My Week Ending 2021-06-20

Here’s a summary of some of the things I learned and published this week.


You can follow my daily readings as they happen here.  Below are a selected few, with commentary, from the past week.


  • A warning to 2 billion, yes billion, Google Chrome users about a need to update to get the latest
  • It’s great news around here if you want to eat outside – Open Air Amherstburg is back. Not racing but dining in the streets Friday to Sunday


  • If things weren’t bad already in Mississauga and Brampton, there’s a safety recall in process
  • Another reason to love Niagara Falls – they’re being lit up in Montreal Canadiens’ colours


  • OK, kids – go and get a ticket from the Ontario Provincial Police for doing something good
  • It’s great to see that Detroit recognizes the value of teachers by getting more of them and paying them more


  • It’s interesting that an article about getting started with Google Sheets is needed in the year 2021 but here it is
  • This article speaks volumes about our ignorance of the residential schools and what it meant for First Nations peoples


  • How the return to school plan looks for secondary school students around here
  • Ford said he would use the nuclear option and he did


  • The statue of Sir. John A. Macdonald is removed from a Kingston Park and may end up being reinstalled at his grave site
  • If you’re running short of riddles, here are 30 more – hopefully some are new


  • It’s hard to believe that there are people who misspell some of these words. Well, I guess not – I have a Facebook account
  • Quebec secondary school students will be putting in a few more hours at school in the fall

Blog Posts on
doug — off the record

My daily contributions to this blog are linked below. If you’re looking for a week in review for doug–off the record, you came to the right place.

#FollowFriday – June 18, 2021

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about a national reckoning, vaccines, skunks, gifts, and hybrid teaching.

Featured bloggers:

  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Sheila Stewart – @sheilaspeaking
  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Amber MacArthur – @ambermac
  • Deborah Weston – @DPAWestonPhD

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here. The show is broadcast LIVE almost every Wednesday morning at 8:45 on voicEd Radio.

Technology Troubleshooting

I paid attention to the Google warning and updated the instance on my Chromebook.

Usually, this is good news but it isn’t at present.

All of a sudden my Chromebook is really slow and at times gets responsive.

I’m looking for an update every time I use it now. Hopefully, soon.

Video of the Week

If you have problems getting it in gear, watch this Tina Turner concert. What energy and what a voice.

Photo of the Week

One of our favourite walks is Belle River and we enjoy the new jetty.

Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. I honestly and truthfully appreciate your few moments reading my thoughts. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.


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Whatever happened to …

… summer vacation?

As I see educators counting down to the last day of school or the last day of a career, I started to think about what summer meant/means to me.

As a kid growing up, it was always swimming lessons in the morning, public swimming in the afternoon and evenings. Unless it rained or there was a baseball game. Later, I ended up lifeguarding and teaching swimming through the Red Cross and the Royal Life Saving Society. For the most part, that helped with summer jobs during university as well.

Then came the real world after getting my first job in teaching.

In the first years, summers meant a return to school to pick up additional qualifications and then to teach some during July but there was always August. Eventually priorities kicked in and summer vacation became both months.

Since my first summer as a teacher, my wife and I have dropped the dog off at the Hound Dog Hilton, the kids with their grandparents and then enjoyed a week or two along the shores of Lake Huron and then over to Niagara Falls. The Niagara Region is incredible in that there’s never a shortage of things to do or to spend money. Of course, we’re tourists – when I talk to friends there, they indicate they go to just about anywhere but the falls.

I have fond memories of Clifton Hill, Ripley’s Believe or Not, Movieland Wax Museum, Prince of Wales Stakes, to name some, a million wineries, and then all the souvenir stores. We have a daughter with a unique spelling of her name and were always on the lookout for a souvenir with it spelled correctly. Still looking.

These trips were annual events with other things added in – Detroit Tiger Baseball game, Michigan Wolverine tailgating and football, the beaches up and down the coast of Lake Huron, and more. As we know, none of this is really possible this year although the beaches are a possibility.

The lack of a summer holiday really started last summer. As such, we gained a renewed appreciation for what we have here at home. Unlike the formal holidays, these are day trips for us and we enjoy them as well. Point Pelee, Holiday Beach, Sadler’s Pond, Colasanti, Wheatley Provincial Park, wineries so many places, and the world’s best pizza.

Even with vaccinations done, destinations will be limited again this summer. I suppose that technically it’s going to be possible but we’ve decided to stay local again. We picked up the Windsor Essex Pelee Island tourism guide and there’s always something new. Plus, the tip at Point Pelee is never the same twice.

For a Sunday, your thoughts

  • do you have any fond memories of childhood vacations? Are there any that you’d like to relive?
  • if you have kids, do you take them with you or is it a real vacation for everyone?
  • do you have a traditional place that you like to visit?
  • how did you spend last summer?
  • what are your plans for this summer?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

This is a regular Sunday morning feature around here – past articles are archived here.

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OTR Links 06/20/2021

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