Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The real messages, the valid protests, they've just found themselves drowned out by a bunch of numbnuts (am I allowed to say that?)
Nothing is gained by trashing Starbucks. Nothing is advanced by getting into the face of the officers who are charged with a duty of care to ensure the safety of the delegates hunkered down behind the fence. A little timely reminder is in order, that the very right to protest that they are currently so happily abusing in Toronto was hard earned for this country, and that should be respected.
And lighten up... it is a fence... it will be gone in a few days. They will ALL be gone in a few days. Up here, in Huntsville/Lake of Bays, we simply drove around ours, life went on. Folks came out to the downtown to see what was going on. They got excited to see the Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean drive through. They were delighted to learn the Russian President turned up for dinner at Tall Trees, and Obama sent an aide to buy him an Obama Muffin from Soul Sistas. We had some fun with it all.
The Security forces were unfailingly polite... but then, they were met with smiles, hugs and gifts of flowers. Our protestors -- and, agreed, they were pretty thin on the ground -- were respectful. People read their signs. We did tease them, just a little bit -- as you can see from the sign on the lingerie store, Petticoats. No credible reports have been received to this point as to how many of the officers were in fact brave enough to go in.
We get it, Media... if it bleeds, it leads... and we're pretty sure you were getting desparate for something juicy to cover up here. But honestly, all you twits tossing rocks and torching police cars, you need to get a life. Give me the Monk for Peace, quietly sitting in the Flag Square... or the gals campaigning for Water as a Human Right any day.
The World Leaders have left us -- and yes, while the motorcades where moving through, there were road closures. I got stuck in one. Like everyone else, we all hopped out of cars and crowded the roadside to give a cheery wave. And of course, to take a photo. Seems nobody does anything any more without taking a photo of the fact. We had no idea who was in the motorcade passing us... we didn't care. We waved anyway, and wished them well. Please let there be some good for the World to come from these face-to-face meetings.
As for the Security forces and Military that have been lining our roads, hiding out in our underbrush, retrieving our lost golf balls, directing our traffic, and generally making sure that we were safe, all of them there to serve and protect, all of them on the front line of something bigger than we really comprehend... Well, for all of you, Ya'll Come Back, Ya Hear???? You're welcome anytime.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
All this, and a moon that is waxing full.... Toss in a fistful of World Leader's to provide a focal point, add a dose of protest, and the silly season rises ascendant.
District Chair Gord Adams got kicked out of the Fake Lake in Toronto for dipping his toes in the water. Knowing Gord, who is quite the sport as well as quite the sportsman, we should perhaps be grateful that he didn't try skinny dipping...
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
In Huntsville today, the Monk Who Walks for Peace arrived on his walk from Hokkaido, Japan to Huntsville for the G8. That's a message that needs to be heard, again and again.
As for the wolf cub at the top of this post? The photo was taken by David Harris, of Huntsville Online. According to Dave, there is a wolf den located not far from the edge of the field that has been selected for the protestors, as their "Open Speech" site. Now, we're not convinced that protestors are going to go to an empty field with a handful of journalists... It somehow seems a little romanticized and naive. We'd expect 'em to be a little more 'in yer face' and where they weren't really wanted to be in order to make an impression, but never mind...
This pup has been watching the bulldozers transform what was once a pretty good mousing ground for him and his siblings into a Protestors' Paradise. Let's hope the protestors appreciate the sacrifice this little guy and his wolf pack have made for the G8, and let's hope that their happy hunting ground is treated with respect. Although we would not be surprised to learn that alpha Wolf Momma has relocated the cubs by the time the noise levels diminish. We also expect that, if asked, the wolves would have a little bit of protest of their own about all of this...
Some of our guests heard our wolf pack last night. We wonder if any of them are sitting under the night sky, howling happily, right beside a soldier masquerading as a tree...
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Three cheers for him. And three cheers for all the men and women who are here, working long hard hours, doing their best to ensure that this is an uneventful three days for most of us. Let's hope that it's a productive meeting... that something good and lasting emerges from this. Let's hope that some of the beauty of this part of the world sticks in the minds of the leaders of the world, and reminds them that we are all part of this wonderful World. That we can't pull on one string in tapestry without affecting the entire weave. That we ARE the world. And the world is us. And wouldn't it be wonderful if we could get along, so that this massive security presence was not such a necessity.
Before the sun crested the horizon, everything was softened by the morning mist. The sun soon burned that away.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The square was beautifully decorated with stained glass works by Evelyn Wolfe.
Just seeing them was worth the visit.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Money raised from the Water Festival will go towards the purchase of respiratory masks for clean-up crews battling the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill in partnership with Robert F Kennedy Jr’s Waterkeeper Alliance; and to Huntsville High School’s Me to We Program – a program born out of Free the Children – recognizing students who have volunteered their time and enthusiasm to making Huntsville Water Festival and Girl 8 a success
Friday, June 18, 2010
We were suitably impressed last year when one of our young guests, Quinn, won the Robert Bateman Get to Know photogrpahy contest. Quinn, who takes all his pictures with a small Sony Cybershot camera he received when he was 12, has a remarkable eye for a picture. Not to mention an affinity for Nature and a prodigious talent for being in the right place (quietly, patiently, observingly) until the right time shows up. He takes remarkable images.
We couldn't have been more proud when he won last year.
So we thought. Now Quinn, 15, has done it again. For the second year in a row, his digital photography entry has won in the Robert Bateman Get to Know National contest. His winning entry is titled After the Rain.
Last year he got to meet Robert Bateman at the Ontario Legislature and received a hand written letter and card from him regarding this meeting which he cherishes.
The awards ceremony for 2010 winners was held this week, June 18, at the Toronto Zoo. We expect Quinn found some photo opportunities while he was there.
There is a one week Art and Nature Camp, in Waterton National Glacier Park, Alberta, offered to the winners of this contest. Quinn is over the moon about this, and so are we. Art, and Nature... and Quinn with a camera... anything could happen!
Congratulations Quinn, from all your "Bondi Family."
Isn't it truly marvellous what young folk can do when they get out into Canada's Big Backyard?
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Not taking any chances, however, it's not enough to set up stoplights. You have to wait to follow a Pilot Vehicle. Just in case you've forgotten that red is for stop and wait until the lights turn green. One can never be too careful.
The town looks very nice. There are tons of flowers, everything is clean and shiny. Dr. Hunt, who founded the place in the 1800's, would be very pleased.