Former live-in caregiver jailed for exploiting migrants who wanted to follow in her footsteps to Canada.

A woman who came to Canada from the Philippines as a live-in caregiver has been jailed for exploiting would-be immigrants in a stiff sentence designed to thwart a wave of bogus immigration consulting. “She lied to them, cheated them, and, in some cases, even threatened them. By doing so, not only did she harm the…

via Former live-in caregiver jailed for exploiting migrants who wanted to follow in her footsteps to Canada — National Post – Top Stories

This is such a shame!  Taking advantage of those in need is terrible and not the Canadian way.


What Do You Mean The Tooth Fairy Does Not Exist???

Has this already happened in your family?

All hell broke loose at The Urban Daddy household, and it all had to do with the “Tooth Fairy”.

Turns out that the Tooth Fairy somehow managed to write a letter to one of our children from my wife’s laptop…


Taker of teeth!  Giver of money!  Hacker!

This fact was discovered by our oldest hacker, er, child, Linus, who managed to keep that quiet from his younger brother and sister for the better part of a year.

This piece of information came to light as Stewie lost a tooth, and with the boys engaged in a brotherly game of “I’m smarter than you”.

Thankfully, it came at the exact right time because Stewie was none too excited about the prospects of some flying, tooth stealing, letter-writing fairy coming into his room at night and grabbing things out from under his pillow.

He could do without the money, heck, he could just continue to grab those funds from his brother or father’s stash, as we believe he’s been doing for a while now – although he does deny it.

Besides, in his mind, if that damn fairy can get into the house, so could the dreaded raccoons which live on the roof of our neighbours, or a robber, dinosaur or anything else…

Males sense, right.

So armed with this new information, we armed the alarm at night and let the cat out of the bag.

The Tooth Fairy, Santa, Easter Bunny, and the like are real…  Real to those who want to believe they exist and it’s not our place to tell that to others.

We all need to believe in something, right?

I still believe the Toronto Maple Leafs will one day win the Stanley Cup (but I no longer believe that will be done in my lifetime as I did when I was 8-years-old).

Oh, and it took Stewie less than 1/2 hour to tip his sister off on the truth, which we had to correct in part due to the fact that we told them not to tell a soul!

His little sister, however, finally is being regularly visited by the Tooth Fairy.  Two teeth thus far, and he’s kept that secret, OR, he’s convinced her to not tell us that he’s already told her the truth.  I suspect the latter.

How did the Tooth Fairy story go in your family?

What do you think about my views on the recession?

I’m trying to make my blog more interactive and force you to type a comment… Not that I write for comments, but that little chart that tells me I have 20-30 views per day means I either have a stalker (see government, lol) or people come by, read my post, say “geez, why do I come here?” then leave.  I’m not really trying to figure that out… today, but I do have a post that requires participation.

My previous 2 posts requiring participation – my coffee ranking post and the one before this one on my TV pet peeve, actually generated quite a lot of discussion – more email than posting however.

My discussion this time is about the recession and where the wealth lies.

Every get that feeling – around pay day – that you are not making as much money as you think you deserve?  If you had more money you would help others, pay down debt, buy a new house, get nicer clothes, maybe even go out more or on more vacations…

So what do people with all that money do???

Let’s look at two types of wealth; The generation who have money as a result of their parents wealth, and the wealth shoved down the throat of the North American population – glorified on TV on shows like Cribs and flaunted in the news all the time – that of the celebrity, or sports figure who grew up poor but upon hitting it big are given gobs of money with no idea what to do with it.

Unfortunately, those with the second generation wealth have been taught by their parents and financial advisers how to invest money, how not to flaunt, and by virtue of where they live and people they grew up with, they are both fiscally responsible and have money put away for times of recession, like now.   These people check their dollars in recession, and look at ways to make money by buying items like houses and stocks while the market is low.  They have lost money in the recession but also take advantage of the suffering economy to expand their wealth when the economy picks up.

Now, the athletes and celebs… They are given tons of money and they hire financial advisors to look after their money.  They too feel the pinch when the economy goes south but when you look at them on TV, or read about them in the news relating to their finances, it is usually of 2 extremes; the one extreme is the 19 year old athlete who even though there is a refcession is going out and buying houses and cars and having parties because, well, they have money and they think it’s going to last forever.    Or, you have the celeb, who is forced to sell a house or something of value because they ran into financial trouble – like failing to pay income tax or living too high off the land and are shocked when the flow of money dries up that they are affected. 

This brings me to my belief for this recession… I feel that recessions are necessary – to bring the economy back into check after years of greed.  Million dollar bonuses to CEO’s of companies losing billion of dollars, Scumbags like Bernie Madoff who create scams to bilke people of of billions of dollars so that he and his family can live like royalty.  Athletes like Manny Ramierez who refused to sign a 2 year contract with the LA Dodgers because $47 million dollars was not enough…  He “settled” for $45 million.  Geez.

While you and I plan, budget and watch everything we spend, others are being given and take huge amounts of money and are being glorified for it.  When was the last time you saw a TV show called, “fiscally responsible”?  No one from MTV wants to come see my house?  Yours?

There are TV shows for people who are in huge debt and we watch them and shake our heads in disbelief… idiots.  We watch the TV shows about the 13 year old girls getting $50,000 sweet 16 parties and we wish that was us.  It will never be us, but there are some people, probably many people who strive to have that kind of wealth and do whatever it takes to accumulate it.  That means selling drugs, lying, cheating and stealing.  Seriously.  And once people with money get more and more to those who are not deserving of that wealth, or are not fiscally responsible with it, then you see more and more bankruptcies, or stories about the rich and famous suffering financial hardship.  And quite frankly, it’s recessionary times like these that we look at them and scoff and laugh at their misfortune.  I know if I had $25 million dollars I would have done a better job managing it.  Less flaunt, more sustaining. 

After all, once this recession ends, I still want to have what we had before… Don’t you?