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August 2017

"Path of totality" heading for the Hammer!

Aug 22, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Who would have thought it was going to be such a party?

Millions from east to west took in at least part of yesterday’s solar eclipse.

The ‘path of totality’, the route the complete shadow covers, are the prime spots for viewing. We saw about 75%.

In that path of totality you experience about 2 ½ minutes of night time darkness, complete with stars, in mid-afternoon.

Not only does it make animals wacky, it does some humans too!

Celebratory viewing parties filled cities and small towns along the path, jacking up hotel and airline rates to those destinations within the zone.

Communities congregated, people planned eclipse themed parties, BBQ’s, even weddings. There were fireworks and marching bands.

Even Bonnie Tyler was resurrected to sing her 80’s hit “Total Eclipse of The Heart” aboard a cruise ship.

Perhaps the only negative.

So much fun was had, sky watchers are planning the next big solar eclipse April 8th, 2024.

Even better, Hamilton falls within the ‘path of totality’, Toronto is just outside. Buffalo is dead centre.

Better start making plans.

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It's about right and wrong, not statues

Aug 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Scott Thompson

U.S. president Donald Trump is using the removal of historic statues and memorials in public squares, to distract away from his “both sides” are to blame, justification of the demonstrations in Charlottesville Virginia.

Trump says this is about protesting the removal of American history.

Okay, if you want to have the discussion about what should be done with these pieces, some being historical, let’s have it.

I’m sure there are more learning environments in which to use them.

But that has nothing to do with giving credibility to white supremacy by saying “both sides” are to blame for the violence.

Let’s be clear, there are two sides and it has nothing to do with left or right, it’s about right and wrong.

On one side there are neo-Nazi, Ku Klux Klan and other white surpremist groups who have historically killed others who are not like them, and on the other is everyone else.

It sounds a lot like ISIS.

It’s not about statues, it’s about equality.

That’s why we defeated the Nazi’s, the first time, back in the 1940’s.

And I suspect we will again…

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Why not name hospital after Neville-Lake family

Aug 18, 2017 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

The family of Marco Muzzo, the drunk driver who killed 4 members of the Neville-Lake family including their 3 young kids in 2015, have made a donation to the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.

The $15 million donation, made with another family, is the single largest donation for the new state of the art hospital 12 km from the accident site.

In honour of the donation, which was organized before the tragic collision, the hospital has named a wing after the Muzzo family.

Feel differently now?

The donation is very generous from a family that is known for their philanthropy and I’m sure townsfolk are more than happy for it.

But why not just cut the cheque and enjoy the gala? People will know where the money came from.

Again, it is a very generous donation but there are many who give (somewhat) anonymously.

It’s almost as if it is a distraction from the reality of what happened, as much as it is making good for it.

As a statement against drunk driving and a tribute to little Daniel, Harrison, sister Milly and grandad Gary, why not name the hospital wing after the Neville-Lake family?

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