Shortly after this new assistant settled in, the old fellow had a falling out with the owners of the company, and departed. For a few weeks it was up in the air as to whether or not he would return. I assigned the assistant to a filing project to keep her busy for a while. But it seems that he's well and truly gone. On one hand, I'm relieved. On the other hand, I feel badly for the assistant. I'm looking for a way to keep her employed. It would be a shame to lose her, now that she's trained and showing so much promise. I have a strategy to get her on board full-time (remember - he insisted that she work strictly part-time hours because he was too cheap to pay for our employee benefit plan). We'll see how that goes in the next few weeks.
So. Canada has a new prime minister! That's pretty exciting. My feelings about Justin Trudeau are that he seems to be a nice guy who doesn't really have a clue about politics. I didn't personally vote for him. He said too many dumb things during his campaign, in between his (literal) juggling acts and photogenic smiles. But it did make me happy that he won; it's sweet that Canadians were willing to give an inexperienced nice guy a chance. Optimism won out over cynicism. Maybe he'll do okay. Only time will tell. We'd just all better hope that he has savvy advisors.
The Toronto Blue Jays came this close to winning the World Series for the first time since 1993. The city was so psyched! Toronto and GO (Government of Ontario) buses had "Go Jays Go" signs in the windows or on their LED readouts. I'm not much of a sports fan, but it's fun when a home team is doing well and everyone gets into it. Too bad that the team didn't quite make it all the way this year.
There is at least one actual blue jay that I see regularly on my way to work.
It's super-pretty, and doesn't seem to mind what the baseball score is. So that's all good. I will enjoy its company... (*checks Wikipedia to determine its migratory patterns - apparently none*) all year round, if I'm lucky, maybe even into hockey season.
That's it for the news tonight. Tune in next week for more.