Monthly Archives: July 2012


Continuing on with our “Cool Down” series, our next visit is to the Calypso Water Park near Ottawa, in Limoges, Ontario ~ practically in our own back yard!

There’s still lots of time left for you to plan a summer outing of fabulous fun-filled water recreation.

Interesting facts about the park ~ excerpt from Calypso’s web site ~

~ Calypso is Canada’s biggest theme water park, now encompassing 100 acres of water fun for all ages – toddlers to grandparents. 
~ Calypso Park has 100 different water adventures. humongous state-of-the-art slides, a river run, Canada’s largest wave pool, thrilling rides – even a whitewater experience! You won’t have time to be bored.
~ You wanted a wave pool that eclipses all others – we’ve got it. We’ve captured over an acre of ocean and set it free in our park. The enormous wave pool has 10 different types of waves. Calypso Palace wave pool is where people gather to ride the good times.

Calypso Theme Water Park is the summertime place to be, just east of Ottawa off Highway 417 and 75 minutes from Montreal. So pack your swimwear and come on over. Some amenities include restaurants, dairy bar, cafeteria, landscaped picnic areas, souvenir shop, Vip Zone,  Hawaiian Beach Bar, and lounge chairs – plenty of room to enjoy a good laugh and of course, excitement galore. Every inch of this place is injected with fun. No, we haven’t forgotten our smallest friends, toddlers; we have a safe heaven for you, too. Share the best summer moments ever; bring a friend and soak up the fun.

It looks as if the rafts are going to capsize ~ but, amazingly enough they never do!

Martin, the owner of Eternally Pure Water Systems, Inc., had a great time at the park with his young family this past weekend and gives a ‘thumbs up’ for Calypso Park.  Here are a few photos he took at the park ~

This looks like the ideal water park for all you water sport ‘thrill seekers’!   I’m sure that you will have a fabulous time.

~ For water park recreation next year you might consider buying a season ticket – great to have if you live within a short travelling distance.


Once again I can give thanks for the internet, e-mail and wonderful friends who include me in their cyber mailings and so share with you the following awesome Powerpoint presentation, “Exuberancia de Branco”.  

Luis Godinho Ramos, United Kingdom uploaded this presentation to AUTHORSTREAM and I downloaded it from YouTube ~ Luis Godinho Correia Ramos, originally from Brazil is now a freelancer web developer living in London England.

From what I was able to find on the internet the term “A EXUBERANCIA DE BRANCO” means ‘the exuberance of white’ ~ a translation from Galicean ~ a language that I’ve never heard of until now.

I was curious enough to search the internet for some interesting information about the language spoken in Brazil:

Galician /ɡəˈlɪʃən/ (galego IPA: [ɡaˈleɣo]) is a language of the Western Ibero-Romance branch. It is mainly spoken in Galicia, an autonomous community located in northwestern Spain, where it is co-official with Castilian. The language is also spoken in some border zones of the neighbouring Spanish regions of Asturias and Castile and León, as well as Galician immigrant communities in Latin America.

Galician is closest in relation to the Portuguese language, the two splitting from the former Galician-Portuguese language after Portugal became an independent kingdom. Due to the Celtic identity of the Galician people, the language features many words of Celtic and Proto-Celtic origin.




Right now, Canadian premiers are in Halifax discussing the fate of a mega-pipeline that would traffic Alberta‘s dirty tar oil to the Pacific Coast.  But BC Premier Christy Clark knows that the hugely unpopular deal could cost her party critical election votes.   Her firm opposition could delay the project and even kill it for good. Hold Christy’s feet to the fire by signing’s petition. 

Please click on the link below to see 9 photos taken by Luc Bourgeois of the Alberta tar sands area ~ you’ll be shocked at the unthinkable devastation of our once renowned incredibly picturesque land.  Luc refers to the new barren and toxic desert area as “Alberta’s Boreal Desert”, and refers to the containment lakes where 500 dead ducks were found in the toxic sludge. 
You can listen to George Poitras speaking in Montreal of “Life and Death Downstream ~ audio update March 17, 2011. 


Avaaz is a world renowned non-profit organization dedicated to righting wrongs world wide that affect each and every one of us.  Please read and sign the petition ~ your vote can REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Pressure on Christy Clark is mounting ~ as the head of the province where the pipe will end, she has tremendous power to put the brakes on this reckless deal. Call on her to reject the Northern Gateway pipeline by signing the petition below and forward it to everyone. When we reach 50,000 signatures, it’ll be delivered straight to the meeting in Halifax ~

The meeting is happening now ~ let’s come together to place the spotlight on Clark and demand that she keeps Alberta’s deadly tar oil at bay. Sign here and forward to all your friends and family:

Sources ~

Gateway pipeline risks exceed rewards, B.C. Premier says (Globe and Mail)

Feds propose $3.7M penalty for Mich. oil spill (

The Anatomy of Enbridge’s Once and Future Oil Spills (NWF)

B.C. Premier Sets Conditions for Tar Sands Pipelines (Environment News Service)

We thank all of you for your support ~ this is far too important to ignore!


At this very moment so many of us are experiencing the unprecedented current heat wave that I thought it would be a great idea to be able to watch some videos to help us cool off ~ hope you enjoy your armchair visits to the top and bottom of our world ~ the Arctic and Antarctica.

Experience the peacefulness of the icebergs in the Arctic and belugas beneath the waves while listening to singer Demetra Penner’s beautiful voice ~ from!/videos/player/belugas-power-of-the-sea

Crowning the top of the world, the frozen Arctic Ocean provides an unlikely home for a spectrum of enchanting creatures. Above the ice and below, beluga whales, narwhals, bowhead whales, walruses, and murres prosper ~ from

Lyn Jarvis, contributing editor of Across the Fence, travels to Punta Arenas Chile and then to beautiful Antarctica and presents two videos of his amazing journey.

“If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart; art and it would be Michael Angelo; literature and it would be Shakespeare and yet it is something greater ~ the only place on earth that is still as it should be ~ may we never tame it…”

Lyn Jarvis travels to Antarctica ~ among the highlights; penguins, seals, humpback whales, and a rolling iceberg!

These videos are so refreshing and cooling for me ~ hope they cooled you off as well. 


Just after publishing my June 6, 2012 blog,”OMG – Great White Shark versus kayaker”, I received a current WWF newsletter featuring the concern of endangered shark populations.

I am including excerpts from that article and urge you to visit WWF’s site to read through comments submitted and related links.

May 14, 2012
Posted by staffblogger Jarrett Corke, Shark Project Coordinator, WWF-Canada

For as long as I can remember, sharks have been my passion… Over the past year, I’ve been working at WWF-Canada on shark conservation in Halifax, Nova Scotia, tackling the most pressing issues for Atlantic sharks.

So when I received an envelope last week addressed to Mr. Jarrett Corke with the words ‘To the General Shark Scientists of the World’ written in pencil along the edge, I was intrigued.  Inside were two letters, … the first letter. Written by the father of an exceptional young boy by the name of Jack Titterrell from Bowmanville, Ontario, the letter explained that his son had taken it upon himself to create these signs in the hopes of spreading his message – save the sharks. The second letter, dictated by Jack to his father, explained why he thinks people should take more care to avoid the unnecessary killing of sharks.”

Jack’s reasons (See the blog for the information included in each numbered section) included: 

1)Sharks are endangered and I want them to survive.”…
2) “Sharks are nature and swim so fast.”
3) “If they don’t survive, they will become extinct.”
Jack is right to be concerned. Sharks are in trouble and they need our help. The loss of these predators may have direct and indirect effects on marine ecosystems, not only impacting other marine organisms, but us too – the human communities that rely on ocean resources.
To learn more about what we do to help protect sharks, visit –


A pretty good sign that you should only be drinking good old H2O in case you’re pulled over for a breathalyzer test and the cops have to resort to THIS when the breathalyzer unit isn’t working!!!

Uploaded by JustForLaughsTV on May 19, 2011

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Link to Justforlaughs site ~


Thought some of you might be interested in entering Canadian Geographic’s online contest, “Choose The Next Cover Contest”.

The contest ends on July 20, 2012 at 12 p.m. E.S.T. The winner will be drawn in Ottawa at 1 p.m. E.S.T. July 20, 2012. The winner will be notified by 5 p.m. on July 27, 2012. To enter and be eligible to win, you must be a resident of Canada, of the age of majority.

Once you submit your choice (one of four) you can enter a draw for a free one year subscription to the Canadian Geographic magazine.

If you decide to enter – GOOD LUCK!

Watch out for the Canadian Geographic Collector’s Edition Amazing Birds 2012 issue on newsstands soon!