As American politicians jump around like bugs on a hot stove arguing about the best way to provide their citizens with medical coverage, or not, we watch from north of the border knowing we have Universal Health Care. But what we don’t have is universal pharmacare. Canada has some of the highest prescription drug costs in the world and a couple of years ago an Angus Reid poll found that almost one in four Canadians chose not to fill or renew their prescriptions, or else skipped doses, because of the high cost of buying medicine.
For many years Saskatoon residents had their garbage picked up weekly. Then, in a cost saving measure and because it was said that households generated less garbage during colder weather, the City went to bi-weekly pickup from October to April. I don’t remember exactly when that started but it wasn’t all that many years ago. The 2012-2016 City Council talked about perhaps having a two-week pickup cycle year round but, thank goodness, that idea didn’t take hold.
Here’s a question: Are there any rules to follow when a national anthem is played? Traditionally in the United States, if the flag is on display, out of respect and reverence you’re supposed to stand straight, face the flag, and cover your heart with your right hand. If you’re wearing a hat you should remove it and place it over your heart, and that goes for men and women. In Canada, out of respect and reverence, we stand straight and hatless as the Americans do but we don’t include the hand or hat over the heart. Here’s another question:
The RCMP sent out a fairly lengthy news release on the weekend explaining in detail why they called off the pursuit of a stolen three quarter ton, heavy duty flat deck truck. A truck that was the subject of an investigation by Maidstone RCMP earlier that morning. A truck that was involved in a fatal crash in the wee hours east of Lloydminster that claimed the life of three women and seriously injured a fourth. The first thing I thought when I read the news release was that the RCMP was coming under fire for discontinuing pursuit of the stolen vehicle.
In 1952……that’s right, I said 1952…..Billboard Magazine, which still publishes the Top 100 music charts today, which by the way, are based solely on radio airplay, declared, “Radio is dead. With the Lone Ranger and Jack Benny gone to TV, bye-bye radio”. Obviously, unlike the 1979 song, “Video Killed the Radio Star”, the medium did not die and remains very popular with 90% of Canadians listening to radio every month and nearly 2/3rds saying they still discover new music through listening to the radio.