Automated telephone answering systems can drive you up the wall. Last week I needed some information from a business so I called and of course no live human answered (perish the thought…how archaic). The friendly female voice sincerely welcomed me and started listing all the options: press 1 for this, 2 for that, and so on all the way to press 8 for operator which I did because none of the seven previous options were what I needed. When I pressed 8 the original female voice came back on sincerely welcoming me and started listing the options again.
The Sasknow.ca Sports Poll question a couple of days ago asked our opinion of one of the most talented receivers in the CFL, the Riders’ Duron Carter. As of this writing, 8% of respondents had said he is a selfish diva who should be cut before he destroys the locker room. 22% said they love him because he is a character who gives the otherwise boring CFL a colourful personality.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released a report on the gender gap in Canada’s biggest cities entitled The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in 2017. The report gives an updated snapshot of the gap between men’s and women’s access to economic and personal security, education, health, and positions of leadership in Canada’s largest 25 metropolitan areas. Victoria ranks highest and Windsor the lowest.
My wife once told me that, if left to my own devices, I would spend money like a drunken sailor. I asked if she’d rather I spend it like a sober politician. That’s just a joke of course but when it comes to the federal government it’s really not funny. Look at the billions of our tax dollars spent to prop up Bombardier in Quebec all the way down to the latest “little” expenditure that made me see red.
I’ve never been asked to sit on a jury in my life. If a citizen is summoned for jury duty and doesn’t respond, the sheriff’s office investigates to find out why and it’s possible a person could be charged and fined for not doing their civic duty because failure to comply is an offence. An article in Friday’s paper was about how a group of potential jurors were in a Regina courtroom to receive a scolding from a judge because they hadn’t attended court as required to sit on a jury.