May 13, 2016

FRIDAY, MAY 13th, 2016 - "Compassion is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see" Mark Twain

7:30 pm - Music on Main - Calvary Baptist Church - Main & Benlamond - A variety of music concert featuring the talents of local musicians and singers. Admission $10.00 at the door.

SUNDAY, MAY 15th, 2016 - Pentacost Sunday - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 led by Rev. Philip Yoo. Wear something red; orange or yellow.

MISSION CAPSULES:

In 2015, the district of Sajawal in Pakistan experienced the worst flooding in years. Heavy, monsoon rains compounded with melting glaciers in the north washed away homes, roads and infrastructure. Over 200 people lost their lives in the devastating torrent. When waters receded, fields and crops were damaged, meaning many farm families went hungry. In response, PWS&D in partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank, provided emergency food packages to meet the nutritional needs of over 2,000 families affected by the flood. The food packages - containing flour, legumes, oil and salt - relieved families of hunger for five consecutive months and brought renewed strength to those beginning to rebuild their livelihoods.

A LITTLE BIT OF CANADIAN HISTORY: It was 100 years ago this past January 28th that Manitoba, spearheaded by a group led by Nellie McClung, became the first province to grant women the right to vote. Saskatchewan followed suit in March, and then Alberta in April. British Columbia would do the same, one year later in April of 1917, and was soon followed by Ontario.

There were some heavy hitters who had stood in opposition to all of this. The opinion of the revered Queen Victoria - was that "If God wanted to give women the vote, he would have made them men". Women's rights were, declared the monarch, a "mad, wicked folly - on which my poor feeble sex is bent." Others said women would only vote the same way their men did so, for heaven's sake, what was the point. Also, God forbid, they'd push for prohibition and take away men's booze! However, Nellie and four other women who became known as the Famous Five, pushed on undaunted.

In April of 1918, Nova Scotia became the first of the Maritime provinces to grant women the vote. One month later, the Federal Government allowed for the privilege in Federal elections. The dominos were quickly falling. New Brunswick in 1919, P.E.I. in 1922 and Newfoundland (not a Canadian province until 1949) in 1925. Only Quebec held out. It would take another 11 years for things to change in Quebec. The Catholic church, joined by provincial leaders, had managed to hold out but, largely due to the leadership of a woman named Therese Casgrain in 1940 they gave in, and dropped resistance.

More later ....

POINTS TO PONDER ....

Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways?

Why do we lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?

Is there another word for synonymous?

If it is zero degrees outside today and it's supposed to be twice as cold tomorow, how cold is it going to be?

Whose cruel idea was it for the word 'lisp' to have an 'S' in it?

Why is it when you transport something by car its called shipment, but when you transport it by ship, its called cargo?

Have a good week =- MB