While Rossport was nice and all, I was looking forward to this leg of the trip more than any. This stretch of the Trans-Canada has some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in Canada. Last time Gwen and I made this trip we were driving a 26 foot Uhaul towing our car, so we couldn’t stop as much as we wanted.
This time we took our time along the way, including lunch in Lake Superior Provincial Park. As you can see, Gwen ate an entire loaf of bread:
Right, so we wake up in Kenora, after blowing off Manitoba, to this view from our hotel window:
Alas, we must move on, so after loading up on Starbucks we head east. Destination: Rossport, ON.
I’ve been around the north shore of Lake Superior a few times now, but there are two things I am constantly struck by:
1) The sheer number of small motels. I mean, can these places really survive? How much money can these places really make? And is space at such a premium that desperate families will stay at some of these dumps?
2) People traveling around here must go nuts for amethyst. I mean, there are amethyst shops, amethyst mines, amethyst themed hotels…everywhere! Is amethyst even a rare mineral?
Well, sorry for the blackout. Who woulda thought it would be hard to get wi-fi north of Superior. I apologize for the double post, but I gotta catch up.
So, last we left our intrepid travelers, they were waking up after a fitful nights sleep on the worst pillows in Regina. To be honest, most of today is rather unexciting…I mean, there’s only so much of the Canadian praries as we can handle.
However, to Saskatchewan’s credit, they did have some kick ass grain elevators:
Outside of that, not much was happening. And then…in the distance…my arch enemy, Manitoba!
The Globe and Mail is reporting today on close ties between James Cairns, Deputy Chief Coroner for Ontario, and Taser International.
Cairns has become one of Canada’s top Taser “experts,” and questions from Canadian media directed to Taser International are passed on to Cairns for a response. Over the past two years Cairns has attended two conferences hosted by Taser International, as well as spoken at a closely affiliated organization. Cairns was also scheduled to give a talk at another event yesterday, but withdrew.
Taser International has both times paid for Cairns hotel and travel expenses. While this in itself is not unusual, this whole relationship becomes suspect when one considers that Cairns has been a vocal supporter of the use of Tasers in Canada.
Furthermore, Cairns has supported the concept of ” ‘excited delirium, a medically unrecognized term that the company often cites as a reason people die after being tasered.”
Taken together, one begins to question the objectivity of someone with such obvious ties to the Taser Corporation. And if Taser is involved with Ontario’s Deputy Chief Coroner, who else might they be “hosting” at conferences? The researchers who claim there is no link between Tasers and deaths? The police forces who purchase Tasers?
As an aside, Cairns also raised this “Taser or gun” concept, in that the only viable option to a Taser for police is their gun: “I am absolutely convinced tasers will save lives instead of taking lives. And I hope some day, if I am in the position, please taser me before you shoot me.”
See the original posts here.
Also, check out Sassifier’s petition.