In light of the recent election of a certain world leader, it makes one ponder what we would do in Canada if our Prime Minister went off the rails. Let’s look back. There is William Lyon Mackenzie King who while lacking any real charisma, was admired for his political skill but he came with a few quirks. Upon his death, his diaries revealed, that he used séances with paid mediums to stay in touch with the departed like Leonardo da Vinci, Wilfrid Laurier, his dead mother, his grandfather, and several of his dead dogs.
I discovered that there is a portion of the population which regards me as old. It was really weird to come to that realization. I saw a post on social media talking about all the things that you either need to know, or do, in order not have regrets when you grow old. And as I progressed through this stellar bit of wisdom it came to light that old was defined as after 40. Okay, WTH. Seriously? Was I offended? Yeah. Then I started taking stock.
I had an experience in a Saskatoon mall recently that literally left me at a loss for words. I had gone to the ticket kiosk – you know hoping to win that big Lotto Max jackpot (I’m still here, so that didn’t happen) and came across a woman, who seemed to be laying down the foundation of her obnoxiousness right from the get-go. She made a point of taking an inordinate amount of time to check her tickets. As I patiently waited to use the ticket checker, I noticed that the gentleman working in the kiosk was obviously a Muslim and taking time out to pray.
If you go by Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil, it's another six weeks of winter. But Canada's groundhogs were a little more optimistic. Neither Shubenacadie Sam of Nova Scotia nor Ontario's Wiarton Willie saw their shadows which folklore says means spring is on its way. Apparently the big retailers agree. I was in one large warehouse store about a week ago - so still January - and I saw patio sets and lawn furniture and all kinds of things to make your yard the epitome of an outdoor living space.
City council will consider a pilot project at their next council meeting that introduces speed bumps in neighbourhoods they’ve identified as problem areas. Actually it is speed bumps or other traffic calming measures. I agree with City Councillor Ann Iwanchuk who suggested that lowering the speed limit in neighbourhoods would be a better solution. I’d be all over a 40 kilometre an hour, for example, speed limit in Eastview.