$300 million is a lot of money. Canada’s chief electoral officer says $300 million is what it would cost to hold a referendum on electoral reform. The last time we had a national referendum was in 1992 on the Charlottetown Accord and was due to the failure of the Meech Lake Accord of 1990 trying to amend the constitution to get Quebec to sign on. The ’92 referendum failed as well, rejected by a majority of Canadians.
You know what bothers me the most about the Canada Post labour dispute? As in the past, it’s the fact that you and I, members of what’s quaintly referred to as the general public, are not privy to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me. All we know is what we hear on the radio, see on tv and read in the paper. And what we hear, see and read is what both sides in the dispute have spun for the media to pass on to the general public. Of course both sides want sympathy for their cause and will try to appear the victim and make the other side look like the bad guys.
Scammer scumbags are always coming up with new ways to try and dupe us out of some cash. Earlier this week the Saskatoon Police Service warned us about the latest scam attempt whereby someone will call you from what they say is the Canada Revenue Agency demanding payment for back taxes with an i-Tunes gift card if you have one. When you rightfully refuse to do so, you then get a call from what appears on your display as the number for the Saskatoon Police Service.
I get these customer service tips in my email from time to time, some of which are quite useful, including this one which is worth passing along. If you have a business you likely have a voicemail message that hopefully will keep a potential customer holding on the phone and even feeling good about doing so. Unfortunately, some messages have the opposite effect. I know like me you’ve encountered the following recording when you call: “Due to overwhelming demand, all our agents are busy”.
I was reading more about Rio de Janeiro’s problems as it tries to prepare for the upcoming summer Olympics. The city is in dire financial straits to the point where they can barely pay the wages of police and there are worries about security and health hazards. One positive piece I read was about Rio’s Ipanema district and its iconic beach. It was 1962 when aging poet Vinicius de Moraes was sitting outside at the Veloso Bar-Café, watched 17 year-old Heloisa Pinto pass by on her way to Ipanema Beach.