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Keeping us out, or keeping them in?….

Just been reading the National Post, online edition and discovered some “alarming” news.

U.S. aircraft on watch along U.S.-Canada Border

Blackhawk helicopters and interceptor jets have begun patrolling Montana airspace along the U.S.-Canada border, and American officials say unmanned drones could be deployed as early as next year.

But the U.S. is playing down the new security measure, claiming it has little to do with Canadians but more to do with the threat of terrorists using Canada as a staging point for attacks in America.

To read more the rest of the article, click here.

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Is it cheaper in Canada, really?….

In short, no, it’s roughly the same. But it is does depend on what you are buying and whether you are doing it as a tourist or a resident and I can only speak for British Columbia so far. (If any of our readers from other parts of Canada have an opinion, send me your views.)

You may not have as much money to spend as you think, despite the wad of dollars burning a hole in your pocket! One of the most common things we hear from people visiting Canada on holiday is how cheap they have found things.

Immediately this reminds me of when my Dad first emigrated to Canada. Getting what appears to be roughly 2 times the amount of money when you exchange your British pounds, your only comparison is to the pound and then converting it back. This is the last thing you should do, but invariably we all fall into the trap. Whether it is a house, shopping, furniture or anything else we may need if and when the thought of emigration pops into our head, we all convert back and think Canada is cheap. A common conversation we’ve had is It ís only 50p for petrol! or Crikey £40 for that?!?

But it’s not. It’s CDN$1, or CDN$80.

When you eventually get paid in Canadian dollars, believe me, you will suddenly realise, a dollar is equivalent to a pound. You’d be amazed, a month or two in to emigration, how fast your money disappears. Bear this in mind before you get here.

As always, rising house prices are a contributing factor, where people have so much equity now in their homes, due to their escalation in recent years. On the surface what we see is the potential release a lot of money from a property, allowing a purchase outright here in Canada, and then a better lifestyle, away from the rat race! The problem is too often people fail to really consider the other costs of living.

I’ll try to cover some of them over at our new blog for people wanting to emmigrate (click here to go and read the articles), if you have more, or want to comment, as always, I look forward to hearing from you, get in touch!

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26th Annual Terry Fox Run….

Coming up soon we have the annual Terry Fox Run, all over Canada and some other countries. Everyone from adults to kids take part, running around their school fields, local areas and more. To find out more follow the link at the end of Terry’s letter;
Terry’s Letter Requesting Support For His Run

"The night before my amputation, my former basketball coach brought me a magazine with an article on an amputee who ran in the New York Marathon. It was then I decided to meet this new challenge head on and not only overcome my disability, but conquer it in such a way that I could never look back and say it disabled me.

But I soon realized that that would only be half my quest, for as I went through the 16 months of the physically and emotionally draining ordeal of chemotherapy, I was rudely awakened by the feelings that surrounded and coursed through the cancer clinic. There were faces with the brave smiles, and the ones who had given up smiling. There were feelings of hopeful denial, and the feelings of despair. My quest would not be a selfish one. I could not leave knowing these faces and feelings would still exist, even though I would be set free from mine. Somewhere the hurting must stop… and I was determined to take myself to the limit for this cause.

From the beginning the going was extremely difficult, and I was facing chronic ailments foreign to runners with two legs in addition to the common physical strains felt by all dedicated athletes.

But these problems are now behind me, as I have either out-persisted or learned to deal with them. I feel strong not only physically, but more important, emotionally. Soon I will be adding one full mile a week, and coupled with weight training I have been doing, by next April I will be ready to achieve something that for me was once only a distant dream reserved for the world of miracles – to run across Canada to raise money for the fight against cancer.

The running I can do, even if I have to crawl every last mile.

We need your help. The people in cancer clinics all over the world need people who believe in miracles.
I am not a dreamer, and I am not saying that this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer. But I believe in miracles. I have to."

Terry Fox, October 1979

And this year, you can purchase 26th anniversary Marathon of Hope merchandise online.
Please visit the Terry Fox Run site to learn more about this amazing Canadian.
Click the link or go to
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I Can See A Rainbow, See A Rainbow,….

We’re entering the last stretch of the mammoth 2 month summer holiday break – I think we’ve had quite enough fot the moment thanks. (There is a warning that the teachers may be on strike next week too, that is not going to go down well in this camp, not this time i’m afraid….)

I Can See a Rainbow, See a Rainbow....

The temperature is cooling somewhat here in the Okanagan, been quite chilly the last couple of days/nights, although, next week the forcast is for up in the 30’s and sunshine all week. Just in time for them to head back to skool!

Leigh is preparing for her first exhibition with Annabel, up at Coyote Vineyard. The’ve got vine globes galore, as well as vine angels, birds and other assortments. Leigh has been making postcard/greeting cards for sale. They are for sale, if readers want any, and she can make other designs as well. I’m trying to get her to put more of her artwork on here and a website, but she’s taking orders now. Check out the “GALLERY” page later today or tomorrow for pictures and more details. I don’t know how many she’s made, but she’s already sold 5 packs (as well as half a dozen of her vine globes). So breakfast at the “Grateful Fed” on Saturday morning may well be on her….

A news item I read, made me chuckle. He had to be Canadian didn’t he….

Canada pilot in toilet trip dramaClick here to read article

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Live! Bald Eagles are nesting….

When Doug Carrick retired to live on his secluded Hornby Island property, (a gulf island, between the mainland and Vancouver Island), he had no idea that a pair of nesting bald eagles would bring the world into his backyard.

The website which began operating March 27, has already had a big response: Bloggers have picked up on it, and there have been calls from Venezuela and the U.S.A from people wondering about using similar technology to watch other birds. The web site has drawn up to two million viewers a day, and an average simultaneous connection count of 4,500 viewers.

Carrick says the female dominates the nest, but the male takes his turn every hour and a half to sit on the two eggs. The camera also picks up the sound of the couple squabbling over who gets to decorate the nest with new sticks.

The eagles are oblivious to the camera, making website visitors bystanders to the birds’ daily routine. The images are live from sunrise to sunset; when it gets dark, taped footage from earlier in the day is played. Be patient. The images are sent in Windoze Media Player instead of the more productive QuickTime format, but you will eventually see them (waits of up to 5 minutes have been reported).

Visit Doug Carrick’s site, click on the link at the top of the page, and join thousands of others viewing the nest. Go To: