Editor's Notebook

Tourist draws

I notice Kincardine is holding meetings to come up with a tourism strategic plan.

I’m sure the powers that be know the pipe band, the lake and beautiful landscaping are our biggest draws. So keep the band piping, the lake full, the shore clean and flowers and grasses growing.

However, there are other draws out there. On the CBC National News Friday night, they noted that Alberta towns build the “biggest” dinosaur, perogie, golf tee, etc. in Canada. Drumheller has the biggest dinosaur and people arrive from across the nation to climb it.

So perhaps our strategic thinkers will latch on to that one.

We have the largest nuclear power plant in the world but tourists can’t climb it.

The Promised Land

The Israelites, should you remember your Biblical history, wandered 40 years in the wilderness after leaving Egypt.

God provided food, goes the story, by dropping manna from heaven each night.

 Perhaps Kincardine council has spent time in Egypt out in Kincardine township and has decided that if God dropped manna for Israelites, he’ll drop gold “in Egypt” to help pay to repair the old town hall, the old post office and the Whitney Crawford Community Centre.

How else can they afford to make the needed improvements?


Canada and the U.S. are becoming more capitalist by the day.


Sometimes I believe that I don’t fit in because I don’t have the gene that compels me to acquire great wealth.


However, that gene seems to becoming more prevalent.


For example, people are apparently racing to allow wind turbines on their land – neighbours be damned.



One of the great myths of our time has to be that the United States is one of great democracies of the world, a place where the poorest of the poor can become a rich man.

The poor, of course, don’t fit into the equation – they are brainwashed come election time and then forgotten.

In 2008, Barack Obama broke fundraising records with the $750-million for his election campaign. Mitt Romney is expected to raise more than that this election campaign. He raised $101-million in July.

That buys a lot of election advertising. And both candidates will owe favours to those who contributed big money to their campaigns.

Wall Street bankers will have their way with the government – not the working stiffs.

The incompetents

A Liberal member of the Senate has apparently been voting since February when she was allegedly declared incompetent because of Alzheimer’s disease.

Government Senate House Leader Marjory LeBreton  believes the case undermines public confidence in the Senate.

I beg to differ.

The Senate is filled with party hacks appointed by the prime minister of the day. They are basically trained seals who would be home at Marineland (they wouldn’t be treated as well though). They are programmed to vote as their parties suggest.

To have a person with Alzheimer’s in the Upper House adds a touch of intrigue. The person might forget to vote as the party suggests and vote intelligently.


Careful what you wish for

My world has gotten smaller this summer – basically downtown Kincardine - and will likely remain so for a few more weeks as I recover.


Not that it’s a bad place to be – for thousands, it seems to be the destination of choice in the good old summer time.


The obvious question Saturday was: How many were in the Massed Band parade? I counted 198 pipers and drummers and 4,972 followers (just kidding).


If the pipe band ever makes a turn down Harbour Street some night, would the throng follow it right off the north pier?




Dies caniculares

The Dog Days (dies caniculares) is a term that has been around since Roman times. It refers to the hot, muggy days of July and August.

In ancient Rome, Sirius, the Dog Star, rose with the sun during the hot days of summer and so they figured the star had something to do with the hot weather.

Wikipedia says that the Romans sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease Sirius who they believed was the cause of the sultry weather. (I am surprised that the oil industry and other non-believers in climate change haven’t latched on to this excuse. They could blame this summer’s drought in much of North America on Sirius and then round up the brown dogs.)

Double entendre

If you enjoy double entendre, you’ll get a kick out of Skin Flick which is running at the Bluewater Summer Playhouse until Aug. 18.


In the play, a suddenly out of work couple and their cameraman friend, also looking for work, decide to make a skin flick to make some money.


Most of the lines seem innocent enough – but they also can be interpreted in more than one way.


The playwright, Norm Foster, is one of Canada’s best and certainly most prolific. It’s a bonus when he acts in one of his own plays and this time he is the foul-mouthed camera man.


The drive to acquire

Wood thrushes have internal clocks that tell them when they should start their spring  migration.


York University researchers have discovered that the birds start their 4,000 kilometre trek from South America each April within a three-day span.


That internal clock could lead to the extinction of the species if the earth continues to warm. As the earth warms, the wood thrushes could end up in Canada after their food source – insects -  peaks.


Here and there

Soldiers use them.


Terrorists use them.


Even madmen in the United States use them.


Yes, any madman can buy automatic assault weapons in the U.S.

And then politicians can wring their hands whenever there is a mass shooting, lamenting the use of guns.


Why don’t they do something – like ban the sale of automatic assault weapons.