It’s been a while since I heard much about the Canadian Senate with the exception of Lynn Beyak. That reminded me about how some of these political appointees turn out. Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy and Lynn Beyak are modern examples of what a repository for unqualified people our Senate can be. There are some good Senators who are dedicated to making the upper chamber what it is supposed to be, a chamber of sober second thought given to legislation passed by the elected officials in the House of Commons. But Senators are not elected.
Not so long ago rumours circulated in the celebrity echelons about the Rock, Dwayne Johnson, running for President of the United States in 2020. He is an immensely popular movie star, among the highest-paid actors, if not THE highest-paid, in Hollywood. Now, since the televised Golden Globe Awards, the rumour mill abounds with hints that maybe Oprah Winfrey could run. Critics say she has no political experience. So what? Neither does the Rock. Neither did Trump. And how about Ronald Reagan, when he ran and became Governor of California?
Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team has consisted of NHL players since 1994, but not anymore. The roster for this year’s team is mostly a compilation of guys who play in European leagues, a few of which have had NHL experience such as goaltender Ben Scrivens and forwards Mason Raymond, Derek Roy, Wotjek Wolski and Gilbert Brule. I know of Scrivens who played in goal for a number of NHL teams, Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, and Edmonton, and currently plays in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Here’s a headline that caught my eye: “Plastic Bag Bans Are actually terrible for the Environment and make us Sicker”. I thought, whoa, this I have to read about. So I did. In essence, the authors of the article, quoting university scientists, state that far from causing environmental harm, the main use of plastic bags is to make the environment cleaner and less hazardous for humans. Dog walkers use them to clean the environment of pet waste.
Have you ever heard of “Reefer Madness”? It has been called at best runner-up to “Plan 9 From Outer Space” as the worst film ever made, and at worst, the “granddaddy of all worst movies”. It was made in 1936 financed by a church group as a propaganda film and originally titled “Tell Your Children”, also sometimes shown as “The Burning Question, “Dope Addict”, “Doped Youth” and “Love Addict”.