With the Canada Day long weekend almost upon us some folks will be talking tomorrow off and the roads are going to be busy with traffic. Many years ago I talked about the Saskatchewan Driver’s Handbook and its Top 10 (tongue-in-cheek) Rules of the Road. Let’s revisit:
“Staycation” has become a popular word in our vocabulary. A staycation is defined as a vacation spent in one’s home country rather than abroad or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions. Before the word wormed its way into our psyches’ and you said you weren’t going anywhere for a holiday, just staying home, you might have been looked down on as though you were too poor or too lazy to travel to some exotic destination.
The population of planet earth is 7.6 billion. 83 million people are added each year and the UN projects a population of 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion by 2050. They say India’s population will surpass China around 2024. Half of the growth to 2050 will be in Africa and by then Nigeria will have more people than the United States. The U.S. is predicted to keep growing unlike Europe whose population is expected to decline somewhat. Canada should grow to between 45-50 million people by 2050.
Can you believe the days are now getting shorter? Nobody wants to think about that since summer just started last Wednesday and outdoor sports and barbecue season is in full swing. A week has 10,080 minutes. That’s fixed. But hours of daylight vary as we roll through the seasons. Right now I’m told the days are becoming shorter by about one minute every three days so we won’t notice it for a while.
A story on Sasknow.ca this week had the headline, “Drunks, Speeders and Aggressive Drivers a major problem in Saskatchewan”. My first reaction was, “You think”! During the merry month of May, police reported 324 impaired driving offences, 6,159 speeding or aggressive driving tickets, which is the highest number in any month since October, 2015, 364 distracted driving offences, the majority for using a cell phone, and 469 other driving infractions including seatbelts, child or booster seats.