Showing posts from September, 2011

Farmers' Market

For years I knew that there was a Farmers' Market in Calgary but never actually have been to. Farmers' Markets are common in Canadian cities. Even White Rock , the tiny town close to the US border, in B. C. , has one. So last week I was driving around in SE part of the city and I realized that there was a parking lot full of vehicles. I asked myself what they were there for? Obviously no company was open in that day. I turned back and I realized that I had found it. You can get fresh vegetables and fruits in there mostly from the farms of British Columbia close to Alberta border. The farms are mostly ran by Punjabi and Amish people. Prices are reasonable and quality is mostly good. I good delusions seedless grapes for the first time in Canada from one of them and that was the only one who had it. You can not get that kind of grape in any super market in the city. I had a little last night probably after 10 years ! Good stuff! I guess it was some $2.4 per po

First Neqab, Now Street Prayer

The French Parliament banned wearing Neqab (picture) in public place a few months ago. I think it should have also been passed by their senate. They passed it eventually, I guess. France has biggest Muslim population in the European Union . Most of them are from northern African countries, a few former French colony countries like Algeria . Also Morocco . Germany comes after that with mostly Turks . European Union countries have been struggling with the new wave of refugees with Greece having many Afghans and Iranians . That made the German Chancellor , Angela Mercer stating that multiculturalism does not work. The thing that did not sound very pleasant to many foreigners and also human rights activists. This multiculturalism thing as I pointed at also drove that Norwegian man to kill a few of his own kind! Harper also named Islamism the next danger which threatens the country. Now following that ban, France also wants to ban street prayers, mostly performed on Fri. s.

No Trust Anymore

When I came to Canada first it was a different society back then, if we're talking about trust, not TD Canada Trust though! I don't know if this is the new people who came here or uncertain economic situation. When I bought my first car in 2003 although I had to put some money down, the monthly installments was paid by the cheques that I mailed every month. Now it's automatic withdrawal. I don't remember I ever had any deposit for electricity. I've paid $250 so far. I received a telephone call from RBC once in 2004. The lady at the other side offered me loan to buy a property because I had a good history of paying my bills. Now I don't think that I will ever get a call like that. I don't think they will ever agree with my loan application. Employers do not hire people that easy anymore. F. F. wanted to have a part-time simple job. It not only took an application form fill out and a post-fill out interview, but also they asked her to answer an onl

Lylidale's New Challenge

Lilydale is one of the biggest food processing companies in Canada , with several different plants and hatcheries in different provinces. I have visited two of them, the Calgary one and the Port Coquitlam one. The second one in B. C. although have a few homes around it but most of the buildings surrounding it are commercial ones. This one in Calgary is located in a residential area with even a school across from the street. Most of the houses close to the plant remind you of abandoned houses in small ghost towns in the movies! I believe a few of them are purchased by Lilydale employees, mostly supervisors. I once saw one of them in work uniform and safety hat walking on the premises. The area is subject to strong odor and high level noise. Big trucks have to go to the plant on daily basis and for a processing firm like that which runs 3 shifts a day , you can imagine how many trucks in a day go to the area, many of them in the middle of the night, I believe or early morning.

Fast Food Eating Result

I had a McDonald's breakfast coupon as well as a few others for other meals. So I went to a local one and got two Sausage McMuffin with Egg . I had a bad feeling, like being in an oven or a furnace all day long! Different people's body is different. I see men older than 70 at times in McDonald's and A&W eating sausage and bacon and egg and stuff like that. I can't! Some people either burn everything they eat or waste it. Some accumulate it! I suppose I am one of the accumulators and I do not do exercises in a week, at this age, I will have serious health issues, not that I don't have any now! The good thing that I like about McDonald's is you can simply go to their website and check how much F at , Cholesterol , Sugar , Salt , etc you absorb by eating every meal, drink or snack they offer. The amount of Cholesterol for that sandwich I had is horrible. (Photo: Regular McDonald's coupons that come as flayers. I really don't know if that

The Navy's Big Problems

Just a while ago there was a discussion over the name or title to be used before the Canadian Navy . It was being said the the term Royal should be put because after all Canadians feel very close to the Royal Family . They have shown it in the past few years that the members travelled to Canada . It was being talked over and over without mentioning that how big really the main problems of the Navy are. I was going through the local newspaper and realized that HMCS Chicoutimi which was in trouble in 2004 and had to be hauled a very long way back home, still is not repaired! It's been 7 years now! I'm not very surprised because the country and in a way the entire world has been struggling in the past 3 years but still 7 years is a long time. Another question is why does Canada have to but used submarines from the UK ? is that because Canadians , again, feel so loyal to the Royals that have to spend millions of dollars on these junks? Carrying on the report, I realize

Apollo 18: A Strange Experience

We watched Apollo 18 tonight and I must say it was an extraordinary movie. I had expected a science-fiction because the little I read about it but not something like that. It was a horror-science-fiction, I would say and a different experience; something different from all the movies I've seen so far. The movie is shown in a way that you see the whole story through different surveillance type cameras. It's said that the forages are recovered, put together and the movie then was made. Another thing is there's no website for the movie but there's a website which is referred to at the end and that is: . See what you'll see when you click on it! Overall I liked the movie and I might even get the DVD . The story is an old one but the way it's said make the movie interesting. I never stopped following it or got bored. If I want to say how scary it was, I have to say that there was a scene that jumped up and back to my seat but different people

The Baader Meinhof Complex

I'm totally disappointed with this German movie about the most notorious terrorist group in the 20th century, The Badder Meinhof Complex .First of all this movie, which you see the FBI 's warning at the beginning of i,t like all of the movies which are distributed in North America , has not been daubed. It has caption but the damn Germans talk too fast you barely can follow the subtitle! Then how can you shrink the activities of a group like RAF which were active from 1970 to 1998 in a 02:30 movie without making it boring?! It's probably difficult. That is why did could not! It's always like this especially if the audience knows about the story. What I also did not expect was that the leaders of the group were captured and prisoned shortly after they started and then they got into fight in between themselves. How can you expect a group like that to reach its goals while there is no companionship and people are divided inside of it? Obviously they were not train

TV Out!

For weeks it was being announced the all the TV receivers which use an antenna instead of a cable would not be able to be useful after 31-Aug . We had our cable cancelled and we were using an indoor antenna, receiving a few channels including Global , CTV , CBC , City TV and CBC French . Now they are all, as it was promised, gone and only the French channel is left! The one which is useless anyway! So we have to figure out what we are going to do. We can buy a kind of tool which makes our TV able to receive those channels or we can buy a cable.