Editor's Notebook

Where are the KDSS teams?

The Independent office received an e-mail Friday saying that the CWOSSA hockey playdowns would be held Monday and Tuesday of this week in Walkerton. Two boys’ high school teams will qualify for OFSSA, since KDSS won last year.

 

And where is KDSS? As the OFSSA winner last year, KDSS was to host CWOSSA and have a berth in OFSSA.

 

Well, the Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF), the public high school teachers’ union, has been protesting its imposed contract and declared that teachers were not to participate in extra-curricular activities.

 


Freedom

This is Freedom to Read Week in Canada. The idea is to encourage us to reaffirm our commitment to intellectual Freedom, which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

 

If only our governments were committed to the same thing.

 

Take the federal government, it talks a good game but it refuses to allow its scientists to speak publicly, even though your taxes pay for their research.

 

And MPs are puppets. They are allowed to pass out government cheques but they are not allowed to speak on issues that might be contrary to the party line. Anybody remember our MP, Ben Lobb, saying just anything about his government?


Shameless

A reader dropped by last week with a clipping from a 1947 Kincardine paper.

 

The article in question, New Musical Chairs, described how downtown merchants were playing a new version of musical chairs.

 

One merchant parks his car in front of another’s business and that merchant responds in kind. Eventually, of course, there is no parking for would-be customers.

 

Sounds like downtown parking has been a problem since cars became popular following the Second World War.

 

It appears to be a wild west zone today. Motorists continue to park with abandon in the downtown – in no parking zones, across driveways, in handicap zones – with few consequences.


Run the other way

Your imagination is often better than seeing the real thing.

 

Dana and I burst out laughing a few times on our walk home from the theatre Friday night. There were a few images and lines in the Kincardine Theatre Guild production of Office Hours that continued to tickle the funny bone, even on Saturday.

 

Norm Foster, the playwright, is one of Canada’s best wordsmiths. His plays are full of wit and, if you go to this production, pay attention.

 


Run the other way

Your imagination is often better than seeing the real thing.

 

Dana and I burst out laughing a few times on our walk home from the theatre Friday night. There were a few images and lines in the Kincardine Theatre Guild production of Office Hours that continued to tickle the funny bone, even on Saturday.

 

Norm Foster, the playwright, is one of Canada’s best wordsmiths. His plays are full of wit and, if you go to this production, pay attention.

 


Love is blind

All good things must end.

As my holiday wraps up, I can’t believe the run of good weather we’ve enjoyed. The sun in south Florida has appeared every day this month and the temperatures have been in the 70s and 80s F. And there is no humidity.

What would Canadians do if we had similar weather? They’d likely grumble, “We’ll pay for it. Don’t you worry.”

I hope Highway 9 is open this week so I can make it home.

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Stepping back in time

Back in 1936, a young man from New Jersey, a trapper, set up camp on the upper northwest fork of the Loxahatchee River in south east Florida.

A loner for the most part, he lived off the land in a little cabin in the pines next to the river. Known as Trapper Nelson, he managed to construct a much-visited wildlife centre. With the money he earned from it, he was able to acquire large land holdings along the river.

Following his death in 1968, the State of Florida acquired his land and turned it into the Jonathon Dickinson State Park.


Sex sells

When you see “50 Shades of Grey” on the book shelves, you might think you are picking up a book about seniors.

However, the best seller does not appear to be a favourite of the senior set – it’s the younger ladies that are buying this novel about bondage. The book is apparently poorly written but its popularity spawned two more volumes and now the trilogy is a best seller.

In other words, sex sells.

And that brings us to the NWMO, which has been working seven or eight years to have the deep geologic repository (DGR) for low and medium level radioactive waste approved for a site near Bruce Power.

Unfortunately, after all NWMO’s efforts, a group has been formed to fight the DGR.

What’s the solution?

Simple – sex.


Annus horribilis

The year 2012 for Dana and me was, as the Queen might say, an “annus horribilis”.

 

The Queen resorted to the Latin term in 1992, the year Windsor Castle burned and the marriages of sons Andrew and Charles dissolved.

 

We don’t have a castle, but it was still a bad year as Dana and I had unexpected health issues.

 

Sickness tends to age you, but it also teaches you to roll with the punches. Adjust to the changes in your health and life, and forge ahead with what you have.

 


The night before Christmas

'twas the night before Christmas,

When all through the town

Not a creature was stirring not even the larrikin clown.

The stockings were hung by the mayor’s chair with care

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The councillors were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of wind mills danced in their heads.

With the deputy in her kerchief and the mayor in his chain,

Pondering their dreams of long-term gain.

When out on the fifth there arose such a clatter,