My Dad died Boxing Day 1976. He was 56 years old and except for the massive heart attack in pretty good health. He met his granddaughter; she was a year and half old when he died. His grandson didn't meet him but was born a couple of years later.
Dad wasn't much for a lot of chit-chat but when we were kids he did stuff for us. We didn't have a lot of money but we also never felt deprived. No one had money, really, but kids especially had a grand time.
Jay Leno and I have this in common. We both once owned and drove 1928 Oaklands. Mine is pictured above and it's the car I learned to drive in. Four on the floor gear shift and the brake and clutch had welded extenstions I could reach them. Dad bought the car from a bachelor neighbour's selling out auction and its engine was siezed. He was a pretty mechanical man so he spent the winter bringing the engine back to life. The Oakland smelled a little of musty mice but it didn't matter when compared with the freedom of the, not road, runway. Dad had a two-seater Luscombe airplane and he had made a airstrip out of part of one field. My brother and I were allowed to cross the road and drive up and down the runway ourselves. I was 11, my brother was 8.
Our mongrel dog, Skippy, was allowed to come along and her excitement matched ours. She'd hang her head out the window and when my brother popped the clutch, she'd bark. Good times.
So...although Dad died at Christmas, each year when I remember him, it's something like the Oakland. He did a lot for us and was quiet about it. I miss my Dad.
I watched Trump campaign "events" with disbelief; misogyny, hate messages, plain craziness and felt smug about Canadian politics. O, there were politicians calling each other out, missteps in parliament and political cartoonists lampooning our representatives but there was some degree of civility to it.
I am not against protests. If a person feels strongly about any issue, it is their democratic right to make their opinion known, with the ultimate right to vote a government or politician out of office. It is not a right to name call and shake signs that bear messages of hate. All this happened on the steps of the Alberta legistlature. The red signs held up by some members of the crowd are professionally printed and were provided by Rebel Media, Ezra Levant's "newsite." He, of course, also has his right to organize and to make his views known. I fear that he was taking advantage of people who aren't well-informed but are reacting to the carbon tax with their guts. No one likes new taxes, recession or unemployment. This rally was not offering solutions and turned uglier yet when the crowd began chanting, "Lock her up. Lock her up."
As Rona Ambrose, official leader of the federal opposition pointed out, "It's not even original." Trump supporters originated the chant to show their disdain for Hillary Clinton. Brian Jean, Wildrose and official opposition leader, and Conservative leadership hopeful Chris Alexander addressed the rally. Jean claims he left before the chanting began. Alexander says he tried to change it to "vote her out." He looks way too delighted in the video to be trying anything seriously.
Polititians everywhere are now decrying the chanting, the homophobic signs and the whole atmosphere of the rally. They are distancing themselves from it while trying to say that the participants are displaying their dissatisfaction with the Notley government. That is their right but there are better ways. Peaceful demonstrations, even heated debate and making your opinion known as I am.
I can't help but suspect that the NDP government was targeted by The Rebel partly because their reporter was banned this year from a government news conference. Then there is the blatant misogyny the female members of the legislative assembly have faced. Legitmate concerns about a carbon tax? It is your right but please, protest it in a legitmate way. This only focused the country on how badly we in Alberta can act.
The Fifth Estate recently aired a program featuring the murder of Tim Bosma and the evil way in which he was killed.
May 6th, 2013, Tim Bosma took two men, Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, on a test drive to sell his Ram 3500 truck. Bosma was never seen again.
Soon after, Millard and Smich killed him and thought they had disposed of the body. They placed it in the industrial animal incinerator pictured and cremated it. Bone fragments and some ash were all that remained when police found The Eliminator on one of Millard's rural properties.
Millard and Smich were charged with first degree murderand on June 17, 2016 were convicted.
Dellen Millard had more chances in life than most. He was flying helicoptors and aircraft solo at the age of 14. Millard went to university although he eventually dropped out. When his father died, he inherited the family Aviation business.
Wayne Millard, seventy-one, was allegedly killed by gunshot by his son, Dellen. The death was staged to look like suicide but it has been determined it was not. Millard faces a first degree murder charge in the shooting death of his father.
It doesn't end there. He faces trial for the murder of 23 year-old Laura Babcock of Toronto. Her body has never been found.
The details revealed by The Fifth Estate are horrifying and mistakes were made in all of the investigations. That Millard went about, unsuspected, for so long is terrifying. His motives aren't revealed, although I read somewhere, Bosma's murder was for the thrill of it. Millard and Smich (evil in his own right), should face life in prison. Period.
The episode: The Murder of Tim Bosma: The Devil Had a Name can be watched on-line at
Dark Ambition: The Shocking Crime of Dellen Millard and Mark Smich by Ann Brocklehurst investigates the murders in depth.
I've been writing on and off for years and this is where my more serious pieces will be.