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Goodbye St.Johns

Nov 30 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

I have no rant but all i can say is that i am on my last 20 days here before i move back out west. So just wanted to say its been an interesting 1 year and 8 months of living here.

Rant by Alcoholics Anonymous

Goodbye St.Johns

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Where’s the job fairy?

Nov 13 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

There’s supposedly all these jobs in NL because of the oil companies and the ever-growing economy. I’ve heard tell of people, straight out of post-secondary, getting these awesome jobs in the City or just outside, in various fields. But where are these people hearing about the jobs? I’ve searched all the job websites, googled all the companies I can think of, checked the newspaper – everywhere! Is there a magical job website out there that I’ve never heard of?

Rant by Sad Recent Grad.

Where’s the job fairy?

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MUN – The “Smoke-Free” Campus

Oct 31 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

What’s the deal with this smoke-free designation? I see the same amount of people smoking in and around doorways now as I did last semester here on campus.

I’m not a smoker myself, nor do I dislike smokers. Do what you want with your body! I just feel that those who smoke should be accommodated with designated smoking areas instead of insisting the entire campus be smoke-free. This “rule” is not going to get people to stop smoking, nor are the designations and guidelines going to enforce themselves, so why even have them in effect? I feel like the title has become hilarious at this point. It’s a false advertisement for the conditions of the campus.

Someone needs to get on the ball and reevaluate the ways in which we deal with this. Either designate areas, enforce the rules, or drop the charade altogether.

Rant by Some Foolish

MUN – The “Smoke-Free” Campus

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Where are the women who rock?

Oct 28 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

This town has a great music scene with tons of bands, but where are the rockin’ women? Don’t know the last time I saw a female playing electric guitar and leading a rock band. I guess it was the Mudflowers, who were great, but now defunkt sadly. Is the scene that sexist? I don’t get it. Come on gals!

Rant by craves electric estrogen

Where are the women who rock?

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Another reason not to own a car

Oct 24 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

Exceptionally I had a car because it was a rental from the holiday weekend. I had to run my infant daughter into the house where she had day care. This is a very residential one-way street on the edge of downtown. There were residential zone parking signs on one side of the street and no parking allowed signs on the other side of the street. It was the middle of the day and there were no cars on the street. I put the car on the residential side since I was alone, I was just running her into the house and could not leave the car running in the middle of the street. I came back out less than five minutes later and had a ticket on the car for parking without a residential zone x permit. I tried to contest it but the same phrase came back about the zone permit. True, I did not have that permit, but where was I supposed to go? If I had parked in a legal spot, I probably would have had 10-15 minutes’ walking time, thus defeating the purpose of dropping her off quickly. And there was absolutely nobody parked on the street – I wasn’t taking anyone’s spot or blocking their houses, nor was I parked near a fire hydrant or an emergency zone. All around it is a ridiculous situation and really confirms why I don’t have a car to begin with. And if I were to go to court to contest it, I would waste half a day, making the $30 payment a more cost effective choice when thinking about paying for child care during the time I would be in court.

I wouldn’t mind that $30 fee and wouldn’t be ranting about the injustice if I knew it would go towards making this city more biker, pedestrian, bus and carpool-friendly and into good programs for the community (rather than putting excessive amounts of money into, for example, a black “security” fence by the boats that were never a security issue for years before, trying to let shady construction plans take over heritage sites and areas, etc…). And what ever happened to that bike lane plan that the city poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into?

Rant by -

Another reason not to own a car

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Irresponsible Pet Owners

Sep 23 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

Illustration by Ricky King

I am so upset at all of the pet owner’s out there who are too friggin lazy to clean up after your animal. Because of your ignorance, us RESPONSIBLE pet owner’s cannot rent apartments in St. John’s anymore.
I’m in desperate need of renting a place and every single place i’ve looked at does not allow pets! I’ve even offered to pay additional rent even tho i know my dog is not going to do any damage to someone else’s property. And I don’t blame the landlord’s one bit. Who wants to be cleaning up someone else’s responsibility?
If you’re renting from someone the least you can do as a tenant is to go above and beyond and make a god damn effort in keeping the place the same as the day you moved in.
And for the love of god please don’t ever consider producing offspring of your own when you cannot even look after your own pet, we do not need more stupid and ignorant people in the world

Rant by SS

Irresponsible Pet Owners

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Lack of social scene in the city

Sep 19 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

Illustration by Ricky King

I know, you’ve heard this many times before that’s there’s nowhere in this city to meet people, but take it from a local who’s been here for the last 10 years, and you can see that other than the typical bar scene and being in certain circles of friends, it’s almost next to impossible to meet anyone. There’s a big music scene going on here but it’s a pretty closed group and if you’re not friends with the bands, good luck on being welcomed. I’ve tried volunteering in the past but everyone seems so into themselves outside of that hour of volunteering I don’t see those people again. It could also be because I suffer from social anxiety but there must be things out there to do where people are more welcoming, I dunno. My mainland friends tell me to go to meetup.com, but the listings for St. John’s are practically empty.

Rant by DG84

Lack of social scene in the city

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Thanks for the smooth transition… NOT!

Sep 10 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

We go to this institution that is growing which is great and they encourage internationals to come in and learn and all that fun stuff but how are you helping? You market as such a wonderful place then leave me hanging dry when i come? I have been homeless for the past week with no assistance. I have never been to this province let alone country or continent. I may not even be able to fully understand english and there is no way you can help me but to send me to a website to look for a random place to live in a city i cant get around. for years internationals have been coming here but you still have nothing to assist them, to help them settle. something needs to be done or stop inviting us here.

Rant by Blah

Thanks for the smooth transition… NOT!

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Clearing out the junk

Sep 07 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

I was so excited when St. John’s finally began offering a curbside recycling program several years ago, and nothing makes me happier than repurposing something fugly into something…non-fugly. But for God’s sakes, people, learn the difference between “donations that others may use ” and “junk and/or garbage I feel guilty throwing in the trash”.

I’ve been working in the non-profit area for many years, and it’s awesome how generous people can be in donating their time (as volunteers) or their unused items for those less fortunate. But used bedpans, broken dishes, stained clothing, one shoe, worn underwear, and late Aunt Bessie’s nicotine stained duvet cover are NOT items that are appropriate to pass down to others (note: I have witnessed all of the above being donated to various not for profits).

Throw it away. Bring it to Middle Cove Beach and burn it. Put in on your curb for bulk pick-up and see what lucky folk will “steal” it. Because you know what happens when you donate it? You make it someone else’s problem. Not for profits don’t have room to store your junk, so we have to organize trips to the dump and always make sure we have extra-large garbage bags on hand.

Take responsibility, people. Use common sense. And stop dumping your crap on to other people.

Rant by Cecilia

Clearing out the junk

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Why isn’t there a place to register ‘bad’ landlords?

Aug 11 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

There’s got to be a place where you can register “BAD” landlords…. I’ve had one so I moved in May 2013 and still trying to get my deposit back. A judgement was made in my favor and she appealed but it was rejected. Now the onus is on me to take her to small claims court. Cost me $25. Then if that doesn’t work it’s going to cost me another $120 for searches? what the? truth is I may never get the money she owes me and there is no enforcement by Landlord and Tenant Act….so what the heck are you supposed to do?

Rant by Pat

Why isn’t there a place to register ‘bad’ landlords?

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Pretentious folk/granola cult

Jul 29 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

Illustration by Ricky King

What’s with this pretentious granola click happening these days? First off, I get that you are beautifully talented musicians/artists and you hang out in really cool spaces BUT you have to realize people get over this cool fact in about 10 minutes of being in that space with said cool peeps. SO when you are acting too cool and VERY pretentious PEOPLE NOTICE. I swear if one of you granola folks look further up your nose you won’t be able to see where your stepping. Just because I dress differently and maybe comb my hair doesn’t mean I deserve to be looked at like I have 5 heads when I talk! It’s RUDE. And I ‘thought’ you gornila folk kind were suppose to be open minded at the least. Also some of you are CLEARLY trying way to hard to fit in here. Like seriously you are older and now in your late twenties you are turning/changing yourself to fit in to this pretentious scene!???! Who are you?? Can’t we all just be true blue and be ourselves instead of this trying to be ‘cool’ and fit in bulkshit!? And last of, this whole thing about if most of the society around us does it then its not a cool thing. Example: ‘omg you drink redbull!? You skeet!!’ I actually heard something like this and almost pissed myself of laughter. At this point I have nothing left to say…. SERIOUSLY. Y’all need to lighten up and get over yourselves. You are no better then the rest of us… SERIOUSLY.

Rant by Over it

Pretentious folk/granola cult

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Exchanging roles

Jul 26 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

Car drivers, bike riders and pedestrans would all benefit if they exchange roles every once in a while. Aaarg.

Rant by LeCanardQuoi

Exchanging roles

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You dirty smoker

Jul 23 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

Illustration by Ricky King

First off. I smoked for most of my life. I’ve been quit for a year with absolutely no desire to pick it up again. However, when I did smoke; a cigarette butt never hit the ground. I didn’t flick my cigarette butts out of the window of my car either. It’s litter and it’s disgusting. Also, these apparent blue lines and non-smoking signs are a joke. This I blame on the store managers/owners. I’ve made complaints which resulted in no action being taken. How many cabs have I gotten in where is says “smoke-free” just to see a cabbie flicking a butt out of the window upon getting in the cab. I’m tired of walking my child through a waft of cigarette smoke when entering and exiting stores. Another thing, those bus shelters aren’t there for your smoking convenience; it’s plain to see that smoking isn’t permitted in these shelters. But, I see more often than not; non-smokers standing out in the elements while the smoker sits snug within the shelter puffing away. Because of these actions, I can’t help but feel disgust and disdain when I see someone spark up. I feel this way from experience.

The other thing I’d like to get off my chest are you selfish parents who subject your children to your dirty habit. It’s ridiculous how many children are in vehicles with their folks smoking. These tend to be the same kids that reek of deep-fry oil and cigarette smoke. Real classy mom and dad.

Do yourself a favour. Turn off Dog the Bounty Hunter and read a book, or hell; even google the affects of second-hand smoke. You dirty smokers.

Rant by Nicofree.

You dirty smoker

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Water for the Salmon

Jul 22 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

Illustration by Ricky King

I attended my first Salmon Fest this year to see my favorite band, the Eagles. What disgusts me is that after waiting in line to get onto the field for 40 minutes and being lucky enough to not have my water taken from me I was then informed that bottled water was only available from one venue and it cost 4$ a bottle.

Normally I would either suck it up and carry on but Centennial park has zero tree shade. The day was about 35* in direst sunlight without wind or shade tents or any other form of relief. So the morons in charge of the venue mark up a basic human necessity and charge 4$ a pop.

I counted 4 stretchers of people who fainted/gave in to the heat. And that was only by where we were sitting (behind the Aliant tent where the only amount of shade existed). Red cross were on site handing out frozen water towels.

When does it become necessary for concert planners to include free or cheap water on site?! They were taking food/drinks from some patrons on the way in. A lot of people were lucky to keep theirs though. This is 2013. Have we learned nothing?! Water is not a privilage, it’s a right. This absolutely rots me. Someone should be charged for negligence.

Rant by sun-dried salmon

Water for the Salmon

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To become a local

Jun 24 2013 Published by under Rant Farm

Illustration by Ricky King

I must say as someone who worked and lived in northern BC (Fort Nelson, to be precise) for 4 years in the 1990’s, some of my fondest memories involved men and women from Newfoundland. While I realize this is a long time ago, their warmth and kindness was not wasted on me. As a native of Québec, one of the few around town, there was a natural kinship since many natives of Québec were not greeted by the West welcome wagon either.

Naturally, I can’t put in my two cents worth (one penny in the USA) Go Canadian $$$!! as far as what it is like for a person not from Newfoundland to live there, yet I actually thought about moving to Newfoundland since Minnesota has lost its magic after 16 years.

My only suggestion to newcomers would be to do what has worked for me as a non native born Minnesotan. Volunteer. Find something to do outside of your work to contribute to your community. It is hard for “haters” to hate when you are doing something that helps them directly or helps someone they care about. People may still not invite you over for a meal but over time you may meet like minded individuals who reflect the values that you possess.

Everyone’s place of origin is important to them and sometimes using gentle reminders of “How would you feel if the tables were turned?” may get the individual to think for a second and hopefully a minute. Perhaps I am naive yet I believe that actually very few people on this planet are pure evil and most are just overwhelmed by their own pain, struggles, and stress which clouds their ability to completely be and see.

We are given to see what we want to see and our own perceptions will affect our experience. If we have several less than stellar meetings with certain individuals we may become condition to expect more of the same and whether or not we want to recognize it, we may get defensive or have our guards up because we have been hurt. Just saying.

Be well my fellow Canadians until we meet again :)

Rant by OdileR.

To become a local

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