It’s Ontario!

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It took more than eight hours, but we went from Moose Jaw, Sask., to Kenora, Ont, (about 850 kms), and now it’s time to rest our weary bones. After several beer.

Kenora seems to be a great place. A nice little town on the shores of Lake of the Woods. A fellow who has commented on here off and on for years, Dishonest John, lives here. Maybe I’ll accidentally run into him in the pub.

We also drove by a school with a big Mike Richards mural painted on the side. Kenora native Richards was once a Philadelphia Flyer and is now with the L.A.Kings, and I would’ve stopped to take a picture, but after weighing the importance of Richards and beer, beer won by a country mile.

If he was a Hab, I would’ve made the effort.

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Gas in Powell River was $1.39 a litre. In Vancouver it was $1.41. In Nelson, $1.44. Most everywhere else has been in the $1.30 to $1.40 range.

Calgary was $1.14.

All in all, when you see that Calgarians not only have cheap gas but also don’t pay provincial sales tax, it doesn’t seem right. In fact, it almost seems crooked.

But Calgary summers aren’t anything to write home about, I’ve seen it snow in June and August there, so maybe it evens out in different ways. I had my car pounded by golf-sized hail one summer and had an insurance claim, along with thousands of others who weren’t happy about the hundred or so dents in their roofs.

They also have Mike Cammalleri so maybe it’s good they get a break on gas and taxes.

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Marc Bergevin lost out to Pittsburgh’s Ray Shero for the GM of the Year Award, and I don’t understand this at all. Pittsburgh had a stacked club, added Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, and Douglas Murray, and finished first in the east. Montreal didn’t have a stacked club, added no one, and finished second in the east.

What was it exactly that Shero did to deserve the honour, other than finishing first with a star-studded lineup?

And I know post-regular season doesn’t enter into the voting picture, but the Pens were swept four straight, Iginla, Morrow, and Murray were mediocre at best, and following all that, Shero gave Evgeni Malkin $9.5 million a year for the next eight years which could come back and bite him in the ass.

All Bergevin did was turn the worst team in the east into one of the best. And he got rid of Scott Gomez. So I feel he was ripped off.

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Coming this far, from B.C.’s Sunshine Coast to Kenora, only reminds me of how much I love my country. It’s been nothing but friendly people, well-kept highways, and jaw-dropping scenery. I’m really proud to be a Canadian, and I’m proud to show it to Luci, who’s only been a Canadian for seven years.

She’s a trooper. Never complains. Always in a good mood. Just like me! :-)

Tomorrow we should be way past Thunder Bay. I’ll let you know.

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8 thoughts on “It’s Ontario!”

  1. On a Sudbury Saturday Nite—– Glad your trips going good Welcome to the Canadian Zoo— Ontario!!!

  2. I am glad that the trip is going well!

    Shero winning the GM of the year is a joke. I don’t know what else can be said about the decision.

  3. Thanks Danno. We await the next Rob Ford story. And where’s that video? Did he bury it?

  4. Thanks Peter Hab. Warning to Ontarians. We’re comin’ through. Stay inside if possible.

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