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Newsletter Vol. # 16 That's how I see it!

Hello and welcome to this week's hot and sweaty newsletter

What you'll find in this weeks newsletter: Separation, I really don't get it; so which country does Red Stripe come from-Quiz; do you know the difference between Relative Humidity and Humidex? I didn't; should we stay together in a marriage for the sake of the kids? There are salesman and then there is Little Johnny; a historic sight-the Cornish Library; and Reader Response.

Separation-What's that about?

Things are heating up on the political scene. The three front-runners are all saying they are the man for the job and explaining why their opponent is "not ready" for the job. Not much coming from the Parti Quebecois until just recently-a bit of resurgence. Some thoughts...

I guess I am about as far away from the Québec separation scene as one can be. I don't really understand how a province could or would even want to succeed from a country that offers as many freedom as Canada does to its citizens. Secondly, I don't know why some Quebecers are allowed to speak with such disdain about the country they live in. It feels to me as if they have some kind of sense of entitlement that the rest of us Canadians don't have. That they can whine and put down our government and at the same time constantly extend their hand for more money. I find their behaviour so hypocritical.

Michael Coren, columnist and radio broadcaster, is totally teed-off with Québec and isn't afraid to say so.

Québec wants to leave Canada, close the door on the way out, please. There I said 'please.' Polite enough for those of you who are willing to sell your soul for the sake of a bunch of spoiled separatists living a few miles away? Just living in this country makes us members of a privileged class. I'm tired paradoysms in which our political elites indulge each time another nationalist leader loans on about oppression.

We've sat by and done nothing as English-speaking Canadians were humiliated in Québec and then tried to bribe separatists into remaining part of a confederation that they frequently despise. I say it again. I couldn't care less if Québec becomes a country, as long as it takes its fair share of the national debt and doesn't try to impede commerce and contact between Western and Eastern Canada. Call it a nation, call it a people, call it a community but please, just shut up about it.

Shortly after the 2014 Olympic Games I read an article by Eric Duhaine, Québecor and columnist for Sun media, where he apologized to Canadians on behalf of "the majority of Quebecers" for the behaviour of Québec's premier.

Québec Premier Pauline Marois sends a 158-word press release last Sunday to congratulate 'the Olympic men's hockey team' without mentioning the word Canada or Canadian one single time. She only mentioned the players came from Québec. In other words, Marois only praised the Québec wing of the team without mentioning the C-word. On behalf of a very, very strong majority of Quebecers, I wanted to offer our sincere apologies to all Canadians for the childish and shameful behaviour of our premium. It might not be the first time a politician embarrasses us, but this one is reaching a new and historic low.

There are, obviously, a number of Québec citizens who support the radical beliefs of the Parti Quebecois. I don't understand this kind of political racism and all I can say to those who want to break up this country-shame on you! I am with Coren.

You want to leave, then leave. I'll be a bit sad to see you go you been with us a long time but if it will stop your complaining, and in fact there really is very little camaraderie between your province and mine in the West, and if it will put an end to the endless handouts that you demand--well okay! Goodbye! (my words)

That's how we see it!

The Quiz

When adjusted for inflation, what 1968 film is said to still hold the record for the highest makeup budget of all times?

A traditional inn known as a "ryokan" he found in which country?

In Greek mythology, who solved the riddle of the Sphinx?

Who was the last queen of Pakistan?

And unproduced play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison called "Everybody Comes to Rick's" was made into what classic film?

A stretch of road in North America that measures 6.8 km lies between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road is known by what name?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, what country has the most official languages?

Which country does red stripe lager come from?

What was the name of the bulldog on the "Tom and Jerry" cartoons show?

Quiz questions and answers came from MacLean's magazine and put together by Terrance Belazo.  Answers below:



Something we have been experiencing:
Relative Humidity

Relative humidity is the amount of moisture that the air contains compared to how much it could hold at a given temperature. A figure of 100 per cent relative humidity would mean that the air has become saturated. At this point mist, fog, dew and precipitation are likely.
Relative humidity is normally at its maximum when the temperature is at its lowest point of the day, usually at dawn. Even though the absolute humidity may remain the same throughout the day, the changing temperature causes the ratio to fluctuate.


The humidex is a Canadian innovation that was first used in 1965. It describes how hot, humid weather feels to the average person. The humidex combines the temperature and humidity into one number to reflect the perceived temperature. Because it takes into account the two most important factors that affect summer comfort, it can be a better measure of how stifling the air feels than either temperature or humidity alone.

The humidex is widely used in Canada. However, extremely high readings are rare except in the southern regions of Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec. Generally, the humidex decreases as latitude increases. Of all Canadian cities, Windsor, Ontario has had the highest recorded humidex measurement: 52.1 on June 20, 1953. The hot, humid air masses which cause such uncomfortable weather usually originate in the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Thanks Ted


It is now a fact that close to 50% of first marriages end in divorce, only ten to fifteen per cent of these divorces are due to serious problems, such as domestic violence, chronic substance abuse and chronic infidelity. Many couples divorce because their marriages have been conflictual, boring or distant.

Research tells us that children do better when their couples in these marriages stay together and learn how to work out their differences couples shouldn't stay in unhealthy marriages for the sake of the kids; they should learn how to find marital happiness for the sake of the kids. Couples who work out their differences and stay together reap their own benefits. They're healthier, they live longer, they do better emotionally, and financially.

When asked to rate what makes a marriage successful, respondents ranked sex as the second most important element (faithfulness was number one). Having children ranked low (eights on a list of nine possible answers) and was the biggest change based on responses from more than 10 years ago (back in the days when apparently kids made for a happy marriage).

Quiz answers:

Planet of the Apes; Japan; Oedipus; Queen Elizabeth; Casablanca; Las Vegas Boulevard-the Strip; South Africa; Jamaica; Spike

Little Johnny Strikes Again!
The kids filed into class Monday morning. They were all very excited.  Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on salesmanship.
Little Sally led off.  "I sold Girl Guide cookies and I made $30," she said proudly.  "My sales approach was to appeal to the customer's civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success."
"Very good", said the teacher.
Little Debbie was next.  "I sold magazines," she said.  "I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events."
"Very good, Debbie", said the teacher.
Eventually, it was Little Johnny's turn.  The teacher held her breath.  Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher's desk.  "$1,863", he said.  "$1,863!" cried the teacher, "What in the world were you selling?"  "Toothbrushes", said Little Johnny.  "Toothbrushes", echoed the teacher.  "How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make that much money?"
"I found the busiest corner in town", said Little Johnny.  "I set up a Dip & Chip stand and I gave everybody who walked by a free sample."  They all said the same thing; "Hey, this tastes like dog poop!"

I would say, "It is dog poop.  Wanna buy a toothbrush?"  "I used the Harper-Mulcair-Trudeau method of giving you some crap, dressing it up so it looks good, telling you it's free and then making you pay to get the bad taste out of your mouth."

Little Johnny got five stars for his assignment.

My friend Frank Adamson (and crew) wrote and produced a documentary film on the Cornish library (near Miseracordia Hospital)

Cornish Library

The History of the Cornish Library provides a window into the social and cultural environment of Winnipeg over the last 100 years.

* The library was built on the site of Winnipeg's first water works, which provided early households with water from the Assiniboine River.
* It was funded by the American industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie who built 2509 libraries around the world and changed the way that libraries function by making them free and accessible to all. Cornish is one of only three Carnegie libraries in Western Canada still operating as a public library.
* Cornish Library was named after Winnipeg's first mayor, Francis Cornish.
* Nellie McClung gave lectures there in 1915 before she and her family moved to Alberta.
* Cornish Library was given a historical designation by the City of Winnipeg in 1992. Children could investigate what that means and why it is important.
* The evolution of Cornish mirrors the history of today's information economy. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave funds to the Winnipeg Public Library system to computerize library records and today, computers are the source of much information gathering done there.

Friends of the Cornish Library has been in existence since the early 1980's and have rallied support for Cornish Library when it was threatened with closure on several occasions. Now the future of Cornish Library is assured with major renovations project planned to make it universally accessible.

If you wish to purchase a copy of the film, call Frank at (204) 957-7908

Reader Response

I subscribe to Modern Drummer magazine in which I recently read something very interesting. The subject of the magazine's feature interview was asked a question about being pushed outside his comfort zone as a musician. His response struck me immediately: "Life begins outside the comfort zone." I realized that I had never thought that way and that probably most of us don't. When we are pushed outside our own personal "comfort zones", our usual response is to try and get back into the "comfort zone" as quickly as possible. What if, instead, we accepted this idea of "life beginning outside the comfort zone"? When we get pushed out of it - as will inevitably happen - rather than scrambling to get back in, why not explore the possibilities that exist outside of it? Even more-so, instead of waiting to be pushed out of our "comfort zones", what if we learned to exit them ourselves voluntarily at least from time to time? An interesting idea.

Stay safe, cool, prosperous and generous to all you meet.
Be well!