They give you one as you roll into the Park. There's also a 15-second blurb about Canada's 150th delivered in English or French by a bored Parks employee.
Thanks all! It would be a 2011 or newer model, and probably with AWD. The in-laws have a Sienna, and although it's nothing like the WRX and STI we have, it actually drives okay. With the 3rd row seats stowed, and the middle seats out, various Youtube vids show that a 4x8 sheet fits in, so that's a lot of room. The only downside is that the middle row seats attach via rails that stay in the vehicle so the floor isn't completely flat. Still, these are resolvable first-world problems.
Looking at a Toyota Sienna as a "sleep where you stop" vehicle for mostly summer biking excursions. I'm thinking that the main mod is removing all the rear seats (or back row at least) when we go on road trips. It's just the two of us, so we need one bed and space for gear. We won't be heading up 4x4 roads. Pros/cons?
Another Innovator here.
I would love to see being an MP/MLA/City Councillor as more of a public service, and less of a power/prestige thing. Anyone meeting minimum qualifications [no criminal record, post-secondary education or an IQ over 100, 18-70 years old, not in school, exemption for those with kids if needed, etc.] is chosen by lottery to serve, whether they like it or not.
Compensation would be slightly above average for their home municipality, tax-free, full RRSP contributions for the time they're there, retraining if they can't return to their old job/career for whatever reason. 1 term. 1 representative per 100,000 people. All votes by secret ballot. Mandatory attendance. Run the country for 5 years, get a handshake, limited edition coffee mug and a plane ticket home. Not a punishment, but not really a reward either. Lobbying would be pointless, as there would be no way to track who voted for what.
Odds of being selected are about the same as winning the LottoMax jackpot, about 1 in 20 million, and they could do it the same way, with the spinny ball machine on live TV.
I couldn't agree more with that.
I've spent the last month or two re-reading Hamilton's Commonwealth saga so as to read his latest two-part series.
Just on the last book of that and while I enjoy his writing a lot, I'm a bit bummed he's back in the Void and dealing with low-tech and 'magic' again.
I can't wait until I've forgotten the Culture series. Looking forward to re-reading it.
The Void is a pretty neat concept, but it would be neat if it were meshed with the sci-fi a bit more. Once I'm done my current titles I'll check out that Hamilton book.
The Culture series! I need a little more time before I go back to that - it's still too fresh. I can probably re-read William Gibson's Sprawl and Bridge series now, although I may have parts of Neuromancer memorized.
I read Ernest Cline's books, Ready Player One and Armada. They were entertaining, but they were like reading screenplays for Netflix-produced series. With the success of Stranger Things, I can see it happen.
Read Kim Stanley Robinson's Red/Green/Blue Mars series, as well as 2312 and Aurora. The Mars series is occasionally held up as a potential model for how we should actually get people to Mars and make it a viable place to live. Fascinating stuff, especially if you like hard science / speculative fiction.
Currently reading Brian Staveley's Unhewn Throne series. It's the usual medieval fantasy king without a throne stuff, with a bit of murder mystery and special ops thrown in for good measure. It's well-paced and a light read.
Full disclosure: I have two Subarus.
The Crosstrek is too small for 4 adults, 4 bikes and all associated gear. It's based on the Impreza platform, and is a compact car. The Outback is a much better size for road trips, and still handles quite well. Consider getting one with the 6-cyl engine for more oomph in the mountains. The Subaru and Audi AWD systems really do make driving in snow easier. They are the two brands I pretty much never see in the ditch. Throw on proper snow tires and there's very little you won't be able to handle.
Intense = Metallica up to and including AJFA
Cannondale = Metallica after AJFA
Schwinn = Travelling Wilburys or maybe the Eagles
Ibis = Radiohead
Norco = Blue Rodeo
Nicolai = Rammstein
Chromag = Beastie Boys
Specialized = RIAA
Kona = MFATGG
Surly = Foo Fighters
Canfield Brothers = Black Sabbath
Cervelo = Massive Attack
Trek = Coldplay
Niner = Depeche Mode
Santa Cruz = Beyonce
every tallbike ever made = Ween