I heard a Latin expression the other day, “Facta non verba”, and for a moment I couldn’t remember what it meant. I took two years of Latin in school and I served Mass as a boy when it was in Latin but both were many years ago. Latin may be a so-called “dead” language but it is the root language of many major world languages. It is used widely in Law and all of the sciences and is a main language of scholarship and academia. Latin significantly influenced the development of English. Our alphabet is known as the Latinate alphabet because its origins are in ancient Latin. Many of us use Latin expressions without giving them a second thought.
I haven’t talked about Trump for a while so, what the heck, why not today? You may or may not know that the U.S. president has already declared his candidacy for the next election in 2020 (oh joy) and his team has already rolled out a television ad to get things rolling. The ad lists a series of his actions from the first 100 days of his presidency stating “America has rarely seen such success”.
Canada’s Defence Minister says he made a mistake; a mistake being an error in action, calculation, opinion or judgement caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, or insufficient knowledge. Harjit Sajjan publicly claimed to have been the main architect of Operation Medusa, the Canadian military offensive in Afghanistan in 2006, when he was a reservist Major attached to our forces in the area. The operation was a significant milestone in Canada’s combat mission and an emotional time for many soldiers involved.
The world of politics is strange (I know, tell us something we don’t know). My generation was brought up to loosely think of Canada as a three-party democracy consisting of Conservatives on the right, Liberals in the centre and the NDP on the left. Obviously after you grow up you realize it isn’t that easily defined. Also, over the years, many provinces have seen the fall of one or more of the traditional parties and the rise of new ones, Saskatchewan being a prime example. I just spent a week in British Columbia where they go to the polls May 9th, a week from today. The Liberals are trying to be re-elected and the other two parties in the running are the NDP and the Greens.
The Restorative Action Program, one of Saskatoon Rotary's main initiatives, is designed to not only counter bullying but to prevent it. However, it is some hard for entitites like the RAP program when they are trying to counter systemic societal bullying that includes our viewing choices. I was recently flipping through channels and caught a blurb from one of those reality TV cook-off chef shows.