I Wish I Hadn’t Answered The Question

Mayoral candidates -photo credit- WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Mayoral candidates -photo credit- WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

I agreed to take part in a phone survey on the weekend that was about the upcoming civic election. I was asked which candidate for mayor I’d vote for if the election was held today. I also had to answer a variety of other questions about city infrastructure and issues.  One question upset me. 

What is the main problem with Winnipeg schools?

marion school winnipegFirst of all I wondered why a poll concerned with the civic election would ask that question since Winnipeg schools are under provincial and not city jurisdiction.  But I was given four options to choose from. 

The main problem with Winnipeg schools is…..

1) bullying

2) problem students that monopolize the teacher leaving little time for other students

3) not enough emphasis on teaching the basics

4) passing children to the next grade when they really haven’t mastered the skills in their current grade

photo credit- Encyclopedia Britannica

photo credit- Encyclopedia Britannica

I told the interviewer that none of those things were the main problem with Winnipeg schools. In my opinion it was poverty and lack of support for families. The problem was children who came to school unprepared to learn because of poor nutrition, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, poor housing and living conditions, family trauma and problems, spending too much time on technology and not receiving caring and responsible parenting. 

“That’s not one of the answers,” said the interviewer and so I reluctantly picked a choice from the list provided, even though I didn’t really see it as the key problem.

Participating in this survey has made me leery about agreeing to answer survey questions again in the future. This survey, like many, obviously had a certain agenda and now I’m sorry I advanced that agenda by participating. 

Other posts about Winnipeg schools ……

 Learning Cool Things 

Oh The Things You Learn

I Don’t Want A Tax Break

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The Sign of A Bear?

moose lake cottageWhen we arrived at my brother’s cottage last week for an overnight stay all the chairs had been pushed off the deck and were lying on the yard, a flower-pot on the deck was knocked over and several of the solar lights on the deck were broken.  What could have happened? A phone conversation with my brother who had checked with another lake property owner, confirmed there had been no bad weather in the area or high winds that could have done the damage. Nothing in the cottage was disturbed, the locks were secure. Vandalism could not have been the motive. bear paw printsThen we spotted these prints on the front door.  Could a bear have been on the deck and done the damage?

Who knows? We made sure the door was locked for the night and as we sat around the table playing cards after dark I have to admit we jumped a little whenever we heard a suspicious noise outside. It’s all part of spending time in the Manitoba wilderness. 

Other posts about bears………

Seeing Not One Bear But Four

If You See A Bear Walk Backwards and Sing

A Saskatchewan Great Plains Grizzly Lands Up In Scotland

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White Tailed Deer Keep Delicate Their Counsels Wild

white tailed deer lake of the sand hillsWe saw so many deer! On our recent golfing holiday at Lake of the Sandhills at Buffalo Point we saw an abundance of  white-tailed deer on the course.white tailed deerI suspect at times my golfing companions thought it was time for me to put down my camera and concentrate on my golf game. But the deer were so fascinating and beautiful . white tailed deerI was surprised we saw so many deer since I had read that our bitterly cold winter in Manitoba had been tough on the deer killing 30%-40% more of the population than during a normal winter. 

white tailed deerAdult white tails have reddish coats in summer. 

white tailed deer eatingWhite tailed deer are herbivores eating leaves, twigs, fruits, nuts, grass and even lichen and other fungi. white tailed deer We were lucky to see so many deer since apparently they are primarily nocturnal. They graze at dawn or dusk and only occasionally venture out in daylight hours. deer white tailed lake of the sand hills

Deer  by John Drinkwater

The fallow deer keep
Delicate and far their counsels wild,
Never to be folded reconciled
To the spoiling hand as the poor flocks are;
Lightfoot, and swift, and unfamiliar,
These you may not hinder, unconfined
Beautiful flocks of the mind.

white tailed deerOther posts about animals on golf courses…….
Guess What I Saw On  A Golf Course In Mexico

Maybe an Iguana Ate My Golf Ball

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Golfing at an Old Hudson’s Bay Outpost

golfing sand hillWe’ve been golfing the last two days at Lake of the Sand Hills Golf Course at Buffalo Point on Lake of the Woods with our friends Rudy and Sue. lake of the sand hills golf courseThe scenery on many of holes is spectacular.lake of the sand hills golf courseI was interested to learn that the golf course is located on the site of an old Hudson’s Bay trading outpostsand hill golf course where the local Ojibwa traded their furs for guns, traps, cloth and beads. david thompson map buffalo point

David Thompson the famous Canadian explorer and mapmaker charted the area on a map in 1825. Par-pe-qua-wungar-Sakahagan, the Ojibwa name for the south basin of the present Lake of the Woods is clearly marked on the map. The translation of the Ojibwa designation is Lake of the Sand Hills explaining why the golf course bears that name.  The name comes from the fact that there were extensive deposits of sand around the lake.lake of the sand hills golf courseInside the Lake of the Sand Hills club house where we had a nice lunch ojibway people

the history of the First Nations people who lived in the area is catalogued in series of photostiles lake of sand hills clubhouseand even the tiles on the walls tell the natural history of the area. lake of the sand hills golf course

Lake of the Woods and the birch and pine forest provide a stunning backdrop for the course.

moose lake cabinWe golfed on Thursday and spent the night at my brother and sister-in-law’s cottage at nearby Moose Lake where we had a steak barbecue and taught our friends how to play the card game euchre. lake of the sand hills golf courseOur Friday round of golf was near perfect.  No wind, no mosquitoes, no rain,  temperature not too cold and not too hot, and we had the course to ourselves. We did not encounter any other golfers our whole round. lake of the sand hillGolfing at the site of a former Hudsons Bay trading outpost was a great experience. I look forward to golfing there again. lake of the sand hills golf course

Other posts about our friends Rudy and Sue…..

Wine Canyon

Super Bowl Weekend

A Sound Track For Daily Living

 

 

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Musicians Encountered World Wide

Naxi singers Yunnan province China

Naxi singers Yunnan province China

Guitarist and singer Fiji

Guitarist and singer Fiji

Accordian player on the train in Madrid

Accordian player on the train in Madrid

Cellist on the street in Kiev Ukraine

Cellist on the street in Kiev Ukraine

Didgeridoo Player Sydney Australia

Didgeridoo player Sydney Australia

New Years Eve Party Folk  Band - Prague - Czech Republic

New Years Eve Party Folk Band – Prague – Czech Republic

Street Musicians New York City

Street Musicians New York City

Accordian player Tiberius Israel

Accordian player Tiberius Israel

My husband and his friend Tad singing karaoke in Hong Kong

My husband and his friend Tad singing karaoke in Hong Kong

Men's Choir Lviv Ukraine

Men’s Choir Lviv Ukraine

Other posts about music…….

Saengerfest

Walking Into A Bob Marley Tourist Trap

Nathan Rogers

Baseball Singalong

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Soup House was Super

Originally posted on Destination Winnipeg:

sane soup houseI stopped in at the Sane Soup House on Graham Avenue last week when I needed a quick lunch.sane soup houseNice seating area for casual eating or there are regular tables. My waitress was friendly and the service quick.borscht sane soup

I had a delicious bowl of beet borscht from the menu.  It was hard to choose because the Wild Mushroom, African Peanut and Chilled Strawberry soups also sounded intriguing.sane soup houseThere’s a cool mural of the Provencher Bridge at night on the back wall and an old fashioned cooking stove is also part of the decor. 

sane soup houseThey have tables outside  if the weather is fine and something I always look for- a place to park your bike. I’ll be going back to this restaurant since it is right on the route from my home to the art gallery where I work . 

Other posts about Winnipeg restaurants……..

The BDI

The Promenade

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I Need To See A Happy Movie

I saw two movies in the last two days and they both made me incredibly sad. 

Calvary stars Brendan Gleeson

Calvary stars Brendan Gleeson

Calvary is about a priest who knows someone is going to kill him in a week. The priest is a good man but he has been selected to ‘pay the price’ for all those priests who have used their position for evil.  There are lots of characters in this movie with sad, lonely,messed up lives living cynically or hopelessly. The priest does his best to be patient and listen to them.

Marie Josee Croze plays a woman who has just lost her husband in a car accident

Marie Josee Croze plays a woman who has just lost her husband in a car accident

At one point the priest is praying with a woman who has just lost her husband in a senseless accident involving drunk teenage drivers. The priest remarks that it must be hard for her to accept how unfair life is in the face of her tragedy.  The woman says what happened to her husband isn’t unfair, it was just something that happened. She says that what is really unfair is people who die who aren’t loved, who die without meaningful relationships. She and her husband loved each other so that didn’t happen to him. 

calvarycb2It made me incredibly sad to think about how many isolated, lonely people there are like that in the world. 

ellarmasterBoyhood is a film that was shot over a period of twelve years by the same cast.  You see a boy become a man in a little under three hours.  Viewers get a window on all those small seemingly mundane but meaningful moments in a family’s day-to-day existence, that quickly pile one on top of each other moving life along in a quick blur. boyhood-movie-photo-2I started crying when the mother in the movie is sending her youngest child off to college and can’t believe she has really arrived at this moment.  Where has time gone? Where has her life gone? And really is this all there is to life?  She has invested so much in her children and now they don’t seem to need her anymore. I think probably every mother has had a sad moment like this. The movie reminded me of how quickly our lives move along and end.

Both Calvary and Boyhood are very good movies. They make you think. They trouble you. They make you take stock of your own life. They make you cry. I’m glad I saw them. But the next movie I see definitely needs to be funny, light-hearted and very upbeat!

Other posts about movies………

Higher Ground

Noah A Violent Movie

The Hundred Foot Journey

Jane Austin Overload

 

 

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