A story on Sasknow.ca this week had the headline, “Drunks, Speeders and Aggressive Drivers a major problem in Saskatchewan”. My first reaction was, “You think”! During the merry month of May, police reported 324 impaired driving offences, 6,159 speeding or aggressive driving tickets, which is the highest number in any month since October, 2015, 364 distracted driving offences, the majority for using a cell phone, and 469 other driving infractions including seatbelts, child or booster seats.
A report from the standing committee on Canadian Heritage is recommending the federal government help fund Canadian journalism. Accordingly, an association representing newspapers has come up with a dollar figure of $350 million per year in assistance. They want a Canadian journalism fund to finance 35% of newsroom costs based on the number of journalists employed there. In the modern digital age, traditional print publications have seen their advertising revenues drop year after year.
Welcome to the first day of summer. Let’s hope it’s a good one! Yesterday I talked about our national anthem becoming more gender-neutral and thought I’d revisit and modify Coffeetalk from 7 years ago when the subject first came up in parliament. I suggested, tongue in cheek, that in today’s all too politically correct world we might as well go all the way and REALLY change the anthem to try and please everybody as follows: “O Canada, our home and (for most but not for some) native land.
Back in 2010 there was a backbench suggestion in parliament about changing the line in our national anthem that goes, “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us dost command”. That fizzled out only to be replaced by a private member’s bill to have the line read, “in all of us command”. The bill, introduced by MP Mauril Belanger who died last summer from ALS, passed in the House of Commons and went to the Senate where it is expected to pass soon after being debated over and over again.
Let’s begin the work week talking about Getting Old, Living Fine. The first letters of which spell GOLF. Wednesday is the first day of summer and already our golf courses are busy with fundraising tournaments. We ‘re pleased to sponsor Putts for Mutts for New Hope Dog Rescue Wednesday at Greenbrye and you’ll see a team of some of our on-air personalities at that one. Today is the annual Riverside VIPOND Golf Classic on behalf of Cosmo Industries and our Sports Director Les Lazaruk and myself are playing in that one this afternoon.