Lady Thatcher passes away

Growing up behind the iron curtain, she was my idol – because she was the only one my oppressors feared!

The sad news comes during a sad vigil for me, as I spend time at a hospice, waiting for a dear relative (a warrior-woman who had dedicated her life to the Canadian military and to protecting all our lives) to breathe her last…

Difficult days…

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Free Speech hero passes away


Isn’t if funny how our society has a double standard when it comes to lawyers?  If you are a defense attorney for murderers, pedophiles or cannibals, you are just fine – but defend Holocaust denier and you are smeared by association…

I’ve met Doug Christy only once, at a courthouse where I was spectating in a free speech case, but he impressed me as highly intelligent and very professional.  A tireless fighter for the freedom of speech – he will be missed!




The Jewish Defense League Calls On Our Supporters To Attend An Emergency Fundraiser For Blogger Blazingcatfur

Radical Muslims are attempting to shut down Blazingcatfur.

Monday January 7TH, 7:30 PM

Toronto Zionist Centre, 788 Marlee Avenue

For additional information call JDL at  416-736-7000

Keshet rescue/Keshet Kennels

Need a great place to board your dog in the Ottawa area?  These people are truly dedicated!

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Merlyn Kinrade: saying good-bye to a Canadian Patriot

Today, I received a sad email informing me of the passing of Merlyn Kinrade, a true Canadian hero and a patriot.

From ‘Voice of Canada:

A great Canadian patriot, naval veteran, peacekeeper, father, husband, friend of Israel and a tireless force for justice in Caledonia has been called home.

I am saddened to report that Merlyn Kinrade, Caledonia resident and co-founder of CANACE (Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality), died after a long battle with cancer at 2pm yesterday – Saturday, October 06, 2012.

Funeral details: 

Bay Gardens Funeral Home

947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton  L8W 3M2   (just east of Upper Gage Ave.)

VISITATION: Wednesday 2-4 pm, 7-9 pm
SERVICE: Thursday 11 am
ANNOUNCEMENT: to appear in Hamilton Spectator on Tuesday

About Merlyn Kinrade

Merlyn Kinrade lived more than 60 years of his life in Caledonia. He is a former member of the Royal Canadian Navy who served on one of the most famous ships in Canadian naval history, HMCS Haida. His service included a tour of duty in Port Said, Egypt on a United Nations peacekeeping mission during the 1956 Suez crisis.

He has been a steadfast contributor to the community through sponsorship of various sports teams and significant financial generosity that made construction of the original arena possible for the town. He also coached hockey and baseball teams, and made a special effort to include needy children from the nearby Six Nations Reserve by providing transportation to and from practices and games, purchasing skates and other equipment for them and ensuring they were well fed during their time with the team.


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Young people…

Young people…

Wonderous creatures, arent’t they?

Today, the day after Labour Day, is the ‘going back to school’ day in my neighbourhood.

My older son is starting another semester at University today.

My younger son just came home from his first day in High School.

So perhaps you’ll forgive me if my thoughts are turning towards our youth and the future they will build.

One absolutely amazing young person has recently given a TEDx talk in  Richmond Hill (Toronto).  I do not know her personally, but my trusted source informs me that she is just 18 years old and speaks 17 languages fluently…

I will embed the full TEDx video at the end of this post, but because it includes many talks and is several hours long and the presentation I was so impressed by starts 2 hours and 2 minutes into the video, I think it worth posting a link here that cues up nicely to the start of her talk.

Watching young people like Sophia Glisch is inspiring…

One of the first things I had thought of after seeing this video was what she would make of this linguistic performance:

Here is the full video of the TEDx talk:

UPDATE:  this post has been edited to correct the spelling/insert full name of the seventeenlingual genius, Sophia Glisch

Note:  this post has been edited to remove some potentially inaccurate information

24 hours for MSF/Doctors Without Borders – 8/9th September 2012

Ok, this is a bit of an advanced notice, but the largest amount of funds has, in the past, been raised by the online auction – and this is a call for donation of items to that auction.

Thus, the very advanced notice.

But, why don’t I let DPR Jones say it – he is much more eloquent than I:

I don’t quite know what – yet, but I plan to donate something…  As I have already promised to donate my painting of Aisha to the Free Thinking Film Society fundraiser, I’ll have to think of something else:  suggestions for the subject of a painting are welcome!