Part 2 of Armored trucks in Canada, WHY

3 Armored Trucks in Canada

At the time of writing my first article, Armored Trucks in Canada. The post was written with pure observation and with very little research.  Now, with a request of some readers that maybe I should do a follow up from my first article.  So, I did a little more beating the bush and I couldn’t believe how accurate I was in that first posting.

In just Toronto “Canada” area alone (100-mile radius)  there are (up to 4) well known armored car, truck and personnel carrier companies and builders, “and that ’s just in this small area”.

Armored Trucks in Canada

These specialised companies rebuild anything with wheels and armor protects them. They do this for several good reasons, Military, civilian use, protecting the rich and famous, and now our Police forces.  Apparently, we Canadians have been doing this for many years and are quite respected around the world in the Armored Car Industry.

The original post was about armored personnel carriers and why do our police force need them in Canada

We are a reasonably peaceful nation. We have our bit of crime, but not compared to other countries. I personally think that all our law enforcement is out of control and have lost their sense of direction (Serve and protect) used to be their motto. I watched  6 police cars surround this poor guy for a traffic violation. I counted at least a dozen police officers “the same weekend” and their cars at any given charity walkathon, directing traffic. I guess my point would be, what a misuse of public money, time and resources.  And all those departments cry poor every year and then they add a couple of armored personnel carriers to there arsenal, just to sit 99% of the time. At half a million dollars cost each.  The police departments cry poor that they’re understaffed, over budget and they need MORE money.

Don’t get me wrong, they have a dangerous job.

Don’t get me wrong, they do have a dangerous job and to keep our finest safe is a priority, but I think that good money could be allocated to different poorer departments in the force.

But it looks like I’m right again about the use of such vehicles. I would like to be a fly on the wall at one of these police seminars, yearly get together on exchanging crime information around our country. Their big grand scheme of things is not policing FOR the public but gearing up for something much bigger. Maybe they don’t even know themselves or maybe it’s the universal direction we are just going in.

Na, they know exactly what they’re buying and why they’re buying it.

Canada hosted the G20 a few years back. There were a few disorganized demonstrations and then, out came these armored vehicles. WHERE DID THEY COME FROM ON SUCH SHORT NOTICE? I think a lot of citizens were surprised at seeing these military trucks on our streets.  Looking at the 6 o’clock news, if someone would have said these were pictures were from a troubled spot in the world, I would have totally believed them, but “not in Canada”. The fully dressed, riot gear cops, with these intimidating armored vehicles, just made the situation worse. Ordinary police officers treated our citizens like they were trained to keep law and order under marshall rule, armored cars and all. And that’s in Canada.

These intimidating pieces of iron are not needed for a family argument, dispute or domestic problem and there has been nothing in this city that would suggest that we would need such a piece of machinery.

Looks to be another disorganized rally “bring out the armor boys, it looks like there is some rowdiness on 5th Street”.

But police officials from Vancouver to New Glasgow, N.S., defended their acquisitions. Even if these heavy-duty vehicles are sitting in a garage most days of the week — some have not been deployed even once —”they are necessary for dealing with hostile and potentially life-threatening situations such as hostage-takings, incidents involving barricaded gunmen or active shooters and the execution of high-risk search warrants” officials said.

Just remember, this equipment is more intimidating than needed and could have more of a negative effect.

University of Ottawa criminologist Michael Kempa remains skeptical of the need for the military hardware and says the public ought to scrutinize these purchases.

“Nobody has presented the evidence that would suggest this is an essential part of local policing,” Kempa said. “How far are we going to go and for what purpose?”

I guess, he just doesn’t see the bigger picture. Eh!

Do other police services have armored vehicles like this?

Cost of these Troop Carriers.

Quite a few in Ontario do. Police departments in all our major cities have armored vehicles tucked away.

By comparison of the price, Sault Ste. Marie Police Ballistic Armoured Tactical Transport vehicle cost $255,000, while the OPP’s armored rescue vehicles cost over $400,000. Montreal polices’ armored vehicles cost $360,000.

General Dynamic Land Systems, donated a Tactical Rescue Vehicle to a local Police department, and a portion of the cost for the Sault Ste. Marie vehicle was donated by Essar Steel Algoma.

New Glasgow police in Nova Scotia, Canada acquired a decommissioned Cougar armored vehicle free of charge (nothing is free) from the Canadian Forces. All armaments had been removed but still, have to modify for their use and maintained to be ready for the next attack on Canadian soil. …. What attack?

Did I say?  Population 10,000 people, and, never mind about the full-time firefighters … “We need one of these babies, just in case!”

One officer said to the other,

What you don’t have one of these.

What you don’t have one of these.

                WHAT!

 Don’t you have one of these?

They must be seeing a bigger, gloomier, future than me.

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Exciting Night at the Horse Races, But What Changed

 

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horse racing at the local track

Going out for an exciting evening out at the horse races. Have a little dinner at “Jockey’s only Eatery”, Check out all the horses in the Lounge, (I mean outside the lounge)  overlooking the racetrack. …but the Horse racing Industry has changed.

Where are all the people?

After not being at the races for a long, long time, the excitement was still there, but I have to confess, the betting, well the betting was still, a disappointing system.

“The by guess or by golly rule”. I never knew how to read the program then and I remember

….O Yah ..  I still don’t.

 Horse racing Industry has changed, but how.

It’s still a good entertaining night out, but I noticed the horse racing industry has changed through the years. I remember the last time I placed a bet, the rows in front of the ticket agents were at least 20 deep, people all trying to place their bets and that’s 10 tellers. The racing industry was a vibrant place to go on a Thursday or Saturday night. There was always a good payout, well, “ONLY” what I heard!

I remember always rubbing shoulders with somebody, everybody. It was wall-to-wall people. And that’s how busy and exciting it was back then.

On the news not long ago, our previous Provincial Government said the horse racing industry should start sustaining itself. We are NOT helping subsidize this industry anymore! That was a total surprise; I thought they were doing well.

When we went, I did notice that the attendance was down, and certainly not the way I remember it… Maybe a fewer customer,  NO…  a lot fewer customers!

So what happened?

In the years that we went, it seemed to have always sustained itself “at least at face value”. Everyone was betting large, and there looked to be no shortage of people. So what went wrong?

Like most industries, whoever has the power and control to make changes, do, while the rest of us have to either follow along and adapt to the changes, or? Fall behind. I guess the term, Collateral Damage would apply.

It’s somewhat unfair that being away from the horse racing, we remember the before and after years. But one thing has changed, Our government incorporated ‘One Arm Bandits’ in the same building as the horse races, and I know that’s been in place a long time, so it’s not like I just came out of the WOODS, but I think it has  affected the horse racing industry as a whole. Now don’t misunderstand, our government brings in good tax revenue to help sustain our way of life and that’s a good thing.

But I am sure- the slots took lots of patrons away from the racing end and somewhat, lured them into …. “The other room!”.

So yes, I hope the horse racing industry recovers from other peoples (government) decision making because I think you get better entertainment and a bigger bang for your buck betting on the ponies.

The latest article I read is that our government will continue to help out the horse racing industry, because, maybe, they’re feeling a little guilty. …”NOT”  Well they should, the horse racing was a big industry and they changed the whole dynamics.

At the horse races, the excitement is still there and  after being absent for a few years, I still think my chances of winning are better than in the “other room”   (only my opinion),

Fresh air is gooood, no big line up at the tellers, it’s free to get in, you can bring your kids for a night of entertainment, (get them hooked on gambling) good food, and maybe at the end of the racing evening, you might still have jingle left over to buy a cold beverage/beer.  I still think the chances of winning are better at the horse races. A lot better.

$2.00 bet x 10 races= cheap entertainment.

“What’s not to like!”

Heck.;  This is only my observation and only my opinion.  But, I still had a good time

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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?

 

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.

car pile up

Car pile-up on the highway


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

car lights burnt out

Unsafe cars with lights out

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! Can’t see the car mirror

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 yours or somebody else’s life by doing so.

“Just my opinion”.

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Auction Junky

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How many different types of auctions are there,  MANY.

Well, there are Dutch auctions, English auctions, online auctions, Weekly auctions,

storage auction

storage auction

live auctions, Estate auctions, storage auctions, aaaah… and there’s more!  #####

∞ There are good and bad auctions for you auction junky

Open or English auctions are the most common. That’s where the auctioneer starts the bidding at a fictitious number, and anybody interested puts up their hand, and yells, ” yup”, or they just blurp out another number to their liking.  As long as the number isn’t too insulting, the auctioneer will go with that number.

Any bid is better than no bids, and that’s how they entice the peoples’ interested. It may start at $5, the next bidder $10 dollars until it stops at the highest number.

The man with the most gold does win.

∞ Tip # 1    Auctioneers are ordinary people and after saying that, I mean there are good ones and bad ones.

Some of these auction houses will honestly tell you if there is a defect in the item your bidding on and will price it accordingly. Some will not ….so “BUYER BEWARE” and check your auction houses wisely.

There are many auctions sites that are run by very knowledgeable staff and auctioneers. They mostly sell high-end items, maybe a few cheapies, but that’s all part of an estate. For the most part, good items.

Some auction will refuse lower end items. So bring lots of … green stamps, mullah, Money to them.

∞ Tip # 2     Always help the auctioneer out by starting the bidding, most will remember you and will return the favor. Auctioneers like to keep items moving and by getting a bid in early, is better than later.

The general rule is,  they will go through at least a 100 items an hour. Some auctions have their items tagged/numbered so you can get an idea when you’re watched furniture is coming up. …

But most do not tag the item.

∞ Tip # 3    Always, if you are the lucky buyer and think you scored big, remember that you have to add the Taxes on and of course, the auction house fees (15-20 %.).  We all forget that part of the heat of the moment. In our part of the country, it’s another 25% on top of the bargain price of your item.

During the weekly auctions, there seem to be 2 groups of people that go. Weekends they cater to family and working-class people (with real jobs). You will see some of the older group; they may be out for the odd deal or just to stay active but that’s a good thing. Not all retired people go to the sunny south or even wants to.

There are buyers/dealers that take the buy-and-selling thing quite seriously and this is their motto,

“Buy low, sell high, “that’s a good thought.”

The fun for us is the chase, buying something Unique, going home, do a little research. We like to think that we have trained our eyes to look and find different things of interest, out of the norm, artifacts that you haven’t come across before, things you cant even find it on E-bay. That could be a really good thing. Eh

After refining our research, and your lucky enough to find some information that maybe, just maybe it come over on the “Mayflower”, or with “COLUMBUS”  “ That’s a bonus!”

The Web is a wondrous thing.  It can consume your time or you can use it to your advantage.  It’s all there for the taking.

So, we don’t just buy to have things, we buy to sell. There is a name for people like us and we are called “Mercenaries” Colorful Label. It means we try not to get attached to anything.

∞ Tip # 4     Buy only things you can carry and move. Do not expect anyone to help you.

Example, to move that big safe you bought because it was cheap,

No-Can-Doo,   CANT FIND ANYBODY TO HELP.

Most of these auction houses and I don’t know why do not have people to help the patrons load their treasures. Some things just boggle the mind.

∞ Tip # 5   Buyer Beware.    Have Fun, look the items over well, especially the ones that you’re interested in.  You don’t need any surprises when you get it home. Bid and buy what you can afford. Set yourself a limit to what you want to spend, try not to go over that set amount. We all get caught up in the moment and sometimes pay faaar too much.

AND THEN THERE’S THIS SAYING

This Famous Storage Auctioneer from London Ont.  rule was,

“Should have, Could Have, BUT DIDN’T”   … Eh!

Have fun at the auctions and let’s make some “MONEY”.

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Regular Casino Donation to the Friendly One arm Bandit

    Talk about getting a lot of looks from the Casino Security, as I sit here, beer in one hand and a pencil in the other.  I’m jotting down my vast EXPERIENCE AS A HIGH ROLLER and I had to pick, the minimum 100 dollar section of the casino to do it.

Casinos in Vegas

Vegas Casino Strip

I’m sitting here because I spent my allowance … GONE!

Doesn’t take me long.

 “NO SIR!”

After my annual donation to the casino corporation, which I know, needs the money more than me, I sit here patiently waiting for my better half.

I check my pockets, check my wallet, just to make sure I have at least enough money left to buy that well-deserved beer and enough for a good tip to the server. At least someone is getting something out of my exciting night.

 ∞My arm is sore, don’t you know.∞

I worked up quite a sweat pulling that lever on that one arm bandit.

You know the chance of winning would be … well next to nil but still a lot of fun none the less. We all know how it works.

But I have to say, it would be better if some of the machines would at least, give you a sporting chance. The standard rule of thumb is, “the house always wins” and that’s a given,

So here I sit. At least there is a good sitting area for us sore losers to cry in our beer.

Many years back when the casinos just started to become popular they had music throughout the casino.

Some casinos even had live entertainment and with the sound of the machines going off, that was the sound of money!. Everybody seemed to be winning, and that was a fun atmosphere. I didn’t even mind losing on occasion.   #NOT!

I think some FooooL complained that the noise was getting too loud and the Casinos must have found a way to quiet the one arm bandits down. They don’t seem to make that same sound any-more.

Must be noise pollution, I don’t hear that sound anymore. eh

On the other hand, and this is a long shot..  maybe no one’s winning.

So here I sit, beer in one hand and a pencil in the other, writing down my vast experience on how I spent my allowance money in one easy lesson and ….  have fun too.

Canadian money

Picture of Canadian Money

“Hope my wife is winning so I can cut my losses”. Eh

……. “But I always did like the live music playing.”

Until the next time or … #NOT.

∞ NOTE ∞

I would like to blame somebody, anybody for my bad habits, but I can’t. … FREE COUNTRY / free will and nobody forced me to go.  There you go.   eH

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