Canadian Political Go Around

political go around

political go around, BACK AND FORTH

Blogging about Canadian politics and elections always have been and always will be a never ending topic.  I call it a Canadian Political go around, back and forth between two parties. Yes, we have more than two parties in Canada, but it doesn’t seem to matter to the people of this country, mentally they can’t get past the two parties.

I dislike talking about mundane political drama, but there is always so much to write about!  A person is never lost for things to say or complain about, and in my case write about. But it’s one of the two most talked about, argued about topics, “Religions and Politics”. AND you really shouldn’t.

More arguments are made over Religion and Politics.

Our political go around environment in Canada is, four years of one party and they screw up, then, we vote them out. We then vote the other party in. When they do a terrible job, we vote them out, and in the end, vote the other party back in. Are we that stupid to think that their party and their way of thinking have changed since the last time?

Yeah, we are that stupid. So, I call it a “Political go around”  back and forth, back and forth.

In my view Canadian political parties can say what they want during election time, and they do, whatever they think you would like to hear.  In the end, when elected, they do exactly that. What they personally desire is, fulfill their childhood dream  maybe, maybe clean up a few vendettas along the way or maybe, it’s not their fault at all, it’s just called” HUMAN NATURE”.

Political scientists would have you think there is a right and a left in government. They really believe there is a distinction of the parties. One party will always defend human rights, one defends the abortion, and the other, the right to or the right not to. But I don’t see a distinction between parties anymore. All parties seem to change the rules as they go, fit the environment and maybe that’s a good thing, change with the times.

HAVING SAID THAT: who can we vote for?

It is our God given right in Canada to vote and elect a party or leader that we can trust and hopefully do a good job for our country and or our community. When elections come around we all must get off our FANNIES to do just that. “VOTE” We have to exercise that right that most countries do not have.

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Canada vote wisely

 BUT for WHO?

There is only one logical conclusion how to get the right party/candidate into office. It has nothing to do with gender equality or whether the person is male or female, black or white.  It’s not the party you vote for, it’s the person that you think will do the job they’re elected to do. Will that person do the best job possible, or will their ego get in the way, money or how about, old Vendettas. “now it’s payback time.”  Will all that baggage get in the way of the bigger picture? THEIR ELECTED JOB.

The political go around environment of today seems to say that I’m more right than wrong.

AS a CITIZEN of Canada, I have that right to vote and, I make sure that I exercise that right. With the World Wide Web you have no excuse not to do “major” research on the candidates of interest. Vote for the person that you think has a sound body and mind to give to the people what they were elected to do. Never mind the politician that pats the baby on the head or goes to the elementary school to show concerns for the people and parents on the high cost of bringing up your little ones. When they themselves are an only child in the family and they themselves have no children.

DO YOUR RESEARCH,

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Canadian Flag

Google your candidate of interest, do your research and ‘Vote” wisely.

Elections are coming up and after that …elections are coming up and after that……………You get the idea.

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Here is an interesting  “LONG” article on the political environment in Poland, there is some similarities, I’m glad I live in Canada

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Blackberry, Just Stay In touch

Evolution of cell phones

Evolution of cell phones

Blackberry Cell Phones had this slogan “Just Stay In touch”.

Blackberry Cell Phone

Blackberry 9900

What happened to the Blackberry Cell Phone you ask. Well a few years back this communication

devise was a trade name for a new revolutionary style cell phone. In its hay day Blackberry took the

world by storm. The company manufacturer was called Research in Motion (Rim for short) based out of Waterloo Ontario Canada.  I like to call the Waterloo region, “Silicon Valley” of the north. Most people just know the company name as just “Blackberry”

They were a revolutionary cell phone company that changed the communication industry as we knew it. Sure there was apple cell phones; there was GE cell phone, and  new upcoming cell phones, ETC. But in Blackberry’s day, they were the leaders and visionaries, the elite in the communication world.

Anybody that was a somebody had a Blackberry product.

What was so different you say well, first of all, you had to be there to experience this new technical marvel Their communication system was new, it was highly in-scripted, which was a must for Politicians, texting sensitive information. Blackberry even so much as had the HANDLE “NATO” secured.  I’m not overly sure what that means, but Rim did have the most secured system in the world. And I guess, that’s how the industry described them.

I understood they were originally designed for the CEO, CORPORATE ELITE and at one point in the life of the Blackberry it was every executives choice.  From lower management up to the CEO of big corporations, most were all given one of these Blackberry cell phones, just to stay in touch.

But the cell phones were so well received by the general public; and maybe in part because it had that nostalgia of owning a Blackberry. “You felt like a somebody” (What, you don’t have a Blackberry?)

Blackberry Cell Phones slogan was . . .  Just stay in touch

Queen Elizabeth 2nd, most US Presidents had one of these phones.  Movie stars, dignitaries from around the world couldn’t get enough of this easy and useful communication device. The U.S. White House, Parliament Hill in Canada was just buzzing with this engineering marvel, just to stay in touch.

It was small, it had internet service, 2 way communication, “e-mail me was the fad”, no more clunky laptops. Even pagers had only a one way of communication. “Your pager shows you have a message, NOW WHAT”, you still had to find a phone to retrieve your message. I think even in the early days of RIM, they even perfected the 2 way pagers?

Time is a wasting, let’s talk … anytime, text is good.

The dark times of 911 in New York City was chaotic to say the least and as the story goes, all the communication systems were down, all but one. The only phones that did work were, Made in Canada’s’ own Blackberry cell phones. During Hurricane Katrina, communications were down … Blackberry phones were still operating.

Communication is everything.

If the blackberry cell phones (Research in Motion) were popular before 911 or Hurricane Katrina they sure were popular after those horrible Days. Blackberry cell phones and their communication network proved themselves worthy to the world.

The popularity steadily climbed. The steady wealth of the company’s success was spread throughout the University City (Waterloo Ontario Canada), University departments got grants, Rim employees had cell phones given to them. They also had option to buy shares into the fast growing company. All Blackberry or Rim products were manufactured in house (Waterloo Ont.). Not out sourced to other countries,  everybody shared in Rims good fortune.

The dark side of the story is, behind the scenes,  some of US politicians really didn’t care much for the arrogant Canadian founders of Research in Motion.  Sure they were all hooked on the technology, but some were grumbling that they should be making their own, not pay a foreign country.

Looking outside the box, the American companies, some were described as “Patent Trolls” were always keeping Research in Motion “Blackberry” in court for infringements on, this or that. In 2005 a small town judge was going to ban Blackberry Communication networking from any dealing in the United States. Like … KICK them right out of the Country, and that was after 911. … Thank you very much.

I think the writing was on the wall at that point.

The US presidents had to give up their beloved Blackberry’s because FBI, Homeland security said the system was not secure enough. Of course THE UNTOLD PART OF THAT STORY Is, “there were two things wrong” …… the communications, no matter how secure was stored in a foreign country (Canada) and the second most important, THE CELL PHONES (ingenuity) was not made in UNITED STATES (homegrown)

CAN’T BLAME THEM FOR WANTING TO EMPLOY THEIR OWN.

Eventually other phone companies supposedly caught up to Blackberries technology, and again supposedly surpassed it. Today’s company CEO, EXECUTIVES, all carry Apple I phones or other high end equivalent cell phones, and most likely all made in the USA. (Even the Canadians)

All just Rumors. …Eh!

9780 blackberry

9780 Blackberry Cell Phone

Some say the company winked too long and the technology passed them by. Made in Canada Blackberry, like all technology and especially in electronics, moves fast. What’s new today is history tomorrow. But at the time, Research in Motion was a new and exciting innovation; they were on the top of their game. Call me a diehard, but I still have my Blackberry Q10 cell phone and that, just replaced my Blackberry 9780 Bold

I heard this rumor Blackberry just launched a new and elite cell phone for 2018. So, they just might be coming back!

Check the history of Cell phones

Check out the Blackberry website, for maybe a RETURN?

(Note)

Blackberry made special addition phones for the CEO that had good taste and lots of money.

Porsche P8883

Porsche P8883

The cell phone supposedly (and I use that word like it was top secret) they had a little more memory, power, but the best part I liked, was the looks, GOLD PLATING, Diamond inlay and let’s not forget, UNIQUE TOUCH PAD LOOK.

You know the person owning one of these babies, never had to worry about making their mortgage payments.Canadian flag

 Made in Canada Eh!

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Changing Dynamics of Car Clubs

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Rat Fink gear jamming cartoon

The changing dynamics of Car Clubs, I mean the clubs are just, different today. In the early days of hot rodding, joining a local Car Club and fixing up and repairing your old beater was the thing everybody did. And the term HOTROD was Swapping this part out for that and painting our old cars to make them “Hot looking … PURTY”

And “Rods” well, they are the internal parts of every gas engine. When modifying an engine for more HP, we sometimes change the rods. Then you end up with my version of a “Hot Rod”. And that’s my story. Eh!

But the ever-changing dynamics of Car Clubs is “different today”.

According to Wikipedia the returning soldiers after the war were the first to start up the Hot Rodding Story. And  I would agree, “That’s where and when it all began” California.USA.

We were all mechanically inclined people back then. If it was broken we had to find a way to fix it and we did. Most of us needed a place to do our tinkering so we banded together and formed “CAR CLUBS”.

Today the fad has turned into a multi-million dollar industry. If you go online, you would have no problem finding any reproduced parts for your classic car or hot rod. Fiberglass, steel, HELL, you can buy kits to do your own casting and for those hard to find parts, you can even buy kits to do your own chroming, etc.

∞ So yeah, It can be an expensive hobby. ∞

This post is more about the many Car Clubs that were started and flourished during those times and like today, most are still around. But in part, today’s car clubs although still focused on classic cars and the sorts, they do a lot of unpublished charity work, with very little or no credit. A lot of these car clubs hold dances, pig roasts; they have cheap wing night for the public, car shows etc. and all the proceeds/profits go to local charities.

Thousands of dollars are collected annually by these Car Clubs, “just for charity”.

However, the dynamics of Car Clubs have changed since the beginning of the Hot Rodding story. New members are hard to find. Their beliefs are that cars of today are more complicated, sophisticated, and to the average person, there too intimidating to work on. And maybe they should be intimidated, but they are still “repairable”

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Camaro Drag Racing Cartoon

SO, my answer would be, MAN MADE IT, MAN CAN FIX IT. . .  “That’s my slogan!”

Some Colorful Car Club Names . . . Like

         ∞ Gear Jammer, Road Masters, Highwaymen, Shifters, Road Runners. ETC ∞

 

But as the years passed, the dynamics of car clubs have swung in a different direction and new members just want to work on their own vehicles, motorcycles, and snowmobiles. They say, classic cars are far too expensive of a hobby for the average person. One of our club members is refering our club as a “social club” not a car club?

Could they or he be right?

ARE rebuilding classic cars and Hot Rods winding down?  Even though you can find all the parts known to man, car or beast, it still could be costly venture. The swap meets are a good example of how the trend might be slowing down. Every year the attendance seems to be falling, the decline of swap meet vendors is another telltale of future slowdown.

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Are the classic car enthusiasts winding down or are we all just getting older? Well some of us are getting older but, nobody is taking up the hobby. Car swap meets are fine examples of the past car eras, but it does take new blood to carry on the tradition, and that’s, getting harder to find.

rat rod at car show

rat rod at a car show

So, are the car clubs as we knew them slowly disappearing, yeah, maybe, but I think there will always be room for the younger generation, maybe a few of the new members can tinker on their own equipment and perhaps, learn a thing or two from the old members on Hot Rods.  Time will tell!

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Are Antique Picture Frames Highly Collectable

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Are Antique Picture Frames collectible or just, overrated? An old picture frame is one of those things that are sadly ignored by most of the general art collecting public, especially in North America.

2 people in a old frameYears ago, most older frames were recognized as pieces of art and, in their own right were priced accordingly. Now  in today’s market, they are generally a forgotten item. Which means, you can pick up these beautiful old frames for a very low dollar price.

Look past the farmer and his wife.

But remember, you have to look past the Portrait of the old farmer and his wife and just look at the quality, handmade, and in some cases, hand-carved frames.farmers in an old picture frame

If you collect any type of masterpiece, whether it’s a lithograph, watercolor, or even oil painting and proudly display them in galleries or in the foyer of your home or business. Then you should consider that time period of frame to complement your artwork.

Things to note on good old frames.

  • They could very well complement your old picture or the painstaking oil portrait that you just finished of your favorite Auntie.
  • The average public back then could not afford these handmade, hand-carved frames so most were bought by wealthy clients.
  • Also note: don’t be discouraged if they are a little rough around the edges. You can still buy products today to repair damaged old frames.

Some of these older frames are good examples of folk art, while others can be dated to a particular style (Art Deco, Faux Bois) or time period. Frames are one of those items that don’t get moved much from where they originally were hung. So in most cases, you will find these frames with minimal damage or wear.

Look at these frames through different eyes!

Now, next time you’re at your favorite antique auction house, try and look at those quality old pieces of art through different eyes. You will see the beauty and workmanship that went into every one of these exquisite looking frames.  While you’re at it, check out the old dated, rippled, not so perfect glass, you know the glass with the air bubbles still in them.

But of course, the industrial revolution changed all that around the (1850s)” where the “hand carving” was done by “machines” which just looks hand carved.

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What do Classic Cars and Hospitals have in Common?

So, you have to wonder what Classic Cars and Hospitals have in Common? well, let me tell ya.

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Old Auto Newspaper

We’re heading off to the local Hospital and I just remembered, I forgot something to read. So I picked up my  “Old Autos Newspaper”, yup, its a Classic Car day for reading. I parked my ride and we’re heading into the over-crowded waiting room. As we entered I noticed you could hear a pin drop. After scanning the room, these people certainly had other things on their minds.

I opened up the Old Auto Newspaper and you could almost hear the room come to life. I thought I was disturbing these folks with my rustling of the newspaper, so I looked up at all the people and apologized for making so much noise. Then I noticed they weren’t looking at me. It was my newspaper they were interested in!

Not me at all, It was my Newspaper they wanted.

The lady on my right woke up and said, “I used to own one of them” as she pointed to a picture of a 1952 Hudson 

1952 Hudson “and my brother” she says,” took two years to overhaul his 62 Corvette, just like …  that one in the picture.” The guy to my left said “I had one of the sports cars”

Oh yeah, she was a beauty.

I noticed the lady across from me tried to read the back side of the paper but I knew she had a rough time. At that point, reading the newspaper was the last thing on my mind. I just took out the swap meet section and laid the paper down amongst the others. For these people reading this paper had to be a little more refreshing than what you normally find in Hospitals. Eh

After laying down the paper it was immediately swept up by the lady across from me. A few minutes later she laid it down and it immediately got scooped up by someone else across the room.

I couldn’t help but notice all the interest these people had in my old paper. Taking a second look around, clearly, these folks had other things to worry about. I knew that these pictures of old classic cars were part of their past and certainly, much better times.

Momentarily, their troubles were gone.

I have to thank the publishers for this awesome car newspaper. I’m sure their intent of publishing this paper was not for a good read in a hospital, “but it was anyway”.

The gist of this story is this classic newspaper brings great informative information to the collector and auto enthusiasts.

But more importantly, even for a short period of time, the Old Autos Newspaper brought much-needed smiles and precious memories to those unfortunate people that had an uncertain future.

” The looks were Priceless”.

 In Memory of my Brother Jack (my swap meet partner)

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Climate Change is Real

 

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Learn To Be There, When Needed

Climate change is real and it’s here to stay. We have noticed a drastic change in our weather system and scientists predict it’s here to stay and, will likely get worse. Flooding, out of control fires, droughts and the list goes on, but are we prepared?

Yes, we have always had bad bouts of weather, but they’re getting more severe and staying longer.

ARE WE PREPARED FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

MY QUESTION IS, In case of a catastrophic event, and this is our normal future weather, is our Country prepared, “are we as people” prepared for such events. Well, SORT OF, maybe.

We have an emergency broadcast system to tell us, in case of an emergency we should either move to higher ground or lower to the basement. Sirens go off to tell you something is happening and you should, at least … DUCK.

∞∞ Yes our government does research in climate projection data, effects of climate change and climate change organizations that give you more data. They have training and regional workshops on CLIMATE DATA collecting.  Thousands of dollars are spent on data information but nothing on real skills.

Skills for not only when it gets bad, but for when the weather gets worse.

If such a catastrophic event happens, are we trained in REAL LIFE-SAVING skills, or, ANY survival skills? Chances are, I would say NO.

Climate Change Real

As we speak we have ‘out of control’ fires in British Columbia We put out a call, and hundreds of trained firefighters from every part of the globe come to our help. In some small way, should all Canadian citizens have some form of training in firefighting? With all the forests and greenery in our country, I would say a definite “YES”

My point is if these catastrophic events keep happening and this is the normal weather pattern here and around the world, and the global warming is “Real” then we as a country and citizens, should prepare ourselves “IN REAL LIFE-SAVING Skills”

We should implement a “National LIFE SAVING PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM, and WORKSHOPS ACROSS CANADA” for young and old.

In Ontario, Canada we are prone to: 

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Winter in Canada

∞ Floods

∞ Droughts

∞ Heatwaves

∞ Severe Winds

∞ Severe snowfall and cold

∞ Tornados

∞ Fires

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“State of Emergency Act”

Reading the State of Emergency Act, the government that first declared it has every right to pull you out of your car and force you to help.

But do they? NO. Most people do not have any real disaster saving skills to help in such tasks, but WE SHOULD.

♥ Trained skills such as: ♥

∞CPR

∞The Heimlich Maneuver.

∞Preventing Hypothermia.  flooding

∞Using an AED.

∞Controlling Bleeding.

∞Escape from a Sinking Car.

∞Exit a burning building.

∞Fire Fighting.

∞ Ice Rescue.

∞And many more to suit your area!

OR, How to Deliver A Baby in an Emergency.

Learning basic survival in an emergency would be an asset to you, your family, friends, and Country when called upon. And, I’m not talking about stocking up on food. I’m talking about real life-saving skills.

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Is Canada at War

 

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Map of all the fires in BC

Is Canada at war? NO! but Canada should have declared war on these 600 wildfires in  British Columbia, Canada. These fires are plaguing one of Canada’s most heavily wooded provinces in our country. Our Prime Minister should call it for what it is, a natural disaster of epic proportion. We should use everything, and I mean everything at our disposal to control this devastating event.

Declare war on these 600 wildfires IN B.C., well, maybe that’s going too far, but “State of Emergency” YES.

In my estimation, the federal government took far too long to send in extra help from our Armed Forces.  The feds. should have declared  “A state of Emergency” much sooner to fight these out of control forest fires. We all know that fires are unpredictable and dangerous.

construction equipment

construction equipment on the flat car

Major hectares (acres) are burning by the hour and everybody is waiting for paperwork to be shuffled from one desk to the other. Bureaucratic Diplomacy, that’s what they call it.

By the time the extra help arrived,

∞ thousands of acres had been destroyed.

∞ 18,000 people affected.

∞ Wildlife just, “gone”.

Just in case anybody is watching, time is of the essence. The fire and smoke are now crossing borders and still out of control. Last time I checked the smoke has reached approximately 3300 kilometers east.

By law, the government declaring the emergency has the authority to direct any and all resources at their deposal to put this catastrophic fire out, “including manpower”.

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Heavy equipment on a rail car

When the State of Emergency is declared? 

THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS

  • In some cases, conscript citizens to help with efforts to manage the emergency
  •  In others, to authorize qualified citizens to assist in emergency management efforts
  •  Confiscate equipment and property that will assist in emergency management 
  •  Make goods and resources available for distribution to those areas impacted 
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Honda Water Pump Ad

Round up every able body, heavy piece of equipment, high pleasure water pumps, anything and everything. Bring them from across Canada and lets put out that fire. BC has approximately 20,000 lakes and that’s a lot of water, and we have a lot of water pumps. Drain all those lakes if you have to.

Everybody’s health is at risk from the smoke.

The smoke is now going global, and the long-term damage it will have on the health and welfare of all Canadians breathing these fumes will be second to none.

Undoubtedly the extra cost in finding and moving this equipment from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean would be great. But it would justify the long-term problems that a lot of Canadians will inherit inhaling all this smoke from these fires.

Put this fire out.

High-Pressure water pumps

high-pressure commercial water pumps

These water bombers and all the aircraft equipment are tirelessly working day and night to put out these fires. I haven’t read anywhere that the water being dumped on these fires may, in fact, be evaporated before it even hits the fire.  Which means,  we need more of something to help with these fires.

As with most forest fires, you see a form of fire retardant is being used by the aircraft, which is on its own is not a good environment alternative.

Get more bodies and equipment to that Province and put that fire out!

Through all fairness, the B.C government has brought in many firefighters and equipment from around the globe, but they are still losing this fire.

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How to lose weight for all you BEER lovers

 

Calories add

The secret on how to lose weight for all you beer lovers.  First, you check the calorie content. “WHAT IS THIS CANADIAN SMOKING!”. Beer connoisseur don’t check the calories. If you really want to be picky, you might check the alcohol content … “This Canadian is on some “Bad Stuff”.

But wait or pun word ”weight” if by chance you happen to see a roll around the midsection of your body, commonly known as love handles, you might be drinking too much beer. If you’re forced to

standing on a scale

YOU BROKE IT

stand on the scales, and we know you men don’t because the weight doesn’t matter, right boys. But if you are forced into it because your wife wants to prove to you that you’re gaining weight, and then you step on this thing on the floor, boo-ang, you hear something break down by your foot, you know she’s right.

“But, what happened to the needle in the scale dear?  You broke it”, she says.

I have to admit, my clothes have been a little tight lately, but I thought my wife was using too hot of water or too strong of a detergent or … something? It never crossed my mind it was my beer.

map of pubs

map of pubs

It’s a man thing! It’s a  hot, hard day at the workplace and it just so happens there’ s a lot of pubs in-between work and home. Not my fault, I didn’t put temptation there.

Ah, but you got to love it.

But the weight thing, I’m starting to look like a Goodyear blimp and that was not part of the plan. O YEAH, … I never had a plan.

I’m kind of peeved at U.S. President Donald Trump and his make-up Tariffs on anything Canadian made goods. The general public is still not sure what’s up his backside, but something, anything Canadian is irritating him. I wrote a post that it’s so important for heads of state to get along, but you can’t change a personality clash. Maybe that’s it. It’s just the way it is and whatever happens with Trumps new America Plan, we Canadians will just adapt and carry on in life.

I’m somewhat away from the story, BUT NOT.

As a Canadian protesting against Trumps position in Canada, I, as a beer lover, will boycott their American made beer. I will buy locally, and Hell, we have at least 2 dozen breweries in these parts. I will just support my local Ma and Pa establishments … Eh!

BUT THIS IS WHERE IT GETS HEAVY

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Aftermath of drinking too much BEER

I’m trying out some local tasty beers, and now my pants are getting really tight. I say, these guys sure know how to make some good brew and I say to my wife, ‘we have to go shopping dear, my pants don’t fit”. It dawned on me it’s my local beer. Laying off the brew for a day or so, now I can fit back in my clothes again. No, I still don’t and maybe should look at the calories. But, Nah.

Things to know.

∞ My weight always goes up and down according to the beer and amount I drink. If you are a beer lover like myself and you’re gaining a few extra pounds, and you know where

That tasty BEER COULD BE YOUR PROBLEM. Just saying. Eh!

I’m still not buying American beer. I just found some local Beer that works for me, AND I STILL

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Canadian Flag

DON’T CHECK THE CALORIES!

A salute to all you Canadian Beer Lover everywhere. EH!

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SEARCHING THE OCEAN FOR THE AVRO ARROW

Avro Arrow Part 3

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treasure hunter

Searching THE OCEAN FOR THE AVRO ARROW (part 3) and as Chris Bateman stated in his 2012 article, the search continues for something, anything of Canada own scrapped Avro Arrow CF-105 Interceptor jet fighter..

This is the 3rd article of 3 installments  “History and downfall of the “Avro Arrow” 

These “die-hard” Avro Arrow treasure hunters like “John Burzynski”  just wouldn’t let it go, almost 60 years after the fact.  “GET OVER IT”!

 IT’S GONE!  Eh

These hunters are searching off Toronto harbor in Lake Ontario, and they’re searching the St. Lawrence, off Prince Edward County. These people will go anywhere where there is rumored to have been Avro airplane parts stashed, thrown out, or dumped in the water.

(On the four corners of the earth, MAYBE?),

With today’s high technology sonar’s, specialized equipment to map the ocean floor, see what no man has seen before, they might even have a chance of finding something of the fated project

At the time of this posting, this was the latest picture from the “OEX RECOVERY GROUP INC” which is one of the major sponsors of a project. This company is scouring the depths of the water RAISE THE ARROW EXPEDITIONfor the famed Avro and their website shows even more findings and insight of the of the canceled failed project.

But, it’s a lot of water.

As these interesting stories go, when the hammer came down on (Black Friday, October 14, 1959) cancellation day of our CF-105 Jet Fighter, and people finally got over the shock that it wasn’t just a bad Friday joke, and they realized,  our government was totally serious in shutting the project down, some went to work on disposing of all their blood sweat and tears as per instruction from the government.

Our fearless leaders said, “WE WANT EVERYTHING Gone”.

They ripped and they tore the planes apart. They run over a perfectly workable jet fighter with forklifts. Heavy equipment smashing these large planes into small pieces, just to be melted down for scrap metal. Our prime minister wanted nothing left. Even the molds, tooling, gone.

Anything that went to scrap yards or to the landfill was totally looked over by guards that in fact, made sure everything was disposed of as per government wishes and nobody took any souvenirs?  “Right”

Paperwork, blueprints. GONE

The rumor has it that some of these planes on the assembly line were almost completed and some had no engines.  Workers strapped booster rockets on their backs and shot these frames into the air towards the open water, never to be reclaimed from the Sea again.

Are these Bounty Hunters for Treasures or Historians looking for the famed Avro Arrow plane parts?

Having said that, these bounty hunters with enough money and electronics will eventually find something, anything, but for

“WHAT REASON NOW”?

Our previous Prime Minister John Diefenbaker  was serious

“If CANADA CAN’T HAVE IT, NOBODY’S GETTING IT”.

I believe he was strong-armed and that canceling the project wasn’t totally his decision.

Vintage planes and Avro Arrow

Vintage Planes and Avro Arrow

Did I say, this plane Canada built in the Late 1950s was capable of doing Mach 2+?  No other plane in the world could reach that speed. Putting this in perspective, this was only 5 years after the Great War; Armed Forces around the world were still using propeller (prop) aircraft.

The story by Chris Bateman is a few years old, but have recently heard that these treasure hunters by the “OEX RECOVERY GROUP INC” “have not given up”. In fact, the latest is, these people are even looking in more unspoken and unsuspected places.

PLEASE CHECK THIS LINK   for the latest find

Like our ex-prime minister, this group,  maybe other history buffs like “Arrowheads” are committed to finding some remanence of the project. I believe Canada’s future was robbed from us, and even though that period in time is gone, we should always guard against outside influences.

Canada’s safety, security, our future is at stake.     Eh

CHECK OUT THIS excellent YOUTUBE  VIDEO ON THE AVRO ARROW.

Please check out my 1st, 2nd and now 3rd part to this story.

THE DEMISE OF THE Avro Arrow PART 1

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE AVRO ARROW PART 2

SEARCHING THE OCEAN FOR THE AVRO ARROW PART 3

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WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE AVRO ARROW part 2

The demise of the Avro CF-105 Arrow and why our Canadian government canceled the “State of the Art” fighter jet.

I think we have to understand the Political Environment at the time and what really happened to the Avro Arrow Program.

wikimedia .org Avro Arrow

image from Wikimedia .org

In 1960,  our Prime Minister John Diefenbaker was trying to distance Canada from our neighbors to the south. Our PM thought at the time the United States was getting too pushy and now worried about with the newly elected President John F Kennedy. He thought JFK was an inexperienced rich guy and a bully.

Kennedy was updated on our Prime Minister and thought our PM was boring, a thief and many a time deliberately and in public mispronounced our Prime Minister Diefenbaker’s last name. 

Research shows there was a toxic environment between US President Kennedy and Prime Minister Diefenbaker right from the start. There was NO SHORTAGE OF ARTICLES ON THEIR  DISLIKE FOR EACH OTHER.

At one of their meetings,  Kennedy mistakenly left a “doodle”  note behind saying all the things he “wants and expects” Canada to do. Apparently, our Prime minister found the note and called Kennedy on the supposedly left note.  Threatening to make contents of the note public, which our PM  apparently didn’t.  Now, if  US President disliked our PM before,  now, he really doesn’t like him.

  It was called “Rostow Memo”

Now, with the Cuban and the USSR crisis escalating and Canada being “geographically” in a bad situation, our heads of state had to put their differences aside and come up with a plan on how to defend our two nations, they agreed to form NORAD

“ North American Aerospace Defense Command”

globe with missile track

globe with missile tracking over Canada

 

Keep in mind, the story is about our Avro Arrow jet fighter. It was designed solely for that reason to help ward off the threat from anything flying over the North Pole, and over our sovereign territory.

Having agreed to form Norad, the US also wanted these Bomarc Missiles armed with nuke warheads. Again, our prime minister didn’t like being bullied by the US who was still trying to force Canada into having nuclear warheads on Canadian soil, “that was totally out”.

* “A PISSING CONTEST AMONGST LEADERS”  … It’s a man thing.

Kennedy would refer to our Prime Minister, “That, WHATEVER HIS NAME IS”! …  I guess Kennedy must have forgotten that Canada was between the USSR and the United States and that in fact, they did really need our help. I guess by the US showing their appreciation, the president would slander our PM, deliberately mispronounce his name, and not privately, PUBLICLY.

And behind the scenes, downplaying our State of The Art Jet Fighter that they would no longer be needed in the future conflicts of the world. Missiles are where the future was taking us.  But having said that, (they, the US) did not give up their aerospace industry, they just wanted our industry,… gone.

So, as the Avro Arrow was outperforming anything in the sky at that time and capable of doing MACH 2+. It must have turned some heads in other foreign Government agencies. Our contribution to World War 2 in the aviation industry made many skilled workers and talented engineers. They helped and implemented the construction and design of this CF-105 interceptor. It was the pride and envy of Canada aerospace industry.

This whole project was taken on by our government because at the time we needed a high altitude, a supersonic plane that would meet our Canadian environment and commitments to NATO and the newly formed Norad. As the story goes, there was nothing to be bought.  The Americans had a Voodoo F101 jet fighter to sell but our political leaders didn’t think it was up to the task.

So, the Canadian Government decided to build our own, to our specifications. And thus came, the CF-105 interceptor.

SO NOW HOPEFULLY I SHOWED THE POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT ON THE AVRO ARROW. As I see it.

THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE A GIVEN

*The Americans wanted and demanded consolations from the Canadian Government during and after the missile crisis

*Former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker wanted to distance Canada from the US and that, was before the noticeable feuding and the demanding President Kennedy, he thought the US  as a whole were getting too pushy.

*Avro Arrow was state of the art, and the pride of all Canadians.

*The Americans not endorsing our CF-105 Jet Fighter supposedly put an end to all our aerospace achievements in Canada …… Like any industry, the Avro Aerospace Company needed sales and endorsements of their jet fighter. By our brothers from the south not endorsing or wanting to buy any part of the Avro, put the nail on the project.

* Behind the scenes the US convinced our Canadian Defense Department to abandon the Avro Arrow and not to endorse it because missiles were the way of the future, knowing completely well, they weren’t giving up their industry. It just seemed they wanted ours …gone.

* At the end of the day, our aerospace industry disappeared as we knew it.

*We needed replacement aircraft and in the end, ended up buying surplus Voodoo F101 jet

Canadian Voodoo F101

US Voodoo F101

fighters from the U.S. “The same jets our war department didn’t think we’re to the task”

* Bomarc Missiles were armed with nuclear warheads, on Canadian soil. They turned out to be expensive duds.

* Feb. 20/1959, After John Diefenbaker, being strong-armed into canceling the Avro Arrow and the future of our aerospace industry. Ultimately all our engineers /brains went south to the United States. That on its own, adding insult to injury.  I think today they call it a  “Canadian BRAIN DRAIN” and maybe that’s how it started.

*Did the US government have influence over the media and that the Avro Arrow was a waste of Canadian tax dollar. And in the end, they published not so pleasant news, putting doubts in the minds of all Canadians that their tax money was being wasted on that old technology. A Supersonic airplane, that was capable of Mach 2+ and that, nobody wanted! (Mach 2 is pretty FAST) Twice the speed of sound.

After the Arrow cancellation, when our Prime Minister ordered everything gone like it never happened and only as the story goes. Foreign Companies were lined up wanting to buy something, anything of the Avro Technology. And you have to wonder, where were our “friends” before?

I can hear our PM John Diefenbaker saying

“IF WE CAN’T HAVE IT, NOBODY’S GETTING IT”.

*So I THINK IN THE END, THAT’S WHY OUR PM wanted everything destroyed.

Even though the same engineers went south and took their knowledge with them and ultimately helped our ”brother” in  their NASA program, and we all know, without the Canadian engineers helping the Americans with their projects,

Hell, they still would be working on the first generation jetpack.

 But like I said, at the end of the day, there is no real proof that there were outside influences. Our ex-Prime Minister John Diefenbaker made the call, HE ALONE.

Please check out  

“The demise of the Avro Arrow-PART- 1”

SCOURING THE OCEAN FOR THE AVRO ARROW part 3

He ultimately paid the price “come elections time”.

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