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Saturday, February 16 2019 @ 11:24 MST

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The Marathon continues

Cross Canada AdventuresToday we left Ignace and traveled via Thunder Bay to Marathon, Ontario. Driving was good, the 90km speed limit suits the Element with trailer well. Even saw another Taylor Coach trailer, albeit a larger one heading west just outside of Thunder Bay. We stopped in Thunder Bay for lunch at a small restaurant downtown called Hoito. Nothing fancy but good food.
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Into Ignace

Cross Canada AdventuresDay three was a non-travel day where we spent part of the day in Winnipeg. We went to the Forks, had some perogies and then headed to a supermarket since Simon was being very fussy with the heat and humidity. We found one of the few supermarkets open in Winnipeg on Monday (a stat holiday) where we stocked up on food and then headed back to our campsite just outside of Headingly.
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Day two - onto Manitoba!

Cross Canada AdventuresToday we traversed the remainder of Saskatchewan and half of Manitoba travelling from Indian Head to the campsite just west of Winnipeg. The weather was quite warm and pulling the trailer limits the amount of time we can have the air conditioning on so some toasty time in the car but an uneventful journey. The original plan upon arrival was to quickly nip into Winnipeg, pick up some groceries and then head back and make supper. Unfortunately Winnipeg closes at 6 p.m. on Sundays and that prevented us from hitting a super-market. For Calgarians who are used to super-markets being open late on weekends (and having Walmarts open 24/7) the fact that the only things open were fast food joints and convenience stores was a bit of a shock.
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The journey begins

Cross Canada AdventuresThe great cross-Canada adventure has begun. Now it was originally supposed to start from Victoria, BC but since the Shushwap is partially under water making the Trans-Canada highway dodgy at best, we decided to leave straight from Cowtown going east. Today we made it to Indian Head, Saskatchewan where we are overnighting before heading out to Winnipeg, Manitoba tomorrow.
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Fun with scammers

Jason ramblingSo I'm sitting at home today watching my toddler run around when the phone rings. I answer the phone and someone with a heavy Indian accent introduces himself as someone from technical support and calling me about my computer. Given that I haven't called tech support about any of my computers in decades I'm fairly certain this is the "we found a problem with your computer" scam. So I decide to play along.
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Giving your private info to the US government.

Canadian PoliticsWith the revelation that it was the Harper Conservatives and not the Liberals that were using a US company to phone voters during the last election one question remains unanswered. What information did the Conservatives give this company? This is important since US law requires US companies to provide their databases of personal information to the US government on request.
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Interesting...

Canadian PoliticsGiven the media feeding frenzy that is the robocall scandal, it is interesting to note the almost complete lack of Conbot commenters in the comment sections of the stories. This can mean a couple of things, first that the people that the Conservatives pay to troll through media comment sections to "correct" news stories and people's perceptions of the CPC have the weekend off. Though you'd think the party would be pouring on the overtime to ensure it's point of view were being front and centre on the web.
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On Conservative Culture.

Canadian PoliticsAbout a year ago back here I wrote about what appears to be the culture of lying and deceit that the Harper Conservatives seem to be embracing. Fast forward to now and the revelations that voter suppression tactics were actively used by the Conservative party during the last election show that this culture of lying and deceit has caused an even greater rot to permeate the Harper Conservatives.
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Why bill C-30 will never work.

Canadian PoliticsThere is, rightly, much ado about the internet spying bill C-30 that is currently before the house. A bill so poorly written that the Harper Conservatives have sent it to committee for amendments before it has even reached second reading. There are several moral reasons why the inappropriately named "Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act". I say inappropriately named act due to the fact that CSIS has no jurisdiction in dealing with child pornography, but this act allows CSIS the same access as the police. That goes to the bill's deeper purpose, allowing the Harper government to spy on Canadians.
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More planetary nebulae.

AstronomyMy project for my final course in my degree has been approved. I'm looking at if there's a connection between the presence of singly ionized sulphur and the morphology (shape) of the nebula. A side benefit of this is that there will be lots of pictures of planetary nebulae. Not the best cosmetically since that's not my purpose, but they still can be quite pretty.