Poor Marion

More learnings: Marion and Milton had just been married. Marion was 35 in December 1937, when she married Milton McVicar. On Jan 3, Marion’s younger brother Beverly died (he’d had poor health for all of his life). The following month, Milton died.

Weird Connections

I’m putting together details about some of my Smith relatives. The Smiths were the oil family, and many of them became involved in local politics.

My great-grandfather’s sister, Marion Gertrude Smith married a man named Milton Duncan McVicar, who was a member of the Enniskillen Council, and later Reeve, and Lambton County Warden, but in 1934, he was elected to the Ontario legislature as a Liberal-Progressive.

As an M.L.A. (although in Ontario, these days, we tend to say M.P.P.), he had a number of successes which made him popular back in Lambton County, but in 1938, he caught a serious cold/influenza/pneumonia and died on Feb 3rd, 1938.

2000 people attended his funeral, “representing every walk of life in the country.” Newspaper write-ups described it as the largest funeral in town in years. The Premier, Hon. Mitchell F. Hepburn sent provincial secretary, Hon. Harry C. Nixon to represent him at the funeral (probably because McVicar died while in office).

Here’s the connection that really jumped out at me: one newspaper write-up includes this tidbit: “It was largely through his [McVicar’s] efforts that the Government established a park at Ipperwash Beach.”

Ipperwash Provincial Park, of course, is the site of the Ipperwash Crisis and the death of Dudley George.

Weird Traditions

I’m not really in to Royal Weddings, but I get why this one is so ground-breaking.

But I found myself wondering about a minor protocol matter. Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is American, and not Canadian, even though she lived for a time in Toronto. But if she had been Canadian, how would the Nickle Resolution have played out with respect to her titles as Duchess and Countess? Princess isn’t a peerage title, so I don’t think the Nickle Resolution applies there. And I suspect that the whole “title by marriage” rather than “title by honour” thing would be part of it. But, y’know, dudes who marry princesses (such as the Earl of Snowden) are often granted peerages. So the situation could come up. I suspect that parliament would just try to avoid the question if it happened, because they’d come off as wet blankets in royal wedding euphoria.

I find byzantine protocol things kind of interesting.

ShoutOut

Thought for the Day

Imagine if decades from now a student of Canadian political history is digging into the Kinder Morgan pipeline saga. What kind of picture would she get from scanning the news databases from April 2018?

A frustrated project proponent, Kinder Morgan, puts the development of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on hold, amid a pitched jurisdictional battle between the governments of BC and Alberta. The prime minister vows the pipeline will be built, because it’s in the national interest. There is much speculation about how Ottawa might ultimately exert its constitutional authority in the matter. There are protests and people are arrested.

But this media coverage circa April 2018 has one big hole in it.

Somehow First Nations and their constitutional issues with the pipeline gets no inches, no airtime.

The Crown has an obligation to consult with the First Nations whose constitutionally protected land and other rights could be impacted by the pipeline. This fact now routinely fades in and out of our public discussions of Kinder Morgan like an inconsequential character in a daytime soap.

But the government’s duty to consult isn’t some secondary story arc.

“Indigenous rights aren’t a subplot of pipeline debate”, Policy Options

My Genius Idea

A new communist/socialist newspaper… published on a blockchain!

Everybody will be talking about it.

Seagull! Stop it Now!

FYI: “I’m in mourning for my life” is my standard response whenever anyone asks me why I always wear black.

Woo-Woo

I think I’m starting to believe in the link between vaccines and atheism.

Waving my Nerd Flag

I’ve played a lot of RPGs in my life. I’ve often been apprehensive about talking about my history with RPGs, though, because I went through a period where people used my nerdy interests as a way of discrediting my gender identity. “RPGs are a guy’s hobby,” is how the critique usually started. Comics, RPGs, and other nerdy pursuits: all things that guys are into. Not women. So if I like RPGs, that’s evidence that I can’t really be a trans woman. *Margaret_Simpson_noise*

I know tons of women who RPG, and tons of women who make comics. So, y’know, I don’t really believe those messages. But I can’t always quiet the memories of those critiques when they pop up in my head.

I guess this is just to say that I feel like I’m stepping a bit outside of my comfort zone to blog about about RPGs.

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