One story this week had the headline, “Saskatoon Firmly a Home Buyer’s Market”. Housing sales dropped by 19% in September from one year ago while inventory is much higher than the 5-year average. Another story quotes the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation saying Canadian homes remain overvalued as prices climbed while disposable incomes dipped in every province except B.C. CMHC says in Saskatoon it sees moderate evidence of overvaluation and strong evidence of overbuilding. Yet another story talks about how housing problems continue in Saskatoon for the working poor and those on social assistance.
In the aftermath of the Vegas mass killing spree a senior CBS network legal executive was justifiably fired after she posted on Facebook that she wasn’t even sympathetic because country music fans often are republican gun-toters. CNN’s White House reporter bizarrely suggested that many of the victims of the mass shooting were Trump supporters because we should “keep in mind” there is significant crossover between Trump supporters and country music fans.
I feel compelled to say something about the mass shooting in Las Vegas but I don’t really know what to say. I’ve heard, read and watched the news stories and, like everyone, feel so sad that something like this can happen. There have been mass killings before by lunatics with guns in the United States but they just keep getting bigger and crazier. I saw late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue about the Vegas tragedy and he is bang-on when he wonders how people are allowed to buy weapons that are good for one thing:
The Canadian Citizenship Oath is short and uncomplicated: “I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen”. As a result of the 94th and final recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the federal government is engaged in overhauling the Citizenship Act to add five words to the oath with the phrase,
A regular listener to this station has heard me talk before about Saudi Arabia. Women are second class citizens in that country but Canada hypocritically treats it as a friend and ally for political and financial reasons. Last week a big deal was made about how Saudi Arabia will finally allow women to obtain a driver’s licence and drive on their own as of next June. Until now, it was the only country in the world that wouldn’t allow women to get behind the wheel.