I watched some anonymous guy in a street interview the other night saying its fine to not have NHL players in the Olympic Games because the Olympics are for amateurs. I wondered what isolated cave the guy has been living in. Certainly not the fancy digs some of the biggest Olympic stars live in; people like, oh, sprinting’s Usain Bolt, soccer’s Christiano Ronaldo, skiing’s Lindsey Vonn, just to name a few who are the furthest thing from “amateurs” you could get. As far as hockey goes, the horse left the corral in 1998 when they first allowed NHL players to compete.
In 2014 all NATO countries agreed to a spending guideline of 2% of each member country’s GDP on defence. If you count a portion of the RCMP and Border Services Agency budget as defence spending Canada spends about 1.2% and is 23rd out of 28 NATO countries. The U.S. is pressuring other NATO members to live up to their 2% commitment and this is something in which I am in agreement with the Americans.
I wonder if merry old England has opened up Pandora ’s Box and will come to regret what is termed Brexit, the acronym for Britain exiting the European Union. The British prime minister triggered the EU exit mechanism last Wednesday that starts a 2-year period to negotiate the UK’s withdrawal. But, and there are a few “buts”, the departure looks like it won’t be easy and Britain can’t blame anyone but itself.
The race to be the leader of the federal Conservative party is rounding into the clubhouse turn with the leadership convention in Vancouver a month and a half away. 13 horses in the race, a dozen politicians and one outsider, Kevin O’Leary. Do you think Canada’s prime minister needs to be bi-lingual? The idea that our political leaders should be able to hold a conversation in both official languages is embedded in our minds.
I saw a poignant post on social media that resonated with me. It said, “Politeness has become so rare that people mistake it for flirtation”. Politeness and good manners have really taken a nosedive here in the middle of the second decade of the 21st century led by someone considered to be the most powerful person on the planet, the President of the United States.