Category Archives: Provincial-Scotia

Around the world

A couple of Rosie Swale Popedays ago, the local news paper had an article about a lady from Wales who’s walking around the world. Rosie Swale Pope started her run in 2003 and is scheduled to finish her travels this year. She passed by Truro, I think and is on her way to Halifax now.

The Daily News also has a short video clip, which shows her walking through one of our famous (Canadian) Winter storms (I bet that the clip won’t be archived and will go in the Halls of 404 in a couple of years, so I’d say hurry and watch it, before it disappears). Looking at the footage, I keep thinking how dangerous it is to actually walk on the road with that big of a cart behind you.

That said: good for her for doing this on her own. Stay safe and stay clear from the snowplows, ma’am.

Not the Net

Apparently there was an high-speed outage this morning, lasting up to noon. Remarkably, the router was able to connect to my provider’s gateway plus it was (assigned) a correct IP address. Routing on the provider’s end, however, completely failed. I decided to loop up what went wrong, but it seems that even the Aliant’s network status page isn’t updated that frequently. As of today it still says:

Network Status: There are no known outages at this time. Last Update: 5/2/07 12:50 PM

Brilliant: I guess reporting network status is so Eighties.

I read an article at the CBC’s about wind energy and its potential in Nova Scotia. The provincial government has released online maps that show where wind turbines would be productive. It doesn’t surprise me that Cape Breton is one of the windiest places. The maps can be found at the Department of Energy website (PDF file alert).

A coincidence

Our Arung Samadera (Halifax Tall Ships 2000)brain’s ability to dish out memories whenever it thinks we need them is absolutely mind boggling. This morning I was reading that article about an Indonesian naval ship that ran aground in Australia: it was heading for a tall ships show in Sydney. The ‘Arung Samudera’ (a 35-metre schooner) however ran into trouble in heavy weather. No crew member got lost and since the ship wasn’t too much damaged, there’s a good change the ship may be sailing again.

After reading the article, somehow I thought the ship’s name rang a bell. So, I dug into the collection of older scanned-in photos and, voila. There’s no particular reason why I noticed this ship during my visit to Tall Ships 2000: the ship itself wasn’t as big as the other ones and I’m almost certain that that ship wasn’t open for visitors either. However, it was the only Indonesian ship in the harbour and my brain thought that was probably reason enough to store and retain the ship’s name.


I closed Giant Mooseheaddown the comments for now: the last 3 days I received spam that came (consistently) from one IP address (Australia, if you want to know). Consistently. For three days. You’d say that an administrator would know after 3 days.

Weather has been on the up recently: It looks like it’s hitting the 0 degrees the next couple days. This comes right in time for next Saturday’s Lunar eclipse, which (according to the CBC) we have the best spot for. If you’re European, you have exactly one day to fly over and spend your valuable Eurodollars over here. I mean, Canada ranks 7 in the World Forum’s Travel And Tourism Competitiveness Report.

I read this on the Tubes: A Saskatchewan man found this giant moosehead in the Bay of Fundy (see image above, Google link goes here). For family members reading this: that’s close to the spot where we made pictures too (Cheverie). Actually, we ate around that area too: there’s a small restaurant there. And plenty of potholes. Unless they fixed that recently. It is pretty there, yes.

Earlier I heard stories about a company looking for gold in Nova Scotia: test drilling has commenced in Beaverdam. I’ve heard stories about gold mines around here, none of them really having produced a lot of that worthy stuff. At one time, I heard a story (on CBC radio) that rocks containing gold were actually used for the Halifax Airport runways. I’m not sure if that’s a true story or not.

Not another groundhog day

This is the future speaking: Shubenacadie Sam predicted that Spring will come early this year. Live from the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. Oh wait, they don’t do frequent updates I guess. Their loss. Cuteness at the local newspaper’s website.

The premier of NS officially announced that Halifax is going to host the 2011 Winter Games, which means that the Central Nova bid (Truro and environs [Hub Nova]) did not make it. Subtle twist to the plot is that most likely Wentworth is going to host the specific skiing games: I think the winter sport town also played an important part of Hub Nova’s bid.

David Suzuki was in town and I wouldn’t be surprised if his visit to the local school attracted lots of traffic and lots of buzz. A tiny fragment of this news can (once again) be found at the CBCs.

And don’t miss the endless re-runs of ‘Groundhog day’. I bet it will be on too many channels1, 2.

1 Actually, I might be wrong today. Good god. That movie should be forbidden stuff.
2 Since it has been years ago I watched this movie, I should consider renting it one of these days.

When it’s Sunday

If you’ve followed local news, you may have heard about the Sunday Shopping battle between the major grocery chains (‘Sobeys’ and ‘SuperStore’)1 and the provincial government.

Currently, only stores that have less than 4,000 square feet of retail space are allowed to open on Sundays, which covers most corner stores, gas stations and even (recently) locally owned supermarkets and fresh produce stores. I’m not sure why exactly the two major chains decided to open up their stores, but it must be because of those particular fresh produce stores which have been popping up around town and province.

Sobeys released the following statement about this (way over a month ago that is)2:

“Our customers and our business have been greatly disadvantaged by closing on Sunday, while other retailers of groceries in the Province continue to operate. We are left with no choice but to, once again, reconfigure these stores to comply with the new Sunday shopping regulations in order to compete and serve our customers on this increasingly un-level playing field.”

So, today, one of Sobeys in town will open up shop. I don’t think a lot of people care about if Sunday Shopping should be allowed or not. I presume most Canadians are used to the Sunday shopping phenomenon, but for some kind of reason, I don’t see myself load up my shopping cart on a Sunday. Running to a store for a Mars bar, because of certain cravings, now, that’s a different thing.

Update: Grocers (once again) take Sunday shopping to the court (08/31/06)

1 Names appropriately enclosed in quotes. For no particular reason. Or, whatever.
2 Sobeys’ announcements can be found here.

More cookies

Some local news: Yes. Cookies. Salmon River is now hockeyville 2006. I found out Sunday after loud horns and fireworks, but then went back to my Civ 4 game. The exhibition game? According to the local paper, it’s going to be held at the Truro Legion stadium instead. It fits more people evidently.

Hey, talking about Nova Scotia: fellow Nova Scotians went to the polls today and as apolitical I try to be, today’s good-gross is brought to you by macadamia cookies (recipes). Next time elections are around, I expect aspiring candidates1 to go door to door with a box of that goodness.

1 update: I see that the three ridings in Colchester stayed in the hands of the Conservative party (Brooke Taylor, Jamie Muir and Karen Casey).


Come to think of it, I posted two links today that are tied together in a way but are completely different immigration cases: first of all, Sanja Pecelj returned yesterday from Mexico. After a long Immigration struggle she got her awaited Permanent Resident status. Her story (and several interviews with her) was big news on several Canadian channels, particularly in the Maritimes. Congratulations: I know exactly how that feels.

The other case is the one of the Holocaust denier, who was deported from Canada, after Germany was able to seek extradition. It took Canadian authorities two years to establish whether he posed a threat to Canadian security. A federal judge (yesterday) found:

  ” that his anti-Semitic and hatred-inciting activities were not only a threat to Canada’s national security, but also a threat to the international community of nations.”

Sometimes even I have to admit that immigrations laws go over my head. In some cases the system doesn’t work. In some cases it seems to work.

Freezing fog

Alan (proprietor of GenX40) has some pretty pictures of freezing fog (or freezing mist) (Wikipedia link goes here). Rather here is a short description.

Freezing fog reminds me the other natural event, ‘freezing rain’. I’m mentioning these two altogether, because before I moved to Nova Scotia, I was not familiar with freezing rain. Sure, in Holland we have snow (and I remember lots of snow too). We do have hail, ranging from big hail storms to the local brief hail showers. But the first time I ever heard and saw freezing rain, imagine how confused and excited I was. It rains, it freezes upon impact and it’s definitely not hail. In the last couple of years I’ve heard of the problems freezing rain causes, particularly last year in New Brunswick. It’s a weid phenomen for me, something I can easily explain with plain physics but not in plain Dutch. ‘Vriezende regen’? ‘Regenvries’?

Either way, I guess that’s why it’s called ‘freezing rain’ in English. I already envy Alan for having Mother Nature treating him with ‘freezing fog’.

Snowstorming Scotians

Earlier this weekend I was making jokes about the snowstorm which was supposedly dumping 5 – 10 cm snow overhere. I had the suspicion that it would blow over, since the temperature was still dangling around the 5 – 10 degrees Celsius.

I should have known better.

We were hammered and to top it off, we lost power too. It can be pretty cold in the house when it’s windy, snowing and around the freezing point.


Alfons sm_wal-kade.jpgsent in some pictures from around the Deventer quays. They have been rebuilt in the Eighties, but the city’s Public Works department was smart enough to keep the old stones and bricks.

There’s something funny about that picture. Normally during the early Spring when the melting water of the Swiss Alps races down the Rhine (and then the IJsel), the section of the quay as pictured here, is generally flooded. Imagine how much water that is, knowing that the width of the river the IJsel (on the right) is probably around the 100 meters. Note the bridge. That’s that bridge, yes. But then I’ve probably mentioned that a hundred of times too.

Where did that groundhog go?

And today, Shubenacedie Sam, Nova Scotia’s groundhog decided that Spring is right around the corner. Which goes against the predictions made by his American counterparts, who all think Spring is still 6 weeks away. Nova Scotians apparently don’t trust their own groundhog:

“Sue Penney, an education co-ordinator at Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, said she doubts Sam is right even half the time.”

A couple of years ago, I was actually confronted with a wild groundhog: not knowing what it exactly was (since I’m European) the only thing I remember exclaiming was ‘Look a ….groundhog?’. Quite an appropriate word for an animal, I would say.