There are some questions relating to age that are difficult to answer. What should the legal drinking age be? Some think 18, some believe 19, which is the current law in this province, and some say we should go back to 21 as it was when I was in my teens. How old should you be in order to get a driver’s licence? Is 16 the right age or is it too young? Should it be 18 or even older? How about voting?
In case you missed the news item last Wednesday, our provincial government has come out with its marijuana regulations effective when the federal government passes the recreational use of pot into law. It’s interesting how responsibilities get off-loaded. What’s the old saying? You-know-what flows downhill. The feds leave regulations governing the sale and use restrictions to the provinces and the provinces leave the enforcement to municipalities.
Stephen Hawking passed away on Wednesday. A theoretical physicist and cosmologist and Director of Research at the Centre for theoretical cosmology at the University of Cambridge, he was renowned for his intellect and visionary thinking. If you’ve never seen the 2014 movie ‘The Theory of Everything” starring Eddie Redmayne, I encourage you to watch it.
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is an organization I don’t know much about so I looked it up. Turns out it is an international financial organization owned by 60 member central banks representing countries that together make up about 95% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product. The mission of the BIS is to serve central banks in their pursuit of monetary and financial stability, to foster international cooperation in those areas, and to act as a bank for central banks. Where is this leading?
The times they are a-changin’. If that sounds like it’s from a song, you’re right; Bob Dylan, 1964. Fast forward to 2018 and on top of all the earth-shaking movements that are happening, another small step f perhaps for human kind is the new Canadian ten dollar bill that will go into circulation at the end of this year. It’s different. Not only is it the first vertically-oriented bank note in Canada, it includes a portrait of Viola Desmond, the first black person, and the first non-royal woman, on a regular-circulation bill.