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Below ’tis the season
The 100 million dollar winery is now almost complete
Phantom Creek Estates – Oliver
Beginning in September guests will be given a sneak preview of one of the most anticipated wineries in Canada. Be among the first to join us for an exclusive 90-minute Estate Tour & Tasting ahead of our grand opening in April 2020.
You’ll learn about historic vineyards and the transition to organic and bio-dynamic certification. From there, you’ll experience how precision in the cellar results in exceptional wines that celebrate and speak to where they are grown, culminating with a one-of-a-kind tasting.
Believe it or not but I used to be very shy. Anyone who has known me for any length of time realizes that I am outgoing, I appear very confident and definitely bossy. I like to believe I am organized but I also know that I carry this to the point of organizing everyone else around me too, like I said…Bossy, with a capital B.
As a child I grew very tall, very quickly and always appeared older than my actual age, my playmates were usually much smaller than myself even though we were the same age. This caused many adults to tell me to “act my age, a girl of your size should know better”, etc. This caused me to be rather shy and afraid to speak up because to do so would mean ridicule if I said something considered childish.
When I was around seventeen the fashion was to wear very high heels and I strutted around on my stilettos, feeling very glamorous. In the same era was the highly backcombed hair do’s that added to my height. I remembered one evening, getting on the local bus, to meet friends in another town. I was dolled up in all my best and feeling really on top of the world. The bus was quite full so I had to stand and I overheard one woman saying to her friend “look at that poor girl, such a shame she is so tall”. I looked round to find the unfortunate giant and realized she meant me. My ego deflated faster than a balloon hitting barbed wire, and I felt big and clumsy. How easily we let other people’s thoughtless words affect us.
Shortly after that I met Dave, all six feet three of him, even in my highest heels, he towered over me and made me feel cherished and protected. However, this big, gently guy was also rather shy and people tended to put on his good nature. As I grew to love him I felt angry when I thought he was being taken advantage of and this brought out my own protective instincts. I came out of my shell and started to speak up for the both of us.
Marriage and motherhood made me more confident and over the years, as Dave held back in making decisions and planning for the future, I took over and became the bossy person I am today. Growing up with a grandma who expected me to “get on with things” had taught me to be confident in running a household and many other things that came my way and it seemed natural when people started to ask me to take charge of this, that and the other.
While our children were small I stayed home to care for them but financial reasons forced me to work on the evenings, once Dave was home from work. I had a number of part time jobs, one of which was to sell Tupperware, which was a fast growing business at that time. Standing demonstrating the various items built my confidence and I really enjoyed selling the product, a little later I got a job going door to door arranging appointments for a sales representative to call and try to sell massage chairs. These jobs were all cash sales and really improved our income as well as my confidence.
Our daughters joined various groups and organizations and I quite often found myself heading this or that committee. I was happy to do this and my confidence grew with every new commitment.
As I aged I backed away from many of these volunteer jobs and when Dave and I moved to Oliver, and had our own business, I had less time to commit to the community. However there was another voice living inside of me that had its own opinion.
Quite often when sitting in a group of people the subject of some project or other will come up and volunteers will he asked for. I sit quietly hoping to be passed by but a voice will speak up from the group and say they are willing to do this. Looking round, to see who is speaking, I realize that people are looking at me and that my inside voice has committed me to an unwanted job. This happens time and again and my inner voice gets me into all sorts of situations I wasn’t intending taking part in.
I am trying very hard to rehearse saying “let me think about that” but the other voice has a mind of its own. There must be a need in me to be in charge, a need to be bossy, I love to be active in the community, but have the fear that this other voice will eventually have me committed to a facility for the insane. I believe that is where people eventually finish up when their inner voices completely take over. I will probably volunteer to run the basket weaving class!
Editor’s note: Thanks to Pat Whalley and Tony Munday for standing up for their community and organizing a great parade this year.
Continuing my search for a candidate or a party, I’m looking at trade this week. In a previous post (27 April 2019) I stated that left-leaning parties support fair trade while right-leaning parties support free trade. Trade agreements signed by right-leaning governments should contain fewer pages. And that has been generally true for Canada in the past.
Theoretically, the original Canada-USA Free Trade Agreement (CUSFTA) should have been an agreement between a Canadian Conservative PM and an American Republican President. And it was. It was negotiated by Mulroney and Reagan and became effective 2 January 1988. The Canadian election in 1988 was fought, in large part, over CUSTFA. The anti-free trade Liberals and NDP split the vote and the Conservatives were returned.
Almost immediately, in 1989, Bush-Senior (Republican) and Mulroney (Conservative) began negotiations to include Mexico in a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) building on CUSTFA. Mulroney, however, was replaced by Kim Campbell as PM and the Liberals under Chretien – who campaigned on a promise to re-negotiate or abrogate NAFTA – took Parliament in 1993. Chretien and Bush re-negotiated NAFTA but Chretien added agreements on labour (the NAALC) and environment (the NAAEC). See how fair trade makes for longer documents? Bush wanted it done during his presidency but failed. Fair-trade NAFTA came into being on 1 January 1994 over the signatures of the Liberal PM Chretien and the Democrat President Clinton.
Was NAFTA good or bad? Depends who you ask. It was a net benefit to the USA and Mexico – no doubt. It was good for some parts of the Canadian economy. The seven-figure earnings of my company from 1999 through 2011 were 90% dependent upon NAFTA. Without NAFTA my company would have been restricted primarily to Canada and the UK. Our EU activities would not have been affected but there would have been no US work.
And then things got weird. Along came the former Democrat, now Republican, DJ Trump. Instead of being pro-free trade or even pro-fair trade, he is protectionist. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump stand on the same platform when it comes to trade. Trump (solitary member of the Inconsistent Party) forced negotiation of a new NAFTA with a Liberal PM who should be pro-fair trade. The result, agreed on 30 September 2018 but not yet ratified, is the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). It is not in effect and it might never be.
USMCA goes head-to-head with the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) but the TPP failed when the USA withdrew. The replacement – minus the USA and minus 22 provisions that the USA had insisted upon – is called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11). It came into effect on 30 December 2018 under Trudeau-Junior.
As important as trade is to Canada and Canadians, can I find sufficient evidence in the record to be confident that I know how any of the parties would proceed if they were to form the government? Maybe. For sure, Liberal, NDP, and Green trade agreements are likely to be long-winded and complex, full of regulation, and at significant risk of unintended consequences.
I’m still looking.