Autumn Weekends

This year’s autumn weekends were just beautiful. I had the opportunity to get out to the parks in the region to have a look at the change in colours. There was no disappointment. The trees changed so slowly this fall and even within a day the trees had advanced to their inevitable barren winter sleep.

A sleep that regenerates the soil around them, warms their roots, and creates shelter for all the little creatures in the forest they share. I always enjoyed the fall. In fact, I believe it is the best season of all. Not too hot, not too cold, not too big, not too small. It is just right…

Martin

Vancouver Island Music Festival

VIMF Main Stage

Looks like I will be going to the Vancouver Island Music Festival this weekend. Since I’m back in the talk show host saddle, I have the means to go and do some interviews as a member of the media.

I am always looking for a personal story, so don’t expect a lot of celebrity news, expect more from the people that make it happen and the people who volunteer throughout the weekend to make this one of BC’s premier music events. This year the line up of talent is magnificent. From country to world music, there is something for everyone. Camping is sold out, so you might have to ask me nicely to set up your tent in my back yard. I have room, but I get first priority for the coffee in the morning and of course, first rights to the shower!

Have a look at the festival here. I will be on my own at times and also with the wonderful folks at ShawTV –  North Island.

Watch for me. I’ll be the one with the microphone in my hand!

Martin

My Country is so Cool! Julie Payette – Astronaut and GG

Julie Payette

(from Wikipedia)
Congratulations on being an upstanding Canadian and role model!
Julie Payette
Julie Payette CSA.jpg
29th Governor General of Canada
Taking office
TBD
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Succeeding David Johnston
Personal details
Born October 20, 1963 (age 53)
Montreal, Quebec
Alma mater McGill University
University of Toronto
Profession Astronaut
Engineer
Julie Payette
CSA Astronaut
Nationality Canadian
Born October 20, 1963 (age 53)
Montreal, Quebec
McGill University

University of Toronto

Time in space
25d 11h 57m
Selection 1992 CSA Group
Missions STS-96, STS-127
Mission insignia
Sts-96-patch.pngSTS-127 patch.png

Julie Payette, OC, CQ (born October 20, 1963) is a Canadian astronaut, engineer and administrator. Payette has completed two spaceflights, STS-96 and STS-127, logging more than 25 days in space. She served as Chief Astronaut for the CSA, and has served in other roles for both NASA and CSA, such as CAPCOM.

In July 2013, Julie Payette was named Chief Operating Officer for the Montreal Science Centre in the Old Port of Montreal. In April 2014, she was appointed a Director of the National Bank of Canada.[1]

On July 12, 2017, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Julie Payette is to be appointed the next Governor General of Canada.[2]