A lot of talk in the local, and national media about moving the July 1st holiday to the nearest weekend!
Great Idea: We need long weekends in May, June, July, August and September, folks! (And then a mini-vacation between Christmas and New year!)
PORT STANLEY – Alan Leek has spent more than half his life in Canada after moving from his native England at age 24.
He was drawn by the chance at a better standard of living and found he loved it once he arrived.
“The weather’s nice,” said Leek, 58, a purchasing agent for a Waterloo electronics company who visited Port Stanley Monday.
“I own a boat and a motorcycle — things I probably could never have afforded when I was back home.”

But Leek would change how Canada celebrates its birthday each year if he could.
BLOGSCANADA LOGO (2)He’s among a small group of beach goers who told the Times-Journal they’d prefer a Canada Day long weekend each year instead of celebrating the holiday July 1.
“I’m a proud Canadian but whether I celebrate on the first or not, it doesn’t matter too much to me,” he said.
Sitting next to Leek at the beach in Port Stanley was his girlfriend Gayle Russell, 57, a holistic therapist born and raised in London, Ont.

Russell agreed a long weekend would be better
“Not out of disrespect to why it’s celebrated,” she said. “I think it’s probably easier for families and for business.”
drunk3Canada Day is held on the anniversary of the nation’s confederation in 1867. But neither Leek nor Russell thinks anything would be lost if the holiday was moved.
“It’s the occasion,” Russell said. “It’s not the fact that you celebrate July 1. You celebrate Confederation.”
The holiday is a chance to gather with family for Raul Aranda, 33, who moved to North America from Colombia when he was 19.
He settled in London, Ont. four years ago and has made Canada Day barbecues in Port Stanley a family tradition since then.
“I’d prefer that everybody falls on the same day so we can spend time with the kids, the family,” he said.
“Enjoy the day — everybody together.”
As for Leek, he took Monday off from work instead of Canada Day and spent parts of it at the beach.
He figures the patriotism of Canada Day would not go away if the holiday were moved.
And he’s clear about why he became a patriotic Canadian himself.
“Because it’s given me this opportunity, allowed me to come and be here.”
Cattle rustling is alive and well in S.W. Ontario, folks!
1297578633722_ORIGINALA South-West Oxford man is facing several charges after allegedly stealing two days-old Holstein calves from a Norwich Township dairy farm.
Oxford OPP said they responded to a break and enter at a dairy farm on Greenly Line on June 29, after a suspect had opened the gates to the pen area allowing a herd of cattle to escape and walk freely around the property.
After herding the cows back into the barn, the farm owner discovered two young calves were missing.
Eventually two female Holsteins aged four and eight days were discovered on a property in Zorra Township.
On July 1 a 19-year-old South West Oxford Township man was charged with break and enter, fraud and mischief under $5,000, theft of cattle and fraudulent taking and branding of cattle, theft of property under $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime.

Lindsay Lohan turned 28 today, and doesn’t look a day over 40!
Folks, We’ve got a heart warming story about the advances women are achieving in the Middle East!
Barbara Walters did a story on gender roles in the Middle-East.
She noted then that women customarily walked about 10 feet behind their husbands.
She returned to Kuwait recently and observed that the men now walked several yards behind their wives.
Ms. Walters approached one of the women and said, “This is marvelous. Can you tell the free world just what enabled women here to achieve this reversal of roles?”
“Land mines,” said the Kuwaiti woman.
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/humor/jokes/landmine.asp#esrQxHAZg8CbGfTB.99
Here’s another reason not to live in the states, boys and girls!
Target is “respectfully” asking its customers to not bring firearms into its stores, even where it is allowed by law.

imagesCAD1J4J8In a statement posted Wednesday on the retailer’s corporate blog, interim CEO John Mulligan said that Target wants a “safe and inviting” atmosphere for its shoppers and employees.
“This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create,” he said.
Target Corp. made the announcement as it faced pressure about its policy on the “open carry” of firearms in its stores. A group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gathered nearly 400,000 signatures for a petition asking Target to prohibit shoppers from carrying guns into its stores.
The group has said it is responsible for getting several chains, including Chipotle, Starbucks and Jack in the Box, to to make similar moves. It introduced the campaign after gun rights groups carrying loaded rifles frequently gathered in Target stores including Texas, Alabama and North Carolina to demonstrate in support of “open carry” laws.
“Such positive safety changes made by some of our country’s leading retailers are proof of the influence of women and mothers,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “As we look toward election season, we hope our legislators are taking notice that when women and mothers collectively raise our voices — and soon cast our votes, we are determined to leave an impact.”
Target is asking its customers not to bring guns into its stores, even if they are legally allowed to do so. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press

A frightened bear cub got its head stuck in an oversized cookie jar while rummaging through some trash and had to be rescued from a tree in New Jersey.
images2Z3MVN0LEnvironmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese says the 6-month-old cub apparently found the animal crackers jar Friday night in Ringwood, near the New York border.

As the 28-pound animal tried to eat what remained in the jar, he apparently pulled it over his head and it got stuck.
The cub became spooked when approached and went up a tree, but got wedged about 40 feet up.
DEP staffers arranged netting in case the bear fell to the ground. After the animal was tranquilized by a DEP biologist, it was brought down and local firefighters gingerly cut the jar off its head.


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