Apologies Redux

On September 14, 2018, in Acknowledgements . . ., I railed against Justin Trudeau’s hobby of apologizing at the drop of a hat for instances of perceived injustices done over the last couple of hundred years, making the point that apologies were inappropriate and that it would instead be better to cast them as acknowledgements. Continue reading Apologies Redux


Extreme Weather and Global Warming

The mainstream media is rife with stories about extreme weather events. And the villain is almost always global warming: Continue reading Extreme Weather and Global Warming

Update #2: Darwinism in my Sideyard!

In October 2017, I wrote in Darwinism in my Sideyard! about an experiment where I had planted several different ground covers (specifically creeping thyme, lily of the valley, common blue violet, and creeping sedum) in the same area and were letting them duke it out; let the best DNA win! Continue reading Update #2: Darwinism in my Sideyard!

One million species at risk of extinction!

And the mainstream media, in their role of bringing important issues to the public’s attention, is all over this:

Continue reading One million species at risk of extinction!

Temperature Differences . . .

. . . between my backyard and the Ottawa International Airport official weather station.

For years I have used Environment Canada’s website (link) to check my local temperature using the station at the airport as a proxy and almost every time I did, I wondered if I should bother. How relevant could it be? After all, it’s more than 10 kilometers away with half of Ottawa between us. Continue reading Temperature Differences . . .

Public Access Defibrillators

Every time I go to the Rosemount Library I pass by the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) that is mounted on the wall in the stairwell; the idea being that if someone in the library suffers a cardiac arrest a bystander would call 911, remember the AED, grab it, apply the electrodes correctly,  press the start button and restart the victim’s heart. All before the ambulance arrives. Continue reading Public Access Defibrillators