Day 70

Woo how, Friday is done. We only meet until 1130 tomorrow morning.


Day 69

I’m in Richmond for a 2-day meeting. The last one!

The ‘Ford Nation’ Edition

doug-ford-laughSo, apparently Doug Ford won the PC Leadership Race. But he didn’t win the popular vote nor the majority of ridings – Christine Elliot did. One might ask how then he became the leader of the party? It seems that the Ontario PCs have their own version of the electoral college. It doesn’t matter how many votes you get if you your opponent wins the right combination of ridings with enough of a margin.

The Ontario PCs have had a bad start to 2018. Patrick Brown, their former leader, accused of sexual misconduct, has turned the party into a shit show. First he’s going to stay on and fight, then he resigns a couple of hours later. When the leadership race is called he enters it and then quits. And now we have this mess of an election that really makes no sense.

Leadership at the party level, for almost every other party, is the person with the most votes wins. This means that the leader has the confidence of the party. Whether the vote is done as one member one vote or through the delegate system (so much fun to watch) the party mostly comes out united. In this case, it’s hard to see how the party is going to heal the rifts and be ready to go for a June 7, 2018, election.

There are many parallels that can be drawn between Donald Trump and Doug Ford. However, Warren Kinsella argues that casting Kathleen Wynne as Hilary Clinton and Doug Ford as Donald Trump would not at all be accurate. Doug Ford is not his brother, Rob whom he defended for years. According to Kinsella, the only thing Doug Ford has in common with Donald Trump is that they are both populists. Ontarians underestimate and criticize Doug Ford at their own peril.


Kathleen Wynne leads a scandal-plagued (take it with a grain of salt as this is a PC Party link) government that has been in power for 14 years. While not all of these scandals are of her making, she was a high level cabinet minister in Dalton McGuinty’s government and, as a result, she bears responsibility. In addition to the scandals, economic growth has been stalled and is not keeping pace with the rest of the country. This is very significant as Ontario has largely been seen as the ‘engine’ of Canada. According to the Hamilton Spectator, When is “profoundly detested.”

Andrea Horwath’s NDP may be the winner in this situation. Going into an election against an embattled premier and a rookie leader on the provincial stage, she and the NDP stand to make inroads. Hopefully she can overcome the errors of the last election campaign. Current polls (March 7, 2018) put the NDP in the middle between the PCs on top and the Liberals on the bottom. It will be interesting to see what effect Doug Ford’s win will have on the polls.


The upcoming provincial election will be one to watch for sure!




Oswald Update

dc1725Oswald is about a month out from his permanent tracheostomy. He is doing quite well. Here are some things we have noticed:

  1. Oswald is less anxious. He used to run in circles all the time. This was especially evident in the evenings in the living room when he would run like 20 circles each time before he jumped up on to Deb’s lap. To say this behaviour was annoying is a serious understatement.
  2. He does really well during the day – he doesn’t produce a lot of mucous that has to be cleared all the time. He likes his ‘steaming’ time where we have in breath in steam to loosen mucous.
  3. He still has issues with too much mucous at night. Sometimes it almost completely covers his stoma. He is pretty good about letting me clean it away with a warm facecloth.
  4. He still wants to burrow under the blankets which could be dangerous if he were to inhale the blankets and cover his stoma. But we keep finding him burrowed and he’s still alive so I think we will let him figure it out.
  5. You have to be very careful how you pick him up as it can cover his stoma and then he can’t breathe.
  6. Like the vet said, he is starting to use his nose somewhat for breathing (and smelling!). They did clear out his everted saccules so that he would have a little better breathing function through his upper airway.

We are somewhat surprised by the amount of care his stoma requires. However, we didn’t really have a choice and it was far better to do it now before the summer when he really would have suffered.

Hopefully, we will get our new piece of fence built soon (we have to cut off access to the pond and the long grass at the back of the property. If he were to fall into the pond he would drown immediately and the long grass poses the threat of an aspiration pneumonia. Plus, we can’t see him when he’s back there. I am sure the neighbours will be overjoyed as none of the dogs will be able to get all the way back to bark at their dog.


Day 39

We had a great sleep. We went to Little Beach so I could see the dogs play. It was cold but sunny.

We found a pharmacy that wasn’t really open but they were there and he was able to give me prescription fluconazole and clobetasol for my facial rash. Huge shoutout to Barry’s pharmacy in Ucluelet.


Day 38

Well we’ve settled in at Anchors Inn in Ucluelet. It was sunny so Deb and the dogs went down to the beach. It’s taken me all day to drink tea and wake up. My face is all broken out from fatigue and stress. I’ve done nothing today. The drive was hell. More on that when we get home.

Here’s a couple pics of us.