2010 Olympic Games

February 12th, 2010

Well, I was going to say that it is that time of year again but that is not true, it is that time of by-year…. The Olympics start today.
Canada is hosting the 2010 Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games (21st Winter Olympics) in Vancouver. The last time the Olympics were in Canada was 1988, in Calgary. Montreal hosted the summer games in 1976 which makes a total of three times the Olympics have been held in Canada.
There is all sorts of new technology at these games. Everything from live video feeds of the entire torch relay, massive telecommunications infrastructure, everything is wired (even the temperature in the fridges) to the fact that every second of every event will be broadcast.
Most Canadians are excited about the games, it is a time for the country to put its best foot forward and show the world what it can do.
Of course, there is talk about the weather and how it is going to affect the events but it is not going to affect the opening ceremonies as they are going to be held inside. The first time that this is being done.
The big question right now is who is going to light the caldron. We’ll find out shortly.
Good luck to all.
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Vintage Wings of Canada

September 14th, 2009

I recently had a tour of Vintage Wings of Canada. It was inspiring to see all of those classic aircraft, hear about their stories and know that they are still flyable. The technology of flight has changed so dramatically over the years (100 years in Canada!) that it is almost jaw dropping to see what the earlier pilots had to fly. If you get a chance to have a look at these aircraft you should take the opportunity (there are two open houses during the year).

Beech Staggerwing D-17S

Hawker Hurricane Mk IV

Harvard

Canada Wins

January 6th, 2009

The World Junior Hockey Championship is over for another year. Canada wins gold (for the fifth year in a row), Sweden wins Silver and Russia gets the bronze.


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World Junior Hockey

December 19th, 2008

The World Junior Hockey Championships start on Boxing Day (26-Dec-2008). There are ten countries competing with each other for the gold, silver and bronze medals. There’s a lot of hockey games to be played over the 10 days of the tournament. This series gets a lot of hype when it’s on and key games are sold out well in advance.

It’s Too Soon

October 28th, 2008

Okay, I know the cliches that states ‘time flies’ or ‘where has the year gone’ but do we really have to push it.  It’s not even Halloween yet and I’ve already heard Christmas music on the radio. To top it off we just had snow too! What happened to the summer?

Wedding: Courtney and Matt

August 27th, 2008

23-Aug-08 Courtney and Matt

Oh so close!

May 15th, 2008

Well, as it turns out we did not break snow fall record this season; it is a very close second place.  Another 22cm (~8″) would have broken the record!  Maybe next year…not.

Okay – enough already!

March 9th, 2008

Well, I need to update a previous post as this is not a normal winter after all. As it turns out, the month of December had a record snowfall for the month. This weekend we had two storms go through the area which left a total of another 51cm (20 in) of the white stuff on the ground. This is the worst storm of the season! I’m sure it must be one of the heaviest on record but I haven’t heard that yet. So far this season we have had about 410cm (13 1/2 ft) of snow. The record was set in 1970/71 when we had 444cm (14 1/2 ft) dumped on us. This year is the 2nd heaviest on record and with only 30cm from the record amount we just may make a new record. Oh, by the way, our snowblower broke after just 1 1/2 passes on the driveway. Luckily I was able to fix the snowblower or we would still be out there doing it by hand. Take a look at some of the pictures under “Pages” / “Pictures” on the right hand menu.

Let it snow (not)!

December 28th, 2007

Before the end of the Fall season we already had more snow than all of last year. Most of the snow arrived in two separate storms that left 40 cm (16 Inches) each. By mid December we had 150 cm (5 feet). That’s 150 cm more than this time last year. That’s right, last Winter we didn’t get any snow until mid January. The thing is that this Winter is not really a bad winter; we have had so many easy Winters recently we simply don’t remember what a normal Winter is like.

Christmas 2006 Christmas 2007
Christmas 2006 and Christmas 2007

Wedding: Heather and John

September 22nd, 2007

22-Sep-07 Heather and John