The Academy Awards Show
Wednesday January 31st 2007, 10:54 am

I haven’t missed watching an Academy Awards show on television since I was very young. My earliest memory was in the early 1960’s when I was 12 or 13 years old, which may have the first year it was broadcast in Canada. In those days we had only two television stations, the CBC and CTV, and we had never seen anything like it on television before. It was a big event for my brother and I to stay up very late to watch it until it was over, even though we could barely stay awake, and probably had to get up for school the next day.

Try The Good Reading at The Library
Tuesday January 30th 2007, 10:07 am

During our cold winter months I used to love watching television in the evenings. Every evening between 9 and 11 pm, I would settle down in front of the television, for an evening of entertainment. Some of my favourites are Lost, Greys Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Prison Break and 24, but I have to wait until February until Lost starts again. There were others I enjoyed, but they have been cancelled because everyone seems to be watching CSI and Law and Order, in their various forms, every night of the week. I don’t watch any of these shows because they all seem like the same show over and over. They have a winning formula and keep repeating it. I don’t know how many different ones are being made, but it seems like at least a dozen, between the two of them. Someone like me, who doesn’t like them, finds these shows and their everlasting previews and advertisements, and others like them, too much.

Some Observations About Today’s News Stories
Sunday January 28th 2007, 11:50 am

Maher Arar
Canadians agree that it is about time that the Prime Minister has compensated and apologized to Maher Arar for our role in his being sent to Syria and tortured for a year. He had been detained at a New York airport in 2002 during a stopover on his way home to Canada, from a vacation in Tunisia. Canada has owned up to their mistake of providing the US with incorrect information about him. I still don’t understand why the United States government sent him to Syria to be tortured, instead of sending him to Canada, because Canada certainly didn’t request that this be done. The United States should at least admit they were wrong to have done this, and remove him from their watchlist, so he will be able to travel in the future. It appears they are inventing information about him in order to justify their actions.

An Eye Opener for Nova Scotians
Thursday January 25th 2007, 10:54 am

The Nova Scotia government has been trying to get Nova Scotians, who have gone to work in Alberta, to return home, because we are also facing a labour shortage. Their campaign is based on the premise that there are jobs here, that it is cheaper to live here and we have a better quality of life here. Anyone who lives in Nova Scotia would agree with that. However, a recent article in our daily newspaper by Peter Moreira stated that it isn’t cheaper to live in Nova Scotia. I read the article, and I was very surprised by his figures. Today’s reader’s poll in the newspaper asked whether Nova Scotians agreed with the article, and 61% said no, 26% said yes, and 13% don’t know. I have never lived outside of Nova Scotia, so I don’t know if the figures are correct for the other regions. I wonder how many people, who voted no, have lived outside Nova Scotia, and can actually make a comparison, and how many Nova Scotians are surprised by the comparisons in the article.

Politics in Canada, One Year Later
Tuesday January 23rd 2007, 12:47 pm

It has been one year today since the Federal election on January 23, 2006, when the Conservatives won a minority government. The jury is still out on whether they have been an improvement over the Liberal government, because they have been in power only one year. So far, they appear to be better than I thought they would be, even though they are behind the Liberals, according to recent public opinion polls, everywhere but Alberta. They realize that with a minority government, they can’t tread on too many toes, as changes must be supported in Parliament by the other parties.

Jimmy’s Life on Flickr
Saturday January 20th 2007, 1:03 pm

Jimmy requested that I put a few pictures of him while growing up in Nova Scotia on Flickr. He wanted to see them and show his friends in Bangkok. This is Jimmy from 1977 to 2005 in pictures. I tried to get at least one picture from every year to get a sampling of some of the things he liked to do. The only years which are missing are when he was living in Bangkok.

So here’s Jimmy……………


Thursday, January 18
Thursday January 18th 2007, 2:24 pm

It is sunny and milder today, but still not as nice as it was earlier this week, when we didn’t think winter would ever start. The rhododendron leaves are still shrivelled up, so I guess it won’t warm up until later today. We are expecting mild temperatures and rain all day tomorrow, which I hope is enough to melt most of the snow. I still haven’t dusted off my winter boots yet this winter, but we still have 62 days to go, and anything can happen.

Become Part of the Solution, Before it is Too Late - Global Warming
Wednesday January 17th 2007, 11:49 am

The snow didn’t amount to much this week, but it has been years since it has been this cold in January here. The forecast high for today is -15C, with a wind chill of -25C, and it is -18C now at 11:30 am. We are lucky that this cold will last only one day. When it is very cold, I think about the amount of oil we have to burn to stay warm, and I am glad it doesn’t get this cold often.

Winter Has Arrived in Nova Scotia, Sort Of.
Tuesday January 16th 2007, 9:59 am

After listening to the Environment Canada’s weather forecast in Ontario and the United States, which was supposed to move here yesterday to start our winter in Nova Scotia, I was expecting frigid temperatures and lots of snow. Fortunately for us, it was a non-event. We did get some snow but due to mild temperatures, fog and drizzle this morning, much of it has melted. The temperature is still 2C, but it is expected to get colder later today and much colder tomorrow, so it will be a good day to stay home and hibernate until the next mild day.

Is Mail Delivery to Rural Canada a Thing of the Past.
Monday January 15th 2007, 11:34 am

Is it really a serious question of safety or is Canada Post trying to save money on rural mail delivery in Canada? There is a large ad in today’s newspaper advising that due to increased traffic volumes, mail delivery in some rural mailboxes is potentially hazardous for mail carriers. Canada Post is in the process of assessing the safety of all 843,000 rural mailboxes over the next three to four years at a cost of $11.5 million a year. They advise that they are “committed to ensuring the safety of it’s employees, customers and the motoring public”.