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    For the latest news from Scotland see our ScotNews feed at:
    https://electricscotland.com/scotnews.htm


    Electric Scotland News

    I thought I'd make a change to our story this week by providing a video entitled "Great Grand Mother" which tells the story of how women lived up to 1916 in Manitoba on the Prairies of Canada.

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    Notice that the EU is continuing to purchase lots of oil and gas from Russia which clearly the Ukrainian President is not happy about. See the article below in our news section: "Sanctions are no good while Germany still buys Russian energy"

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    I also note the Spectator article about "Nicola Sturgeon’s secret state" which does make you wonder about the honesty of the SNP government.


    Scottish News from this weeks newspapers
    Note that this is a selection and more can be read in our ScotNews feed on our index page where we list news from the past 1-2 weeks. I am partly doing this to build an archive of modern news from and about Scotland and world news stories that can affect Scotland and as all the newsletters are archived and also indexed on Google and other search engines it becomes a good resource. I might also add that in a number of newspapers you will find many comments which can be just as interesting as the news story itself and of course you can also add your own comments if you wish which I do myself from time to time.


    ScotRail goes back into public ownership
    ScotRail is back in public ownership for the first time in 25 years. The train operator will now be run by a company owned by the Scottish government.


    Read more at:
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-60842268


    Queen's life at Balmoral celebrated in exhibition
    The Queen's relationship with her Scottish summer holiday home at Balmoral is being celebrated in a special exhibition to mark her Platinum Jubilee.


    Read more at:
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland...tland-60932565


    Why seed banks aren't just for doomsday
    Across the world, strategic seed banks keep safe seeds that could replenish agriculture after a cataclysm. But they aren't just for a worst-case scenario.


    Read more at:
    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/2...t-for-doomsday


    Putin launches wheat threat as Russia set to spark second global supply shortage
    VLADIMIR PUTIN has threatened to limit the global supply of wheat in response to Western sanctions on Russia, one of his allies has warned.


    Read more at:
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world...em-ukraine-ont


    YouGov Poll Explains SNP Reluctance to Answer Difficult Economic Questions
    YouGov polling carried out on behalf of These Islands highlights a series of problems facing the SNP in their push for a second independence referendum:


    Read more at:
    https://www.these-islands.co.uk/publ...eam_alive.aspx


    An icy mystery deep in Arctic Canada
    Known as the Crystal Eye to the Inuit, Pingualuit Crater was once the destination for diamond-seeking prospectors. But the real treasure is the stories its deep waters can tell.


    Read more at:
    https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/2...-arctic-canada


    How a Scottish mountain weighed the planet
    The 18th-Century quest to weigh Earth was crucial to better understanding our Universe and it took a lonely mountain in Scotland to help achieve the task.


    Read more at:
    https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/2...hed-the-planet


    The latest CO2 report
    From John Redwood MP


    Read more at:
    http://johnredwoodsdiary.com/2022/04...st-co2-report/


    Is it the end of the road for motorways like the M8?
    It is the busiest stretch of road in Scotland but is now, and will remain for years, the country’s most notorious traffic jam.


    Read more at:
    https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/going-...for-motorways/


    Break-ins increase after Scots police stations closed
    Break-ins have risen in communities where Police Scotland has closed stations, we can reveal, as research suggests the cost-cutting move is followed by an increase in theft and car crime.


    Read more at:
    https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/police-stations-closed/


    Which areas of the UK's energy plan will we see in Scotland?
    Scotland will not bring back nuclear reactors despite nuclear power being a central part of the UK government's energy strategy. Panning differences and devolved policies mean the strategy will be different for Scotland. So where does the country stand on the key points of the UK's blueprint?


    Read more at:
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-61022759


    Single shaming: Why people jump to judge the un-partnered
    The number of singletons is increasing, yet people still insist on telling them they’ll find a partner soon. What’s with all the pity?


    Read more at:
    https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article...e-un-partnered


    The Bargain: how our ancestors saw an opportunity for Scotland that still makes sense
    In the first of a series of four articles on the Union and how to save it, Tom Miers argues we need to understand the original bargain struck by Scotland in 1707 and the nature of the nationalist threat to it.


    Read more at:
    https://thinkscotland.org/2022/04/th...l-makes-sense/


    Working class heroes are a riveting sight
    PORT GLASGOW had a sculpture placed in the last month within shouting distance of the SNP Government-owned Ferguson’s yard.


    Read more at:
    https://thinkscotland.org/2022/04/wo...iveting-sight/


    Sanctions are no good while Germany still buys Russian energy
    Every euro spent on Russian energy is a euro spent subsidising the murder of Ukrainians. Germany knows this, yet it has calculated that keeping its gas pipes flowing is more important. When Chancellor Scholz arrives in Britain tomorrow, the Prime Minister should call him what he is: Putin's enabler.


    Read more at:
    https://capx.co/sanctions-are-no-goo...russian-energy


    Nicola Sturgeon’s secret state
    As Westminster grapples with the P&O scandal, a very different farce over ferries has been playing out in Scotland. In the run-up to the 2014 independence referendum, a Glasgow shipbuilder went bust and was rescued by a Scottish National party adviser. It was later awarded a 97 million government contract to build two ferries. Neither emerged. The cost now stands at 240 million and last month Scots learned that there will be another eight-month delay to the boats. What happened? Why did so much public money change hands? Was the taxpayer swindled?

    Read more at:
    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/...s-secret-state


    Nicola Sturgeon’s Potemkin parliament
    Is the word of a Scottish government minister worth anything?


    Read more at:
    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/...kin-parliament



    Electric Canadian

    The Eskimo
    By Franz Boas, Ph.D. (1887) (pdf)

    An interesting article which you can read at:
    http://www.electriccanadian.com/hist...rst/eskimo.pdf

    Aboriginal American Poetry
    By John Reade (pdf)

    An article which can be read at:
    http://www.electriccanadian.com/hist...inalpoetry.pdf

    Canada Greets You!
    Issued by authority of The Hon. W. D. Euler, Minister of Trade and Commerce, for Canada (pdf)

    An old marketing publication promoting Canada which you can read at:
    http://www.electriccanadian.com/life...agreetsyou.pdf

    Some Wabanaki Songs
    By John Reade (1887) (pdf)

    Some First Nations songs which you can read at:
    http://www.electriccanadian.com/hist...anakisongs.pdf



    Electric Scotland

    Beth's Video Talks
    April 8th 2022 - Advertising 101 part 1

    You can watch this at: https://electricscotland.com/bnft/videos.htm

    Life of Major-General Sir Robert Murdoch Smith, K.E.M.G., Royal Engineers
    By his son-in-law, William Kirk Dickson (1901) (pdf)

    You can read this at:
    https://electricscotland.com/history...rt_Murdoch.pdf

    Clan Lachlan Association of Canada
    Got in their Spring 2022 newsletter which you can read at:
    https://electricscotland.com/familyt...hlan/index.htm

    Sutherland and the Reay Country
    History, Antiquities, Folklore, Topography, Regiments, Ecclesiastical Records, Poetry and Music, Etc. with numerous portraits and Illustrations, Edited by Rev. Adam Gunn, M.A. and John Mackay (1897) (pdf)

    A good read which you can get to at:
    https://electricscotland.com/history...ay_Country.pdf

    Hylton Newsletter
    Winter 2022 - Surviving Winter in Scotland

    You can read this at:
    https://electricscotland.com/familyt...lton/index.htm

    Scottish Society of Indianapolis
    Got in their March 2022 newsletter which you can read at:
    https://electricscotland.com/familyt...olis/index.htm

    Scottish Banner
    Got in their April 2022 issue which you can read at:
    https://electricscotland.com/familyt...nner/index.htm

    Colonel Alexander “Alick” John Fraser C.B.
    1821-1866 By LeeAnne Bloye (pdf)

    You can read about him at:
    https://electricscotland.com/history...hnFraserCB.pdf



    Story

    Great Grand Mother

    This short film is an ode to the women who settled the Prairies, from the days of early immigration to 1916 - when Manitobans became the first women in Canada to receive the provincial vote - and beyond. Recollections of women are complemented by a series of quotations drawn from letters, diaries, and newspapers of the day, which are spoken over re-enacted scenes and archival photographs.

    You can watch this at: https://www.electriccanadian.com/his...s/ggmother.htm

    END

    Weekend is almost here and hope it's a good one for you.

    Alastair


  • #2
    Hi Alastair, in reply to your question about Sunday store closures, I can confirm that Sabbath closures were the law all across Canada from 1906 to 1985 under the provisions of the federal "Lord's Day Act". The Act prohibited most commerce on Sunday tho' certain services like restaurants and gas stations could stay open. The Act was ultimately declared unconstitutional under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by the Supreme Court of Canada. In Saskatchewan where I grew up, stores also closed on Wednesday afternoons to allow for re-stocking, cleaning, etc. but we stayed open late on Saturday nights because that's when the farm families came to town. Pubs and liquor stores also had to close on election days. Very different times!

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    • Alastair
      Alastair commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks for this Rick and have now added the info to our Historical Articles page.

      Alastair

  • #3
    I found the YouGov article very interesting. Of course the results depend on 'who' are asked the questions, but in my very unscientific experiences the "NO" side still prevails. The SNP does not listen to the general population. The Local Elections that are to be held in May really do not reflect the overall feelings in the country. A factor that has not yet been 'tested' is the impact (if any) that Alex Salmond's lot (Alba) will have in diluting the Nationalist vote. it is the inability of the Unionist parties to agree on one approach that has provided the SNP with its power grabs, so perhaps Alex will be the downfall of the separarists.

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    • Alastair
      Alastair commented
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      The trouble in my opinion is the Green Party but you do have a point on the Alba party... guess we'll see what happens in May.

      Alastair

  • #4
    Hi Al, we have a local Green, the Ginger boy as I call him. IMHO a really dangerous crew who only get into Embra via the crazy voting system in Scotland. They have not actually won a seat and now have 2 members in the Cabinet. Wee NIcky would make a deal with the devil herself to pursue her only real programme. Even worse one of them is a Canadian loony. Wonder how Alba wil do in the local elections. I do not read too much into these May votes but they have become so politicised over recent years. I do think that they should not have any political party biases in them and we should vote for local councillors on who they are and their views on local affairs. I also think that mosr peope hardly nhave a clue who their local councilors are with the all the reorganisation that has taken place over the years, Rambling now, so ...
    Sandy

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    • Alastair
      Alastair commented
      Editing a comment
      I do fail to understand why the SNP have such a majority in Scotland given their very clear incompetence in running the country. I have over time asked for someone to write an article on why the SNP is so successful and what they believe independence will dond. As yet I have had no offerings. Did you read the 72 page report by Think Scotland they posted around a year ago? It was all based on SNP Government reports.

  • #5
    HI Al, confuse the hell out of me too. Disjointed approach from the "NO" camp does not help. Just Hope Salmond and his cronies manage to dilute the "YES" support. I have not read that report. I would never last 72 pages, I just have to experience their incompetence and arrogance. Wonder how they will do with the Nationalised trains now. I see they are promising to create more tram routes in Embra if they get elected in the Local Elections. Miar money down the drain, so to speak. As my mother used to say "They couldnae run a menage". Of course they are now at l;oggerheads with Westminster about future energy plans. I not too keen in nuclear myself but it appears to me that "Hydro" is not "green" enough either. We had better start 'sealing and whaling' again to get candles and oil (not a serious suggestion~~)

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