Well, it has been an interesting week. Nationally, there’s a big hullabaloo over the liberal government’s decision to award Omar Khadr $10.5 million because the Supreme Court says his rights as a Canadian citizen were violated even though he admitted guilt in the killing of an American soldier and wounding another. The dead soldier’s wife is apparently going after his award. She won a large civil suit against Khadr in the U.S. Locally, Saskatoon billboards purchased by the city as part of an anti-racist campaign caused quite a stir. In both these cases, mainstream and social media were all over them like flies on an open jar of strawberry jam.
I’m told Canada is falling behind in the race to get driverless cars on the road. In the first place, who says it’s a race? And, in the second place, who is in such a big hurry to get behind the wheel of a driverless vehicle? (Now there’s an oxymoron) Right now Ontario is the only province that allows testing of autonomous vehicles on the road with a permit. A senate committee is studying the issues that need to be addressed so Canada can bring driverless cars to the road with a report expected by the end of this year.
I post most of these talks on Facebook and that’s the only time I have to see what’s happening on this 2 Billion strong social media platform. I saw a cute post from obvious millenials naming so-called “tragically uncool things baby boomers won’t let die”. Let’s see some: Shopping malls, because you can buy everything you want online without any need to go into a crowded store with a terrible parking lot. This boomer still prefers the fun to touch and feel stuff I buy before handing over the money and while some parking lots aren’t much fun, many are fine. Next I see toast….toast?
Sometimes when you’re a politician it doesn’t pay to miss a meeting. Back in January, Saskatoon City Council narrowly approved updating the city’s panhandling act by a vote of 6-5 to further restrict areas where the practice is allowed. Up until January, Saskatoon’s Panhandling Bylaw allowed for buffer zones prohibiting panhandling near a doorway to a bank, credit union or trust company, an automated teller machine, a bus stop or bus shelter, liquor store or beer and wine store.
It’s Canada’s 150th birthday tomorrow with day long activities in Diefenbaker Park including the Saskatoon Media Group stage with Saskatoon band Idyll Wild performing classic hits at 1:30 followed by Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke, Canada’s reigning country female singer of the year. Be sure and bring your lawn chairs for a great afternoon of music. The federal government is spending half a Billion of our dollars to commemorate the sesquicentennial. Some think it is extravagant to spend that much and I’m inclined to agree.