SEARCHING THE OCEAN FOR THE AVRO ARROW

Avro Arrow Part 3

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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.

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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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U.S. Flood Damaged Vehicles go to Canada?

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Is the U.S. dumping their flood-damaged cars into Canada

The United States has had some bad weather in the past and all the videos show

flood-damaged vehicles bobbing up and down in the water. Are these waterlogged vehicles heading North to Canada?.

Many of these vehicles from hurricane states have been written off by insurance companies, too unsafe for the road and too expensive to repair. BUT, are they still destined to our country as workable vehicles?

As the story goes, some of these vehicles come across legally into Canada providing they are sold as scrap. “Not fit for the road”.

 So now, you just purchased your dream car, cheap, what a deal you tell your friends.

But there’s one problem, it never made it off the car lot. The mechanic comes out, checks the no start and he says. “must have some electrical problem”. 

Two things would worry me, it’s from the United States with no history, and it has electrical problems that would raise a BIG RED flag.

Beware of those good deals.

We, in Ontario, have to purchase a “USED VEHICLE INSPECTION PACKAGE” before buying a used car. I always thought it was a government money grab, but it does somewhat protect the consumer.

The complete car history is in this package and it divulges all the previous owners, accident reports, etc. The problem stems from when a vehicle crosses the border, there is no information, no accident report, or any information of being written off by a US insurance company due to water damage (Cars being submerged in SALT water) “that would worry me”.

So that’s where the problem lies. Water on its own might not be that bad. Dry the vehicle out, it starts, it runs, and it has no miles on it. What’s not to like. CHEAP.

BUT,  SALT WATER FROM FLOOD DAMAGED VEHICLES! 

We in Canada see our fair share of what salt can do to a car. It rots out the metal, the structure of your car, making it over time, unsafe for the road. Try submerging your vehicle in THE OCEAN. The salt water would discolor your interior, it would work its way into the very fabric and metal of your car. The engine could have been submerged in the salt water doing major damage to internal components and that, might not show up right away, but it will!

Salt is a form of acid and is a real killer for anything metal / cars etc.

 And let’s not forget the sensitive wiring on your car. Most automotive computer sensors and systems on new cars work on very low voltage and any disruption of bad connections, or water in the plugs, will have a major effect on the performance of your vehicle. In worst case scenarios, the car just won’t run at all and all problems in-between.

Dealerships charge major shop rates for tracing electrical problems in cars.

If you’re really hot after that car, knowing that it comes from the U.S, at least do your due diligence and check its history.

The United States insurance companies wrote these vehicles off for a good reason.

Always “try” and get a “used vehicle inspection package” history from the state that the car came from.

( in case you don’t know ) All vehicles from the U.S.have

“MILES PER HOUR” on their SPEEDOMETERS instead of kilometers per hour.

 “BEWARE OF THOSE GOOD DEALS”.

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Is Canada Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Canada IS Legalizing “Pot” Recreational Marijuana by midsummer and we will be open for business, at least in the Cannabis department.

More tax revenue.

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Official Weed Logo

By Legalizing Pot “marijuana” in Canada there are a lot of good as well as some bad points.  Do away with the underground economy, more tax revenue, keep it out of the hands of children.

Look at all the money Canada will be saving by not charging and jailing all these bad guys, you know the ones, selling this stuff illegally. Overnight these bandits will become honorable Canadian citizens again and now will have to go out and, find real jobs… Eh

I have to admit though, going to a local dispensary will be easier than importing the Jamaican Gold, from you know where.

But again you have to wonder, how is our government going to regulate this weed smoking? It’s illegal to smoke cigarettes anywhere around or near a public building, can’t smoke around children, and they’re even trying to pass a law by banning cigarettes in your home and car. They actually have special officers that heavily fine the offenders.

Up to a couple of years ago, the only place you could buy a six-paque of beer was in a special beer store and since then, they have loosened up that ruling. Now you can buy it in selected food chains.

But “STILL NOT IN A CORNER STORE”.

Pot, even though it is NOT legal in the Netherlands, it is widely available and probably considered a nuisance more than anything. As luck would have it, we went to Holland for our holidays and this is off the subject, BUT NOT.

∞ So, while we were in Holland the curiosity got the best of me, and I had to visit the famous RED LIGHT DISTRICT. As I looked over at these display windows I noticed this “lady” had spotted me. She did the consecutive finger gesture to come in for a “visit”. I pointed out that I had my wife with me and she gave this wave with her hand, who cares gesture.

Only in Holland. Eh!

BACK TO THE STORY

Having been in Amsterdam all those days, there was no distinct Marijuana smell. We were there for the Queen’s birthday and partygoers were everywhere. There was no heavy smoke/smell.

Maybe they weren’t smoking that day, Marijuana smoke-free day, or maybe they found a way to remove that distinct order.

Well, as I understand it, major growers in Canada will have up to 50 different flavors of this weed for your liking. So our Canadian growers must have found a way to get rid of the smell.

But, I still have to wonder if some Canadian pot will include a menthol or a cherry flavor.

A few years back the tobacco companies polluted my Cigars with those oddball flavors, and that took the fun right out of smoking stoggies.  Eh!

I think our illustrious government is sailing in

“UNCHARTERED WATERS”.

This will bring a new meaning to

“MADE IN CANADA”  “Eh”

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Part 3 of armored trucks in Canada

MORE TROOP CARRIERS

OUR police forces are buying up these troop carriers and armored trucks but for what reason? I wrote 2 blog posts on the subject and have been subtlely critical of these vehicles in our police forces. I still believe that they are an intimidating piece of equipment that belongs in a war zone other than on our streets. I also believe that in a safe environment like Canada these war machines are not warranted in our society.

Having said that, writing 2 posts on the subject, I do think that my thinking might be a little behind the times, this world is more of a dangerous place than a few years back. Do I like to think we as Canadians are exempt from terrorism, unbalanced people that would like nothing better than do us harm, just for the sake of our thinking and freedom values? But like I say, we in Canada, we also have homegrown, imbalanced people living right here, born right here with radicalized thinking.

Should we still have armored trucks in the police force?

SO, are these armored trucks in the police department warranted? Who knows.  I would like to think they don’t belong in our country or on our streets for any reason. But, I think my head is in the sand and should be pulled out soon, maybe just long enough to see the reality of all things going on, on the world stage. When researching the second part, I looked at a lot of images of demonstrations, rallies, couldn’t help but notice a trend.

You know, everyone has the right to do peaceful demonstrations, but, some of these demonstrations that just appear out of nowhere, and, where did they get these pre-made, perfect looking signs?  Did they have a printing press in their van for those special moments when they get the urge to protest about something/anything? Rallying your friends and neighbors for the high tax hikes is one thing, but these rallies are really, really quite organized and again to what extent and by … whom.

Maybe our law enforcement do see these demonstrators with their faces all masked up, for me, that’s a dead giveaway that these people are up to no good.  Maybe our finest have taken notice and notice major trouble on the horizon. Armored trucks though?

Armored trucks, swat teams, riot gear. Hate to see that in Canada.

Ex-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

This is what our ex-Prime Minister “Pierre Trudeau” had to say about the October Crisis 1970.

“There are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just don’t like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is go and bleed It is more important to keep law and order in society than to be worried about weak-kneed people Society must take every means at its disposal to defend itself against the emergence of a parallel power which defies the elected power.”

Pierre Trudeau  

PLEASE CHECK OUT MY FIRST AND SECOND PART

TOO ARMORED TRUCKS IN CANADA

Part 1         http://sixpaque.ca//armored-trucks-why/

Part 2   http://sixpaque.ca//part-2-armored-trucks-in-canada-why/

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Building War Ships in the Great Lakes

Short read on a warship stuck in ice.

Having read this story of a newly built Frigate “USS Little Rock”, it never even made it out to open seas, stuck in the St. Lawrence Seaway ice. That was an intriguing story to read on its own.

But where it was built surprised me the most.

Surprise

The frigate was built by a shipbuilding company in Wisconsin USA, which by the way is in the top of the great lakes….  That I found interesting.

So doing a little research I learned this company has been building Warships for a long, long time. Again, surprise, given I remembered this story from years ago. All major shipbuilding in the great lakes would be disbanded, shut down, gone. And only by memory, it had something to do with homeland security. The only way, in our out of our lakes is through the St. Lawrence River to the open seas, and that by way, has a series of manmade locks to go through.

Building a warship and have it landlocked or (lake locked) in the great lakes would not be acceptable during any world confutations/disorder where they needed this armament.

History of shipbuilding in the lakes

Digging a little further on shipbuilding in the great lakes, it goes right back to the beginning of our 2 great nations. Canoes, wood structured steamers, taking freight and passengers up and down the lakes, Ore tankers where built here, fishing trawlers were built here. During the war of 1812, to the conflict of 2 great wars. ALL have a history of boat and shipbuilding in the lakes. But that part did not come as a surprise, during the two Great Wars, every shipyard contributed. If you were an iron factory and you were set up to make a propeller, that’s what you made.

A Small Town of Orillia Ont. made warships, and that was in small, lakefront, workshop (Hunter Boats) now gone but in its place is a beautiful boardwalk where the buildings once stood

Collingwood made Warships “Corvettes” and after the war effort, they made and serviced many lake freighters and ships.  All major Canadian shipbuilding is gone in the lakes and very few shipbuilding yards are left in all Canada as a whole, so it’s no wonder that I remember that story of no shipbuilding in the lakes. Just a rumor or maybe the story was, just meant, only on the Canadian side.  No building of ships in the great lakes ever.

http://shipbuildinghistory.com/canada.htm

Little History of WW2

Watching this article on the History Channel on how German U BOATS during WW2 would create havoc all along the eastern shores of the Americas, from Newfoundland, Canada, down to the Carolinas in the United States. The story also mentions that these German U Boats made their way up and down the St. Lawrence River, undetected, and in case you don’t know your Geography, that goes into our fresh water Great Lakes.

Divided by an imaginary line Canada on one side and the United States on the other, there are no International Waters.

If in fact their mission was to totally disrupt our shipping coming in and out of the lakes and I’m sure, those sailors could have done some very serious disruption. (I guess there only intent was to just drop off a few spies, listen to our brass band music) apparently, they were close enough.

If their mentality would be like the Warfare of today, in the sense of suicide missions and it didn’t really matter of getting back out to sea was a priority, and they just wanted to create as much damage and disruption as possible scenario, the outcome “could have different”

So, there is where I’m getting this crazy story from, and this is the first I have ever heard of a warship being built in these lakes. I’m sure it was never top secret, but I don’t think they did a lot of advertising of the fact.

I’m just going to have to get out more, smell the roses, or, at least find out more on shipbuilding on the Great Lakes.

Locked in ICE

USS Little Rock, locked in by Ice and can’t get out to open sea, still makes me think of my original thought. I mostly thought of foreign invaders, and it never even crossed my mind something as simple as ICE. Now having said that, if the Navy needed or wanted to get that ship out to sea, and in this day and age, it would not be impossible to make it happen, ice or no ice, a minor inconvenience at best.

On a lighter Note

On a lighter note, the American sailors on that ship could not have found a better place to be laid up for a month is in Montreal unless it was Quebec City, Canada, good cities to just, hang out.

“Don’t worry boys and girls, the Canadian ice will melt soooon.

So looking at the whole scenario of warships being built in the great lakes, I would think it would make a lot of economic sense to keep the money at home. Undisturbed sea lanes for sea trials, keep all our secrets at home and a thousand other good reasons that I haven’t even thought of. But I’m not quite convinced and still surprised no less of building WarShips in the great lakes.

I wonder if those ships are armed, ….  Just Asking.

Note, did you know-

After, the Second World War… Canada had the second largest Navy in the world.

Who would think?

 

Canada the Day after NAFTA

 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTAwill be wrapping up soon, and for all intents and purposes, looks like it’s going nowhere and that’s only what I see and what I read. This will happen to “Canada the day after NAFTA”.

Canada and the United States have always been Brothers.

Canada and the United States have always been joined at the hip, brothers, trading partners. We always helped each other out through thick and thin. Our economies have intertwined as far back as, forever. In our early Canadian existence, we bought more product and probably still do than we ever sold to the US.

Americans and Canadians would always cross the borders like we were going to the other side of the street, an inconvenience at best to go through customs at the border.

The commerce that goes back and forth to our Nations are beneficial for both countries, and I don’t think it’s like President Trump has proclaimed, “a one-sided deal.” In Canada favor. “Like Canada is going to put a Big Dint in the US economy.” Riiiiight.

The North American Free Trade Agreement

Napa deal is about a trade agreement between 3 Countries and it will have major consequences for all concerned if the deal falls through. There is nothing worse than a brother turning against brother and them of all people should still remember those dark days in their history (1861-1865)

Trying to bankrupt Canada or Mexico will not work.

President Donald Trump must realize that by trying to bankrupt Canada or Mexico, it will in the end, majorly affect their economy as well; They will not go unscathed, the mental attitude and friendship from there north and south neighbors they will lose.  We are too close to trading partners and friends to withstand the sudden shock of his one-sided “decision” making of his administration.

President Donald Trump is years behind the times in his thinking and I think he’s sending out a dangerous message to Canada and the World as a whole. There is more than one option today of survival and certainly different from other years gone by. Our Countries, Canada and Mexico will still survive this “one-sided, take advantage of America MENTALITY”.

Real friends you cannot buy.

“Not everything is wrapped around money, real friends you cannot buy”. … Choose wisely.

And, I do think we have been dependent on our neighbors to the south too long. YES. …. But, do I think the American government always wanted to control Canada economy, YES.

Canada has all the know-how, resources, people to sustain us as a great country, a Nation!

If by chance this Napta deal goes down the toilet, (And I’m sure it will) there will be a lot of unknown factors that will follow afterward. The US decision makers will set Canadians back a few years in the restructuring process, but survival without NAPTA is NOT impossible.

Noticing this past year U.S Donald TrumpTrump seems to want to penalize all nations for not doing their fair share and that maybe seems understandable, but I have to wonder, why is “He” is going to penalize all nations.

Example

NATO- members are not paying their share.

Environment- not everybody is doing their share.

NAFTA- Maybe President Trump is trying to teach Canadians a lesson like a bunch of school kids.

In the grand scheme of things, we are two different Nations/Countries. Our laws are different. Our way of life has changed differently.

SO TO SUM THIS ARTICLE UP.

NAFTA  DISBANDED

NAFTA Most likely will be disbanded and maybe another will be written in its place and, and probably in the U.S is favor. I hope not, but if it does and after Canada 150 years of our confederation, #it’s time for us to be less dependent on other nations. Be more dependent on ourselves, or this can and will happen again and again.

We are an independent Country and should act like it.

All these years, we were influenced by the United States, greatly influenced by the Monarchy. Schooling, and beliefs by the Catholic Church, US-made books, and materials.  We have been molded to think and act like other nations and maybe #its time. In the long run, U.S. President DonaldTrump indirectly might be doing Canada a favor.

We are an independent Country,  we should not be so greatly influenced by others for our own well being and growth. Our system is all wrong and needs a complete overhaul /updating.  I’m not just talking about the NAFTA deal.  We have every resource known to man in Canada. We have the intelligence, manpower, and if all of our “brains” come back from living abroad, Canada could be an unstoppable force.

 Change is good, so I say, bring it on!

I do not have to cross the border into the United States

Do I have to buy another Chevy,  NO …  BUT THAT WILL HURT

Do I  have to buy, .. “I AM Canadian”  beer when it’s owned by the US, brewed in the US, profits go to the US. … No, I can buy local beer.

But, I will miss my Chevy … Bring on a … Toyota

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Is your car Safe for the road?

Did you circle check your car for the work commute?     Is your car even safe to drive?

The Major corridor shut down for another 10 hours and they figure another 5 million dollars in lost revenue, the traffic is backed up for 20 miles. People are phoning in,” I’ll be late again.”  Lost time, money, gas from all those polluting, idling cars. Another major accident on the” Highway to Hell” in Ontario.


Then you hear the real bad news of fatalities. That’s the worst thing you want to here. All those people and their families! My heart goes out to these people. The anguish these folks are going through. Nobody gives it a second thought, but all accidents happen in the blink of an eye.

This article is sad on its own, but with all the measuring and calculating that the officers do, they have to answer the WHY question. Someone will get blamed, but whom?   Road conditions, human factor mechanical problems, that always plays into the equation.

The vehicle that started this set of catastrophic events, maybe, just couldn’t see through his windshield, (out of washer fluid), or wiper blades, ” I never saw this fellas’  brake lights.

Could it be that that simple?

In Canada, we have the best-maintained highways in the world, but we can’t control the weather conditions. But as a car owner, we can control the safety and roadworthy conditions of our vehicles and that’s where it all STARTS.

It would be impossible to prove, after the carnage of a 10 car pileup, that it was due to lights. Or, my wiper blades should have been changed.  ha … next time. They’re still good for another day.”

I have never heard that an accident was blamed on poor wiper blades, out of washer fluid. but its possible something so simple? How would you prove that “accident” was caused by ignorance, or something so stupid?

Could it be THAT SIMPLE

Poor tires, washer fluid, wiper blades, defroster not working, dirty glass, tail lights dirty and a list of other badly maintained sections of a vehicle, and it list goes on. …. All Preventable.

But you can’t fix stupid.  I had a friend that explained himself this way,”I’m naturally a lazy person” so his lights would be the last thing he would look at. Reason being,  …. “I’ll have to fix them If I knew they were out! “ … You can’t fix stupid.

The car manufacturers produce 165,000 new cars a day.  Only a fraction of these cars ends up at a boneyard. So it’s scary to see all these extra cars on the road daily with uncaring people in them for drivers.

Today I only spotted 5 cars with lights out, 1 transit bus, 1 small commuter bus with seniors in them, 1 big truck, and cars. It’s not hard to spot a vehicle with lights out unless you’re blind. Could all these poorly maintained cars/trucks have anything to do with all the major accidents? Can it all be blamed on stupid, lazy, ignorant people?  (Am I being too harsh on the words?)  MAYBE, But what a waste of human life over possible a set of wiper blades! 

There was a Police Officer following me the other day when there was an epidemic of lights out.  He passed all these cars as I did and he did not turn around and check these cars out for infractions. He wasn’t going on a call, he had no reason to pull me over, and didn’t. For all that time that he followed me, he didn’t stop anybody.

He was just too busy going someplace, I guess. Or maybe it’s just not their job anymore, but it is on a public highway. Eh!  These are not “ACCIDENTS! “ They are criminal acts.

Where do we start looking for the cause of these accidents, does it start with poorly maintained vehicles? ….

I think YES.

Truck drivers/ commercial vehicle have to do a circle check every 24 hours, (pre-trip inspection) they look for major or minor infractions. The minor they report to their superiors and the major they park the vehicle.

Cars and light trucks do not have a mandatory circle check but should have. But you are in Luck because I have made up a pre-inspection sheet for cars.

And it won’t take you long and it might save your or somebody else’s life by doing so.

“Just my opinion”.

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Armored trucks in Canada Why

Are Police forces gearing up for Civil unrest that we see armored trucks in Canada, or, am I just getting paranoid?

Years back I read an article on how our police forces are possibly gearing up for major problems in our society [civil unrest].

This American writer noticed how many of these “trucks” were being transported up and down their major highways in the U.S. and wondered why; this writer was quite concerned about the fact.

But,  that was in the US, and not that many years back.

In Canada every once in a while you will catch a glimpse of one of these armored trucks in the local news. I really didn’t do any research on the matter, probably because, I really don’t want to know how many they are out there.

But when you see small cities, communities buying up these armored trucks just to transport our troops …. Sorry, I mean… police forces to the crime scene, well,  it just seems like an overkill. 

These same cities that are buying this equipment, and only my guess, up to a 1/4 of a million dollars for an armored truck, small communities can’t afford this kind of expenditure, never the less the maintenance of these brutes.

“Have to get me one of them”. is the slogan.

Even if one of these “trucks”  never see the outside of a garage, they still have to be looked over, checked over and  spent money on just to make them ready for that unexpected phone call,

“Get ready boys, we’re going in!”

I think our Finest have been going to too many policeman balls/ functions and sharing good, bad and ugly stories over a little…  “hooch”.

One officer says to the other, “What? You don’t have ONE!!!!” …. I would hate to think that’s all it takes.

Hell, one Mayor says, we don’t even have full-time firefighters, but we should have one.

Protect our Police Officers in every possible way …YES, but Armored Vehicles in Canada.

I’m sorry to see it come to that.   Eh!

On a lighter NOTE …

Many years back there was a bank robbery around the corner from where I worked, I saw two officers speeding by our door, one driving the Motor Cycle and one in the sidecar… 

By the way, this fun Photo goes back a little further than I do, but you get the “picture”.

 

 

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Light just come On Dog Joke

 “So that’s how it’s done”.

I happened to notice this person walking her dog and the dog stayed real close to a hydrant. This big male dog had a stance of a female when doing it’s duty… who knows why, but it brought back memories of our dog we rescued, which he is long gone in body, but he did the same thing up to an early age. He had the same noticeable female stance when relieving himself.

One day, when we were out for a walk he happened to notice this big dog doing the same thing, but there was something different, the big male dog lifted his hind leg to do his duty.

My dogs head tilted to the right and then to the left. You could tell a “light just went on”. He must have thought to himself “so that’s how it’s done!” and from that time on, when he had to do his constitution, he always lifted his hind leg and picked a big old red hydrant.

He never forgot the proper etiquette of a male dog having a pee.

We rescued our dog from a family of three dogs. Our dog was called  “SIX-PAQUE”, and what do you think the other dogs were called, “MOLSON and BLUE”

“You have to be a Canadian beer lover to understand”.

And that’s why I call this website   SIXPAQUE.CA

CA. for being Canadian