Canadian family history

Sorry to the subscribers for all the mass editing!

(Above: The nameless pond-side near my mother’s home.)

Since I do rattle on about socio-environmental issues in Canada, here are some ‘fun facts’ about my family (you will see why below)…

  • A number of my relatives are 4th- and 5th-generation Chinese-Canadians;
  • My parents obtained their degrees at Queen’s ’61 and Mount St. Mary’s College ’64;
  • My late grandfather (born 1909) and his 11 siblings were/are all university-educated, as are my aunts and uncles, etc;
  • My aunt is in the Canadian Who’s Who;
  • 3 of my aunts and 2 of my uncles by marriage are published authors;
  • My uncle by marriage had 3 uncles who served in WWII and their family restaurant Panama Café was a Victoria landmark from 1910 to 1967 (see photos below).

Credibility is sadly necessary when you’re a wacko like me.  🙂

Pics from the extended family…

Interior of the Panama Café, ca. 1917. Chan Dun is standing behind the counter (City of Victoria Archives, M00274).

Standing in front of the Panama Café are Koo Ching Lim (left) and her husband Chan Dun (right) with three of their four sons who served in the Second World War, from left: Ira, Paul, and Roy (Photo courtesy of Anthony Chan).

Thanks Tony, be well. We love you.

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Incredible News !!!

Haven’t really taken pictures in awhile, so blogging on other matters. Anyone interested in renewable, affordable energy in Ontario will find this awesome. The effort involved is incredible. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations to all those who got it done! And the rest of us owe the Ontario Govt and all the people involved a HUGE THANK YOU!!!

Quebec power breakthrough

According to Quebec newspaper La Presse, Ontario and Quebec are on the cusp of signing a major new power import agreement. If the agreement goes ahead as planned, Ontario will buy eight terawatt hours of renewable electricity from Quebec every year for the next 20 years – enough power to serve the needs of close to a million homes in Ontario.

This is exciting news for the people of Ontario, who stand to benefit from the expanded import of low-cost Quebec water power. La Presse reports that Ontario will pay just over 6 cents per kilowatt hour for this power – a bargain compared to 9 cents to extend Pickering, or 16.5 cents to rebuild Darlington.

We congratulate Premier Wynne and Energy Minister Glen Thibeault for acting on the tremendous opportunity to lower electricity costs in Ontario by tapping into our neighbour’s huge supply of low-cost [water] power  [- NOT nuclear!].

This deal is still far from maxing out both Quebec’s supply of low-cost power and Ontario’s ability to import such clean, green power. But it is a big step and paves the way for expanded imports in the future.

With this agreement in place, there will be even less reason to keep the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station operating in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. The government’s next step should be to order Ontario Power Generation to shut down North America’s fourth oldest nuclear plant in 2018 when its licence expires.

Please send the Premier and the Minister a note thanking them for pursuing a deal for clean, low-cost power with Quebec.

Thank you.

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director

Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA)


If you’d like to thank Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault, you can email them at:,



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One-Word Essays

(Note: These are NOT my photos; they come from an email circular.)

My relative who has been on psychiatric meds for over 40 years sent this email. She was able to stay at one job, got married, and has been active in church and in her communities.

One Word Essays




















































May your troubles be less,
May your blessings be more,
May nothing but happiness
Come through your door!


Hope You have an enjoyable DAY

and experience all of GOD’s BLESSINGS !!!


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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who have children of their own, or have been like a mother to others! Have a great day and year!

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Remembering Tooker

Today is activist and politician Tooker Gomberg’s Memorial Day.

Please read here to learn more about Tooker.

And a NOW Magazine article on his passing.

God bless his widow Angela Bischoff, who is handling both and her other eco-campaigns through the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA). Angela has twice  been voted Best Activist by readers of NOW Magazine in 2013 and 2014.

Love and peace to all.


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Navigating Socially – Yikes

I have moved this post to its own page, ‘Then and Now’, coming soon.

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Sibbald’s Point

No photography for, like, 6 months. Am having to relearn the very basics all over again – urghh!

These shots are from a day trip to Sibbald’s Point, out on Lake Simcoe, and a random pic of my dog. We did African drumming with Phil, Wendy, and Eric from Shaw Percussion.


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