www.calgaryeyeopener.com The Calgary Eye Opener Monday, October 26, 2020
Instant Newssites
ABC
Adbusters
All Quiet on the Western Front
There's No Way Like the American Way - Margaret Burke White
AP
Canadian Confederation --- Political Cartoons
Are You Being Served?
Arts & Letters Daily
The Associated Press
The Atlantic
Tony Auth
The Barbarian Invasions --- Denys Arcand
The Battleship Potemkin -- the Odessa Steps
BBC
The BBC
Bengough
Benjamin Franklin's "Join or Die"
Yogi Berra
The Globe and Mail Best Sellers List
New York Times Best Sellers List
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Birth of a Nation
Conrad Black
Christie Blatchford
Blue Angel
Margaret Bourke-White
Mathew Brady
Brainy Quote
The Bridge on the River Kwai
David Brooks
The Calgary Herald
The Calgary Herald
CAM
The Canadian Press
Robert Capa
Captain Marvel
Casablanca
Fidel Castro
CBC
CBS
Charlie Rose
Brahma Chellaney
China's People's Daily
The Christian Science Monitor - Books
The Iron Curtain --- Churchill
Some Neck --- Some Chicken --- Churchill
We shall fight on the beaches --- Churchill
Winston Churchill by Karsh
Cinema Paradiso
Citizen Kane
CNN
Creators.com
Cross of Gold --- William Jennings Bryan
The Cruel Sea
CTV
Doug Cuthand
The Daily Beast
Controversial Danish cartoons
Jeff Danziger
John Darkow - Columbia Daily Tribune
Crime --- Clarence Darrow
Das Boot
The Denver Post - Books
Dick Tracy
The Flag --- John Diefenbaker
Doonesbury
Bruce Dowbiggin
Dr. Zhivago
Dropping the Pilot
Drudge Report
The Earth from Apollo 17
The Economist
Falling Off
Fantasia
First movie shown to the public --- arrival of train
First movie in history (1878) and first recorded sound (1860)
The first photogaph --- the View from the Window at LeGras
First recorded sound (1860)
Foreign Policy
Fox News
From Here to Eternity
Robert Fulford
Brian Gable
Yuri Gagarin - first man in space
Dan Gardner
Michael Geist
Michael Geist
Genealogy from Brigham Young University
Gettysburg
Giant
Jackie Gleason
The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail - Books
The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin)
Gone with the Wind
Google
The Graduate
Cuba's Gramma in English
The Great Dictator
The Great Train Robbery
The Guardian
Herblock
High Noon
The Crash of the Hindenberg
Hitler captures Paris - 1940
How to Build an Igloo
The Huffington Post
In Which We Serve (1942)
The Independent of Britain
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Japan's Asahi Shimbun
The first sound movie 1927 - "The Jazz Singer"
George Jonas
Yousuf Karsh
Jack Knox
Kodak - a history
Alberto Korda
Montreal's La Presse
Rowan and Martin's Laugh In
The Lavender Hill Mob
Le Monde
Les Leyne
Life
Life' first cover by Margaret Bourke-White
The Living Stone
The Los Angeles Times - Books
The Los Angeles Times
David Low
Roy MacGregor
Macleans
Man of Aran - Robert Flaherty
MarketWatch
Lawrence Martin
Gary Mason
Bill Mauldin
The McLaughlin Group
H. L. Mencken
The Battle of Midway The Battle of Midway
Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin)
The Eagle has landed --- first moon landing 1969
Mother Jones
moveon.org
Bill Moyers
MSNBC
The Mudlark
The Munich Sueddeutsche Zeitung
Dan Murphy
Rex Murphy
Nanook of the North
Thomas Nast
The Nation
CBC's The National
The National Post
The National Post
National Public Radio
The National Review
The New Republic
New York Magazine
The New York Review of Books
The New York Times
The New York Times Sunday Book Review
Cartoons from the New Yorker
The New Yorker
Nieman Journalism Lab
Len Norris
William Notman
Oka Stare-down
Olympia
Online Film Critics Society
Open Secrets (of campaign finance)
PBS
The Pink Panther Series
Pros and Cons
Public Intelligence.org
Punch
The Quotation Page
Adrian Raeside
Rebel Without a Cause
Russians capture the Reichstag - 1945
Reuters
Neil Reynolds
Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote
Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
Nothing to fear but fear itself --- Roosevelt
A Date which will live in Infamy --- Roosevelt
Rotten Tomatoes - Movies
Erich Salomon
Saskatoon Star Phoenix
The Saskatoon StarPhoenix
The Seattle Times - Books
Shall We Dance
Shields and Brooks
Jeffrey Simpson
Sinocism China Newsletter
Slate
The Smothers Brothers
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Spanish Civil War
Sports Illustrated
Stagecoach
Steamboat Willie
Jon Stewart
Dr. Strangelove
Superman
The Cranes are Flying
The Goose-Step (1936)
Think Exist
This Hour has 7 Days
Time
The Times Literary Supplement
The Toronto Star
truth-out.org
The Tyee
The Vancouver Sun
Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair
The Victoria Times Colonist
The Victoria Times Colonist
The Village Voice Books
The Wall Street Journal - Books
The Wall Street Journal
The Walrus
Invasion from Mars --- War of the Worlds - 1937 --- H.G. Wells
The Washington Post - Books
The Washington Post
Washington Week
Washington Week
Margaret Wente
Whiskey Galore
George Will
The Wizard of Oz
First human flight --- Wright Brothers 1903
First Flight - Wright Brothers
You Tube News
Eye Openers
Is owning a Canadian slave illegal

Local preachers ran him and his Eye Opener newspapers out of Wetaskiwin and, in turn, Strathcona and High River for "expressing contrary opinions, drinking and hootin' and yellin'and generally disturbing' the Gospel". He arrived in Calgary and the paper became The Calgary Eye Opener in 1904 Wednesday, June 06, 2012 ---
Why can an American buy Mexicans but cannot buy Canadians?

Local preachers ran him and his Eye Opener newspapers out of Wetaskiwin and, in turn, Strathcona and High River for "expressing contrary opinions, drinking and hootin' and yellin'and generally disturbing' the Gospel". He arrived in Calgary and the paper became The Calgary Eye Opener in 1904 Wednesday, June 06, 2012 ---
Provincial Exports circa 2012

I drove the last spike on the CPR railroad in 1885. A fellow I fired wrote a book about me, full of vicious lies and insinuations and exaggerations ... trouble is though, it's mainly true Thursday, March 01, 2012 ---
Geologist calls for a debate on science of global warming

Back in 1877, Crowfoot was the leader of the Blackfoot --- the most feared native tribe in western North America. Wednesday, February 22, 2012 ---
DO YOU RECOGNIZE ME

From the Banks of the South Saskatchewan Sunday, February 19, 2012 ---
A Bum's Xmas in Calgary

Local preachers ran him and his Eye Opener newspapers out of Wetaskiwin and, in turn, Strathcona and High River for "expressing contrary opinions, drinking and hootin' and yellin'and generally disturbing' the Gospel". He arrived in Calgary and the paper became The Calgary Eye Opener in 1904 Friday, December 16, 2011 ---
Is global warming caused by human-made CO2?

Back in 1877, Crowfoot was the leader of the Blackfoot --- the most feared native tribe in western North America. Tuesday, December 06, 2011 ---
Is Global Warming caused by Humans? Let's debate the facts!!!.

Back in 1877, Crowfoot was the leader of the Blackfoot --- the most feared native tribe in western North America. Tuesday, November 01, 2011 ---
"The national parks of Canada are hereby dedicated to the people of Canada for their benefit, education and enjoyment, subject to this Act and the regulations, and the parks shall be maintained and made use of so as to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."
Canada National Parks Act

The Old Contrarian from Pincher Creek --- U.S. President Barak Obama has branded him a corporate welfare bum --- town gossips claim he is a trillionaire --- the Old Timer lives in subsidized housing and spends his days dumpster diving

03-Sep-10

What happened to you Ducks? Mosquito bites from head to toe. Clothes ripped to shreds -- the back end out of your pants. Right ear hanging by a piece of skin. Where have ya' been -- in a bar room brawl up in the Zoo at the MacKenzie Hotel in Inuvik, Northwest Territories?

I'm back from a trip down memory lane --- Waskesiu --- in Prince Albert National Park --- where I used to spend my summers in the 40s. In them there days I'd take the wife and seven kids up there --- we had a shack tent we bought for $75.00 --- we'd put it up right next to the main beach on the lake --- rent was $1.00 a week --- there was a guy there called Harry Houghton --- the recreational director --- he was an army colonel --- he'd been in charge of recreation for the whole Canadian army during World War II. He organized the kids every day --- on sunny days they'd learn how to swim or go out on boat trips --- on lousy days --- ping pong tournaments in the Community Hall --- among the world's most beautiful buildings --- it's still there in spite of federal bureaucrats (Waskesiu's in Prince Albert National Park) who wanted to rip it down and build a "comfort station" in the style they call the bauhaus. In the evenings wiener roasts, free movies and sing songs. Meantime, me and my better half'd have a swim and a good sun bath and spend the whole day unbothered by the kids --- procreatin'. Because of Harry, one kid's a brain surgeon, another's a rocket scientist, another won a gold medal in swimmin' at the Olympics, another's the world's greatest teacher, another's a leadin' agnostic, another understands databases, another's a physician who's hated by the drug companies --- none of 'em became stock brokers, lawyers, plastic surgeons, developers, undertakers, capitalists, propaganda doctors, university presidents, evangelicals or accountants ...

Where did you get waylaid?


View Larger Map

In the swamps surroundin' Waskesiu ... what us Canucks call "Muskeg" ... there's no shack tents in Waskesiu anymore ... what used to be shack tents have been gussied up away from the lake and are selling for $350,000 each. Fat cat capitalists have taken to showin' off by building big mansions at Waskesiu --- they've taken over all the lakeshore --- I'm told they sell for $1,000,000 apiece. Contrary to the theories of right-thinkin' economists, none of this trickles down to Mr. and Mrs. Kanada --- the "great unwashed" are banned from the place --- by fat-cat real estate prices and other predators ---

You're always broke Old Timer --- or say you are --- Waskesiu's in a national park --- surely there'd there'd be a place for you and your kind to stay --- cheap?

Well, if you call $30.00 a night cheap --- and you have to pitch your own tent --- and eight dollars a night more to build a fire --- in the old days they had cookhouses right along the lakeshore. But the parks people decided that ordinary folks should enjoy nature in the muskeg swamps surrounding Waskesiu --- a quarter mile away from the lake mind you. They said people (unless you were a buck- heavy-big-shot) should stay away from the lake and not disturb the fish. Well I paid my $30.00 and my eight dollars for a fire ---

But, poor dear --- you're covered with mosquito bites -- you're in need of a blood transfusion --- If you paid $30.00 a night just for a place to pitch a tent --- sure Ducks, the government'd protect ya' against predators

Well, when I raised hell about miskiters, I got a good stiff lecture from a bearded midget with a pony-tail in a smoky-the-bear outfit --- the parks are he told me --- he called me a redneck --- the parks are for critters not people. Anyway the fire wood was pretty wet --- when you got it burnin' --- I had to use gas I siphoned from Smokey's SUV when he was in the can smoking a joint --- the wood smoked enough to help with the miskiters but some of 'em still sucked up my blood as you can see.

Poor darlin', Ducks --- on top of mosquito holes --- you look like a saber tooth tiger got at ya'---

Ya' the miskiters ain't the end of it --- I finally got some grub in my belly and I got the fire a glowin' and my cup full of Glen Parker and smoked all dozen of my daily prescriptions of medical marijuana and finally climbed into my tent and settled down and breathed in some fresh air and was snorin' and I started dreamin' of sex --- I'm climbing into the sack with my fiancee, the prof, when suddenly the prof comes on ta' me even a lot more than she usually does and her finger nails are a lot bigger and suddenly she starts snortin' and she's hairy to the touch and I wake up and I'm bein' savaged by a bear --- well, I always carries an axe to fend off perverts --- so I swings the axe at the brute and he lets out a roar and off he goes

Did he wreck your tent ---

Yeah, but no worry, cause Smokey threw me in jail for assault causin' bodily harm to wildlife.

What you're telling me Old Timer is that these bureaucrats and fat cats and fanatic environmentalists have turned what was a people's park into a gated community for bears, mosquitoes and rich folk. It wasn't always this way --- people like Harry Houghton and the greatest park superintendent of all time, Bim Strong, staked their jobs on what original national parks commissioner, James Harkin declared to be the fundamental right of every citizen: "... every Canadian, by right of citizenship, will have free access to the national parks ..." And the old national parks used strong building controls to protect against predatory fat cats. In 1938, you couldn't build a cottage at Waskesiu that cost more than $750. I've been reading that park visits in Canada have dropped 22% since 1995 --- meanwhile Canada's population has gone up nearly 18%. Mr. and Mrs. Canada are lucky they've got Jim Prentice as Canada's Environment Minister --- he calls the parks "the jewels of our country" --- "For a number of years," Prentice says. "There was a a kind of emphasis on, to put it in graphic terms, protecting our national parks from Canadians as opposed to protecting our national parks for Canadians." The trouble is that Big Brother could replace Jim Prentice tomorrow. But the fact is that, when the civil service took over the Canadian government in 1963, they pushed through a park policy which said that preservation of wild life like mosquitoes and bears was the Canadian Park Service's "most fundamental and important obligation." That's when Smoky and his crowd came on board.

Trouble is, we haven't had enough Harry Houghtons and Bim Strongs and James Harkins and Jim Prentices. And they have been marginalized by Canada's authoritarian political culture. Have a look at Ken Burns: National Parks - America's Best Idea shown on PBS and available for purchase from Amazon. American politicians and outdoorsmen like Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir put their feet down when the Northern Pacific Railway tried to turn Yellowstone National Park into another Coney Island. All along the way, Americans have fought for their parks and won. The U.S. spends $62.44 on each hectare of their parks. We only spent $8.84. And park bureaucrats have tried to keep the parks away from population centres because that's where the folks raise more hell if the bureaucrats get out of line. In the United States, according to Jeff Olson of the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.: "Most everybody can get to a park by lunchtime, if they get in the car after breakfast."


PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK
blog comments powered by Disqus
Other-Stories-Module
All good things come to an end!!!
Goodbye to the age of Gutenberg!!!! Welcome to the age of Kindle!!!!
Ebooks are here!!!!


Ken Burns: National Parks - America's Best Idea

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs leaves grieving families in limbo - Douglas Quan

Waskesiu Memories --- scores of holidayers and workers describe their days at Waskesiu - Dorell Taylor (nee Ridley) Editor
An amazing collection of stories of Waskesiu -- a must for anyone who's spent time there

Rehabilitating our national parks - Dave McGinn

Cottage tents lure urbanites to Jasper - Program aims to get families back in the great outdoors - Jeremy Derksen

The Land Conservancy playing dangerous game with mortgages and funds, accounting prof says - Judith Lavoie

B.C. museums vital for tourism - Victoria Times Colonist Editorial

Im trailer trash and proud - Sharron Bannon

Robert Moses, Jane Jacobs and Paul Rudolph - The New Yorker

Between 1979 and 2006, 91 per cent of U.S. income growth went to the top 10 per cent of earners. - Janet Bagnall

Victoria eyes bike-parking options - Bill Cleverley

Gap between rich and rest puts society at risk - Kris Kotarski

Little time left to save Strathcona Park - Karl Stevenson

Feelin' the pain --- $3,000,000 for Clinton wedding - An Irish lawyer and speechifier and stretcher extraordinaire --- the best orator in North America

© 2004 Thomas O. ("Tim") Davis All rights reserved