Friday, August 4, 2017

Knowledge to Inspire Us!

Movie Titles...TV...and all forms of media
present “Captions” to attract our attention...
to incite us to read...and then upon which to possibly activate.

Did You Know?

Monday, August 7, 2017 is Joseph Brant Day...a day that pays tribute to one of Burlington's earliest settlers returns to La Salle Park. Since 1980, the first Monday in August (also known as Civic Holiday) has been proclaimed “ Joseph Brant Day” in Burlington, Ontario.
The famous Mohawk military and political leader, Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea)
settled in what is now Burlington in the early 1800's.
Festivities kick off at the 50 North Shore Blvd. park with opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. followed by First Nations “pow wow dance” demonstrations...a Halton Dance Network interactive workshop... Curious Canadian Critter Show and the BarBlue Sea addition to an interactive First Nation drum circle. The festival is anticipated to run until approximately 4 p.m.

There will be many great live performances recognizing and respecting the history of First Nations and our neighbouring communities of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory...and the Mississaugas of the the New Credit...also will include a 'smudge ceremony'.

Wednesday, August 9: Canada's 150 Train to Celebrate with music! CPRail''s 150 Train will be rolling into town. The F-uit diesel locomotaive CP 1401 will lead the train as it travels across the country and stops in Hamilton from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The free event will be held at Gage Park...featuring entertainment from Canadian country singer, Dean Brody and Aboriginal hoop dancer Dallas well as family-friendly activities for kids. The show will start at 6 p.m. The train and its more than 10 restored Royal Canadian Pacific heritage cars are meant to reconnect generations of Canadians to celebrate the country's 150th birthday.-

Enforcement is Deterring Waterfall Mishaps: Firefighters have responded to 13 calls for high-angle-rope rescues so far this year. By-law officers have handed out 7 fines for trespassing past Danger signs around Hamilton's waterfall cascades. It will take more than 2 hours for 'specially-trained firefighters' to set up and use a series of nylon ropes and safety gear to pull a woman and 3 others to the top this past weekend. Of the 13 calls, 8 times, Hamilton firefighters had to actually use a harness or stretcher to lift someone out. Last year, these men received 29 calls...23 of which ended in rope rescues.
These people ignore Danger Warnings and now Trespassing signage...
including additional fencing...and going off the 'official trails'.
City bylaw has handed out seven fines ~ a zero-tolerance $130 penalty ~ in the first 2 weeks since increasing enforcement against trespassers at Albion Falls.

(From this writer's viewpoint and as suggested in The Spec's 'Readers Write' more than once,
those needing rescue should Pay the Full Price of the Rescue Services required!!!)

Did You Know?
Injury Stops DeGrasse at World's ~ No Final Showdown with Bolt: Our Canadian sprinter will miss the upcoming world championships due to a torn hamstring....which he suffered at a recent training session. He comments, “While I'm in the best shape of my life and extremely disappointed that I will not have the chance to compete for my country in London...I can't forget or be ungrateful for the successes that I've been blessed with up to this point in my career.
I'll be back stronger and faster than ever.”
The 22-year-old from Markham was due to race against Usain Bolt (of Jamaica) in the 100 metre final at London Olympic Stadium. Bolt, an 11-time world champion, plans to retire after the worlds. DeGrasse was supposed to open the worlds with 100-heats on Friday before the final on Saturday.

Prince Philip, 96, Takes His Last Official Bow: For over 65 years, he has been the unwavering presence alongside the Queen and royal representative. On Wednesday, Prince Philip made his 22,219th and final 'solo public engagement' braving heavy rain to meet Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace.
Also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, he will appear at the Queen's side...from time to the 91-year-old monarch soldiers on. He is acting patron, president or a member of 780 organizations with which he will continue to be associated.
Two years after WWII ended, Philip married Princess Elizabeth
at Westminster Abbey when she was 21 and he was 26.
Renouncing his Greek title, King George VI made him Duke of Edinburgh.

Hamilton's No. 3 in Canada for Young Adults Living with Parents: Wednesday's2 016 census statistics show 44.5 % of local adults between the ages of 20 and 34 lived with parents. “Unsteady work and spiking cost of accommodation are behind that figure,” said Wayne Newchuk, a McMaster professor who studies precarious employment. The Hamilton census also includes Burlington and Grimsby. Across Canada, between 2001 and 2016, the percentage of young adults living at home rose 34.7% from 30.6%. Ontario had the highest rate of young adults living with their parents in Canada at 42.1%...or more than two in five, Statistics Canada noted in a brief Wednesday.
Lewchuk said the trend reflects the 'general malaise' in the labour market.
Wages have not kept up with inflation for 30 years, he added.

Did You Know?
Arabic, Chinese Languages Most Spoken at after English: Italian has been taken over by Arabic...according to the latest census data. Last year, 6,345 respondents identified Arabic as the language most often spoken in their household, compared to Italian at 5,100 reflecting a significant change since 2011. The Italian community was a large immigrant group in the '40s to '70s in the City of Hamilton. Arabic saw a surge of 60% between 2006 and 2016. Conversely, Italian dropped by 34% over the same period. Newcomers from the Middle East and Africa who speak Arabic have settled here. Between late 2015 and early this year, nearly 1,500 Syrian refugees made Hamilton their home.
English, however, still reigns as the language spoken most often
in most Hamilton households at 444,470.

You Sure You Know What's in That Sausage? A federally funded study has found that 20% of sausages sampled from grocery stores across Canada contained meats that weren't on the label. About 1 in 5 of the sausages tested, had some off-label ingredients in them. Seven of 27 beef sausages examined in the study contained pork. One of 38 supposedly pure pork suasages contained horse meat. Of 20 chicken sausages, four also contained turkey and one also had beef. Five of 15 turkey sausages studied had no turkey at all.
We know what we are...but know not what we may be. (William Shakespeare)
Not knowing where I'm going,
 is what inspires me to travel it. (Rosalia de Castro)

Merle Baird-Kerr...written August 4, 2017

1 comment:

  1. Rosemarie writes: "Thank you, for the interesting information, Merle, you are always feeding us.
    You certainly have a storehouse of knowledge of
    what is happening around the globe. Just wonderful!"