Legion finally goes biodegradeable

I listened to someone representing the Royal Canadian Legion on the radio this morning 5th May 2022.  It really sounded like the legion was doing something wonderful, setting a good example, caring for the environment. Duh! People have been asking for this for years. A friend of mine was telling the story of his brother who was lost when his ship sank during the war.  While on a cruise he arranged to have the Captain stop at the position of the sinking and hold a brief service. He had purchased a wreath from the legion to drop at the site. However, when the service began, the Captain refused to allow the wreath to be thrown overboard. The reason, it was not bio degradable, in other words, pollution. My friend was understandably upset, however the Captain was absolutely correct in not allowing it.  That was over thirty years ago and it is only now the legion have decided to do something! I suppose better late than never, but the legion should have done this years ago. Hardly a reason to brag today
God Bless and keep reading.

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Government Inaction

Yesterday the 4th of May 2022, I noticed two tractor trailers loaded with freshly cut timber pass by my home on 11 hwy. Later the same day heading toward O’Leary another tractor trailer passed me loaded with lumber. My first thought was, where is all this wood coming from, who is clear cutting on such a scale? However, I’m more concerned that this cutting is unregulated, the clear cut sites are not being cleaned up or re-planted. I have to ask why this is allowed to continue with no government oversight? We have cabinet ministers,  MLAs, deputy ministers, civil servants, municipal officials, CICs and who knows how many other officials, all paid by our tax dollars. We probably have more government per capita than most of the larger provinces, yet they tell me they can do nothing. I have tried so many times by email, by phone all with no results. I have been told time and again by deputy ministers, civil servants and even by our elected members, they can do nothing. Apparently these wood lots are privately owned and do not require permits or permission. Does this make any sense? It certainly doesn’t to me. Where is the department of the environment, surely they have a responsibility to act? I look around the island roads and see spreading junk yards unsightly properties, old tires, mattresses and a variety of litter the woods and ditches. I know a lot of this is due to uncaring islanders. Nevertheless, is this not why we have a environmental department. Are they out and about looking for the very things I have mentioned or do they sit in their offices trying to look busy? Regardless of who is to blame, it’s our provincial government who have the final responsibility to act. Why did I plant 5000 saplings a year ago on my land. Sponsored by a provincial program to help fight climate change. In the meanwhile the government does nothing to curb the destruction of the forests. Hard questions to answer! Still I have long since learned not to hold my breathe waiting for an government official to call me.
 God Bless and keep planting.

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Amalgamation

I have talked about this subject before, but it seems it needs to be highlighted again. We hear often about the newly formed Three Rivers. Their need to raise taxes to build their posh new building. A building with offices for all the elected and important new council members. The biggest of which must be for the new mayor. The question that must be put forward is, why do we need another layer of government? This tiny province has more politicians and want to be politicians than any other. I could go further and mention CICs even in these small communities we have people who crave to feel important. To have authority over one’s neighbours, to be seen as clever and knowledgeable. Yet in truth they are not smart merely satisfying their egos. My final word on this issue is this, the only thing these want to be politicians seem able to do is raise taxes. We are already overtaxed to keep our too many politicians on their expensive payrolls. What more can I say?
GodBless and keep reading

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Green Party Leadership

Peter Bevan Baker is a very nice person, a gentleman, smart and dedicated, but unfortunately not a politician. The Green Party are down in the polls and as things stand not likely to do well in the next election. It is my belief the party needs a leadership review, and sooner rather than later. There are at least two, maybe three female members, one of whom could make a good and strong leader into the upcoming election. Heck almost anyone one of the green girls could make a great leader. We shouldn’t forget another female premier could be very possible and practical.  Not to mention the vote could be very strong in favour of one. Certainly something for the party to think about, and they shouldn’t think too long.
God Bless and keep reading.

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Premiership League

I expect many people will have no idea what the Premiership league is? Understandable, if you are not soccer fan. However, it is considered the best league in the World. It is coming to close for the 2021-22 season and becomes vital for several teams. It’s important who wins the league, which presently is a race between two. Teams. They are separated by just one point, only needs one to slip, draw or lose and it’s over.
 it is also important for the top four in the standings, they qualify for the European Championship league next season. It is equally important for the bottom three teams because they are relegated to the lower league for the next season. Hence several teams hovering in or near the bottom fight for their lives not to end up in the bottom three places. Makes the last four or five remaining games very competitive and exciting. Indeed todays games were extremely tough games, Everton in danger of relegation defeated Chelsea 1-0 a great result. At the other end Arsenal defeated West Ham 2-1 to stay in four top over Tottenham who are two points behind them. Lots of tension, nail biting, praying and likely high blood pressure. But no real fan can look away!
God Bless and keep reading

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First Sunday in May is Battle of the Atlantic

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous battle of the Second World War and one in which Canada played a central role. The battle began on the opening day of the war in September 1939 and ended almost six years later with Germany’s surrender in May 1945.

Early in the war, German U-boats took a heavy toll on merchant shipping as the Allies struggled to find effective ways to combat the enemy threat. Between 1939 and 1942, the Germans increased the number of U-boats from 30 to 300 and developed effective hunting techniques like using groups of submarines, called wolfpacks, to attack convoys. Their efforts initially paid off, with 454,000 tonnes of shipping being lost to German U-boats in June 1941 alone. Their successes continued as nearly 400 Allied ships were sunk between January and July 1942, while only seven U-boats were lost. The situation was very serious for the Allies, as merchant ships were being sunk faster than they could be replaced, thereby putting the supply link between North America and Europe at great risk.

Technology played an important role in the Battle of the Atlantic. Aircraft were effective in protecting merchant ships, but the Allied planes used earlier in the war did not have enough range to offer air cover for the convoys all the way across the Atlantic. Indeed, the central area of the ocean beyond aircraft range became known as the “Black Pit” as that was where many of the heaviest convoy losses occurred. However, the introduction of new long-range planes helped reduce the hazards of this dangerous portion of the run.

Both sides kept trying to get the upper hand in technology and tactics during the Battle of the Atlantic. Germany developed torpedoes that were attracted to the noise made by a ship’s propellers. Allied scientists responded by inventing a noise-making device that was towed behind a ship to divert the torpedoes. New radar and sonar (ASDIC) technologies helped the Allies find the U-boats and new weapons, like the “Hedgehog” bombs, helped sink the submarines more effectively. The Germans also developed technological advancements like snorkel tubes that allowed U-boats to run their diesel engines while travelling underwater and on-board radar that increased their submarines’ capabilities. Eventually, the improved equipment and tactics of the Allies finally helped turn the tide of the battle in their favour, with the U-boat fleet suffering heavy losses during the later phases of the war.

The growth of Canada’s navy was remarkable. At the beginning of the Second World War, the RCN had only six ocean-going ships and 3,500 personnel. By the end of the war, Canada had one of the largest navies in the world with 434 commissioned vessels and 95,000 men and women in uniform. Canada’s industry also played an important role in the growth of our military and merchant navies. From 1941 to 1945, Canadian shipyards produced approximately 403 merchant ships, 281 fighting ships, 206 minesweepers, 254 tugs, and 3,302 landing craft.

Furthermore, Canada played an important role in directing Allied efforts in the Battle of the Atlantic. In 1943, Rear Admiral Leonard Murray was put in charge of the Allied air and naval forces in the Northwest Atlantic—the only theatre of war commanded by a Canadian during the conflict.

Crows Nest St Johns NFLD. Where the convoy Captains planned their routes

On Sunday, I ask you take a moment to remember the sacrifice and bravery of those mariners that fought for our freedom and never returned to shore. “At the going down of the sun and in the morning “We Will Remember Them.”

God Bless and keep reading

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Weekend Funnies

The Builder 

A guy walks into a lumberyard and askes for some two by-fours. The clerk asks, “How long do you need them?”

The guy answers, “A long time. We’re gonna build a house.”

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Dentist and Patient

Dentist – “Try to relax. I’ll pull your aching tooth in five minutes.”

Patient – “How much will this cost?”

Dentist – “It`ll be $100.”

Patient – “That much for just five minutes work?”

Dentist – “Well if you prefer, I can pull it out very slowly.”

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Old Tractors

A little girl was watching her daddy repair his tractor.

She asked her mother, “What happens to old tractors when they finally stop working?”

Sighing, her mother answered: “Someone sells them to your father, dear.”

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Food Rating 

A Lycra-clad dietician stood in front of the crowd addressing a group of seniors. “MEAT!” she screamed, pointing at the audience. “Meat is one of the worst things for your body. Every year, we poison ourselves with enough meat to kill us!”

The crowd contemplated this drastic assumption for a moment. “VEGETABLES!” screamed the dietician. “If they are not organic, most vegetables are crawling with germs and harsh chemicals.” The crowd, once again, fell silent for a moment.

“BUT! There is ONE food that can KILL us quicker than meat or vegetables,” boomed the dietician surveying the crowd “YOU SIR” she said, pointing at a random man in the front row. “Can you tell me – what’s the worst food for your health?”

Without skipping a beat, the man replied “Wedding cake.”

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Car Trouble 

When you know it’s time to get a wheel alignment….

My car needs a wheel alignment

It keeps pulling into KFC

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PC Bully Boy

From what I’m hearing from today in the legislature, it was quite childish and bullying. Head of the class was the mighty mouth MLA Steven Myers. He used what by any reasonable standard was rude, offensive and out of order. These are the apparent words he used against Peter Bevan Baker, calling him GUTLESS and a PHONEY. He and premier King both claimed several times what PBB had stated was Unbelievable . The general behavior from the government side in the house was childish with heckling, jeering and general rowdiness. Something one might expect from children in the school play grounds. However, what really eludes me is, where was the speaker during this chaos? Isn’t he supposed to keep order, to correct MLAs in the way they address each other. Isn’t he supposed to maintain decorum. He sure doesn’t correct the nasty words Steven Myers uses, no warnings given no apologies to leader of opposition. Have we elected these people to behave just as they like? Or do we expect them to act like adults. I recall during the last liberal government, Richard Brown complained the use of the word farce was inappropriate and PBB was asked to apologize,
which he did. No apologies were demanded by the speaker today for Gutless, or phoney. That begs the question WHY???
God Bless and save us from these MLA bullies

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Dennis King!

Are you aware of the recent $100K forgivable grant to Kings wife? Maybe not, because she used her maiden name (Jana Hemphill) when applying. She has now refused the money stating she never imagined it would cause such serious problems. As for Dennis King, well he was deeply offended that the leader of the opposition even mention it. If this wasn’t quite so serious it would be laughable. Did they really think they could slip this through and no one would notice? Did they believe once caught they should pretend to be offended. Politicians surely live in a different world to everyone else. When they cheat and get caught they cry foul. However, had it been Peter Bevan Bakers wife or Sonny Gallants wife, all hell would have broken out in the legislature? I can just imagine Steven Myers leading the charge. A charge that would have made the “Charge of the Light Brigade” look like a military success. It just seems we will never elect decent honest politicians in this Province. We go through scandal after scandal and nothing changes. Perhaps time voters took a serious look at how they place their ballots in future elections.
God Bless and vote wisely

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Federal Tourism Forgivable Loans

Well, well, well, the Premier sure kept this little gem quiet. Premier’s wife receives $100K none repayable loan from ACOA/Federal tourism funding. Not sure this is describing a real red hot tourist destination? “Storybook Adventures and Nature Retreat Inc”. It’s a horse farm on number two highway in Brookfield. It sure doesn’t look like a place where tourist flock to in the summer season. Indeed, this looks very much like an inside job, reeking of favouritism, patronage, or it could be all about who you know. What do you think??.? Can you even imagine, if instead of King’s wife, it was PBBs wife that received the $100K.  Wow! What if the mighty mouth “Steven Myers” got a hold of it. Things could have become really interesting, maybe even very nasty in the legislature, Mr Speaker. Just saying!

God Bless and keep reading.

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