High Speed Rail - A Definition In Crisis

High Speed Rail - A Definition In Crisis

I am growing weary of news reports talking about high speed trains when in reality the speed of these trains are not true high speed.

According to Wikipedia, there is no single standard that applies worldwide, new lines in excess of 250 kilometres per hour (160 miles per hour) and existing lines in excess of 200 kilometres per hour (120 miles per hour) are widely considered to be high-speed, with some extending the definition to include lower speeds in areas for which these speeds still represent significant improvements.

There is general agreement with the definition that 250 km/h on new lines and 200 km/h on existing track would constitute high speed rail. In reality many new high speed lines travel over 300 km/h.
It is the last part of the Wikipedia paragraph where the definition of high speed rail gets abused. This is especially true in North America where our passenger trains run at speeds, that  in many cases, are over a half a century behind train speeds in  the rest of the world.

Previously, USA President Obama provided funding through the Department of  Transportation for the High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program to modernize the current state of passenger rail in the USA. The term high speed rail became very ambiguous and is used time and time again incorrectly in the media.

A typical example of this misuse of the terminology is the Empire Corridor High Speed Rail Program for improved passenger rail service from New York to Niagara Falls. Even with the most expensive improvements to the line would it rarely meet true high speeds.

In Canada we have to give VIA Rail Inc. some credit. They have clearly stated their opposition to high speed rail. They have even gone so far to make up a new term High-Frequency-Rail to describe their slow trains travelling more frequently idea  between Toronto and Ottawa.

In the future when you read an article talking about high speed rail,  evaluate the article to see if it is really high speed rail they are talking about.


I Remember - Herbert Stitt Book Free Download

I Remember - Herbert Stitt Book

Herbert Stitt was a worker with the Canadian Pacific Railway for 47 years. (October 1915 - September 1962) This small autobiography has been out of print since 1985. It captures the golden age of the Canadian railroads. It is an exceptional book.

I was able to find representatives of the former McBain Publishing Company who originally published the book to get permission to allow for it be given out for free as a PDF download.

I want to thank Chad McBain and Cherie Finucan for helping me bring this book to you. Here is a LINK to the free download. Enjoy reading this as much as I have over the years.

Piso’s Cure for Consumption - tuberculosis

Piso's Cure for Consumption - Hazelton Co.

Piso's Cure for Consumption.

We were removing our cistern from the basement and we found a couple interesting bottles. This one is well known in the medical fraud world. Here is a summary of stuff I found on the internet about Piso's Cure for Consumption.

 According to the January 2007 edition of “The Potomac Pontil,” a newsletter published by the Potomac Bottle Collectors, Ezra T. Hazeltine arrived in the northwest Pennsylvania town of Warren, on the Allegheny River, in 1860.  He began selling homemade medications and in 1864, with the help of a local doctor, created “Piso’s Cure for Consumption” (tuberculosis).  In 1869, he founded the Piso Company to market his concoction on a national level.

Piso’s Cure contained at various times opium, morphine, hashish, marijuana, chloroform and alcohol.   The medical profession considered its claim as a “cure” to be fraudulent, but not surprisingly, it became one of America’s best-selling patent drugs.

Samual Adams takes on Piso's "Cure"

Things went south for the Hazelton Company and Piso's Cure when Samual Adams in 1907 did an article titled, The Great American Fraud - Articles on the Nostrum Evil and Quacks, which exposed the Piso'c Cure for the fraud it was. Here is a LINK to read that article. The resulting legislation and regulation of the industry resulting in the change of name of Piso's Cure and removal of many of its toxic ingredients.

For further reading, here is an excellent article on the history of the company.

Typewriters are Extinct and so Should Funding to the Cambridge Visitors Centre

I was surprised to read in the Cambridge Times that according Councillor Wolf taxpayers of Cambridge pay $265,400 to the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce to run the Cambridge Visitor Information Centre.

In these modern times there is no need for the City to be paying for something that has been replaced by phones, internet, apps, google. Even seniors have embraced modern technology.

I have never met anyone that has stopped at the Cambridge Visitors Centre. I have been past that centre numerous times over the years and have never seen anyone in the parking lot.

We don't buy typerwriters anymore and we sure shouldn't be spending $265,400. on this outdated way of telling people about Cambridge.

When I inquired at City Hall I was told there was no breakdown of how this money is being spent by the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. This is simply not acceptable practice to handout that much money and not receive an itemized list of where the money went.

It is my opinion that this funding should be eliminated from the city budget.

Seven Craft Breweries in Cambridge - Believe

Seven Craft Breweries in Cambridge Ontario

Hespeler Brewing Company

In the world of craft breweries often times Facebook is how you find out about the latest small craft breweries starting up. What a pleasant surprise today when I saw a posting for Hespeler Brewing Company. The latest craft brewery to start up here. Here is what we know. They have a facebook page and that is about it for now. So check out their page to keep up to date!

Grand River Brewery

Grand River Brewery
Over at Grand River Brewery the Jubilation Winter Warmer This Winter Spiced Ale a full  bodied beer is available. They also have a popular Beer Club.

They are located at 295 Ainslie St S, Cambridge, ON N1R 3L3 Check out all Grand River Brewery has to offer at  http://grandriverbrewing.com or their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Grand-River-Brewing-131494183542014/

Barncat breweries

Barncat  Artisan Ales

Barncat is the only brewery in Cambridge making sour beer.They are located at 1600 Industrial Rd b5, Cambridge, ON N3H 4W5. Please go to their website to see what they are brewing.  https://barncatales.com/ or visit their facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/barncatales/

North Works Brewery

North Works Brewing Company

New beer release | Ward 8 IPA | Mild bittering and smooth citrus flavour | Available for crowler fills or by the glass at the brewery. Open only weekends they too also put all their focus on the beer. They are open Friday through Sunday. 
They are located at 46 Stafford Ct b, Cambridge, ON N1T 1B3 . Their website is sparse, call first and see what they are brewing! http://www.northworksbrewing.com/
or check out their facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/northworksbrewing/

four fathers

Four Fathers Brewery

 Four Father Brewery is on tap at Ernies and will be opening in Hespeler on Guelph Avenue real soon! Try their The Starter Session I.P.A. Check out their website at http://fourfathersbrewing.ca/

rhythm and brews

Rhythm and Brews Brewery

Brewhouse is arriving in about a month. They will be open early in the new yearit seems similar to other craft breweries located in a strip mall at 1000 Bishop Street North. But as the name suggests it will be more than a brewery. It will  have a stage and feature a wide variety of live entertainmen. Latest news is that the Brewhouse is arriving in about a month.  They will be open early in the new year.Their facebook at http://rhythmandbrews.ca  or their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rhythmbrewsbeer/

jackass brewing

Jackass Brewing

 Brothers Wayne and Keith own the brewery. They are growing fast: having moved from their garage into their own facility within 6 months. The location of their facility is 100 Sheldon Drive, Unit 36. Their website is http://jackassbrewing.ca or facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Jackassbrewing/

UPDATE: We have added a link to a map showing the location of all the Cambridge Craft Breweries. Go for a drive and check them out. CLICK HERE for map.

Langan's Cranberry Walnut Cornmeal Gluten Free Muffins

Langan's Cranberry Walnut Cornmeal Gluten Free Muffins

These muffins turned out decent. All cornmeal muffins are best eaten warm with margarine on them. If I make them again I would change the sweetened dried cranberries for fresh/frozen cranberries for better taste/texture.

1 cup gluten free flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1 egg
1 cup skim milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1.Heat oven to 400°F. Line 12 regular-size muffin cups with paper baking cups.
2.In large bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. In small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons flour mixture and the cranberries and pecans; set aside.
3.In medium bowl, beat egg with wire whisk until blended. Beat in milk and oil.
4.Make a well in center of dry ingredients. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened (batter will be thin). Stir in cranberries and pecans. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
5.Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 1 minute; remove from pan to cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature