the gamemakes them feel as if they are truly part of the game experience. He also runs a healthy buffet with salads & fruits/veggies as a great alternative snack IV kids!

On The Check Swing,

Rory

Source: The Edmonton Journal, John Mackinnon & William Wade Izzard.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

En Garde



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Londonderry Mall Public Library Terminal #XXII
Edmonton, Alberta

June XXIIIrd, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

If students of all ages & their family members want II have fun this summer, as well as a healthy physical activity, they should sign up IV fencing. Edmonton's west end features the En Garde Fencing Club on CLXVIIIth (168th) Street. In days of yore & in fairy tales with knights, dragons, & princesses, the concept of swordsmanship, honour, & fair play in these battles, a gentleman's game if you will was very important.

Well David, these values are taught & brought to the forefront at the En Garde Fencing Club. Quality instructors, the finest in foils & sabres, & only the "best of the best" in terms of safety & protective equipment. Thus ensuring that students & members of any age have no chance of an injury while in combator in one of their practice (or tournament) duels! Remember the best offense is a good defense (& vice versa.)

For Integrity Honesty & Fair Play,

Rory

Source: Www.FencingFun.Com.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bus Avoidation Accident Preventation



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXIInd, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Luckily a school bus that travelled over a sink hole near Innisfail with students on the way II school in Bowden at 8:30am today made it all the way over the hole. Luckily IV the obviously distraught driver (who mistook the hole IV a shadow), the students, & their family's that there were only IV injured students. If the bus hadn't cleared the hole outright their could have been deaths. That was one lucky bunch of students. There needs II be an increase in safety & awareness levels, as well as hazard markers whenever possible.

Blessed Luck,

Rory

Source: "CTV Edmonton News At VI With Daryl McIntyre & Carrie Doll": Reporter, Adam Kuzina near Innisfail.

National Security



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#23, 9731-174 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5T 6G4

June XXIInd, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Truly a pity what happened II University of British Columbia (UBC) student Rumana Manzur, a Bangladeshi Citizen & Master's of Political Science student here at St. John's College. A vicious attack while on vacation seeeing her husband & child left her blind. Whether here or overseas, we need to ensure that our students (of any & all ages) are as safe as possible. Sure not every situation can be controlled, especially foreign attacks over which the Government of Alberta & Canada have no control, but we must still be vigilant & on the lookout against these attacks!

Safety Foremost,

Rory

Source: The Globe & Mail, Jill Mahoney & Stephanie Nolen.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

More Than Just A Library




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Kensington (Calder) Public Library Terminal #XIII
Edmonton, Alberta

June XXIst, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

"From Beyonce's latest II Beethoven's greatest." Explore the Edmonton Public Library System David. Artisans range from Mrs. Knowles-Jay-Z all the way through II Maestro Beethoven & everything in between!

Check In II Check Out,

Rory

Source: Www.Epl.Ca.

Head Of The Class

Head Of The Class Cast Photo
Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XXIst, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

On this the Summer Solstice & my brother's XXXIVth birthday, I find myself agreeing most vociferously with Mindelle Jacobs. It seems II me ludicrous that we spend only ten thousand a year per child on Early Child Head Start Programs & yet at the same time we spend C (100) thousand a year to incarcerate maximum security federal prisoners. If we paid $14.75 x 4 Canadian Funds, we could get four needles for Clifford Olson, Paul Bernardo, Russell Williams & Robert Pickton to each have a permanent nap. That would immediately free up CCCC (400) thousand for Head Start Programs.

Running for Public School Board here in Edmonton's north side last year, I met several students who were learning disabled, including aboriginal kids. Seems II me that if Head Start Programs were increased exponentially, we'd be able II have a better chance at getting these kids out of the cycle of violence, drugs, alcohol, & poverty at a higher rate. The faster we get II these unfortunate youngsters, the better off a chance we will have in giving them a solid educational foundation & therefore the better a chance they will turn into productive members of society!

Cycle Of Hope,

Rory

Source: The Edmonton Sun, Mindelle Jacobs.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Summer BBQ Leadership Circuit



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Lois Hole Public Library Terminal #IX
Edmonton, Alberta

June XXth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

As you know, the illustrious party Executive Directors of PC Alberta, Mrs. Patricia Godkin & Ms. Gail Kelly released the nomination signature forms IV the race II be the next Progressive Conservative (PC) Leader & XIVth Premier of this great Province last Friday, June XVIIth. This is the race II succeed Premier Ed Stelmach & with the forms released, it has begun in earnest.

Students who are interested in the democratic process should be excited about the fact that if they are XVI years old & over, they get II shape public policy & cast a ballot for whomever they feel would be the best choice II chart a new direction for Alberta.

The candidates so far are: Doug Griffiths, Alison Redford, Rick Orman, Doug Horner, Gary Mar, Ted Morton. Lets hope that this student involvement over the summer will lead II a more exciting race & may the best man (or woman as the case may be) win!

Mount Up,

Rory

Source: Www.AlbertaPc.Ab.Ca.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fatherly Respect




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#23, 9731-174 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5T 6G4

June XIXth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Today is my IInd Father's Day II my feline son, James Redwing. The importance of Father's Day & the "male perspective"should never be diminished in a child's life. Whether they are baby's, right up to & through their formative years, then during the trip through their educational endeavours. Finally there is the portion where you look after your father & mother when you yourself has matured. I of course took my father Johannes out for lunch today to Swiss Chalet & then spent time with him grocery shopping. In my religious studies courses through school we were taught to "honour your father & mother." So I did that today!

Hope The Hancock Kids Did The Same IV You,

Rory

Source: Myself.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Darling I Love You But Give Me "Park" Avenue

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XVIIIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA,
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

If you know of any family's with kids who are on a restricted travel budget this year David, get them II focus on staying here in Canada. Travelling to one or more of our National Parks is definitely a lower cost alternative than travelling overseas. Students & their family's can travel to say Jasper National Park here in Alberta, or any park in any one of our Provinces & Territories. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is drafting up legislation II make even more of Canada a pristine, eco-friendly wilderness. Parks Canada has now been around IV a century & as it enters its CIst year, we must encourage citizens & governing body's of the future II strike a friendly balance between nature & eco tourism/regular family tours.

Today's students will be tomorrow's wilderness protectors, let us help the Federal Government ensure that there is a great & awe-inspiring wilderness II protect IV many years II come.

Park Place,

Rory

Source: The Ottawa Citizen, Maria Cook & Www.Pc.Gc.Ca.

African Friendship



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XVIIIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

At the Edmonton Expo Centre today, the City of Edmonton & some co-sponsors are hosting the annual "Africa Connect" festival. For working family's & those of a lower income, this is a great family time IV students & their family &/or friends II take in the wonderment that is the continent of Africa. The event is free from 11am-4pm & then continues on with a fine dinner & entertainment package well inII the evening.

Mayor Stephen Mandel & City Council will be there. There will be food, costumes, dancing, cultural displays of art & other African treasures. This is most definitely a great way II celebrate art & what a great contribution African-Canadians make II the City of Edmonton, our beloved Province, & the Dominion of Canada as a whole!

Salaam Aleikuum,

Rory

Source: Www.Edmonton.Ca/AfricaConnect.

Friday, June 17, 2011

I'm Leonard Maltin With The Stars At EPL Branch Library's And This Is Entertainment Tonight




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Lois Hole Public Library Terminal #VII
Edmonton, Alberta

June XVIIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

All this month & all year round, Edmonton Public Library's (EPL) takes the science of Film Studies seriously. They have both in house or in site locations of films where you watch with your fellow library patrons. This is sort of an old broadcast quality feel to it of family togetherness, & they also have all manner of DVD's to rent of glorious television & feature films for you to peruse & borrow at all library locations. Most of the films are shown at the Stanley A. Milner Branch EPL because of its larger size & seating capacity IV shows. But IV instance, the Millwoods Branch EPL is showing a movie this month as well. From documentary to artsy to comedic to serious (& everything in between) take in the delight that is the movie scene at EPL.

Thats A Wrap Now Cut & Print It,


Rory

Source: Www.Epl.Ca.

Practically A Centenarian








Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2


June XVIIth, MMXI


Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud


Dear David:

On June XIth, a Mr. Leo Blass of Redmond, Washington aged XCIX (99) proved the adage that "you are never to old to learn." He graduated with an Associates or Bachelor's Degree in General Studies from Eastern Oregon University. In the horrid era of the Depression, Leo was forced in MCMXXXII (1932) II take a logging job for about $150.00 a month from a relative because he just couldn't make it for himself & his family economically on the $80.00 a month he was earning. As a result, he dropped out, but the school contacted him & he took a few classes & had then just enough credits to earn his Degree. Turning C (100) on August IIIrd, Leo will not enter inII any new career opportunities his Degree status now prooffers him. It truly is nice II see someone from the decade beIV the Roaring 20's successfully graduate.

Leo Blass Giving Hope II Other Senior Students,

Rory

Source: Rev. William Wade Izzard, Universal Life Church-Aboriginal Youth Outreach & Reuters: Teresa Carson.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

In Edmonton's War On Crime The Worst Criminal Offenders Are Pursued By The Detectives Of The Major Case Squad These Are Their Stories Boom Boom




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XVIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

As can be attested with the Vancouver riots last night, & those here in Edmonton in MMVI, the need IV policing in this city & proper security is of paramount importance. Folks interested in becoming a police officer or a civilian aide II the police should look at the Police Studies Program being offered at Grant MacEwan University this summer & in future time frames. the July course offering is in Leadership Skills. The better trained our police force members are, the better able they will be II network with the community in order II resolve crimes faster. Eg.: The high levels of homicides in Edmonton Proper this year (XXV), including the ethnic violence murders in the Somali Muslim Community.

Driven II Protect & Serve,

Rory

Source: Www.MacEwan.Ca/Police & Www.MacEwan.Ca/Investigations.

Students Can Learn A Lot From Charles Adler




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XVIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Chuck Adler is right on education. He shows just how great folks from Winnipeg are. He's right in expressing concern about students & other rioters causing horrible damage & bodily injuries last night in the great city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Students & others who did not participate may now get the idea that its okay to destroy & maim others & their property's because they see it live, on television, & all over the internet. Well its not, what if folks (say even a student) had been killed. Think of how badly those rioters would have felt. As for Police Chief Jim Chu & Mayor Gregor Robertson, those II ought to be forced out of office immediately. Showing students that when elected II & appointed to public offices you do nothing, then why are Vancouver taxpayers paying you? As IV the Boston Bruins & their fans, they outplayed, outgunned, outmatched, & outmanouvered the Vancouver Canucks at every turn. They (including their student fans) showed that they knew the values of sportsmanship & deserved the Stanley Cup more. Note: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman didn't deserve the horrible treatment he received from fans in the arena. It lacked dignity & respect, Gary was just doing his legally required job in congratulating the winning team.

Chuck is right again in assessing the Globe & Mail's Margaret Wente column on the lack of academia time in American post-secondary institutions. The tacit agreements wherein Professors give the students very little to do. Chuck says that students only study about XII (12) hours a week (or less) with some only hitting the books for V hours a week or less & only XXX (30) hours a week of classroom time. That is quite horrid.

When I went to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) for my Marketing Certificate in MCMXIV-MCMXV (1994-95), then transferred II Grant MacEwan College (now University) towards getting a full Business Diploma from MCMXV-MCMXVII (1995-97), I had to study a lot more hours per week. Plus when I completed the trifecta of studying & got a Bachelor of Administration Degree (Honours) from Athabasca University in December MCMXCIX (1999), I still had to study & put in many hours. This despite the fact that it was a correspondence University & was self-paced. I still had to talk by email & phone with my Professors twice a week, I was also required II attend the Edmonton Campus of the school twice a month to see advisors that kept me on the right track. I also took all of my exams there in person, & had to attend my in class courses there. In person, not by remote control where I could just "phone in" my academic performance. I had II work to earn every credit, I had to study & be in class well over XL (40) hours a week combined. Plus I held down a part time job.

When I decided II go & become the first person in Alberta history II get a second C (100) High School Credits & therefore also the first to be granted a second Regular High School Diploma, I had II earn every credit honestly. Studying, without cheating, & with a full on effort. Hence my Public School Board run slogan: "CC Credits, II Diplomas, I'll Work Twice As Hard IV You." Having my learning disability of Aspberger's Syndrome or high functioning autism makes the challenges I faced in learning even harder. But I will not cheat, I will not give Convocation Lectures like certain University of Alberta Professor's & not give proper source accreditation. Chuck Adler got II be the broadcaster he is with hard work, honesty, & integrity. I can truly say I got my academic credentials the exact same way!

I'd Like II Give A Shout Out II
Bill Good & CKNW Radio Vancouver For Their Excellent Riot Coverage & Its Horrid Aftermath,

Rory

Source: Corus Entertainment's CJOB Winnipeg: "Adler Online", Charles Adler, Winnipeg, Manitoba & Www.CharlesAdler.Com.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pride And Dignity




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2


June XVth, MMXI


Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progresive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud


Dear David:


Yesterday I was delighted II be invited by my opponent & victor in Ward A, Trustee Cheryl Johner II share in the celebrations of National Aboriginal Day at the Edmonton Public School Board meeting. Both with a delightful meal of bannock & other aboriginal delicacies, as well as a display of music, tribal dances & costumes, as well as prayer blessings in several aboriginal tongues.


Topping it all off was a welcome from the Board II the elcers & aboriginal audience members at the meeting itself. As well as the singing of Oh Canada in Cree (this translates II Ta Kanata.) The oration by the female singer was beautiful. The inflection & pitch was just right. Cree I must say is a hauntingly beautiful language.


Then there was remarks by Board members, & aboriginal staff & students in regards II the inclusivity of aboriginal education. Trustees then exchanged gifts with some of the students & teachers, then a lovely piece of aboriginal artwork was presented II Superintendent Edgar Schmidt. I must say that it was truly an honour to drink all of this in. We have a Board that is on the right track IV minority awareness & cultural understanding!


Arrowhead,


Rory




Tuesday, June 14, 2011

June Is Aboriginal Month At EPL




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XIVth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

June is Aboriginal Month across Canada & in all of the EPL Branches its being celebrated. Events include storytime readings IV different ages, films, cookoffs of aboriginal food like bannock. So come on down & enjoy the celebrations! This is one great Canadian culture!

Peace Pipe,

Rory

Source: Www.Epl.Ca.

Plunging Deep Into The Ocean Depths



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Lois Hole Public Library Terminal #VI
Edmonton, Alberta

June XIVth, MMXI


Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud


Dear David:


The quality of Her Majesty's Government of Alberta's Royal Alberta Museum never ceases II amaze me. A fun summer exhibition IV students who enjoy year round learning is "Creatures of the Abyss." It runs from June XIth-September XIth, & features immaculate & detailed displays of our precious ecosystem that is under the world's oceans, seas, & other tributaries. Its amazing, we humanoids have gone all the way II the moon & back & yet we do not know nearly anything about what lies beneath the depths of our own bodies of water. Believe me David, if you take Mrs. Principal Janet Hancock & your kids there, you'll be blown away at how much there is II learn!


Shark Week,


Rory


Monday, June 13, 2011

Insecticons




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Calder (Kensington) Public Library Terminal #VI
Edmonton, Alberta

June XIIIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

My fantastic former Chemistry & Biology Teacher Mr. Derk Vaneerden at Edmonton Christian High School would definitely agree with this. Around my mother's & my apartment building, they are spraying the trees, shrubs, & other plant & flora life with pesticides today to prevent insect invasions. While these chemicals are definitely needed to ensure decent looking lawns & plants that grow well, they can be quite harmful II the environment. We were given notice last night of this spray being performed with the contracted company so we ensured all of our windows & doors were shut tightly. We also made sure II shut off our air conditioners so that chemical pesticide laden air would not enter our suite. Not only is this good IV my safety as I have weak lungs, but it ensures my feline son James Redwing & my mother June (the cat's grandmother) also do not get sick.

Be sure & take a lesson from the esteemed Mr. Vaneerden, play it smart & play it safe around chemicals. If you must be around them (say in a classroom setting) handle them with extreme caution. Be up to date on the latest hazards & safety data sheets so you know of the risks. Also wear the best of the best in terms of safety equipment to ensure your body & brain are protected strongly!

Pest Control A Biological Imperative,

Rory

Source: Www.PestControlCanada.Com.

Vive Le Picard Libre




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XIIIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

By even entertaining the idea of moving J.H. Picard Elementary-High School in the Edmonton Catholic Schools system over II the confines of Silverberry & suburbia, Catholic adminisrators are cutting their own Franco-Albertan throats. IV the francais language to survive & even thrive in Edmonton, we need J.H. Picard to stay where it is, across the riviere from downtown. Still however centralized enough IV francais etudiants II be able II get II it from across Edmonton.

While I am certainment that Silverberry needs its own ecole, taking J.H. Picard away from XCIXth Street will lessen the impact IV the Catholic system II turn out fine bilingual Albertans. Captain Jean-Luc Picard of tv's : "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (C. Paramount Pictures Corporation (TM)) would not be amuse at the lack of respect shown his namesake.

Lets Keep Francais Vivant,

Rory

Source: Www.JhPicard.Ecsd.Net.

Word IV Word Page Lift

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XIIIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Dr. Philip Baker should be held II a much higher standard. When we live in an age when students are given lower grades or fired IV cheating/plagarizing; the Dean of Medicine should face the same fate. If I was the University of Alberta President, I'd fire his ass, or at least force him II accept an unpaid supension. I earned all CCXXI (221) of my High School Credits honestly & without cheating. Just as I did my Business Degree from Athabasca University with Honours. The least Dr. Baker could do is accept that what he did was unethical. The apology letter is a great start. But Phil most certainly has much more II do.

Puzzled,

Rory

Source: The Edmonton Journal, Codi Wilson.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Congratulations Phil




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2


June XIIth, MMXI


Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud


Dear David:


Social Studies students & post-secondary students of history will note the fantastic news that His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke Of Edinburgh & spouse of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The IInd turned XC (90) this past Friday. The Duke has been a loyal spouse of Her Majesty since MCMXLVII (1947) when he married her & she was still just a Princess under the great stewardship of her father, the valiant World War II King George The VIth. He has performed his royal duties ably & while advising his good wife, he has never sought the spotlight. He loves her & respects her. He has shown his great intelligencia off by serving in the British Royal Navy & many different military capacity's. He has also served the Crown through his many chosen charitable endeavours & has now earned a retirement of glory & dignity. So perhaps it is fitting with his great naval skills that his wife granted him the title of Lord High Admiral, or Head of the Navy. Certainly a XCth birthday gift that the Duke appreciates, as will students & connoiseurs of British & Commonwealth Naval History. Way II go You Royal Highness!


Pip Pip & God Save The Queen,


Rory


Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.

Furballs




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2


June XIIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud


Dear David:


My feline son James Redwing Cat Koopmans likes to of course nip & bite a little. This is of course part of his hunter instinct. He nipped at my feet & legs a bit too hard & so I changed him on veterinary advice from a Vet over the phone II a diet with a little bit less protein. I've also gotten a special new dietary cat food in dry format II make him less agressive. Veterinary students will tell you David that changing up his food intake under careful instruction & medical guidance will make things better for not just your pet. But IV the folks he has agreed II let live with him, namely his "Nana" or grandmother & myself. We don't want James to hurt himself, or be tempted to hurt others. I & many other pet owners just want II make life better IV him as he makes life better fur us.


I am also going II head to the Doctor IV a checkup as I have been feeling under the weather lately. The less healthy I am, the less able I will be able to take care of my feline son & make sure he is growing up strong & purroud. Get medical treatment if you are bitten hard by a cat, including bandages all the way through rabies & other shots if necessary. Students growing up with pets in their home need II be aware that the better they look after them as kids, the smarter & better they will be able II manage human children in adult relationships of their own later in life.


Catastic,


Rory


Source: Myself.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Constructicons

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June XIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Upon driving south along the Quesnell Bridge yesterday afternoon, my cousin (who is a Grade VII student) & I noticed that some of the construction workers were not wearing hard hats as per safety rules. Some were also not wearing eye protection &/or hearing protection when operating jackhammers & other noise making equipment. What is wrong with this world when a XIV year old boy knows more about safety procedures than the very crews themselves & the contactors performing the road repairs?

Tape Measure,

Rory

Source: Myself.

Friday, June 10, 2011

"Shep"herding Cancer II The Ashbin Of History




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Castledowns Public Library Terminal #I
Edmonton, Alberta


June Xth, MMXI


Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud


Dear David:


Students & the Ross Shepherd Students Union must be given a salute. Last week they raised $3,400.00 IV cancer research at the Cross Cancer Institute. Teachers agreed II be put in dunk tanks & have their mustaches & heads shaved off IV cancer. They might even get more than the $8,500.00 they made last year. I am proud of Students Union President Trisha Chow. Cancer crosses all age groups & all boundaries. Its a horribly ravishing disease. All the way fron little kids II seniors get it, even students do. So as a result, I cannot think of anything more appropriate than having students setting up & having a successful fundraiser II fight it, fight it hard!


We Must Never Give Up The Fight Against Cancer,


Rory


Source: The Edmonton Examiner, Jan Vykydal & Www.Shep.Epsb.Ca.




Kings Of The "Castle"downs

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Castledowns Public Library Terminal #I
Edmonton, Alberta

June Xth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Here at the Castledowns Branch EPL is another rather unique initiative. As part of their Castledowns Book Club, seniors, parents, students & anyone who is interested can listen II Audio books in one of the side rooms. This is a great idea as family's can sit together. Students with reading problems, folks who have temporarily lost cognitive function due II say an accident or fighting a disease can relax in comfort & still have their minds educated by listening to the narration of another human voice. Library patrons have told me that grandkids & kids of school age like II bring in their parents/grandparents/guardians with them so they can show them how well they can read on their own. As you can imagine, the adult doing the listening takes extreme pride in this.

By having the folks in side rooms with the literacy difficulty's, they can hear the speaker (either on tape or live) & then practice enunciating & gaining basic diction back. They can take their time, be in a relaxed atmosphere & be surrounded by family & friends. Learning languages can be difficult, but having to relearn them & pronunciations that after a lifetime of speaking have been lost is even worse. I say bravissimo to the Castledowns EPL & other EPL staffs IV this most excellent initiative!

Constructing Words & Sentences Anew,

Rory

Source: Www.Epl.Ca.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Blue Shift Revitilization

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Blue Shift Gaming Terminal #VIII
Edmonton, Alberta

June IXth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Here in West Edmonton Mall's (WEM) Internet Cafe: "Blue Shift Gaming" there is quite a great thing going on. I am sitting next II a lady with Parkinson's Disease & she has lost stability in her right hand, which is her normal typing hand. So a kind friend of her's who works with folks with disability's is teaching her one handed keyboarding with her left hand. Blue Shift staff have also let her plug in her voice command portability device & she can type documents & do spell checks via her voice if her remaining hand fails her. I mean this is absolutely awesome. A lady with a crippling disease beating it II be able II remain a student! I am privileged II be sitting here watching this. Its worth paying IV my computer time II write this, even though I could do so at a library branch or at home IV free, this David is a story that had II be told!

Computron,

Rory

Source: Myself & Www.BlueShiftDigital.Ca.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Chip Off The Old "Knecht"er



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June VIIIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:


Being at the Change-In-Command & Swearing In of Edmonton's new Police Chief was quite a great educational experience. As an outside hire, Rod Knecht will bring new ways of making positive command decisions that he learned from his time in the prestigious Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) & their fantastic Red Serge Uniforms. I certainly wish Rod much success.


I also must insist upon giving Mayor Stephen Mandel a shout out. His highlighting of Rod's daughters knowing the importance of education. Steve mentioned in his remarks that one daughter was attending University & the other was just finishing off her Grade X in Ontario IV the year her father had transferred there.


I was personally ecstatic to talk II these lovely ladies afterwards at the reception in the north foyer of City Hall. I learned that the older daughter went to the esteemed Carleton University IV a year & has now successfully transferred her credits II the University of Alberta IV Year II of her studies. Her younger sister is excited about attending Grade XI back here in Alberta. Its sure nice II know what great people Rod & Mrs. Chief Rod Knecht are & that they are committed II working hard IV Edmonton's citizens & that their daughter's receive the best education possible!

From Red II Blue,

Rory


Source: "Global Edmonton TV News At V & VI With Gord Steinke", Carole-Anne Guay.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A "Capital" Idea



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June VIIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

I cannot believe how awesome a radio station 96.3 Capital FM is. Their Wednesday, June VIIIth Radiothon from 5:30am-7pm on the Santa Moretti Ship at West Edmonton Mall (WEM) IV the Northern Alberta Make-A-Wish Foundation is stellar. Giving sick & disadvantaged kids some hope IV the future is truly a noble goal. Anything that helps makes kids lives better an only be great. The medium of radio is much more intimate & so much more conducive II giving. It makes (potential) donors think more about the charity they are giving II & how great it is. This will lead II a more successful financial campaign.

As The Late Great Radio Broadcaster Tom Snyder Said: "Watch The Pictures As They Fly Through The Air",

Rory


Activity Durability Efficiency


Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2


June VIIth, MMXI


Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

We need a strong focus group on exercise like they have in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Physical Educational Association (SPEA) promotes healthy body's & healthy minds. The more students, staff, teachers & their family's eat nutrionally, tied in with regular doses of exercise/physical activity, the healthier they will be. As a result, less school days will be lost to sickness & unneeded learning interruptions. Plus students cognitive functions will be much stronger if they have stronger bodies.

Check It Out,

Rory

Source: Www.SpeaOnline.Ca & Spea@Xplornet.Com.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hard At It




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June VIth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Here's another example of female prowess & excellence in athletics. University of Alberta Medical Student Paula Findlay just garnered her IVth win in the ITU World Triathalon Competition. She has now equalled another athlete with the most wins gained in a single year in this competition created in MMIX. Tag on her wins in other triathlon divisions & competitions & Paula Findlay is the most successful female triathlete on Planet Earth. I mean that's truly exciting, plus she was born right here in Edmonton, Alberta. So her family & fans have even more reason II be proud of her! She works hard at her training to keep her body healthy & is also a stellar student on the U of A campus. This is the kind of student we can truly be proud of as a Province!

Triple Changer,

Rory

Source: The Edmonton Sun, Terry Jones.

Panda Pride



Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2


June VIth, MMXI


Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud


Dear David:


Well isn't this amazing David? The MCMXCIX-MM (1999-2000) University of Alberta Panda's Womens Hockey Squad is being induct inII the prestigious Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame. These fine ladies went all the way that year to win the entire Canadian Women's Hockey Championship, something that no Western female squad had done beIV. From Team Captain Susan Huculak (MCMXCIX, B. ED.) on down, these ladies should be proud of themselves IV being such outstanding student athletes. As well as role models IV female athletes of the future!


Stickhandling With Excellence,


Rory



Sunday, June 5, 2011

Parkview A Winning Community League





Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin., #203, 8912-156 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2


June Vth, MMXI


Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA, Minister of Education, Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud


Dear David:



Parkview Community League is what we might call a winner. Its bike safety & bike riding season again & this stellar community league is once again offering Bicycle Safety classes IV summer students. As I am sure many other community leagues are doing. These classes make kids both safer on the road & healthier from all of the bike riding they are doing. Located at 9135-146 Street NW, I was mightily impressed by the City of Edmonton staffers knowledge as I dropped off the Aunt of one of the students to have a look see at the going's on. We both thought what great young people these instructors were & how awesome they were in making sure the students wore their bicycle helmets & pads!

Community League Excitement,

Rory

Source: Www.Pvcl.Ca & Www.Efcl.Org & Www.Edmonton.Ca.










Can Someone Please Validate My Parking




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June Vth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Way II go II Eliza Pan & Andrew Qi on being named the Valedictorians IV Old Scona High School as well as other provincial High Schools. Their speeches in front of their graduating classes are a chance IV them II mould the minds of their fellow classmates, as well as II truly bond with them over their shared class experiences.

The position of Valedictorian is very important in the culture of High School. What these peer students say can have a profound effect on their fellow clasmates. It may even influence them as they start down their chosen educational paths. Students who get this job should remember II use it wisely.

Graduating On A "High" School Note,

Rory

Source: The Edmonton Journal, Lana Cuthbertson.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Inappropriate Timing






Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin., #203, 8912-156 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2


June IVth, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA, Minister of Education, Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud


Dear David:


I believe the Senate Page, um a Miss Brigette DePape I believe (& a University student to wit) had every right II protest The Right Honourable Gentleman IV Calgary-Southwest's agenda & that of his Tory government. But for her II break the sanctity of the Senate & interrupt Her Majesty's Representative, The Right Honourable His Excellency David Johnston in the Senate Chamber as he read the Throne Speech on behalf of the Queen & her democratically elected Prime Minister was intolerable.




Maybe if she had resigned her post first, then gone outside on the hill or in the public foyer with the sign, that would have been more than acceptable, even the Prime Minister would & could not stand against the right of peaceful protest. I applaud Miss DePape IV exercising her rights & profiling her work as both a page & as a student. I respect her right II protest, & would gladly have engaged in a debate against her in which I would defend the PM & his governing party.




Mr. Harper won a Majority Government on Monday, May IInd, which gives him the right to be in power until May IInd, MMXVI. I for one strongly approve of this Conservative Majority & believe Miss DePape needs to be reminded that every governing party has "an agenda" as she so qualifies it. If the PM really had a secret "hidden agenda" he would have enacted it by now Miss DePape. If you were truly a student of history & knew your raw politics cold as I do, you'd know that this Tory team has been in office since February VIth, MMVI, they have no hidden agenda.




Miss DePape, you might have decided to chuck your job as you were gone in III weeks from it & your student position anyway. But your lucky I am not the Speaker of the Senate, I would have put you in jail as a security risk.




There Is A Time & A Place IV Everything,




Rory




Source: Www.Msn.Ca.




Friday, June 3, 2011

Ice Ice Baby


Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

June IIIrd, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

Once again my great friends & former employers at Tim Horton's Corporation (TM) & TDL Marks Incorporated (TM) came through so kids could go II camp. A staggering one day record of $9.9 million was raised in that short time frame so that kids who otherwise couldn't afford to get II go II Tim Hortons Children's Camps (TM) & through Tim Horton's Children's Foundation from the coffee sales on Wednesday, June Ist. Thanks to my former bosses Frank & Julie MacKenzie & all the other owners across this Great Dominion of Canada IV their generosity in once again helping kids!

Awesome Corporate Responsibility,

Rory

Source: Www.TimHortons.Ca.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hamaz al-Khatib We Will Miss You





Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.

Woodcroft (Westmount) Public Library Terminal #XXIII

Edmonton, Alberta




June IInd, MMXI



Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA

Minister of Education,

Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud



Dear David:



As I have mentioned II you in private comments, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is what I would like to term an "asswipe." The man is a Medical Officer who has taken the Hippocratic Oath not II harm human life & yet II stay in power, he has murdered, or at least ordered the murders of 300,000 plus Syrian citizens. He's actually getting to be more brutal than his late father. As for the weak-ass response by the United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat-New York: why is she allowing her President to bomb the living hell out of Libya jointly with NATO & the United Nations when the Syrian President is murdering just as many people on the ground per day? My feeling is that its because Libya might have more raw resources than Syria.

Dr. Assad has saved the lives & eyesights of many thousands of patients, as he's an opthamologist by trade thats his job. Frankly no one deserves to die, this boy was just XIII (13) years old, an innocent teenager & he gets offed because he was offering peaceful protest against the Assad regime. Why is a teenage boy being tortured & killed, at XIII he hasn't even begun his life!


It should be noted that NATO & the United Nations are killing just as many people in Libya per day with their bombings, this would include innocent folks such as schoolchildren. Assad when you combine totals with his late father has skillfully & quietly killed more civilians than Colonel Moammar Gadhafi, the Libyan Brother-Leader ever has.

Offended & Sickened,



Rory






Source: The Scripps-Howard News Service Online, Tony Todd.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A "Grad"uated Response




Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin., #203, 8912-156 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2


June Ist, MMXI


Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA, Minister of Education, Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:


St. Mary of the Lake student Kuranda Bellerive shows off her grad dress above. But her school was in limbo & many students lost their grad clothes & a proper party facility. Folks from across Alberta rushed in with grad dresses & an Edmonton event planner is donating their time to make the party a great success. Roland Michener School even extended an invite II Catholic students II combine & be a part of their grad ceremony. The sense of community is so alive in Slave Lake now that everyone in town has been invited to the grad. This will give it a sense of vitality & thankfulness that no lives were lost in the fire.


Things Will "Grad"ually Get Back II Normal,


Rory


Source: The Edmonton Journal, Elise Stolte.

Dad, Did You Help Build The High Level Bridge

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

May XXXIst, MMXI

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

University Of Alberta Alumni & Documntary Filmmaker Trevor Anderson(MCMXCV B.A.) has a sense of history. He gets right up close & personal II the landmark High Level Bridge in the film, "The High Level Bridge", showing what it would be like II jump off of it. He does this while throwing a documentary camera down off it, deliberately destroying in the North Saskatchewan River below. This sense of inanimate terror highlights the poor souls who have jumped off of the bridge in despair. Like Trevor, I think the High Level is iconic & can see why with its eyegrabbing type of look why it might be so sought after as a way II stand down in life.

The High Level isn't just infrastructure, nay II a student of art, film, & important objects like Trevor, its a part of Edmonton's living history. Lets hope Trevor has much success as he starts out on his film career.

Like A Bridge Over Troubled Water,

Rory

Source: Www.Newtrail.UAlberta.Ca & Www.PrairieArtsters.Com & Www.AmyFung.Ca & Dirt City Films.