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Musings: A journey as it unfolds daily

Sometimes I date myself. We were garage saling. I asked the lady what she was asking for
the whippletree. She said they did not have one. I said it is sitting at the end of the driveway. She again suggested there was no whippletree and that I was probably looking at the oxen yoke.
When I distinguished the difference, she said she had never heard the term before.
So, a whippletree is a devise (shown in the picture) that you hook a couple of horses to via
their harness and the item to be pulled i.e., a wagon or a horse plow or whatever.
She also had an oxen yoke (second picture) which to me, is the apparatus that goes over the
necks of oxen to pull wagons or whatever.
So, when looking for a picture to explain it better, I found that some people refer to the
whippletree as a yoke. You learn something every day.
She was asking $20 for the whippletree and $50 for the yoke. She also had what I would
describe as a portable pump organ, something in all my 74 years, I had never seen.
I was reading something from South Africa where the looting and lawlessness is out of
control, possibly like other parts of our world, when I came across an article that caught my eye.
South Africa has published a proposal to allow women to marry multiple husbands. A
discussion for the ‘Green Paper on Marriages in South Africa’ said the permission of polyandry was necessary to be “consistent in the application of the equality principle,” as men can practice polygamy, having more than one wife.
I had often wondered what people would think if the shoe was on the other foot.
Over the years, activists have been trespassing on farms under the guise that they were
protecting the animals there. Although, the animals were housed according to the ministry’s
rules, some people do not like it. In some cases, despite them thinking they were doing good, they released animals who knew not how to forage for their own food, and the animals that were not rescued died.
In some of my reading, I wondered if the activists understood farms.
I remember the days on the farm.
It wasn’t uncommon that when you mixed two pens of pigs together, there was fighting and
injuries. When the activists saw injuries on the animals, they seem to figure it was a human’s
indignity to the animals.
It also was not uncommon to have a mother pig lay on her babies. The coming of farrowing
crates saved the lives of numerous pigs, they were cleaner, better fed and healthier but the
activist thinks this is cruel and unusual way of raising pigs.
Although they try to dismiss it, it is a fact that fewer laying hens die in cages than out in free
range.
I would not say there are not some operators that are not mean to their livestock but those that want to make a living know that comfortable and healthy animals are good for their bottom line.
There have been numerous court cases against the trespassers. Both sides have won and lost depending on your view. The trespassers think they should be able to wander unto anyone’s
property to check on the welfare of the animals while the owners think the trespassers should have been dealt with more aggressively when they disrupt the farming practices.
Now there is legislation pending that will keep the activists off the farm. If they have a
complaint, provincial agriculture departments will be asked to inspect the operation rather than having the operation invaded by people putting the health of the animals at risk. As well, veterinarians will be asked to report farms not up to standards. If their actions have any impact on the health and biosecurity of the animals or on the farm, significant monetary consequences may be applied.
Farmers are generally passive. They may not press charges because they might be in a court
room when they should be planting or harvesting crops, or they should be home for farrowing or calving or feeding and milking their stock.
The Fraser Insititute has ranked all the elementary and secondary schools in Alberta, BC,
Ontario and Quebec. (https://www.compareschoolrankings.org/ or https://fraserinstitute.org/).
Part of the scores come from the educational tests implemented by the government.
Around here, in the elementary category, Forest Hill 228/3037 had a score of 8.2; Minesing
Central 8.1 or 267/3037; W.R.Best Memorial Public School at 7.4 was 630th; Monsignor Castex 6.6 = 1195/3037; Guthrie Public School 1277/3037 had a 6.5; Our Lady of Lourdes 6 which meant 1617/3037 tied with Worsley Elementary; Wyevale Central 5.9 ranked 1683; Huronia Centennial 5.6 or 1871/3037; Hillsdale at 5.2 2102; Birchview Dunes 4.8 or 2325/3037; Bayview Public and Ecole elementaire Saint-Joseph 4.7 = 2364; St Noel Chabanel and Canadian Martys Catholic 4.3 and 2540; Burkevale 4.2 = 2578; Huron Park 4 points ranked 2643 tied with Mundy’s Bay; James Keating 3.4 or 2778; St., Ann’s Separate School 2.3 or 2930/3037 and in the Barrie aera with some 38 schools, Codrington Public stood 46th with a 9.2 score.
In the secondary Division Eastview at 7.6 meant 111/739; Barrie North with 6.2 ranked 391;
Elmvale 6.1 ranked 406/739; Bear Creek with 6 ranked 420; Innisdale had 5.9 points so ranked 440; St Joseph’s 5.3 meant 520/739; Romeo Dallaire 5.2 or 530th; St. Joan of Arc 5.1 or 542nd; St. Theresa’s 5 meant 556/739 tied with Nouvelle-Alliance; Georgian Bay District 4.3 620/739; Stayner’s 3.1 = 687; Le Caron 2.9 = 693 place.
I think I captured all the schools in the Springwater News’ area. The paper (we print 20,000) goes to almost every home in Tiny and Springwater Townships, another 2000 go into the city of Barrie area, even more go into Oro-Medonte up Old Penetanguishene Road thru Craighurst and into Horseshoe Valley and Vasey, some go into Tay Township and a limited number are delivered into Midland and Penetanguishene.
The Fraser Institute has also evaluated waiting times.
It indicates that, overall, waiting times for medically necessary treatment have increased since last year. Specialist physicians surveyed report a median waiting time of 20.9 weeks between referral from a general practitioner and receipt of treatment—longer than the wait of 19.8 weeks reported in 2018. This year’s wait time is just shy of the longest wait time recorded in this
survey’s history (21.2 weeks in 2017) and is 124% longer than in 1993, when it was just 9.3
weeks.
There is a great deal of variation in the total waiting time faced by patients across the
provinces. Ontario reports the shortest total wait—16.0 weeks—while Prince Edward Island
reports the longest—49.3 weeks. There is also a great deal of variation among specialties.
Patients wait longest between a GP referral and orthopaedic surgery (39.1 weeks), while those waiting for medical oncology begin treatment in 4.4 weeks.
The total wait time that patients face can be examined in two consecutive segments.
From referral by a general practitioner to consultation with a specialist. The waiting time in
this segment increased from 8.7 weeks in 2018 to 10.1 weeks in 2019. This wait time is 173% longer than in 1993, when it was 3.7 weeks. The shortest waits for specialist consultations are in Quebec (7.2 weeks) while the longest occur in Prince Edward Island (28.8 weeks).
From the consultation with a specialist to the point at which the patient receives treatment.
The waiting time in this segment decreased from 11.0 weeks in 2018 to 10.8 weeks this year.
This wait time is 92% longer than in 1993 when it was 5.6 weeks, and about three and onehalf weeks longer than what physicians consider to be clinically “reasonable” (7.2 weeks). The shortest specialist-to-treatment waits are found in Ontario (8.0 weeks), while the longest are in Prince Edward Island (20.5 weeks).
It is estimated that, across the 10 provinces, the total number of procedures for which people are waiting in 2019 is 1,062,286. This means that, if each person waits for only one procedure, 2.9% of Canadians are waiting for treatment in 2019. The proportion of the population waiting for treatment varies from a low of 1.7% in Quebec to a high of 5.8% in Nova Scotia. It is important to note that physicians report that only about 12.1% of their patients are on a waiting list because they requested a delay or postponement.