Do you say tomato or tomahto? I say the former, my dad says the latter. What has that to do with anything you ask? Well, you see, it has to do with ketchup, or as a few still call it, catsup. Ketchup is the dominant term in Canadian and British English as well as American but catsup is used in some southern U.S. states and in Mexico. In Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India I hear it’s called tomato sauce, which to us is what you put on pizza, while in Wales, Scotland and even some parts of England they call it red sauce.
Our banks are one of this country’s globally acknowledged successes. Most believe that the success of our banks is an indicator of Canada’s overall economic health. As a disclaimer I will say that I haven’t had a bad experience with my bank and I have a number of acquaintances I like who work in banking. So why do our banks keep laying off workers when they are continuing to make massive profits? Shouldn’t they be loyal to all the people who helped them acquire those staggering profits?
A legal battle is underway this week in British Columbia over polygamy. A breakaway Mormon leader from Bountiful, near Creston, is accused of having two dozen wives over a 25-year period. 24 wives in 25 years; that’s beyond ridiculous to the point of absurdity. Bountiful is an isolated religious community and that’s what these guys fall back on, spouting religious beliefs, as their excuse to mate with multiple females.
With all the news about trade agreements between countries and blocs of countries that have been floating around we may have missed an agreement that has been too long in coming and, now that it is here, is still found lacking thanks to provincial protectionism. On April 7th the feds and the provinces released the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement. The good news is it will limit the ability of governments in Canada to discriminate against each other’s companies and workers whether by regulation or in procurement.
A good definition of irony is a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result. Here we have a number of countries in a state of brinkmanship. The Americans and Russians are rattling their figurative sabres at one another with both countries having unstable leaders. And speaking of unstable, North Korea has Japan worried about firing missiles loaded with Sarin nerve gas at the Japanese islands while continuing to develop nuclear weapons.