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About the Artist: Margie Vinkle-Morano


Margie Vinkle-Morano

Margie Vinkle-Morano was born and raised in Orillia, a small waterfront city in Central Ontario that she still calls home.  Margie always had a fond interest in art for as far back as she can remember. In high school her teacher and mentor Jose Salas, helped her to realize her potential and true talent.                                        

Since then, and over the years, she has had a number of pieces to her credit including wall murals as well as commissions of animals and people. To her delight she has had a few portraits of her favourite county music artists signed by celebrities such as Tim McGraw, Johnny Reid and Sugarland.

At an early age, Margie’s main medium was oil.  As time passed she switched to acrylic. Today she still has fun with acrylic and enjoys creating what she calls her “mugshot” pet portraits on small wooden plaques. They are a wonderful tribute to beloved pets, particularly those who have crossed the rainbow bridge.


Dragline Pins

Although Margie has experimented with both oil and acrylic paints, she finds pencil to be the greatest challenge and loves bringing life to its gray tones.  Our commission, an original pencil on paper drawing entitled Dragline Pins, depicts a technician performing phased array NDT.  This true-to-life drawing is available for purchase through silent auction, with the proceeds to go to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.  Limited edition prints are also available.

Margie can be contacted by phone at 705-326-5002, or by email at margie1055@hotmail.com.  A portfolio of her other pieces can be seen on her Facebook page: Pencil & Paint by Margie.

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Oh Canada, The Land of the Free

Oh Canada, the land of the strong and the free. Being free is immensely important to Canadians, but are we? Recent political changes have us wondering just how free we are. Long-standing conservative strongholds have moved to the other extreme and we now have a sharp movement to the left. Small minority groups have more say it seems than the larger Canadian populations, and some provinces seem to be holding others hostage in a confederation that seems to be eroding at the edges, as minority local interests override national ones. Continue reading Brian’s Blog
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Press Release

IR Supplies and Services Spreads its Reach

IR Opens New Location in Eastern Canada

Burlington, Ontario—IR is spreading its reach, across Canada that is.  In addition to its offices and showroom in Western Canada—Edmonton, Alberta to be specific–IR will now have an eastern presence.  The change takes place with the opening of their new location in Burlington, Ontario.

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Profile on Magnaflux & Comet

As a reseller of products and as a sales person, or business development person as they are called today, it is easy to sell products that you believe are as good as any out there. Or perhaps, if not as high quality are a good bang for your buck. However in the NDT industry quality is everything. Our business demands quality. When your job is to ensure quality you better exhibit it or sooner or later someone’s going to question your work.

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The Most Secure Place in the World is in a Prison

I was recently lent a book by a friend of mine. He is a follower of my blogs and picked up on my leanings towards geography as the reason for most of the politics around the world. The book is called Prisoners of Geography written by Tim Marshall, a former foreign correspondent for British Sky News. It is an excellent book and an easy read and though I haven’t finished it yet, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand how geography and history shaped and continues to shape, what happens in our world today.

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China and the USA: Confrontation Long Overdue

The interesting thing about geopolitics is not so much how geography dictates the imperatives of the nation state but how those imperatives have led to the relationships with neighbours and even far away nations that may impact their interest in some way. I also find it interesting how the pursuit of the interests of a nation may look to their people to be shallow or callous, even when they are absolutely necessary.

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Perception verses Reality in China

Several years ago I wrote an essay that was entitled Perception verses Reality. In that essay I discussed the CNSC’s problem of what was really true and what the world perceived as true. Governments and their respective agencies, or in this case our regulatory commission, tend to have to deal with their mandates in ways that not only satisfy  the truth of the problem but also the perception of the propaganda they have developed or has been developed by others.

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Iranian nuclear deal gets Trumped! But why now?

Trump has had several opportunities to back out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear deal, so why now? One theory is that American and Iranian interests, are no longer aligned since ISIS has been all but defeated. Iran wants to have influence in Syria, and has already solidified a presence in Lebanon.  It wants to continue to expand its influence into Iraq. Iran is in a position where it could become the dominant force in the Middle East, re-establishing the Persian Empire.  That would not be in the best interest of America or most of its allies.

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Service Bulletin

We recently received a Service Bulletin from QSA Global regarding the Cobalt-60.  Specifically the bulletin advises users about the potential for excessive wear to the source assembly due to improper maintenance.  Please take the time to read this bulletin for specifics along with recommended preventative actions.

Read the bulletin here: Service Bulletin – QSA Dec 2017