Civic Duty And Wasp Nest


Every morning for more years than I care to think about I have gone for a job. It used to be a run, but these days jogging is more accurate a description. As a creature of habit, I take the same route every day. Part of my routine involves running around a small pond in a local park.

In truth, it is no longer a pond, but a water spray. It attracts many children during the hot weather. They run through the cool water and splash about. As the popular saying goes, what could go wrong?

As I was trotting around the other morning I ducked to avoid a low-hanging branch of a crabapple tree that extends over the walkway.  As I did so I could not help but notice a significantly sized wasp’s nest.

Good citizen that I am I brought this to the attention of a park employee. He asked if it was active or not. I told him I didn’t stick around long enough to ask. So we sauntered over to the tree and sure enough, there was plenty of activity going on. In and out as if they had a revolving door.


The employee seemed almost pleased to have something different to do, to break the monotony as it were. “I’m going to get stung today, I just know it,” he grinned.

Having done my civic duty for the day, and no doubt saving countless children from agonizing wasp stings I continued on my way. Alas, I noticed that the nest is still there this morning and, still active. I guess these things take time. Perhaps looking for volunteers?

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+


Two more Quebec children drown in backyard pools

Gazette files

If this wasn’t so tragic it would be merely surreal. What is it with all these terrible backyard pool accidents this summer? In today’s The Gazettethere is news of yet another pair of two year-olds drowning in pools.

Two more children drowned Thursday in separate Montreal-region incidents, raising the number of drowning deaths in Quebec thus far this year to 44.

A 2-year-old girl, identified in media reports as Marylou Rondeau, was found unconscious at the bottom of her family’s above-ground pool Thursday at about 1:30 p.m. on Bédard St. in St. Rémi, about 35 kilometres southwest of Montreal.

Have we, or will we ever, reach the point where backyard pools are deemed a luxury we can’t afford?

At about 3:30 p.m., just two hours later, another 2½-year-old couldn’t be revived after being pulled unconscious from another above-ground pool.

That tragedy, which claimed the life of a boy, took place on des Colibris St. in Ste. Anne des Plaines, in the Laurentians north of Montreal, beyond Blainville.