Another Walk For ALS done

May 29th, 2010

Team Glen had a lower turnout this year than last year, and the weather was miserable, but it was good to get together this morning and do a bit to fight ALS.  Thanks all who donated.  Pictures here.

Rindal, Møre og Romsdal, Norge

May 26th, 2010

The one and only time that I have previously visited Norway was in 1984, and after 26 years I am really looking forward to our upcoming visit this summer.  As I mentioned previously, we will be visiting relatives in the Trondheim and Rindal areas.  Rindal is the place that my dad’s parents emigrated from.

Webcam Rindal, Møre og Romsdal, Norway - Europe, Norway, RindalIn preparation for my trip, I was pleased to discover that Wikipedia has an article about the municipality of Rindal in the county of Møre og Romsdal.  And that there is a webcam overlooking the valley at Rindal.

Two environmentalists talking the talk and one walking the walk

May 25th, 2010

Sometime around 1980, at a Varsity Christian Fellowship event at the University of Alberta, I bought a copy of Ronald J. Sider’s book “Living More Simply”.  That book is one of several that Sider wrote on the subject of social justice and the Christian’s stewardship responsibilities in a world of limited resources – perhaps his best known was “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger”.  I don’t agree entirely with Sider on all of his economic views, but I do respect his integrity.  For example, according to an article in Christianity Today, Ron Sider and his family live in a modest house heated by wood that he scavenges from the neighbourhood, and they buy most of their clothes from thrift shops.

It sounds to me as though Ron Sider has a fairly small carbon footprint.


I have seen Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth, and although I think it contains some exaggerations, such as the amount of sea level rise due to global warming, I believe most of its claims are scientifically sound, and if we don’t change our lifestyles of over-consumption our children are likely to pay a heavy price.

According to the Los Angeles Times,  Al Gore recently added to his existing real estate portfolio when he, “…spent $8,875,000 on an ocean-view villa on 1.5 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains … The Italian-style house has six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms.”

It sounds to me as though Al Gore has a fairly large carbon footprint.  He also has a Nobel Prize for his message about how the rest of us should reduce our carbon footprints.


I’ll leave it to you to judge which of the above two environmentalists I respect the most.

Another walk for ALS

May 20th, 2010


So much seems to be happening this spring that Team Glen was slow organizing itself.  However some of us will again be participating in this year’s Prince Albert Walk For ALS, in memory of my brother Glen.

If you care to make an online donation, you can do so at the Team Glen website.  Or if you’d like send a cheque (made out to the ALS Society of Saskatchewan), contact me for my mailing address.

The walk is happening on May 29, in just 9 days.

Pictures of Team Glen at last year’s Walk For ALS can be found here.

Book your hotel room in Amiens, Saskatchewan

May 18th, 2010

Google Maps shows Amiens, Saskatchewan along Highway 3 somewhere between Shell Lake and Mildred.

It also informs us that there are four hotels in Amiens.

Google Earth - Four Hotels in Amiens

Just in case you would like to check out the neighbourhood before booking your stay at one of those fine Amiens hotels, Google also provides Street View.


Selling the sealing news

May 17th, 2010

Out of fairness to the news media, most of the news stories that I’ve seen about this year’s annual seal hunt have been accompanied by pictures of legally huntable seals, not the whitecoat pups.  However some, such as Canwest News Service, just can’t resist selling their stories with pictures of cute baby seals, the kind that haven’t been legal to hunt for more than a quarter-century.

It’s strange how the media never seems to accompany stories about the roasting chicken sold in the supermarket with pictures of fluffy yellow chicks.


Comedy Central’s brave response to intimidation

May 15th, 2010

Suppose you believe that freedom is important and certain beliefs are dangerous, so you announce that you intend to make your point by using mockery as a weapon against folks that you think have dangerous beliefs.  However when a certain bully and his gang actually show up and double-dare you to mock, you grovel before them, lick their boots as instructed, and then slink back home.

How do you deal with the shame of losing face?

If you are Comedy Central, there is an easy answer.

Find a pacifict to push around.

Pro-life environmental stewardship

April 26th, 2010

The Covenant Church’s Annual Meeting has consistently spoken out against abortion. The indifference to human life implied in the gratuitous use of abortion deeply concerns and distresses many. Some of us are attracted to the “consistent pro-life” position that includes capital punishment and war in the list of concerns.
Oddly, I have seldom, if ever, heard anyone suggest that concern for the environment is a pro-life issue. And yet, human life itself depends on the proper stewardship of our beautiful, God-given creation. Without clean water, fertile soil, and clean air, life on earth is not possible.

So begins John E. Phelan Jr.’s column “Markings” in a recent issue of The Covenant Companion.

He goes on to say,

Many evangelicals are hostile to environmental stewardship in general and the question of global warming in particular. I am frankly perplexed by this. We are justly concerned about our culture’s indifference to human life. So how can we be indifferent to the enormous suffering and death of millions or even billions? Why refuse to address or even consider our contributions to the destruction of the earth’s health and fertility? If this is not a pro-life issue, what is? Among the virtues required to properly care for creation are frugality, self-discipline, generosity, compassion, and hope. Environmental stewardship requires harnessing our desires, addressing our greed, and “valuing others above ourselves” (Philippians 2:3). These are virtues and commitments embedded in our faith in Jesus Christ.

Phelan isn’t calling for government-imposed solutions, but for “a change of heart”, a “cultural revolution” of God’s people. He goes on to suggest that the judgements in the book of Revelation won’t need to be wrought by God directly, but may be brought upon us by ourselves.

I think he makes some good points.

A PDF of the article can be downloaded here.

I took my 1st Aid/CPR recertification yesterday …

April 9th, 2010

… This came to mind during the AED segment.

Canadian seal hunt information/misinformation

April 6th, 2010

Spend any amount of time surfing the web for information about Canada’s annual seal hunt, and you will find statements such as:

  • The harvest is unsustainable and is endangering the harp seal population
  • The seal harvest provides such low economic return for sealers that it is not an economically viable industry.
  • The seal harvest is loosely monitored and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) doesn’t punish illegal hunting activity or practices.
  • The Canadian government allows sealers to harvest whitecoat seals.
  • There is no relationship between the seal population and the abundance of cod stocks.
  • Seals are being skinned alive
  • The club – or hakapik – is an inhumane tool that has no place in today’s world.
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada provides subsidies for the seal harvest.
  • Canadian harvesting practices are worse and more inhumane compared to other countries.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has responses to those claims here, as well as a lot of other information about the seal harvest at their “Seals and Sealing in Canada” website.