Breakfast at The Hollows

Had a excellent breakfast this morning with a dear friend at the Hollows on Ave. C. It is a different dining experience compared to most breakfast places in the city, including Mel’s Cafe on 11th and Park Cafe on 22nd.

All three have great food and a charming atmosphere while being hidden away from high traffic areas. However, The Hollows has a very specific menu, which (according to their website) changes daily and is not the traditional kind of breakfast food.

The Dutch Pancakes were excellent and had a sweet and salty taste by adding apples along with the eggs, bacon and cheese. Most of their dishes have that sort of twist, so if you ever want something new while craving an old favourite, try out the Hollows.


Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

2013-07-14 17.56.54For all who say Saskatchewan hasn’t much happening, you really have to take a look around. One of the best things during the summer is Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan.

Part of what made the experience enjoyable was the Medieval Feast that they put on on certain days, with costumed wait-staff and a lack of cutlery. Everyday of performance they have mini shows from local talent, for example, during our day of performance they had demonstrations from the Society for Creative Anachronism demonstrating medieval fighting techniques with homemade weapons.

This year was Comedy of Errors and Macbeth. My friend’s and I went to Comedy with a Indiana Jones feels; playing the theme, inserting the lines and Antipholus as Indie.

Why I am a socialist

I believe in socialism because one day I might need it. People work hard for their money but money is not always a sure thing. I know people who work hard and get nothing so what are they going wrong compared to those who get paid a lot? The capitalist system in the USA is making it very hard for minimum wage earners to get out of low income jobs, own a home or make insurance payments. They are stuck and that number of people are growing and that gap is getting bigger. Any government that allows that to happen is not fulfilling it’s primary purpose, which is to provide the greatest good to the greatest amount of people. My cousin cursed me out the other day when I said that if I work in Saskatchewan for nine years after I graduate university I’ll receive $20000 to go against my student loans (Graduate Retention Program, look it up). He cursed me out because he’s not receiving a 20 grand cheque from the government anytime be soon, and that is the major argument against socialism. I’M not receiving any benefit so I don’t want to contribute my hard earned money so help people who would benefit. The point should be the programs are there if you would every need them and in a world where insurance, job security and saving accounts are not a certainty, how can making sure everyone is cared for, including yourself and your family, be frowned upon, even if right now, you aren’t receiving benefits.

CBC Manitoba | The Sinclair Project

Any racism is sick but this is just horrific. No one deserves to be treated like this. For those outside of Canada, aboriginal peoples make 6% of the population but make up a larger percentage of groups with drug, alcohol, welfare, abuse and low income populations. Residential schools played a big part in creating those numbers and I hear racial slurs daily while living in Saskatchewan. Harper apologized in 2008 for residential schools but more has to be done.

Over packaging

I was disturbed the other day to open up the pack of instant oatmeal to gone the box only half full. I double checked and there was the right amount of packs in the box. Now these were the paper wrapped individual packets in a cardboard box. They are not delicate like chips or died pasta. The manufacturer wouldn’t need to specially air protect the product and unless someone gives me a reason to suspect otherwise, I can’t think of why they would need the box packed so loosely. The six packs that came in the box fit perfectly on one side of the box, as shown. A whole other row could fit for the amount of cardboard used. What a waste. Write manufacturer if you see this because this is a misuse of resources.

Oatmeal box as I opened it

What is Canada

How do we define Canada? I come from an opinionated family and I spent my Canada Day weekend debating Canadianisms.

We are a country where 93% of us are immigrants or come from immigrant families so how can we look at what new Canadians are bringing into this country and say that we are protecting our Canadian heritage by rejecting what they bring?

To be Canadian is to be accepting of other people. We are not the United States with their “melting pot”, we are a mosaic of cultures and people. Just because things are changing doesn’t make change a bad thing. Traditions are good but when do traditions no longer represent society?

Watching Canada Day in the Capital, the camera pans over the audience and you can see Canada in the multiculturalism in the crowd; a man in a turban and a Team Canada jersey, African Canadians all dressed in red and women in white hijabs to go with their red shirts and Canada flags. That is Canada, my friends. The same Canada that invited that influx of immigrants at the turn of the 20th century, many of those our family members, is the same Canada that invite those people over.

To new Canadians, learn English but don’t forget your native tongue. Respect your neighbour and your neighbour will respect you back. Trying riding a horse, go meet a lobster fisherman or hike our abundant trails and you’ll see the many reasons we love this country but also teach us about your country.