It is time for another “Made in Canada, Eh?” This week the announcement edition, some of the items from across Canada that have caught my attention recently. So without much further ado, here is what is making news in the frozen north.
1. Still working on my final post for the Ally series, hope to have it ready for next Friday.
Speaking of Americans in Saskatoon, did you hear of the two American ladies who were travelling across Canada by train. As they pulled into one station, the one lady opened the carriage window and called out to a young man on the platform. “Excuse me young man, can you tell us where we are?”
“Saskatoon, Saskatchewan”, he replied.
“Where are we?”, her friend asked her, as the first lady, returned to her seat.
“I have no idea”, she said. “They don’t speak English here!”
3. Public service announcement. If you read the above joke, and pronounced an “a” as an “a” in “Saskatchewan”, you were reading it incorrectly. Phonetically it is pronounced in the province as /səˈskætʃ.ə.wən/. You are welcome.
4. I don’t know if y’all have a leader who tweets, but apparently there are consequences if, as Liberal Prime Minister of Canada, you respond to a leader who does with a tweet of your own: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.” The subsequent flood of responses has raised another question, who pays?
5. Not to be outdone, the Canadian Foreign Minister tweeted this week: “Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in #SaudiArabia, including Samar Badawi. We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful #humanrights activists.”
The Saudi response to date has not been that muted. They have withdrawn their Ambassador; sent Canada’s Ambassador home; criticized Canada’s own domestic record, especially with indigenous people; suspended purchase of Canadian Barley and Wheat; recalled all Saudi patients, and students from Canada, especially focusing on the 1000 medical residents studying here; cancelled their airline flights to Canada; and are selling off their Canadian investments. Fun fact: two thirds of all Saudi doctors received their training in Canada.
6. But I don’t want to pick on just Liberals. The recently elected Conservative Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, has had a whole slate of announcements. He has, in just a few weeks:
- Cancelled a guaranteed income project
- Rolled back a cap and trade program that Ontario was sharing with California and Quebec to help combat climate change
- Rolled back the provinces sex-ed curriculum to the 1998 version. I mean nothing has changed in the world that kids have to be warned about in the last 20 years, right? Smart phone, Google, texting, what’s that? Apparently parents were not consulted enough. No word yet on any plans to consult about the other measures he has brought forward.
- Cancelled a wind farm project
- Brought forward legislation to slash the number of Toronto City Councillors (legislators) from 47 to 25.
- Announced that he was bringing back buck-a-beer! 77 cents American at current exchange rates.
That is some of our highlights from the last little while. As always your thoughts and comments are welcome!