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Back in Canada

After 2 weeks of backpacking across Scandinavia with Ben, I’m back in Vancouver. It’s frickin’ hot here: 25 C right now. I don’t think it broke 20 once while we were travelling.

I’m going to go make a cold fruit smoothy, take a dip in the pool, and then go suntan on the beach. I’m still on vacation for 2 more days, so laundry, picture uploading, and journal updating can wait.

Life is good.

I Want to be an Astronaut

The Canadian Space Agency is looking for candidates for the next generation of Canadian astronauts. Recruitment drives don’t happen very often, the last one was 16 years ago. I’ve always wanted to be an astronaut – there’s something appealing about the thought of living in space. I barely meet the minimum criteria, but I applied anyway. An opportunity like this is too rare to pass up.

Apply to be a Canadian Astronaut

No Family Day

Getting a LiftI had to work today. Many people in Canada had the day off – Family Day or Louis Riel Day in Manitoba. Since I have no family here in BC, maybe I didn’t deserve the day off.

Luckily the push is on to make Family Day a national holiday. I haven’t heard too much grumbling here in BC though. Which is surprising because, in addition to spending time with your family, Family Day’s main purpose seems to be giving people free-time to set ridiculous records. And now that Guinness World Records is owned by BC billionaire Jim Pattison, maybe he can start lobbying the government to make Family Day a holiday here in BC too.

Welcome to the party – Too bad you’re 5 years late!

I thought CEOs were supposed to be visionary people. How else do they justify there average $9 million salary.

5 years ago, the CEOs of this country were bad mouthing Kyoto, denying the science behind climate change, and claiming the costs were simply too high.

Today, Canada’s CEOs are calling climate change the most pressing issue of our time and calling on the government to take aggressive action. They’re even suggesting a carbon tax might be a good idea. My only question is, what took them so long? For five years we’ve had inaction and dithering as Liberal and Conservative governments claim the cost to Canadian businesses would be too great to make any substation policy decisions.

Maybe this will be enough to convince the current Conservative government to change its tune, which to this day has argued the cost of action would be to high. If anything, the cost waiting will be higher. If we would have put policies in place to combat cliamte change 5 years ago, we would be much better off today – financially and environmentally.