A great debate

Tonight I watched The Great Canadian Flag Debate on TV. I remember the debate well – it engaged my family, the country and the national government for most of 1964-1965. (Interesting to note that our national medicare system was established in 1966 without much debate, at least that was memorable to me as a teenager.…

Birds, borders, beach and a beaver

. . . . . . . . . . . . Often on weekend days we walk to the beach and around the peninsula. It is a 1.5 to 2.5 hour trip, depending on the diversions. There are frequently bald eagles around. They are the official national bird of the United States, where they’ve…

Taking the train across Canada

The romantic and spectacularly scenic train trip across Canada (well at least from Vancouver to Toronto) has not been as impressive as I expected. Mom has always raved about her train trips, and we were trying to re-create something on this trip. I did it as a child and of course it was a huge…