November

There are things going on. From absurd numbers of kids home sick from school, to the Grey Cup going on today in Regina.

The most vocal civilian critic of the SaskParty’s support of abusive religious schools (who were teaching dinosaurs were around with Creationist people), had their home vandalized with bible verse graffiti. They fled, and their home was torched, killing some of their pets and destroying their belongings! A fundraiser is attempting to help them. I’d like to see it exceed their goal, to show that the governing party’s thugs can’t chase good people away.

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Doug Ford in Ontario kicked an ant hill and almost got bit. He legislated workers back to work with the Notwithstanding Clause in the Charter, overriding their Charter right to collective bargaining. He caved when he saw a general strike was imminent. The fines were so big, the unions had to fight to the mat and beyond to win.

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The US election looks like the Democrats will take the Senate and the Republicans the House. Fingers crossed that the GQP doesn’t take a majority in the House, so it won’t be tied up with stupidity for quite as long. The counting and recounting is taking quite some time, and there’s a runoff in Georgia again between Walker and Warnock this time. Walker is a complete idiot, so he’s got a chance.

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Russia just launched missiles into Poland the other day, a dangerous escalation of their war against Ukraine. There are Russia supporters claiming this was disinformation, and that Russia didn’t launch an attack, even accidentally, on Poland.

To Ontario In An Electric Vehicle

The following is a journal of a cross-Canada trip by electric vehicle this summer.

July 30th, 2022 – Left Regina in a Kona 2022 Electric vehicle, on our way to Ottawa. The first time charging it was in Whitewood, SK, and we opted for the Petro-Can because there was a bad rating on Plugshare.com for the Co-op EV chargers there. The first one I pulled up to didn’t work, so we tried the other one and it did. While charging, a couple pulled up in another new EV, and were on their way to Dauphin from B.C. They waited 10 minutes for us to finish charging, and we got food at the gas station.

My kiddo’s friend bought a milkshake type thing, which was in a fridge below some sort of processing station, but it turned out to be spoiled. I tasted it, and we threw the rest away.

We tried charging at the Co-op in Virden, but it was out of order. Their customer support was responsive on Plugshare, and it might have been fixed prior to our return trip, but we didn’t end up testing it again. We instead charged a little bit for free at the Sun Country Highway charger near the old train station and had a walk under the tracks and around the old building before heading out to Brandon. We filled up there, and continued to Winnipeg where we ended the day at my relatives’ place south of the city and I roasted a marshmallow while catching up some.

One of my cousins’ family was just recovering from COVID-19, while a 2nd cousin had recently died in a drowning accident on the open prairie. The kids played on the trampoline, acquiring an expected non-serious injury only.

July 31 – On Sunday morning we left in the well stuffed car with 3 people, and were the first to record on Plugshare a charge at a south end Winnipeg Co-op charger. It wasn’t especially rapid, most of the chargers I encountered cost about $18-$20/hour, and deliver power at less than the advertised 50kW even when the battery is in a condition it should accept close to that. The car seem to be limited to about 75kW, but there are some CCS chargers capable of over 200kW, which would save some money when filling the battery and being charged by the minute.

We next stopped in Kenora, finding Redden’s Store next to their campgrounds, with an Ivy charger, an Ontario network of rapid chargers. There were 2 EVs there before we got there, so had to wait about 10 minutes to connect to one. One of the drivers was from Quebec, and the other from the west. One family was preparing a snack outside the car in the decent weather. I figured out the app, creating one on my phone, getting a hotspot to be able to activate the charger, and waited 39 minutes for the car to finish charging.

We got to Dryden and the sun was about to go down so we found a campground on the highway in town, and it was only $25. There were some shortfalls, one there was no water to half the campground (including our spot), and no toilet paper. The owner was friendly and helpful though, and explained the water service was being repaired soon.

We charged at a nearby Ivy for 30 minutes, and got Subway across the street. The firewood at the campsite was damp, and despite quite a few minutes trying, no lasting fire worked. The kids camped in the car, but their tent was set up with the good cushions, so I had my firm mat only for my sleeping bag. In the morning I learned they’d not used the tent, so got the good cushions next time.

Aug 1 – Charged next in Thunder Bay, it was a holiday Monday, so the A&W and Superstore across the stroad were both closed. A Tesla owner was able to charge at the Ivy beside us because they used the CHAdeMO adapter, although the CCS cord at that charger wasn’t working.

Finished a 25 minute charge at Terrace Bay at midnight and found a rest stop to sleep.

Aug 2 – Sault Ste Marie charged for an hour. Blind River charged for 18 minutes. Stayed overnight in Sudbury at a hotel near the international bridge covered in flags.

Aug 3 – Had breakfast at a breakfast themed restaurant with a sticky table that wobbled until we put paper under a leg of it. Charged in North Bay for 8 minutes. Paused at a nuclear demonstration plant. Charged in Petawawa at another Ivy for 24 minutes before reaching Ottawa.

Aug 4 – Courtyard Marriott in Ottawa near the Via Rail station and the ball park.

Aug 5th – Went to CFL game

Aug 6 – Phoned Meyers Hyundai and left a voice mail. They called back as I was going into the War Museum and said they could help Monday morning.

Aug 7 – Hogsback Falls

Aug 8 – Got up at my Gatineau hotel across from the casino, and took the car to Meyer’s Hyundai. They got me an Uber back to the Supreme Court of Canada, and I walked by Parliament and got a free ticket to tour the Senate of Canada Building. Spent a lot of the day in the Rideau Centre on my phone looking through the Internet.

Aug 9 – Called the dealership and they said the part to fix the charger on the car would arrive Wednesday and I could use it before then if I wanted.

Aug 10 – Part didn’t arrive, I’d taken the bus over to Bayshore Mall and got my cell phone battery replaced while I ate a Beyond Meat burger from A&W, and got a cord from a dollar store in the mall. I continued my trip over to Meyer’s Hyundai on the bus, and picked up the car. I took the kids to an arcade across the street from the Ottawa Citizen and National Post. I lost my game card playing laser tag, but found it when walking through after the game.

Aug 11 – Checked out of hotel, and dropped kids off at the outlet mall across from the Canadian Tire Centre, then dropped the car off to be repaired. I walked over to the mall and found interesting ditch garbage along the way. Met the kids at the candy store, and we also got Beaver Tails for lunch. The kiddo bought a Lakers hat and found one on sale so he could afford to get Lebron’s name and number embroidered onto the hat too.

We left Ottawa after the car was repaired, charging in Carleton Place at an Ivy for an hour and 5 minutes before charging in Peterborough at a Flo station for the first time. We arrived in Port Severn after dark, and went to my friend’s cabin for the night. After a steak, fried zucchini, and corn on the cob feast, we watched the Perseids meteor shower. I saw 4 meteors, not a bad haul.

Aug 12 – We left the cabin, and the kiddo got to drive a boat for the first time. We charged the car for an hour in Port Severn, while eating burgers at the roadside restaurant across the street from the library and their community garden.

Aug 13 – Blind River charge was 30 minutes. Charged in Sault Ste Marie at the Ivy by the water tower again for only 6 minutes. Drove around a bit, almost made a wrong turn into the United States. Found a Walmart had moved from the position on the GPS or map we’d used.

Aug 14 – Charged at Ivy in Terrace Bay again, for 30 minutes, and climbed the lighthouse. The kiddo had a meltdown when ice cream shops were all closed and the gas station had none. Decided to leave him on a bench by the chargers where he’d parked himself after refusing to get back into the car for a while. Returned a few minutes later. Rolled into Dryden campground really late even after the time change. Kids were asleep, I set up my tent, and fell asleep, not using the marshmallows on a campfire.

Aug 15 – The tent was a bit wet outside, and a small bit of water inside. Flicked a couple of slugs off the outside of the tent. Ate a few wild blueberries. There was still no toilet paper in the campground, but I’d brought some this time, and the water was on also. The water was on too much, there was some of it on the floor of the bathroom and the artificial turf or carpet indoors was soggy.

We charged again at the Ivy, and ate breakfast.

We charged again at Kenora, and again at Petro-Can as we entered Winnipeg. Used a Co-op charger in south Winnipeg to try it out and use the bathroom at the grocery store.

Aug 16 – We charged in Brandon at 3 locations and had lunch at the Co-op grocery store deli. We then played some arcade games. The pinball machine was malfunctioning, with a rubber bumper that came off and blocked the balls from falling properly. :-(

We charged again in Whitewood, encountered many grasshoppers prior to Indian Head where I used the Shell’s squeegee, and then arrived home to drop off the kiddo’s friend, before we drove home to unload the car. I then refilled the battery to 90% over night on my level 2 charger at home.

It was approximately $431 to charge the car in total, after returning to Regina. There was some charging done at 2 different hotels, and would have been 3, but the charger in the car stopped working in Ottawa and had to be repaired.

National War Monument, Ottawa

Ford Has Hamilton Police Arrest Peaceful Satirist Lawyer At His Campaign Rally

This is an example of police state behaviour, and Ford should be punished.

Plague Update: Moe & Ford, Worst Of Both Worlds

First of all, Doug Ford is a racist, incompetent, buffoon.

CTV: “Premier Doug Ford has apologized after accusing a First Nations MPP who got a vaccine in his home riding of ‘jumping the line,’ even though he was invited to get the shot to combat vaccine hesitancy.”

Perhaps as a result of those serious character flaws, Ford has been ineffective in Ontario at controlling COVID-19.

Meanwhile in Saskatchewan, incompetent Scott Moe has done a terrible job, among the worst in Canada. Added onto his incompetence is the appearance of corruption.

We know Moe’s political party takes money directly from Big Oil, but has a corrupt money motive been found for why his riding got early vaccines, or was there simply apparent vote buying going on?

Plague Update: Good News, Bad News

First, the bad news. The Conservatives in power in Alberta and Ontario are just the worst hypocrites. They told people not to travel, which was the correct advice, but then Ministers and top political staffers are travelling to warm vacations.

Worse, Ontario paused vaccinations on the holidays, slowing down the critical effort to make first responders more safe when dealing with plague victims.

On the very small bright side, people in my household are 25% vaccinated now.

Conservatives Exceeding Election Spending Expectations

What’s that mean? You’ve heard the Con Premiers like Ford and Moe and Kenney are all threatening Trudeau, saying if he doesn’t do impossible things for the oil industry (because it’s rightfully dying), he’s threatening national unity because the Con Premiers will try to break away from Canada to have their own Petrostate?

It’s all part of the Conservative Party of Canada’s effort to exceed election spending limits. Kenney in Alberta is throwing $30,000,000 away on an “energy war” room to target environmentalists and other sane people who care about our planet. Basically it’s a way to funnel more money to crackpot media like Rebel, and climate change denial media like POStmedia. Their theory seems to be that if they can spend provincially, as a government, their ads indirectly supporting Scheer will translate into votes for him without running up the finite election spending limit federal parties face.

I Didn’t Blog in December

I was distracted by things more awesome than blogging. What could that be? I’ll tell you some day.

For now, I’m back, complaining about litter.

Everyone is focusing on a crappy coffee shop chain in Canada, and giving them even more brain-space free marketing because too many people are addicted to the sugar and caffeine and cultural experience their wretched business offers the world.
The bigger story is how their disposable cups are such common litter that they’re almost as destructive and unsightly as smoking litter. The unit of measure of litter is measured in #Timmies, which counts how many littered coffee cups of waste are in a m^2 on the ground. Coffee shops and places selling “disposable” cups should be forced to charge a deposit on the cups and lids, and re-collect them for refund.

A Racist Killing In Progress, in Canada

A man with a group of people went looking to injure First Nations people, from their truck.

A hospital won’t put the dying woman onto organ donor lists to get replacement organs for ones damaged in the attack, because she’s had alcohol in the last half year.

Hate-crimes everywhere you look in Northern Ontario. Can something not be done besides prepare for the funeral?

 

New Solar in Ontario

Ontario isn’t as GD senseless as Saskatchewan’s government. They actually have somewhat of a Feed In Tariff program underway.

The Ontario Power Authority has just extended its solar feed-in tariff program and selected another 99 MW of solar power projects to receive payments from it. This comes from 330 new contracts.

ontarioIn case you’re not familiar with feed-in tariffs, they are when renewable energy power producers are guaranteed a specific rate for the electricity they produce and send back into the grid for a specific period of time (e.g., 15 years or 20 years). This lets the homeowners and businesses lock in an attractive, low-risk return on their investments.