It must be mandatory now for an article about maximizing the Rideau Canal skating season to refer to climate change. Check Environment Canada data and see reality.
Yes, there hasn’t been enough cold for thick ice this year, but Feb. 4 hit the lowest minimum (-33.1 C) in at least a decade. The jet stream’s current wavy phase is giving us wavy, see-saw weather.
No skating this year, but next winter might have a long season. That’s the weather here.
(See-saw is right; there were record-breaking highs and lows this month. The weather certainly is a-changing.)
NO PERSONAL MEDICAL INFO
I have issues with the strings attached to the pittance of extra funding for health care that Justin Trudeau is patting himself on the back for giving the provinces. Just what data is he demanding from the premiers? If it’s personal medical data, then that’s a hard no. The feds have no business requesting it and the provinces/medical community have no right to hand over personal medical information.
(We hear you on the importance of personal privacy, but there’s room for modernization of medical data, too.)
JT AND WALTER
Having watched JT use his very solemn voice and demeanour while claiming he ordered the air strike — sure you did, Justin — to shoot down the latest air balloon, it kinda reminded me of the book The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
The similarities are scary. After all, he was, and should still be, a drama teacher.
(Fact is stranger than fiction.)
BALLOONS AND BOND
In one of the James Bond movies, Bond flies in and out of a country taking photos and transmitting before being detected. Having said this, just imagine a balloon flying over, transmitting whatever, before being shot down. There was something written about who owns the Arctic, and a reply from one member of government was, “It belongs to all.”
Now you see strange objects flying over the Arctic and you wonder why. It is because of natural resources. This is just a start, and more sophisticated gadgets will be flying in and out and transmitting. This is a spy game and it is being played very well by interested parties.
Canada and the U.S. both are very engaged now, more than ever, with these incidents. We already have satellite spying, followed by balloons and drones, and there will be more to come. It makes you wonder what will they think of next.
(Wondering. And worrying.)
YOU SAID IT: What is world coming to?
YOU SAID IT: Don’t put plaque back