Editor's Notebook

We’re so lucky

As Thanksgiving weekend approaches, Canadians, chronic complainers that many of us are, should sit back and take a look at the world.

 

We have much for which to be thankful.

 

*In Canada last week the literati launched a campaign to change the national anthem. They want “in all ours sons command” replaced with something more gender-neutral.

 

In many countries of the world, the literati have more important things to worry about – their safety, food, water, a roof over head.

 


A different perspective

You certainly get a different perspective when you go to the fair with a four-year-old grandchild.

 

Dana and I hardly got out of the midway Saturday at the Ripley Fall Fair.

 

Four-year-olds just want to go on rides, lots of rides. Livestock, the parade? Not interested.

 

The youngsters were having a great time, but I don’t know about some of the parents and grandparents.

One grandfather said to Dana, “There’s nothing but bees and line-ups.

 

I’m sure the youngsters will all want to return next year, some adults, I don’t know.

 

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Big Brother?

In the last 10 days, a few residents scheduled to testify at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) hearing now underway in Kincardine have told me that they have answered their front doors to find two OPP officers in attendance.

 

The officers, in plain clothes, said police would be attending the hearing, just in case any of them were worried about their safety.

 

Apparently, everyone testifying was being contacted by the OPP.

 

That I couldn’t figure out. We don’t have a history of violent confrontation around here. All a visit from the police would do is intimidate many people.

 


Surprise visit

Ten years ago Canada World Youth brought eight young people from across Canada and eight young people from Thailand to live in Kincardine for three months.

 

Host families provided a home for the young people who volunteered to work on community projects and in local businesses.

 

We agreed to take on two students, I believe it was for two days a week. Aaron Short of Halifax and Wirachat Namkhot of Thailand provided more humour in the office than work, but that was okay. The main problem was trying to communicate with Wirachat.


The boy who cried wolf

A report in the latest edition of Bruce County Historical Notes brought back memories of one of Bruce County’s most infamous sons.

 

The Bruce County Historical Society publication had a report on the spring bus trip for society members which included a tour of the recently closed Walkerton jail.

 

Mickey McArthur, from the Paisley area, escaped from at least five jails and prisons over time, including the county jail in Walkerton.

 

In his book, I’d Rather Be Wanted Than Had, Mickey explains how he escaped Walkerton jail from a narrow second-storey window in April of 1973.

 


Appreciate what we have

Since April 2, Vaughn Munro has had seven operations to get rid of an infection in a broken arm. He has four rods in his arm and he is still taking a couple dozen pills a day. He spent five and a half weeks in London hospital and another couple of weeks in Kincardine hospital.

 

And all he wants to do is give thanks to his neighbours, our medical system and Kincardine hospital.

Here’s why.

 

Vaughn holidays at Hilton Head, South Carolina in the winter. Feb. 18, his arm simply broke while he was playing tennis.

 


How high?

What’s happening in Ottawa?

 

Not much I guess.

 

We have the justice minister, Peter MacKay, jumping on his high horse and saying Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau showed a “profound lack of judgement” by smoking marijuana three years ago. He was an MP at the time so we have a lawmaker breaking the law.

 

If MacKay were lily white, his comments wouldn’t look so ridiculous. When MacKay was defence minister, he had an armed forces helicopter take him on a fishing holiday. That sounds like a lack of judgement. He also told Parliament those fighter jets the government is supposedly buying would cost $15 billion – the actual cost will be in excess of $45 billion.


Sign City

Something strange is happening in Kincardine.

 

Each morning when I venture out, a new sign appears. Are they replicating themselves or are they, well, promiscuous?

 

Now that we are in the digital age, I’m surprised that there is even a need for directional signs. But they are everywhere.

 

One can only hope that tourists do not get the idea that we believe them to be not very smart. Anyway tourists shouldn’t have to stop and ask directions – unless they are illiterate.

 


A memorable goodbye

Life is full of little surprises.

 

And so on Sunday, Aug. 3, Dana and I were among the 70 or so people to sit down at 2 p.m. to a full-course meal at the Kinloss Community Centre, featuring ham and scalped potatoes, and served by the Bervie Women’s Institute.

 

The dinner, the menu and service provided were part of the last will and testament of one Bryan Edden. After the meal, friends, relatives and neighbours were asked to give remembrances of Bryan.

 

When the talking was over, the best three speakers received an envelope. Each envelope contained $500.

It was a memorable goodbye to one of the Kincardine area’s true characters.


What others say

It’s interesting to see what others think of our community.

Recently, a couple of weekly columnists have decided to comment on our town.

Chris Clark, a columnist with the Guelph Tribune, has spent a few summers vacationing here and remembers when he could stop at a downtown grocery store, butcher shop, fish shop and the liquor store.

All the major stores have moved to edge of town to the Highway 21 bypass. What was once a walk away is a drive away, he says. “I am but a renter, but I think of the longtime downtowners who enjoyed their amenities close to home.”

So true.