Editor's Musings

For years, I have had a fax machine. To have a special phone number to communicate with it, I paid $10 (plus tax) a month. It used to be the source of a lot of information that went into the paper.

But as time has passed, more people have progressed to email which is much easier and more convenient. For me, I can copy and paste and store it much easier as a digital file versus a hard copy library.

Most of what I have been receiving on my fax machine is unasked for promotions, much the same as we get with the unsolicited phone calls and the junk mail in our in boxes.

I have cancelled my fax number. I do not take faxes.

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Last week, we went to Welland to a funeral for MA’s sister’s mother-in-law. As we left the funeral home in a long caravan to get to the graveyard, a couple of vehicles pulled over to show respect for the group who were grieving. A couple of cars zoomed pass them, knowing full well what the procession was all about.

It irritated me. People so ingrained in their own lives to not give a damn about any other life.

But there appears to be no law in Ontario that prohibits the passing of a funeral procession.

But there are suggestions.

Rules vary by province, but, generally, you’re supposed to follow the standard rules of the road when you encounter a funeral procession.

“Common sense would dictate that other drivers should respect or be courteous to funeral processions, but there are no laws that speak to it directly,” says Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, with the Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Division. “And, funeral processions generally don’t get special treatment under the law either – unless paid-duty police officers have been hired to escort them and direct traffic, Schmidt says.

“Unless the funeral procession is under the control and direction of police, they have to obey the rules of the road,” “No special rights for them.”

“It is a ‘courtesy’ only that funeral processions are given the right of way – they have no authority to go through red lights or assume they have the right of way,” said Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) in an e-mail statement.

Technically, Schmidt says, an officer could give cars in a funeral procession tickets for impeding traffic.

“That would be officer discretion,” Schmidt says. “I don’t think they intentionally go slow but, because of the volume, that ends up happening.”

Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act doesn’t address funerals, the MTO says, but the laws in some provinces do. Section 165 of Nova Scotia’s Motor Vehicle Act bans driving through or into a funeral procession. The fine for a first offence is $180.

In British Columbia, members of a funeral procession are exempt from a ban on vehicles following each other too closely.

But otherwise, the law says they – and you – should be driving normally.

“Funeral processions should not be impeding the flow of traffic,” Law says. “However, they tend to do so and it is overlooked as a courtesy to the mourners.”

But I am old school. Give some respect.

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts on how to handle a funeral procession that passes through an area where you are driving:

Do be respectful.

Do yield – once the lead car has entered traffic, such as going through an intersection – the entire procession will follow without interruption. Even if their traffic light is red and yours is green, you must stop and allow the procession to continue through the intersection until all cars in the procession have passed.

Do look for the last vehicle in the procession – it typically has 2 or more flags and hazard lights flashing. Once it passes by, you may resume the normal flow of traffic.

Don’t cut into or cut off a procession.

Don’t honk at a car in a funeral procession.

Don’t pass a funeral procession on the right side on a highway, unless the procession is in the far-left lane.

And if you are in another province or state where there are laws that respect the mourners, you will not have to worry about breaking the law.

 

There is a quote from Oscar Wilde that says, ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!’

When someone imitates the things you do, it’s a sign that they like and admire you i.e. ‘Honey, try not to get annoyed with your brother when he follows you around doing the same things you do. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all.’

Or

Your best friend copies every fashion trend you pick up.

Or

I agree with you.

The dictionary has definitions of imitation i.e.

the action of using someone or something as a model.

a thing intended to simulate or copy something else.

Imitation is an advanced behaviour whereby an individual observes and replicates another’s behaviour. Imitation is also a form of social learning that leads to the “development of traditions, and ultimately our culture. It allows for the transfer of information between individuals and down generations without the need for genetic inheritance.” The word imitation can be applied in many contexts, ranging from animal training to politics.

I know there may be some sarcastic exceptions in the copy catting world but the detrimental imitating is bullying and reflective on the individual who does it.

I don’t think what Justin Trudeau did was disrespectful. I see nothing wrong with playing Cowboys and Indians or pretending we are a hockey hero or dressing up for Halloween or as a Santa Claus Or Aunt Jamima or Al Jolson.

The antics afterwards if idiotic is a reflection of the person that did it, not of the person being copied.

 

I had a coffee with a couple of our Simcoe County’s School bus drivers. They make $17.50 per hour. The drivers in the areas south of Simcoe County make $23 an hour I am told.

One of the comments made to me was that when given a route, the board decides how long it should take. But they wonder if the board takes into the factor the time it takes for the students to load and unload at each stop as both drivers said they needed more time on their route than what estimated.

Another, each bus driver must call in to say they will be enroute which they do up to an hour before the bus leaves. We can understand that if someone cannot make it, the bus lines need to know but should that not be part of their job rather than just a compulsory volunteer time.

Another, most all the buses are diesel. The diesel bus can sit there warming up but that does nothing towards warming the bus in the wintertime.

As well, there is a report that must be filled out and filed on occasion, more compulsory work outside of the prescribed allotment of time associated with the bus route.

The Board of Education pays the bus drivers, but the Ontario Government pays the retention fee of $1000 to the drivers.

The drivers are not unionized unlike the workers and staff around the schools and classrooms.

Just a heads up!!!!

 

In a letter to the editor in this paper, a comment is made about someone who said that measle vaccines kill more people than measles itself”.

If you google that statement, piles of information from Vaccine News verify the statement.

It may justify some clarification.

Not a single person has died while being infected with measles in more than 16 years. It’s important to also keep in mind that even those very few deaths reported in 2003 and prior may not have actually been caused by measles, as the CDC merely tracks deaths that coincide with measles infections.

Measles mortality rates had already declined to almost nil BEFORE the vaccine industry introduced the first measles vaccine in 1963. In fact...mortality caused by measles is extremely uncommon, especially in the era of proper sanitation. Included in Shilhavy’s article is a graph showing how the measles mortality rate had reached almost zero by around 1950 – more than a decade before the first measles vaccine was introduced in 1963.

What this graph proves, in other words, is that measles vaccines are pretty much worthless, as well as the fact that measles truly is a no-big-deal disease that, once a person recovers from it naturally, confers permanent, lifelong immunity to measles – which can’t be said for measles vaccines, by the way, which only provide temporary and incomplete immunity, at best.

On the other hand, it’s an undeniable fact that at least 100 people (American sourced) have died as a consequence of receiving the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella, which we’ve all been told by government health authorities, is supposed to protect against measles.

 

The propaganda on our Federal Carbon tax is that you pay 100% and get 90% back. A reader wondered if he paid 100% of his taxes if he could get 90% back or if he paid 100% of his medical bills if he could get 90% back.

How much does the administration cost?

 

Charles - I hear you have given up fishing for 2019.