Well, I have good news and bad news. Bad news first: Obviously Donald Trump was, as usual, playing fast and loose with the truth when he indicated that, as far as dealing with Canada, the North American Free Trade Agreement just needed a little “tweaking”. I don’t think he has tweaking in mind when he says, “What Canada has done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace. It’s a disgrace”. Trump likes to talk in the most dramatic way possible. He’s expert at getting people to let emotions override facts.
Has our society gone overboard when it comes to political correctness? Attempts to be neutral and inoffensive to everyone cause some organizations and governments to go a bit loopy. Some schools now have a “holiday tree” rather than a Christmas tree. I heard a few of our schools changed Halloween to “Spirit Day” to be more inclusive. No costumes; just wear orange and black clothes for sameness and conformity. A school in Seattle renamed Easter eggs “spring spheres” to avoid causing offense to anyone who doesn’t celebrate Easter.
“At the end of the day, you’re missing out on life experiences if you’re constantly checking in with anybody that’s not in the room”. That’s a poignant quote from singer/songwriter Sheryl Crowe when talking about her latest album. That quote really resonated with me because it’s so true. When was the last time you were at a social gathering where you didn’t see a number of people glued to their smartphones? Those handy mobile electronic devices we carry around are both a blessing and a curse.
Do you say tomato or tomahto? I say the former, my dad says the latter. What has that to do with anything you ask? Well, you see, it has to do with ketchup, or as a few still call it, catsup. Ketchup is the dominant term in Canadian and British English as well as American but catsup is used in some southern U.S. states and in Mexico. In Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India I hear it’s called tomato sauce, which to us is what you put on pizza, while in Wales, Scotland and even some parts of England they call it red sauce.
Our banks are one of this country’s globally acknowledged successes. Most believe that the success of our banks is an indicator of Canada’s overall economic health. As a disclaimer I will say that I haven’t had a bad experience with my bank and I have a number of acquaintances I like who work in banking. So why do our banks keep laying off workers when they are continuing to make massive profits? Shouldn’t they be loyal to all the people who helped them acquire those staggering profits?