There is a pivotal trial kicking off in Saskatchewan and I am not going to say anything that pertains to an opinion of events leading to Gerald Stanley being charged nor Colten Boushie dying. What I am going to say is this: regardless of outcome, we have to move forward – together. This has immense potential to become a powder keg and we must not allow that.
Back in 1972 Chatelaine magazine published an article including a “Capsule cope-kit” about Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, when our population was 126,000. For example under climate it said prairie winters are long and mean with temperatures as low as 41 below zero and winds as high as 57 miles per hour. Summers are hot and dry with temperatures as high as 97 degrees Fahrenheit.
To be perfectly honest with you I was dry of ideas on what to talk about today. Then it dawned on me that my opening words remind me of that other worn-out opening, “To tell you the truth”. Don’t you hate it when someone starts sentences either way? I have to fight the temptation to say, “So, does that mean any time you don’t start a sentence like that it means you’re lying to me”?
Here’s a sobering thought: What if we all woke up one morning, went into the bathroom, turned on the tap, and nothing came out? We take some things for granted such as a constant supply of clean, fresh water. Canada is one of the world’s biggest per-capita water users, apparently using on average over 200 litres per day per person. What would our reaction be if climate change brought on drought conditions so severe that we were ordered to limit ourselves to, say, 50 litres per day? 2-minute showers, teeth brushing and shaving with a cup of water rather than a running tap?
When does a vehicle qualify as an antique? If you drive a registered “antique” car you know insurance costs are low and that’s because the car isn’t expected to be driven very much. Sunday summer afternoons, parades, car shows and the like. The definition of an antique in this province was vehicles 30 years old or older until this month when it changed to vehicles that are model year 1987 and older.