The Olympic Winter Games in South Korea end on Sunday and, like most Olympics, these games haven’t been without their moments. Who would have thought Mark McMorris would be back on the medal podium after his horrendous injury last year? Who would have thought Rachel Homan’s women’s curling team wouldn’t get a medal, something that hasn’t happened to a Canadian curling team at the Olympics? What about Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue?
I saw where Grammy winning singer Fergie was ciritcized for her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the annual NBA All-Star game so I watched the video. I didn’t like it myself, although it wasn’t nearly as bad as the time Roseanne Barr butchered the U.S. anthem at that baseball game with her off-key and gross version, but perhaps others don’t share my opinion, which is that national anthems should be sung straight and normal.
Did you know that the country hosting this year’s Winter Olympics is the most militarized nation of the world’s top 20 economies? By the way they measure these things, South Korea has 6.24 personnel in uniform per square kilometre. On the other end of the scale you couldn’t find a country with fewer military people relative to size than Canada where we have 0.0066 uniformed personnel to protect each square kilometre.
Did everyone enjoy Family Day yesterday? In case we don’t remember, Family Day really hasn’t been around all that long. It was first observed in Alberta in 1990. It is supposed to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who founded the province and give workers a day to spend with their families.
There’s an Ontario high school teacher who is waging a campaign to change the slogan that appears on our coat of arms. It currently reads, “A mari usque ad mare” which means “From sea to sea” in Latin. He believes this does an injustice to northern Canadians and he wants it changed to “Ad mari usque ad mare usque ad mare”, “From sea to sea to sea”.