Editor's Notebook

The seiche

The Great Lakes, like all inland seas, have tides.


Unless you’re a boater or fisher, you likely don’t notice the tide on Lake Huron. Still, the tide is distinctive enough, says the late W. Sherwood Fox in his book, The Bruce Beckons, that it has its own name, seiche (pronounced saysh).


According to Fox, the primary seiche in Lake Huron is the powerful current that operates north and south between Point Edward and the islands of the North Shore.


A change of pace

Thanks to a bit of rain Friday, Dana and I decided to take refuge in the Cathedral Church of St. James on Church Street in downtown Toronto.


I’m glad it rained.


St. James is one of the most beautiful churches we’ve ever entered and we thoroughly enjoyed our self-directed tour.

Downtown Toronto seems full of surprises; there is always something new to see or do.


The legend will live on

If you want to know what is wrong with this country, look no further than Kincardine’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan.


Kincardine and other municipalities across Canada need such plans to apply for government grants from the federal government’s Green Municipal Fund. Without such a plan, a municipality has no hope of getting funds.


What’s challenging is making sure plans, because they’re so big, don’t sit on a shelf,” says the CEO of the company that did Kincardine’s plan.


It would be interesting to see how many such plans are sitting on the shelves at the municipal building.


Another day in paradise

I spent most of last week in, according to some, paradise.

Dana and I were visiting our eldest, Caleb, and family in Stuart, Florida, and the weather was quite remarkable – in the 80 and 90 degree range each day with the odd cloud in the sky.

Referring to the weather, three or four people said to me, “It’s just another day in paradise.”

Maybe it’s a new tourism slogan or maybe people believe south Florida is paradise.

While there is much beautiful scenery to see along the shores of the Atlantic above and below Stuart, I doubt if considers it paradise.

The Canadian way

The Ontario government could soon farm out many of its services to Mumbai, India, says a Queen’s Park insider.


Malcolm Muddlestone (a pseudonym of course) says the people of Mumbai operate some of the world’s best call centres so they should be able to operate the Ontario government in a much improved manner.


“They might even be able to get rid of the deficit,” says Malcolm.


From foolish to nasty

Sunday is April Fool’s day – the perfect day for the political class.


Since our federal and provincial politicians spend their time trying to fool us 365 days of the year, I suggest they take one day a year – April 1 is perfect – and surprise us by telling the truth.




Under the proposed provincial budget, 30 per cent of a hospital’s budget will be based on hospital usage.


A wacky world

With Dana being a member of a book club, I’m often handed a good novel to read – often one that I wouldn’t normally pick up.


And that’s how I came to read As Long as the Rivers Flow, by James Bartleman, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario from 2002-2007. Bartleman, is the one who a few years ago organized the collection of books for native reserves in Northern Ontario. (Bruce Power collected books from its employees and has funded literacy programs on northern reserves.)  


Hobnobbing with Leafs fans

I’d like to say I was at the Air Canada Centre Saturday evening doing research – trying to come up with a way for the Davidson Centre to generate more cash so it can hire more workers.


However, that wasn’t the case; a friend gave Dana and I tickets to a Leafs’ game. Obviously, I’m far behind most of you because it was my first visit to the ACC.


It was quite an experience.


First, the hockey didn’t match the hype. To be truthful, the KDSS boys hockey team plays a much more entertaining style, makes better plays and does a lot more hitting than the Leafs and Flyers did Saturday evening.


It was a boring game.



Man has made a series of really dumb mistakes over the centuries.


One of the worst was the decision to kill the cats of Europe.


The Black Plague arrived in Europe in the 1300s by ship from China. The disease is spread by fleas that reside on rats.


Unfortunately, cats, that kept the rat population under control, fell into disfavour about the same time as the rats and their fleas arrived from Asia.


Here and there

In this week’s paper, you’ll find a story about the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation.


While it sounds like Sault Ste. Marie had similar start-up problems (like, where is the money going?), funding an economic development corporation has worked out for that city.


In other words, no organization is going to have new businesses set up here in six months. It will take longer than that.




Last week’s column about the sailor spending the winter of 1854-1855 in the remains of a ship, the Bruce Mines, is bunk, says Bill Kearns.