There is a farm on the edge of Burlington which used to be famous for strawberries. Over the years they have transformed themselves into a more full-season operation - plants in the spring, strawberries, raspberries, veggies all summer, and now pumpkins in the fall.
I was at the farm last weekend (without my camera) to buy some pumpkins. I popped back up today WITH my camera to grab some shots.
Yesterday I joined the throngs of people at Queen's Park to encourage the Provincial government to increase the minimum wage to $ 15 and to revise the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act to provide for decent working conditions.I confess that it was the LAST thing I wanted to do on a Saturday after a busy week and an even busier week (how is it even possible) ahead. Nonetheless I was there.
Here are some shots from the rally.
The rain held off and we were able to ensure our voices were heard.
Here is an article from the CBC regarding the rally:
Thousands from across the province gathered at Queen's Park on Saturday as part of the Rally for Decent Work, which in addition to calling for labour rights, is also advocating for a $15 per hour minimum wage. According to Queen's Park security, more than 3,000 attended the event.
The rally coincided with Ontario raising its minimum wage to $11.40 per hour, up from the last increase in 2015 to $11.25. Alberta, P.E.I. and Saskatchewan also increased their minimum wage on Oct. 1 as well, and Alberta has already pledged to bring its minimum wage to $15 by 2018.
"We have people in the province of Ontario working two and three minimum wage jobs just to keep the wolves away from their front door, and at the end of the week, they're going to food banks to feed themselves and their families," Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) president Chris Buckley told CBC News.
The 15 cent increase is tied to Ontario's consumer price index, the main measure of inflation in the province.
The government raised the minimum wage to $11 in 2014 — then an increase of 75 cents — which marked the first time the benchmark wage had gone up since 2010.
"To the critics out there who say they can't afford a $15 an hour minimum wage or it's going to result in job loss, I would say show us some proof," Buckley added, saying small businesses that cannot afford a higher wage should talk to the province to work out a solution.
The Rally for Decent Work also marks the the start of Decent Work Week, and the event was organized by the OFL and its community partner Fight for $15 and Fairness.
Here is some family history suitable for Labour Day. This picture was taken in 1941 in Kirkland Lake. During the gold miner strike of 1941, the Ontario government marched 500 police down the main street of Kirkland Lake to intimidate the miners. The next day, a two-mile march of women and children showed the mine bosses that the families weren't afraid.
My grandfather on my mother's side was a foreman at the mine. He refused to cross the picket line and was fired on the spot for supporting the workers.
I suspect that my grandmother, with two babies under the age of two was not amused.
Last week Paul, mom, and I went to the Chihuly exhibit at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum. We've seen his work before and were excited to see this exhibit featuring almost 20 separate installations.
For anyone who hasn’t seen them Chihuly makes sculptures of glass, in incredibly bright, vivid colours. In fact, his work almost seems like an explosion of shapes and colours.
Some of the reviews were rather snooty - frowning on the exhibit of glass sculptures being housed in Canada's most respected and revered museum. Others suggesting that glass making is a craft not an art and therefore not worthy of display. A few reviewers have criticized the work because of the 'studio approach' used by Chihuly (apparently forgetting that all of the great artists of the renaissance utilized a similar approach).
At the end of the day, the collection is a beautiful explosion of bright, vivid installations. I was struck by the reaction of the people in attendance - pure amazement.
Chihuly will be on display at the ROM through Jan. 2, 2017.
Prince Edward County AKA 'the County' is an up and coming wine region about 2.5 hours to the east of us. In addition to wine it is known for the farm to table food movement, art galleries, and a beautiful bucolic ambiance. After I got my new job at work we decided to celebrate with a weekend away. . . well Sunday - Tuesday away. I had last been in the county in 2011 and we were curious to see the new developments.
During the course of 48 hours we visited 8 wineries, a brewery, 2 cheese makers, 5 art galleries/studios, wandered around 2 small towns, hiked a bit of the millennial trail, and ate some amazing meals.
We left the county this afternoon with a car full of wine, beer, and treats, wondering why the heck it had take us so long to return.
When we went to Langdon Hall last week for mom's birthday tea not only was the food amazing but the décor was stunning. The hall is a gracious Georgian building with fireplaces in most rooms, lots of windows, and fine detailed woodwork everywhere. It was decorated with natural greenery and plenty of whimsical touches.
We left the snow behind and headed to California for a long weekend of fun. We shoppedm toured wineries, tasted olive oil, met up with good friends, and ate some wonderful food. I can't wait for slow bowl 2009.