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”.
Kim Campbell, who was Prime Minister of Canada for less than 5 months in 1993, has found herself in the news for tweeting about female television newscasters who wear sleeveless dresses while on the air. She says it is demeaning to women and that bare arms undermine credibility and gravitas. Gravitas means seriousness or solemnity of manner. Conservative MP Michelle Rempel tweeted in answer that she firmly believes in the right of Canadians to bare arms.
“For it was one St Valentine’s Day that every fowl cometh to choose its mate”. That’s a line from a 14th century poem that is believed to be the first reference to Valentine and his role as the patron saint to lovers. Valentine lived in the 3rd century BC and was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. Emperor Claudius had him killed in a most gruesome way as often happened at the time.