A decade or so ago I talked about something that strikes fear into many an otherwise stout-hearted human being. It isn’t heights, or spiders or the boss’s temper. It’s public speaking. Over the years I’ve had many a person come up to me and say they wished they could be as comfortable behind a microphone in front of a crowd as I seem to be. I always answer that they could be because public speaking skills are learned.
I think football fans will agree that the CFL game is bogging down with too many flags and too many challenges. Let’s face it, second guessing calls by officials has been a sideline sport on its own since before most of us were born. We used to say back in the day that officials were bound to make errors because they’re only human but we told ourselves the Law of Averages would see to it that the other team was wrongly penalized about as often as our team.
Tuesday’s Saskatoonhomepage.ca News Poll question asked whether the federal government should hold a referendum in order to change the voting system. As of this writing 17% of respondents had said they didn’t know. 24% said no and the remaining 59% said yes. Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer said in July it would cost us around $300 million to hold such referendum.
Opponents of the Energy East pipeline are getting what they want so far, delay after delay of the project, the latest round being disruption of the National Energy Board hearings on the project’s feasibility in Montreal. Remember that motto of ours, Peace, Order and Good Government? Well, seems as though the peace and order part easily gets trashed at the whim of protest movements when they feel mayhem and disorder suits their purpose in quiet old Canada.
I’m not a diplomat or a politician. I don’t have a fancy degree in one of the social sciences. I’m just a long-time broadcaster who manages radio stations. Having now disqualified myself as an expert on my subject today, let’s talk about something one of the candidates for the Conservative Party leadership apparently asked her supporters. She wants to know what they think about vetting would be immigrants and refugees for “anti-Canadian values”.