I left Saskatoon on August 13 for a long conference-filled ‘work’ tour. I say ‘work’ because it was all pretty fun, visintg people I lik eand seeing new places (a respite from Saskatoon is a real plus). The first stop was a visit to Halifax for the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE) conference, where I presented on some preliminary development work for an occupational knee sensor. I wanted to present something new even though I have not been at U of S a whole year yet, and this fit the bill. The conference was alright, and it was nice to see everyone and do a social evening at a brewery tour.
Halifax was hot and humid, culminating in a massive hot-lantic downpour that added 2 kilos to my suitcase just in time to go to the airport and check in for a transatlantic flight. I have been to Halifax lots of times for racing, and I am used to 15 degrees and drizzle in august. The only rain was in the hours before I left, so I can’t complain.
The real highlight of the trip was going to the pier 21 museum. Pier 21 was the major immigration port in Eastern Canada for more than 100 years, and is the same one at which mom and nana came through during WWII to escape the bombs in London. They made this trip before the official war brides program started in 1946, so it was very hard to get any information or copies of their documents. The museum was fantastic, with guided tours from immigrants who came through; my guide was George B. who came from the Nederlands in 1952. What a gem! He had great stories and a good sense of humour. There was also a historic reenactment-type movie with neat holographic images projected onto a real set with chairs and gang planks made to look like the imigration room.