Monday 31 August 2015

August weather

August came in like a lion and continues to roar! With about
half this amount of rain in July, we were good here in SE Ontario.

June had 156 mm.

Aug. 29 

Massive winds in dry Vancouver. They lost lots of trees as well as power. Authorities closed Stanley Park! The Huffington Post had some spectacular photos from reader!
Story image for vancouver storms from National Post

It could take weeks to clean up Vancouver after 'unprecedented ...

National Post-11 hours ago
B.C. Hydro linemen Colin Cadger and Aaron Seaton got the call Saturday night, after an “unprecedented” storm battered the province, plunging ...

Aug. 24

Aug. 20

Mature Cyclone in NW Ontario as u can see the circulation, this is a once in 20 year event low is only 995mbs but very unusual for this time of year and is 4 - 5 standard deviations of normal, Lake Effect showers now coming off Lake Michigan in the SW flow and much cooler temps, thought everyone would find this interesting!!!!

Conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and torrential rain. Thunderstorms are expected to develop later this morning or this afternoon. Rainfall amounts of 50 mm or more will be possible with thunderstorms, especially for regions that receive multiple thunderstorms. Thunderstorms will end with the passage of a cold front today. 

Aug. 18

We were in Vancouver for a week, when we returned there was  59.4 mm (2.34") of rain in the gauge. Not much rainfall since...

Aug. 3

Massive storm, with power outages in southern Ontario. We had 8.89 mm/0.35"

Press Examiner

Second wave of severe storms to last throughMonday
Monday, August 3, 2015, 7:22 AM - Violent storms ripped through southern Ontario Sunday afternoon and evening, causing wind damage, localized ...

Aug. 1

Afternoon thundershowers, with some welcome rain.
It was a perfect day. Not too humid or hot.

The last dog days of summer

Of course, they involve cats, birds, convertible cars and people!

Annabelle has had her belly shaved, since she was full of burrs. It went well, truthfully.

We stopped for a drink beside the Tay River and Stewart Park, where a couple seemed to be preparing for wedding photos!

This little girl was fascinated with patrons, and the patrons were fascinated with her!

We drove by Millar Brooke Farm, and the trailer was coming in. Millar's statue sits in Stewart Park.

Sunday 30 August 2015

"Not in my lifetime, son, but maybe in yours!" Stephen Lewis speech Aug. 24th

We are in the beginning of a 77-day Federal Election #42 in Canada. I think it matters not what you believe, but that you read, learn and become involved.

"Not in my lifetime, son, but maybe in yours!" –David Lewis to Stephen Lewis

 I am stirred. It was a wonderful speech, from a highly respected man. He's 77 years old and says he's waited 75 years for this day, from licking stamps at age 2 in his family home! This is the gist of it.

There are many reason why the Conservatives should not  and will not be elected. 

The meaning of the Duffy trial. 

 The senate is dead, the death rattles are of no consequence. What is of consequence is  is what has been revealed, and that is the antithesis of democracy, an obsessive authoritarian need to control.

"Egotism and narcissism are not the twin pillars of democratic governance."

The concentration of power in the Prime Minister's office distorts the running of parliament, distorts the power of question period, distorts checks and balances, distorts the views of civil servants, and engenders in the public a deep and abiding cynicism.
Fear is not a policy. Fear is not an election platform. Fear is the last refuge of those for whom terrorism is a political device and civil liberties be damned. To use fear as a path to power engenders a deep an abiding cynicism.

The meaning of economic management

Despite their protestations, the Conservatives are second rate economic managers.
Stephen Harper can pretend otherwise, but the pretence is mythology. And leans on endless complaints about global difficulties.
  • we're in a recessionary quagmire, with negligible economic growth.
  • We have continuing and unacceptable levels of unemployment -persistently above 6%.
  • We've gutted the manufacturing sector and 
  • we've placed all of our expectations in a resource extraction economy, which is untenable with the collapse of oil prices
  • and the staggering decline in economic management.
Good government plans ahead of time for the needs of the present and the needs of the future.
 These aren't economic managers; these are economic poseurs.

And there is every reasons to believe that the Canadian public is on to them.
There are infinite numbers of reasons to defeat the Tories.
There are infinite numbers of reasons to elect the NDP.
  1. Restoration of Parliament. We appreciate civilised debate. When there is respect. We've lost civility in the House of Commons. Democratic norms are observed and committees can function. Yes: omnibus encyclopedic sorcery! Restore parliamentary dignity and reform.
  2. The reclaiming of Canada. The years of hard right Years of Conservative rule has hijacked the Canadian culture. At times the country feels unrecognisable. Stop the slide into militarism. Revive the right of dissent. and revive scientific opinion and influence. We can restore the cutbacks that have been applied destructively to so many entities from the CBC to hundreds of women's groups, initiate the Commission enquiry into missing aboriginal women. Frame a viable and persuasive policy on climate change. Rescue CIDA from the clutch of Foreign
    Affairs. Remove the cap on foreign aid. We can become  the thoughtful, moderate, liberal power that Canada once was, so that next time we run for the security council on the United Nations we will be overwhelmingly elected. It's a restorative agenda that is decent and humane. Principled and generous. It is an agenda that is inclusive and compassionate, rather than abrasive and contemptuous.
  3. The logic of straightforward policies. The electorate is warning to the major planks of our platform. Child care spaces for the working poor. Federal $15 minimum wage,  focus on infrastructure, emphasis one transportation and housing, revival the manufacturing sector, tax increases on large corporations. 
  4. Quite remarkable what Tom Mulcair has achieved. The mantle of integrity, regarded as the most vibrant and analytic mind, who can confront the PM on a daily basis. The most trusted of the leaders.
This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime. The yearning for change is in the air and it is the NDP that is the embodiment of that change. Just imagine... You don't have to be a romantic to know that the quest for social justice is within reach. We can again be the envy of the world. 
We can fight for human rights, and against inequality, as an example to the world.

Thomas Mulcair in Perth, ON

Former diplomat Stephen Lewis, son of former New Democratic Party leader David Lewis, introduces NDP leader Thomas Mulcair at a campaign rally in Toronto, Ont., on August 24, 2015. In his speech, Mr. Mulcair announces a pledge to increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement program for seniors and says his party will reset the eligibility age for Old Age Security from 67 to 65-years old. In his answers to the media, he says he wants to focus on Canada’s manufacturing sector and to assist Canadian veterans.

"You showed a disdain for our veterans," says veteran grappling with

Saturday 29 August 2015

Fun at the pond

Peace and quiet on the dock. A dragonfly landed on my butterfly t-shirt!
A bullfrog seems to like my turtle basking platform.
Bambi has been trimming my hibiscus, but the law of doubling works. Plant double what you want. Works for the squirrels and bulbs, too!
The hibiscus are in bloom, as are the pink phlox - they smell heavenly.