Feed The Enthusiasm – Factor A Bike Show Into Your Travels

Vancouver – Toronto – Moncton – Charlottetown

As bike enthusiasts the spouse and I find the winter long.  Living in Prince Edward Island can mean six months or more of too-cold-to-motor weather.  One way to feed the enthusiasm is to attend a bike show.  The year we left the Atlantic coast winter to spend three weeks in Ontario, followed by three months in British Columbia so were able to take in two major shows in one month.

There are many shows to choose from across the country and we are happy to tell you about just four of them. The idea is to inspire you to plan a vacation, or a mini-vacation, around a show or two come winter.

I must say it is wonderful to see the new bikes and accessories, but for me the best part is the people you talk to.  Coffee areas are always a great spot to talk mechanics, and that perpetual favourite, the near misses and wow! moments. You also learn how small the world is for people who truly love to tour.  At the Vancouver show we met one chap, wearing an Arctic Circle Yukon hat who says he loves biking in PEI best.  We on the other hand are dreaming of touring the Yukon.  Another fellow, this one from Ontario, seated nearby pipes up, “Say, did you go up those singing sands, past Montague on the Island?” and so the conversation goes.

There is a definite buzz in the air which intensifies as the day goes on.  Talk of trips taken, or being planned, chrome or striping being considered, new bikes……….

The new year begins with what is billed as the continent’s largest and most comprehensive motorcycle show, the North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW in Toronto, usually held the first weekend of the year.  Being 35+ years old this show has built a solid reputation.  They have more than 50,000 folks go through over three days. It is spread out so the crowds didn’t seem overwhelming. With around 400 exhibitors, “Accessory Superstores” and staged events spread over several themed halls and special activities and competitions there was room to move and lots to enjoy.

The SUPERSHOW included over 25 manufacturer brands being represented, and a record breaking 80 motorcycle riding clubs, user groups and motorcycle associations participating with displays of members’ bikes, from touring and cruising to racing and offroad riding, vintage and marque clubs, and everything in between.  Five separate military groups exhibited including motorcycle veterans’ units and the launch of new rides and rallies in support of our troops.


After a totally relaxing and super enjoyable trip across Canada in VIA Rails great passenger train we were amazed to find biking weather when we arrived in Vancouver in January.  Far cry from the snow, sleet and ice of the East.  In mid-January we headed out to Abbotsford to take in the Vancouver Motorcycle Show.  One of the big attractions was the sheer number of new bikes on view, but running a close second was the focus on the lifestyle that is proving so popular with those who love to tour. We enjoyed that show so much we repeated the experience the next year, this time driving our RV across the continent, arriving in good time to enjoy the show again.

One thing that really impressed me at was the presence of resorts, campgrounds and tourism folks eager to welcome bikers.  Destinations have put together a number of packages which include tours of various lengths with accommodation.  Reps from the North, as well as communities like Revelstoke just made us long to hit the road.  That feeling intensified when we hit the Ural display with sidecars just beckoning.  My soon-to-be-operated on knee was positive it could rest quite comfortable in a side car. Of course I need to check out the getting  in and out process of side cars.

All in all, this is a great show made ever more special by the glorious mountains forming a backdrop for green fields in January.  Ya Gotta Love It!


Shows in our region tend to be a bit hit and miss so check with your local dealers for dates. In the past we have enjoyed great events in both Moncton and Charlottetown and look for many more.

These smaller shows are a great place to connect to the local riding community, clubs, dealers and to learn about coming events.

Before heading off on any winter trip we check to see if there are any such events we can connect with, even if we have to adjust our itineraries a little.  A show in winter is a real boost to those of us who long for biking season.


Canada Homeschool Laws: Manitoba | Canadian Homeschool Society

Homeschooling regulations in Manitoba are very simple: let the government know you are going to homeschool and update them twice on how it’s going.

To be more specific, the current legislation requires that a parent or guardian notify the minister of education of the establishment of a home school for any children ages 7 to 17 (inclusive). This means you do not have to begin notifying the government until the September of the year your child turns 7 and you should continue notifying until September of the year they turn 17 .

This notification is to happen on or before September 1 or within 30 days of establishing a home school. If you withdraw your children from a school setting, you have one month to notify the government. In addition the parent or guardian must provide the ministry with periodic progress reports. These reports are to be submitted in January and June using the official forms also located at the web address above. That is all we are required to do in Manitoba.

Parents and guardians do NOT have to notify any school division or school. but it is often recommended that you do so if you are removing a child from a formal educational institution. Let the administration at your child’s school know you are going to homeschool and that you have filed the necessary paperwork with the homeschooling offices.

There is no cost involved in notification, but there is also no funding available. If a child is being homeschooled due to for medical reasons, distance learning courses are available free of charge. Other students may use these resources but there is a cost to the parents. All other fees involved in homeschooling are the responsibility of parents or guardians.

Many times a local school is willing to accommodate homeschool students for part-time courses or extra curricular activities (Phys Ed, Music, French, etc) but this is at the discretion of individual schools. Parents need to contact the school directly and try to work out a plan with the staff. It is helpful to let school officials know that funding is available to the school for accepting part-time homeschooling students. In order for a school to claim a grant for any school year, the student must be enrolled by September 30 of that school year, so plan early. Most schools in Manitoba seem amenable to this arrangement.

Parents may use any curriculum or educational approach they deem beneficial for their child. Once enrolled as a homeschool with the ministry of education, parents have access to the Manitoba Resources Library which contains a number of useful educational materials, curricula, and other such resources.

Home schooling students are not required to take provincial exams, but may make arrangements to do so with a local school if they so desire.

Progress reports may be as detailed or as succinct as a parent desires. Many parents use the progress reports as an opportunity to record all that their student accomplishes in the year. Other parents merely indicate that satisfactory progress is being made on the necessary subjects.

Occasionally a government liaison officer may feel the need to visit with a homeschooling family. This happens because the liaison officers are trying to personally get to know home-school families, or because the office has received a complaint. If you feel uncomfortable having a visit in your home, you are encouraged to meet at a neutral location or to visit the liaison officer at their own office. Take your children, if you desire, and take along a bit of their work. Liaison officers are concerned with the progress of a student. If you can show that progress is being made (last year they read this book, and this year they read this one; last year they wrote like this, and this year, they write like this) you will be fulfilling your duties.


The Women of Opening Doors in Vancouver’s East End

Writer Daphne Marlatt and artist Carole Itter moved separately into the Strathcona neighbourhood in 1975 when it was a much more diverse working class neighbourhood, one that had actively saved itself from demolition for “urban renewal.” Getting to know their neighbours and local shop owners, they soon realized the depth of history in their new neighbourhood and that there were many stories to be told by long time residents. In 1977, they started tape recording many of their elders under the auspices of the Aural History program of the B.C. Archives. Two years later, they were still meeting and recording the memories of people in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Their book, Opening Doors: Vancouver’s East End, was first published in 1979 and then republished in 2011 by Harbour Publishing as Opening Doors in Vancouver’s East End: Strathcona. This was thirty seven years ago and now both Daphne and Carole are elders living in the same neighbourhood. Their Herstory Cafe presentation on September 12, 2013 will be an informal one; they will interview one another about their experiences and memories of the women they interviewed. Kindly offering to accompany Daphne and Carole will be the historian, James Johnstone who has a special interest in Vancouver and this neighbourhood.

Daphne Marlatt is an award-winning poet, dramatist, and novelist. Her poetry titles include Salvage, Steveston, and most recently Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now. Her novels include Ana Historic and Taken. A novelistic long poem The Given received the 2009 Dorothy Livesay Award. Last year she was awarded the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award.

Carole Itter is a Vancouver artist who has lived in Strathcona neighbourhood for over three decades. She has worked in various media including film, video, assemblage, performance, collage and photography. Her work is in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Belkin Gallery, U.B.C. and the Vancouver Public Library.

James Johnstone is an East End based house history researcher, neighbourhood historian, heritage activist, blogger and neighbourhood History Walk guide who has researched the social histories of over 900 houses in Vancouver. His blogs on Vancouver heritage and Italy are followed by people in over 70 countries around the world. Trip advisor ranks his History Walks 13th of 119 Things To Do in Vancouver.


Past Presentations

“B. C. Saltwater Women” with Vickie Jensen, writer, photographer and educator. Author of Saltwater Women at Work. Sylvia Hotel.”Sex Talk in the City” exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV). A group field trip to the museum.

“Poetry in the Park for Pauline”, with Mohawk Spoken Word Poet Janet Rogers, Victoria’s Poet Laureate, at the E. Pauline Johnson memorial monument in Stanley Park, marking the 100th anniversary year of her death in Vancouver. Special guests: Sino General and Murray Porter. Co-Sponsors: Stanley Park Ecology Society, SFU’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, SFU’s Native Studies Dept, SFU’s History Dept and UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.

“The Inspiration of E. Pauline”, with Victoria’s Poet Laureate and radio host, Mohawk Spoken Word Poet Janet Rogers. Performance poetry, audio recordings, video and power-point presentation at the Rhizome Cafe. Special guests: Garry Gottfriedson and Michelle Sylliboy. Co-Sponsors: SFU’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, SFU’s Native Studies Dept, SFU’s History Dept and UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.


Latest Roofing Trends in Canada

Tech is touching simply about every detail of the residential construction field, and that comprises the roofing area. While some of the newest roofing trends to expect during 2018 are formed on the newest decisions being created by homeowners and contractors, numerous of them are being pushed by technology. Below are the latest roofing trends:


Slate Roofs

Asphalt shingles are at never the immediate risk of being changed as the standard shingle material of selection, though 2017 will notice less asphalt as well as more slate fixed on houses around the nation. The slate roof is being utilized more frequently since it is more long-lasting than asphalt and endures much longer. The slate roof requires being strengthened due to its extra weight, though the maintenance prices are low and slate could last forever when it is taken care of correctly.


Living roofs

The living roof is a setting sound idea which as well offers persons who stay in cities the location to have their garden. The living roof is mainly designed to sustain plants and maintains your house cooler in the exercise. Individuals are utilizing green roofs as farming space, and numerous are finding that the correctly watered green cover is as well aiding them to save cash on their daily energy invoices by taking the pressure off the cooling system.


Lighter roofs

Householders are beginning to value how much their roof could do when it comes to maintaining their houses fresh as well as decreasing their power bills. The trend which started during mid-2016 and is supposed to develop stronger during 2017 is fixing roofs with light-colored materials. The unlit asphalt roofs take in heat as well as make your home warmer, though lighter colors cast back the heat as well as make thing plenty simpler for your ceiling fans and cooling system.


Tesla’s current solar roof

For many years, the just way to acquire solar power for your house was having the large pieces of solar panels fixed on your poles or roof in the part of your garden that got constant sunshine. While the power savings which solar panels provided were considerable, the boards were bulky and unsightly. The Tesla organization owned by developer Elon Musk believes it has the answer for that solar panel difficulty which promises to turn very common in 2017.

Tesla has designed roofing tiles which are put jointly to create the whole solar power network. Instead of keeping big panels on your property or roof, you could now have the stylish roof which is made entirely of solar panels. Because you will fix the roof on every side of your house, it will be capable of catching the energy you require continuously.



How to find a suitable rental apartment in Oregon, Bend?

One of the major Industrial, financial and logistic hubs in United States, Bend is a happening and vibrant city. Hence, the city keeps receiving a significant traffic of tourists from the other States and international locations. Consequently, these flocks look for the rental apartments for timely locations. The paragraphs underneath will guide you as how to find the best apartments for rent Bend.


Availability of rental apartments in the city

You will get a wide portfolio of apartments for rent Bend available across the city. You will get these accommodations in the mainland city as well as along the downstream areas. These accommodations come with various accommodation capacities and the rents vary as per the location and the accommodation capacity. The city has the availability of the necessary amenities, facilities, and services that are commonly availed in modern days. Hence, life in this city is comfortable and convenient. Bend city offers holds a high standard of life and you will get sufficient arrangements for leisure and entertainment across the city.


Tricks & tips to find a rental apartment in the city

You can try the following options in this regard:


  • Refer to the property websites: There are several local property websites for the city that can guide you in the property hunt. You can easily find out a property in the city, suiting your budget and location preferences.
  • Seek the services of property consultants: As real estate is a major industry in the city, it has a developed network of property consultants. The best real estate consultants will be able to link you with the best property within the minimal time span.
  • Go for classified advertisements: You can post an advertisement on the classified websites. In addition, you can refer to the classifieds posted by the property owners, interested in renting out their properties.
  • Take references from people in your network: In today’s date while social networking enables people to have contacts overseas. Hence, you may have some contacts from this City or from its peripheries. It will be wise to seek assistance from such contacts if any. These flocks can certainly get you a suitable property in and around the city.

If you are visiting the place for the first time, you need not worry about the availability of a suitable apartment within an affordable rent. The city has got a wonderful climate, exceptional scenic beauty and vibrant ambiance to offer you a high standard of living.


Canadian Banking System

If you have brought a lot of cash with you, you will want to open a bank account in Canada as soon as possible and deposit the money there. Unfortunately, this is not an easy task.

The biggest banks are TD Canada Trust, CIBC and Bank of Montreal. We recommend and use TD only because of better online presence, ease of doing things remotely without having to visit branch for every little thing and long operating hours.

Because you have no banking history in Canada, if you try to open an account and put thousands of cash money in it, they will question if you are trying to launder money and ask you to proof for origin of the money. So, be prepared for this or just deposit small amounts at a time. You will also fill endless amounts of paperwork just to open an account.

Debit Cards
When you open an account you a get a Debit Card, this card can be used for shopping in virtually anywhere to pay from your checking (regular account) or savings account. This system is called Interac and you will see its symbol near the Visa, Amex and MasterCard at the stores.

“Why carry cash at all?” you might ask. Because at every transaction, every time you use Interac you will be charged a transaction fee. This fee depends on your agreement with the bank, sometimes banks allow you limited time of ATM and Interac usage if you keep a certain amount of money in your checking account. Otherwise, you pay fee every time even when you use your bank’s ATM machine.

You could also use another bank’s or third party ATM machines to withdraw money. In this case, not only you will get charged a transaction fee but also the fee will be higher than your bank’s ATM.

Credit cards
As with opening your first account, obtaining credit cards first time in Canada could be tricky due to again you do not have any credit history in this country.

You could definitely live without them or bring one from your origin of country for emergencies, but if you like to start your credit history in Canada so you can apply for a car loan, house loan, rent a car, stay in a nice hotel (most hotels require you book with a credit card even if you do not charge to it as a guarantee), you might look into getting one. Here are the two options as a workaround:

Secured Credit Cards

One of the things you can do to get a credit card even before having a job is, ask your bank to give you a Secured Credit Card for your savings account as guarantee. Let’s say you have $5000 sitting in your bank account, the bank can give you a credit card with $2000 limit and they secure it with your $5000. So, the bank has no risk and you have a credit card that you can use to kick start your credit history. You need to use it and use it below its limit and pay on time to have a good credit rating. You need to have a good credit rating to be able to get more credit in the future.

Store Credit Cards

The other option after having a job for a while is; you can apply for a store credit card. Almost every big box store has their credit card, like Loblaws (President’s Choice), The Bay or Zellers (HBC), Sears (MasterCard) and like. The store cards tend to be less discriminatory, so your chances are high of obtaining one, but the catch with these is they tend to have high interest fees if you carry out a balance (if you do not pay on time monthly). So, if you get declined from one, wait a few months and try another and when you use them, make sure you pay on time.

Once you have one of these cards at least for a year, you can apply for regular, preferably low interest credit cards.