What do these words have in common: hump, bump, jump, thump, dump, rump? Think driving on certain streets and parking lots. We’re all familiar with speed bumps, ridges set on the road surface at intervals to control the speed of passing vehicles. A speed hump has the same purpose in mind as a traffic calming solution but is bigger, wider than and not quite as jarring as a speed bump. Saskatoon is going to test some speed humps next year in spite of warnings from the Road Maintenance, Transit and Fire departments about response time delays and possible damage to the undercarriage of buses and snow removal equipment.
Last Thursday morning I had just heard that a couple of broadcasting station managers I have known well for many years in Saskatchewan are moving on. One is heading to British Columbia and the other is retiring. Less than an hour later I heard about Brad Wall’s retirement. There’s an old saying that the only certainties in life are death and taxes but there is a third certainty and it’s called change. Nothing is forever, and isn’t that a fact? Time slips by. Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, months into years, and before you know it, decades have passed. As far as my industry comrades go, sometimes it’s time to hand over the reins to the younger generations.
The NHL Board of Governors doesn’t feel that NHL participation in the Olympic Games does anything positive for the sport and the league. It shuts down the regular season in February, the month that the NHL pretty much has a monopoly on televised team sports with no football or baseball, and star players can get hurt, with seven NHL players injured at the last Games in Sochi. Last December the NHL says it polled fans in Canada and 53% were against the league taking a break for the Olympics even though Canada would be defending the Gold Medal.
The fastest growing language in Canada is Tagalog, a language of the Philippines. The 2016 census shows the number of people speaking Tagalog in Canada grew 35% since the last census in 2011. Canadians still speak mostly English and French but now nearly one in four people report having another mother tongue and that’s not surprising considering immigration makes up most of Canada’s population growth. Mandarin is the top mother tongue after our two official languages followed by Cantonese and then Punjabi.
I trust everyone enjoyed Saskatchewan Day yesterday? There really isn’t a compelling reason for the August civic holiday except to give us another day off, perhaps to get in a game of golf. I read that golf is suffering somewhat compared to other professional sports when it comes to the numbers and demographics of its spectators. When you think about it, compared to team sports, golf is an honourable game played by people who don’t need referees.