I'm sorry! Canada 2020

PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
As this will probably* be my last year as a pseudo-Canadian, I'm going to take the opportunity to open this year's Canada thread. I had thought of calling it "Justin Case" but I thought better of it ... :mrgreen:

From St. John's to Victoria, have at it! :)

* assuming my house sale goes through, and I can move back to Scotland. However Canada, and all the lovely friends I've made there (including Shipmates), will always have a great big place in my heart. :heart:
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  • *Uklander pops in to ask - why the apology in the thread title?*
  • Lily PadLily Pad Shipmate
    Oh, sorry if that isn't clear. Canadians are quick to apologize in pretty much every circumstance. Welcome to the all things Canada thread. We're also quite friendly over here. But I wouldn't want to boast. Sorry if it comes across that way.
  • :lol:

    Thank you!

    BTW, I have noticed (in the few dealings I've had with denizens of your Fair Country) how friendly you seem to be...
    :wink:
  • MarsupialMarsupial Shipmate
    Thanks @Piglet for getting us started. I was going to suggest something like "Canadians: A Quiet People" given the total lack of activity on this thread and the thread-naming thread in the last few days, but it isn't always thus...

    Good luck with the house and all the best for the move home.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    I'm afraid the sale's fallen through again. The buyer's soon-to-be-ex-husband apparently discovered she was trying to buy a house, threw a hissy fit and did something to block the purchase.

    No - I don't understand it either.

    May he rot. :rage:
  • Bishops FingerBishops Finger Shipmate
    edited January 4
    Yes, may he rot rottily in the rottenest level of Rottenness Town, but meanwhile - is what he did legal, according to Canadian law, or can it be overthrown, so that the sale can proceed?
  • MarsupialMarsupial Shipmate
    Piglet wrote: »
    I'm afraid the sale's fallen through again. The buyer's soon-to-be-ex-husband apparently discovered she was trying to buy a house, threw a hissy fit and did something to block the purchase.

    No - I don't understand it either.

    May he rot. :rage:

    Urgh. Sorry to hear that. Hope you find another purchaser soon.

    We are winding down from Christmas with unusually mild January temperatures, and my third seasonal cold since November. There must be something in the air (viruses, probably...).

  • I'm not sure that we're friendly, as much as excessively polite. Piglet, good luck with house sale. Miserable process, that. *Bette looks around at the chaotic cluttered house in which her family has lived for 60 years and shudders at the prospect*
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Yet another offer materialised a couple of hours after the second one fell through, and I've accepted it, so we'll see.

    I feel sorry for the lady who made the second offer, as I assume it really wasn't her fault, but I can't afford to hang about.
  • TrudyTrudy Heaven Host, 8th Day Host
    I hope your house sale goes through OK this time, Piglet!

    We are getting hammered by the first Atlantic Canadian snowstorm of 2020 -- not sure how bad it's hit anywhere else, but our daughter's flight from here in St. John's back to college in Nova Scotia managed to take off and land safely this afternoon, though I'm sure no flights are making it out tonight, and the roads are in "only drive if you have to" mode.
  • Lily PadLily Pad Shipmate
    Not too bad here at all but a plane slid off the runway in Halifax earlier today and that's a rare occurence. Hope you can at least get a day off out of your storm, Trudy.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    I'd heard from Newfoundland friends on Facebook that you're expecting a bit of a battering, and up to 40cm of sn*w.

    Stay safe, Trudy!
  • Vancouver Island is wet and windy. So all is normal for this time of year.

    There were a string of earthquakes off the top of the island a couple of weeks ago; the highest was 6.3 in magnitude. Almost any where else this would be big news. Here the reaction was a mild "meh"....
  • Newfoundland (and the rest of us) keep shovelling. This is a very cute short video. https://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1214743354258477058?s=20
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    I thought it was going to be that video before I clicked the link - it's been doing the rounds on Facebook too. :smiley:
  • I'm sick of weather news and weather warnings. It looks like normal winter to me, although clearly more freeze/thaw cycles. Make sure you've got your snow tires on. Drive carefully. I watched hysteria all day on fb, etc. Drove to Board meeting tonight, no problem.
  • So, Ambrose, MacKay, and Charest in the Conservative race. I don't know whether it's the CPC coming to its senses or the night of the living dead. Column A and Column B?
  • Piglet wrote: »
    ...

    May he rot.

    I apologize to those who might have been offended by Piglet's harshness.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Sorry if I caused offence, but the longer it takes me to sell my house, the more of my not-quite-big-enough capital I have to eat into before being able to move back to Scotland.
  • John Crosby and Neil Peart (drummer and principal lyricist for Rush) both gone. Sad day.

    Although I'm normally a defender of the CBC I was extremely disappointed in them this morning when the 10am news mentioned of Crosby's career ONLY his rather off colour remark concerning Sheila Copps and a Mexican beverage, as though that was the only thing for which he should be remembered. In fact, Copps and Crosby became friends in later years.
  • AravisAravis Shipmate
    Sad news about Neil. Will be listening to lots of Rush today.
  • As I recall, Crosby was widely respected in politics, his sometimes larger-than-life persona being only part of who he was.
  • CaissaCaissa Shipmate
    I have been a big Rush fan since my high school days. As a socialist, not much of a fan of Crosbie. I always considered him a bit of a buffoon. I must make the obligatory weather comment, NB is expected to get walloped tomorrow.
  • Lily PadLily Pad Shipmate
    As are we. Not looking forward to it. Especially wary when seeing the estimate for the amount of freezing rain. Looks like no school on Monday too.
  • We've just been through a week of -35, with today's high to be -12. Positively balmly.

    Crosby's picture was in the news. He looked not himself as I recall him. He was a "character" in the Don Cherry mould, with more controls, but we know how he felt. Politics has always been an expensive form of entertainment.

    Rush: know them, after my time to really enjoy. They didn't seem profound to me, as those of an earlier time did, which is nonsense, but it's what music and youth do.
  • We have rain now, but are expecting freezing rain nastiness later. Overnight would be nice, but I've given up on trying to negotiate with the weather.
  • stetsonstetson Shipmate
    I'd just like to be a pedantic jerk here and point out that the name of the recently deceased Canadian politician is spelled "Crosbie".

    He played a pivotal role in my political education, because the 1979 defeat of his budget was the first time I had ever heard about a government being "brought down".

    Later, he ran for Tory leader in the early 80s, and I think his loss probably cemented once and for all the idea that you could no longer get to the top of Canadian politics while being unilingual. But he did serve as Justice Minister under Mulroney, and introduced some of the first gay-rights legislation in Canadian history.

    I also recall he tried to bring in some laws restricting pornography, which was actually considered a "progressive" position in those days. I believe that went nowhere.
  • stetson wrote: »
    I'd just like to be a pedantic jerk here and point out that the name of the recently deceased Canadian politician is spelled "Crosbie".

    Not pedantic at all in my books. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    We seem to be getting ordinary rain at the moment - it's to go up to 8° today - but it's due to turn to quite a bit of freezing rain later, which I could do without. Then another plummet in temperature, which will result in Patches of Treachery.

    O joy ... :cry:
  • Lily PadLily Pad Shipmate
    Wednesday's Patch of Treachery put me on the ground for quite a while with cracked ribs and bruised me up quite a bit. All in an effort to bring in the compost bin during a heavy snowfall. Not planning to go out in tomorrow's mess.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Crikey, LP, and ouch! Hope you're mended very soon.
  • DooneDoone Shipmate
    Indeed!
  • Lily PadLily Pad Shipmate
    Thanks. I feel like I need to carry my medical file with me everywhere I go now as I have multiple conditions and several injuries. This getting old and feeble is for the birds.
  • Pangolin GuerrePangolin Guerre Shipmate
    edited January 11
    stetson wrote: »
    I'd just like to be a pedantic jerk here and point out that the name of the recently deceased Canadian politician is spelled "Crosbie".

    He played a pivotal role in my political education, because the 1979 defeat of his budget was the first time I had ever heard about a government being "brought down".

    Later, he ran for Tory leader in the early 80s, and I think his loss probably cemented once and for all the idea that you could no longer get to the top of Canadian politics while being unilingual. But he did serve as Justice Minister under Mulroney, and introduced some of the first gay-rights legislation in Canadian history.

    I also recall he tried to bring in some laws restricting pornography, which was actually considered a "progressive" position in those days. I believe that went nowhere.

    Actually, correcting my spelling (mine, since I started the Ball of Error rolling) is not pedantic jerkery. Thank you.

    Crosbie also had the difficult errand of shutting down the cod fishery. I don't recall the gay rights legislation off hand (and I should). Unlike others in the Mulroney cabinet, he was (to my memory) never touched by a hint of corruption, and was a refreshingly plain spoken man of considerable wit. Though I've never voted Tory, I respected him, with some fondness.
  • stetsonstetson Shipmate
    edited January 11
    You're welcome on the spelling thing.

    Stuff on the gay rights legislation is incredibly hard to find on the internet, and I'm not exactly sure what he did. I do clearly remember it, though, especially that it caused a minor backbench revolt among Conservative MP, most notably Alex Kindy.

    The "product description" here mentions his "advocacy" for gay rights, without going into any detail. Internet articles on gay rights in Canada don't seem to attach much importance to the Mulroney government.
  • stetsonstetson Shipmate
    According to wiki, Crosbie outlawed anti-gay discrimination in the public sector. The source is a link to the same Amazon page as above, though I assume the wikipedian who wrote that had consulted the book itself.
  • Here's the Wikipedia article:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Crosbie

    Apparently he tried to add sexual orientation to prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Human Rights Code in 1986, but the rest of his party wasn't on board so that didn't go anywhere.
  • stetsonstetson Shipmate
    Marsupial wrote: »
    Here's the Wikipedia article:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Crosbie

    Apparently he tried to add sexual orientation to prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Human Rights Code in 1986, but the rest of his party wasn't on board so that didn't go anywhere.

    Thanks. I guess it was more than a "minor backbench revolt" if the rebels were able to derail the entire legislation.

  • HuiaHuia Shipmate
    NP I loved the video you linked, especially the way his father just hauled him upright and they went on shovelling,
  • Lily PadLily Pad Shipmate
    A lovely young woman answered my plea for help shovelling my deck off yesterday. The snow was about five or six inches thick but was mostly water and the temperature was +8 or so so it really needed to get removed before it froze again. She and her partner came back at noontime and shovelled off about eight inches of ice pellets that looked just like sugar. I am so thankful for these two. I feel like I'm about eighty or so. I'm very much used to being on the other end of this type of thing. In any case, let the snow continue! There's still another good bit left to fall if Environment Canada can be believed.
  • We seem to have missed the worst of it. A lot of rain yesterday, a bit of ice here and there today, but the city is still navigable. At the least the racoons who decided to have a loud argument outside my bedroom window last night seem to have thought so.

    Several million cell phones in Ontario, including my own, got a false alarm about an “incident” at Pickering nuclear station about 7:00 this morning. Between the racoon meltdowns and nuclear non-meltdowns it was a bit exciting last night.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    edited January 12
    Lily Pad wrote: »
    ... In any case, let the snow continue! ...
    Sort of ... no. :flushed:

    We've had a few inches of a mixture of snow and freezing rain, and it had a bit of an impact on attendance at the Cathedral this morning: as D. would have put it, it was so bad that only the old and infirm could get there. This included one of our honorary retired clergy, who's currently in a wheelchair with a broken ankle - well done her!

    We had a reduced but decent choir, and I think we did a pretty good job.

    PS can I borrow your shovellists once you've finished with them? :mrgreen:
  • LeafLeaf Shipmate
    Cold here: Branch got a notification from his run club advising him that the forecast was for -45C for the Saturday morning run, and to "dress appropriately". In the event, it was only -25C.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Crikey - that makes the -17° when I got back from Scotland seem positively balmy!
  • Piglet wrote: »
    Sorry if I caused offence, ...

    Not at all. Just pushing the recent phenomenon of people apologizing for how someone else might have been offended.
  • Yes, I missed church thanks to that ice/slush pellet/snow stuff. Took me 20 minutes of dicking around with isopropyl alcohol to even get the doors open, another 20 to scrape/thaw/mess with the ice and crap on the windscreen. Needless to say, I had not allotted an additional 40 minutes, so at 10:50 I put the newly freed car on the street and gave up. It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have a perfectly good garage...filled to the rafters with my family's furniture/boxes/assorted collections of junk.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    My sister has a garage like that. She's having a new kitchen fitted at the moment, and when the fridge and dishwasher were delivered beforehand, she had to get her children to take away some of their stuff so that they could be fitted in.

    Putting the car in the garage? Not going to happen - and I don't think it ever has!
  • 100mm of rain over the week-end translated into 725 cubic metres per second in the river yesterday, much of which was in our back garden again. This seems to me to be quite unnecessary, but the weather gods enjoy this stuff and we had a few anxious days. But our nice new levée kept us dry this time, except for the poor cat, who hadn't noticed a pool in a spot where there usually isn't one.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    That's a lot of H2O, ST!

    We had a bit of a thaw at the weekend - enough to clear the deck and path - but then we got a shed-load of freezing rain and ice pellets, with some snow on top ... :cry:
  • Lily PadLily Pad Shipmate
    Snow and ice pellets everywhere and more to come. I am a very cluttery person but there is always going to be room in my garage for my car. I just can't cross that line. I love not having to clear the car off. When I fell last week, I had left the car in the driveway because I was going out again in the afternoon. It was a lot harder to clean off to go to the dr the next day than it would have been had I put it in the garage and having cracked ribs didn't help. I'm never going to leave it in the driveway again. Yes, I am unanimous in this!
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