Why so much insanity?


You no doubt know that this is the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. It’s also the 75th anniversary since the hostilities of the Second World War got underway.


Two or three weeks ago, Ron Finlay brought in a pamphlet entitled Production of Aircraft Parts in Andrew Malcolm Plant.


The article, reprinted from Canadian Woodworker, July, 1943, outlines how the Kincardine furniture factory was converted to war work. Many furniture factories stepped out of their accepted fields, says the article, reorganized their production and took on work that was new to them.


About all aircraft parts and furniture have in common is that both are made of wood, glue, screws and nails.


In spite of the exacting requirements of the aircraft industry, modern factories, like the Malcolm one, had no problem producing wing parts for the deHavilland Mosquito airplane.


Malcolm Furniture had two-shifts working on airplane parts and was producing parts in excess of current requirements.


Kincardine likely wasn’t much different from the rest of the country. A large percentage of people, in the armed services and at home, were involved in the war effort.


Malcolm Furniture was located on the east side of Princes Street, between Lambton and Durham Streets.


Ron didn’t work at the Malcolm plant but he had an aunt who did.




The First World War was called the war to end all wars – a bit of a misnomer to say the least.


The Second World War was a fight for freedom. Any veterans of that war who pay attention to the news must wonder about that description.


During question period last week, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair asked when the 30-day mission now underway by Canadian special operations soldiers in Iraq will end.


Mulcair asked the question three times and three times Conservative MP Paul Calandra answered by talking about Israel.


The government is supposed to answer the questions put forth by the opposition. By mocking the opposition, the government is mocking you and me. We elect Members of Parliament to go to Ottawa and conduct our business.


I’m sure the Conservatives aren’t the first party to refuse to give a civil answer to the opposition, but the fact remains that most Canadians want to know if this country is going to war.


Prime Minister Stephen Harper has also been thumbing his nose at Parliament. After Calandra’s display, Harper told a big-business crowd in New York that the Americans want more help from Canada in combatting the Islamic State. If Harper is considering expanding our effort in this conflict, our MPs should be the first to hear it, not well-heeled American businessmen.


One gets the impression that all decisions made in Ottawa are made by one man.


I thought we lived in a democracy.


Christians and Muslims have been fighting on and off for more than 800 years.  It looks like that will continue for another 800 years.


Why is there so much insanity in the world?




The weather has been perfect since the arrival of autumn, so nice that I walked the beach one morning last week.


I noticed a lot of crap washed up on the shore between the flag pole at Station Beach and the south pier. It would be a good idea to clean it up while the lake is calm.




I heard many complaints last week about the all-candidates meetings that have been held. I didn’t attend any but I’ve attended enough of them to know they are mainly a waste of time because of the large number of candidates and some audience members with an agenda.


One way to get around the problem would be to hold a separate debate among the mayoral candidates followed by a debate among the councillor-at-large candidates. A knowledgeable moderator and a couple of assistants could ask questions provided by citizens.


Other meetings could be held for the candidates in Wards 1, 2, and 3.