It is a cloudy day in Calgary, just on the freezing mark, and snow is expected. A great day to close the blinds, turn on the fireplace, and read the newspaper. I was looking for some good stuff to kind of cheer up the day, but to no avail. So I poked back on a few pages I have kept for just such an occasion. I hope it helps your day along.
First of all, I am happy that the AHS after a lot of pushing by the Provincial Government has reversed their mean spirited decision to eliminate the free parking passes that were bought by you and I with our Poppy Fund donations. It was obvious that they were pressured to do so, after the veterans, and ordinary people like you and me, put the squeeze on our MLA’s to drop this foolhardy idea.
A few days ago, there was a short article in the Calgary Herald, about a young man of 16, who attends Weber Academy. It seems that Arjun Nair, a grade 11 student, was named the top student in the National Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge in Ottawa. Arjun was honoured with a major science award for his work on a therapy that involves injecting cancer cells with nano-particles. Arjun pointed out that a lot of work remains to be done, but he hopes that he can meet each challenge as it arises. He got his idea of using gold nano-particles to kill tumours while searching for a way to treat cancer without the harmful side effects of chemotherapy.
Judges at the competition said Nair’s work was at the level of world class masters, or PhD students. Nair has been doing his research at the University of Calgary with the help of a couple of professors who have been mentoring him.
After reading about all the downer stuff in the world, it is nice and refreshing to read about the work of such as this. I should also add that the award he got was for $5000.00. Congratulations Arjun. With people like you around, I think the future of our country is in good hands!
Next I would like to add to the blog I wrote a few days ago on integrity in business. The comments that follow mirror mine, and I felt compelled to add them to my blog. The column was in Comment in the Financial Post section of the Calgary Herald. It was written by a certain W. Brett Wilson writing about integrity. Some of his views were taken from a book by James P. Owen, called Cowboy Ethics. To keep this short, it simply says that good ethics are essential in business, and in life. As I say it mirrors my views, although I have not always managed to live up to some of it, no matter how hard I tried. I quote the list of 10 cowboy values:
- Live each day with courage
- Take pride in your work.
- Always finish what you start
- Do what has to be done
- Be tough, but fair.
- When you make a promise, keep it.
- Ride for the brand.
- Talk less and say more
- Remember that some things aren’t for sale.
- Know where to draw the line.
My personal big ones are, 2, 6, 7, 8.
We need to show more sympathy for these people.
They travel miles in the heat.
They risk their lives crossing a border.
They don’t get paid enough wages.
They do jobs that others won’t do or are afraid to do.
They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language.
They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day every day.
I’m not talking about illegal Mexicans I’m talking about our troops!
Doesn’t it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds
of social benefits on illegals, but don’t support our troops?
Wouldn’t it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that’s billion)
we spend on illegals every year, and spend it on our troops!!!
A veteran is someone who, at one point in his or her life,
wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America
for any amount, up to and including their life.
The piece was intended as you can see for American consumption, but the idea extends to Canadian troops as well.
Have a great day!