A heartfelt response to the gift of life

Heart transplant recipient Blake Ferguson is at the London Health Sciences Centre to raise awareness about the need for organ and tissue donations.

This week is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness week.

Here’s our CTV London report about Blake’s story and the huge need for more donors. Special emphasis on this year’s national week is to raise awareness among health care workers.


And here’s a link to the online registry.


Isles out of playoffs, along with Senators and Leafs

Another sad season comes to an end on Long Island.

There was so much promise for the Islanders when they started the season.

But after John Tavares was injured at the Olympics, hope faded fast.

The Sens beat the Isles last night, but Ottawa was still eliminated from the playoffs.

I cheer for the Sens after the Isles because my son loves Ottawa.

And sad for my friends who like the Leafs. They were also eliminated last night.

I was hoping they could get in. Always exciting when Canadian teams enter the postseason.

There’s always next year, right?


Response to Ukraine crisis versus Tibet’s 50-year takeover by China

Each day there is more pressure mounting on Russia and its aggressive approach in Ukraine.

Yesterday NATO suspending its cooperation with the Russians.

What is happening in Ukraine is unacceptable.

But where was the response of the world when China marched into Tibet more than 50 years ago and massacred thousands?

Many Tibetan refugees are living in India and Nepal.

Also yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report said Tibetans in Nepal “face excessive use of force by police, preventive detention, torture and ill-treatment when detained.”

In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet and many with him. By 1960, the International Commission of Jurists found there was a cultural genocide in Tibet at the hands of the Chinese.

There are claims that approximately 1.2 million Tibetans have died of starvation and violence since 1950, when China first occupied Tibet.

Still, the world has done very little. Abuse of the Tibetan people continues to this day.

China is a powerful country and nobody wants to stand up to it, but so is Russia.

What is the difference?

The Dalai Lama was willing to concede that Tibet simply become part of China in an effort to stop the abuse. The Chinese wouldn’t accept this and said it was a trick.

“In spite of the atrocious crimes the Chinese have committed in our country, I have absolutely no hatred in my heart for the Chinese people. I believe that one of the curses and dangers of the present age is to blame nations for the crimes of individuals,” the Dalai Lama said, in the book My Spiritual Journey.

The Dalai Lama’s time left on earth is short. Will he ever be able to return to his homeland?

Some Spectrum programs are free next week

The City of London is offering free classes for some of its Spectrum programs.

The free period runs from March 24 to 28.

Some of the classes you can try include: family martial arts, yoga, kickboxing, American sign language, pilates for those with arthritis, draw and sketch for kids, computers.

You  must pick up a Try Us pass at any community centre and present it. There is also a waiver to sign.

Here is the link with a list of the activities, times and locations.


Year of the Snowy Owl – By Guest Blogger Richard Skevington

Originally posted on Tourism Oxford:


Photo by Cathy Bingham taken in the Bright Area

This winter has been one of the best times in the last 50 years to see a Snowy Owl in Oxford County.  We were made aware of this when word was received that over 200 birds were seen in one mid-November outing at Cape Spear Newfoundland.  The potential was there for a good migration movement south, scientists having recorded record numbers of fledged young as a result of the abundant Lemming population.

Snowy Owls nest on the Arctic Tundra.  Their nest is built on a rise of land, giving them a good view when searching for food or watching for predators.  They will migrate when their source of food starts to run out,  generally  only going as far as they need to survive.  When in the Arctic, their main food source is Lemmings and  other rodents.  As they go south, …

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