Kelowna Joe Rich wildfire looking a bit better but

We have had many friends evacuated from their rural homes. It’s a big stress when they need to sit and wait away from home. The list of worries is large but the underlining worry your home may be burned is a huge strain. 

Philpott Road Fire calm overnight: News Release No. 9Overnight, fire crews worked to snuff out fires and hotspots, monitored the blaze, and protected properties from the Philpott Road wildfire. There haven’t been any reports of damage and there were no significant changes to the fire overnight thanks to favourable weather conditions.

The fire is estimated to be 465 hectares in size and is considered out of control. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

At this time, crews are assessing the Evacuation Order area and it will be adjusted only when it is safe to do so. An estimated 1,100 people are currently out of their homes. Visit for an interactive map of the evacuation order area and to sign up for emergency e-updates.
Residents are reminded to respect roadblocks and closures, and exercise caution when driving, especially in areas where people are working or stationed close to the road. Entering areas under evacuation order is not permitted and puts the public and crews at risk.
Highway 33 is still closed as a result of this wildfire. Visit for updates on road closures. Those who decide to use the detour route via McCulloch Road should use extreme caution and drive no more than 35 kilometres an hour as this is not a regularly maintained route and is only recommended for non-commercial, passenger vehicles.
The Emergency Support Services reception centre at Willow Park Church (439 Highway 33 West, Kelowna) is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Anyone under evacuation order should check in with Emergency Support Services.

Residents affected by the Philpott Road wildfire are eligible for up to $600 financial assistance per household by registering with Red Cross. Register at or by calling 1-800-863-6582.

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Trump scrambling for a way out

A good read by Newyorker. No other comment required. Just time to see how it all crumbles.

After his press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower last Tuesday, when he ignored the scripted attempts to regulate his impulses and revealed his true allegiances, there can be no doubt about who he is. This is the inescapable fact: on November 9th, the United States elected a dishonest, inept, unbalanced, and immoral human being as its President and Commander-in-Chief. Trump has daily proven unyielding to appeals of decency, unity, moderation, or fact. He is willing to imperil the civil peace and the social fabric of his country simply to satisfy his narcissism and to excite the worst inclinations of his core followers.(Remnick)


Remnick, David. “Donald Trump’s True Allegiances.” The New Yorker. The New Yorker, 18 Aug. 2017. Web. 22 Aug. 2017. <;

Image. Tom Backtell

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Florida: Charter School Closes, Leaving Behind Academic Failure and Mountains of Debt

Source: Florida: Charter School Closes, Leaving Behind Academic Failure and Mountains of Debt

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A walk on Florence’s quieter side… Globe and Mail.

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The Unquiet Librarian: An Epilogue

Source: The Unquiet Librarian: An Epilogue

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Be happy Canada just not too proud!

Perhaps consider this for our Canada Day weekend? Patriotism or nationalism are not virtuous in of themselves. Our nation needs to fix many things. Most notably the sins of the father.


100 yrs before Canada birthday, the British spoils from 7Year war, were ‘given’ land that wasn’t France or Spain’s to give. A peace treaty with an alliance of First Nations prevented face to face violence with Britain. Forts and settlements were under siege. The great British army was weak. Pontiac and others who were quite happy to fight for their rights, but laid down arms. They were not the defeated but the peacekeepers. 
The treaty, recognized FN independence, etc , was obviously ignored by the growing British colony even before Confederation. Colonial zeal had greed not valour in its heart. Aboriginal people ultimately have an historic and valid cause of injustice long before Canada150🇨🇦 -Al Smith

Listen to CBC interview: Sunday Edition


“250th ANNIVERSARY OF THE TREATY OF NIAGARA.” COO Website. Web. 27 June 2017. 

CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 09 Dec. 2016. Web. 27 June 2017.

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Kicking off summer 2017

I planned to kickoff summer with another fishing trip. I got the camping part down and most of the fishing logistics( ya right) but I can’t control the weather.

I was camping near KenruckyAllyne Park and put the boat in nearby but the darn wind was near gale force. I tried several times in day/half but was confounded by winds so gusting my anchors wouldn’t hold nor my fisherman patience endure. I marked many fish in a dropoff at 40′, opting for an HD line and chironomids. I released one and it was full of the little pupae. A friend landed a 5lb silver rainbow but after a lost hat and double anchors being moved I figured the whitecaps were a sign to retreat. 

After several new attempts with the same result, I built a fire and retreated to the folding lawn chair and a book. ( Doc by Russel- an adaptation of Holliday/Earp western. I highly recommend Doc by Mary Doria Russell

We were comforted by a terrific venison/moose supper cooked by friend’s and enjoyed a night around the campfire. After a night falling asleep to the wind and worrying about trees deadfall) I had to return home early in the morning. The wind was already picking up so I wasn’t too distraught. Cheers to the start of summer. 

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