Barbara Lowy had us over for drinks and wonderful appies yesterday afternoon. We love being in this house that almost everyone in Vancouver would love to own…next door to our apartment. We grew up admiring it.
It was great to hear that she has had a lot of success placing Otto's archive with UBC…the perfect place for it. We also learned that Charles Barber and the Vancouver City Opera will be mounting Mozart's "Lost Operas" next October. These haven't been performed before.
When we got talking politics and reflecting that Margaret Trudeau has probably been told to keep out of the picture, Barbara mentioned Margaret Trudeau was her student in a French class she was teaching in 1970 at Capilano College. She left in October to be with Pierre during the October crisis and never returned. I believe they were married the next year.
FOR California, there hasn’t ever been a summer quite like the summer of 2015. The state and its 39 million residents are about to enter the fifth year of a drought. It has been the driest four-year period in California history — and the hottest, too.
Yet by almost every measure except precipitation, California is doing fine. Not just fine: California is doing fabulously.
In 2014, the state’s economy grew 27 percent faster than the country’s economy as a whole — the state has grown faster than the nation every year of the drought.
California has won back every job lost in the Great Recession and set new employment records. In the past year, California created 462,000 jobs — nearly 9,000 a week. No other state came close….rest of the article below.