CAA Saskatchewan has indicated that there has been an uptick in unsafe driving in school zones, particularly speeding and distracted driving. I don't doubt that. In my neighbourhood, drivers either speed up right after Pope John Paul II or speed right until they get to the elementary school but by the same token I sure don't have a lot of empathy for parents who proceed to jaywalk when picking their kids up from school. Nice role modelling there.
I'm just going to dive right in: I completely disagree with legalizing marijuana and then setting up shops all over the country to sell it. I think it is one of the worst ideas the Canadian government has come up with yet and is going to lend itself to even more issues - health, mental health and addictions-wise, than ever before and I believe it will simply provide a venue, clandestine in nature, for drug pushers to provide harder, more harmful drugs to those who don't see smoking or consuming weed recreationally as a big deal.
So I'm sure you heard recently about the Tide Pod challenge doing the rounds among teenagers. Apparently they are eating the things which of course is a health concern. Something you wouldn't think you would need to mention. I honestly can't imagine having enough time on my hands or being so unutterably bored as a teenager that I would have needed to engage in such an absurd activity in order to be titillated.
So I'm going to speak very slowly. For the apparently incredibly stupid in our midst. And yes, I mean stupid, not some politically correct euphemism. I mean outright dumb as a bag of rocks kind of stupid. The plane is on fire, evacuate. NO, do not stop to get your carry-on, you idiots. That was the case with the WestJet plane that got clipped by a Sunwing jet being towed in Toronto last month.
As you, our listeners, know, this week is the Children's Hospital radiothon. Have you heard some of the latest in terms of what we will see when it is all finished? The 400 thousand square foot building is 75% complete. And some of the biggest innovations are in the inner workings. It's things like a baby in each room with what could be described as a patio door between the two. MUCH quieter for the babies, much more privacy for the families and much easier for the nurses to provide care.