Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Labour Day ...

Eight hours for work
Eight hours for play
And eight hours for sleep excel.

On Labour Day we remember Samuel Duncan Parnell and his vision of a balanced life.

The origins of Labour Day can be traced back to the eight-hour working day movement that arose in New Zealand, in the newly founded Wellington colony in 1840, primarily because of carpenter Samuel Parnell's refusal to work more than eight hours a day. He encouraged other tradesman to also only work for eight hours a day and in October 1840 a workers' meeting passed a resolution supporting the idea.

The origins of Labour Day in Canada can be traced back to a printer's revolt in Toronto, where labourers tried to establish a 54-hour work week. At that time, any union activity was considered illegal and the organizers were jailed. Protest marches of over 10,000 workers were formed in response, which eventually led to Sir John A. Macdonald repealing the anti-union laws and arranging the release of the organizers as well.

New Zealand celebrates in October. Elsewhere, Labour Day is celebrated in May. Not Canada. When socialist delegates in Paris in 1889 appointed May 1 as the official International Labour Day the Government of Canada - fearing that allowing the proclamation to take hold in Canada might strengthen the socialist movement - selected a September date for Labour Day.

Labour Day, not just another day at the cottage.

~ This message is brought to you by the Quarry Committee for Continuing Education.

Have a great long weekend -- see you next Monday!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Monday's plans

On Monday we're moving to a new location! Join us at Mark's place for dinner at 6:30, and then something else at 7:30. You know ... discussion, prayer, exploration, etc. etc. etc.

Mark's place:
586 Barons Ct (off Woodward between Drury Lane and Guelph Line)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Monday, chez Rob

This Monday, Quarry is gathering at the Irish homestead ...

540 Bridgman Avenue

6:30 dinner (the Quarrymen are taking care of dinner this week!)
7:30 gathering

Unless, however it is over 30 degrees on Monday! Then we're meeting at the Holloway's. Don't worry, Dave will let you know Monday afternoon if there's a change in venue!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Monday: Steph, Simon, Kim, Rhonda ...

I am really looking forward to this Monday. Really.

We'll be hearing updates from our 'international friends' (OK, Kincardine isn't really international, but it is in another area code!), and upholding them in prayer together.

6:30 dinner
I'll make a main course. Please bring your favourite other potluck contribution.
7:30 the happenning

439 Smith Avenue
(upstairs -- use the driveway & outside stairs on the north side of the house)

Weather permitting, bring your swimsuit ... See you Monday!


Sunday, August 06, 2006

Change of plans for Monday.

Well, it seems to be a busy weekend for many of us! As there are very few of us around on Monday, we're going to take a Quarry break this week (Aug 7). We'll postpone this week's plan for next Monday, and meet at my place then ... So, enjoy the rest of the long weekend, and I'll see you all next week!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


The August long weekend is upon us, and Quarry moves to Maja's this week.

I'm guessing that some of us might be away this weekend? To help in planning for dinner, please let me know if you are or aren't coming (after Friday afternoon, please call me as the internet disappears for the weekend)

I've got an idea brewing for the evening ... come and see.

6:30 dinner
7:30 the idea

439 Smith Avenue
(upstairs: use the driveway/stairs on the north side of the house)

PS. Bring your bathing suit for an evening cool down.