This is my last commentary before Christmas. I looked back on what I always say at this time and I must sound like a broken record. Maybe that’s because I still believe in the message. That being that, while we live in what we think is the greatest country in the world, there seems to be a greater need than aver for the Food Bank, the Friendship Inn, the Crisis Nursery, the YWCA shelter, Secret Santa and Salvation Army food hampers.
Last week someone was marvelling at how nice the weather was and I spoiled it by saying, “It’s not quite winter yet”. Well, as of 10:28 am CST winter arrives. This is the shortest day of the year where we can expect maybe 8 hours of daylight. The good news is that starting tomorrow the days get longer but we won’t notice for a couple of weeks.
Today between 8am and 5pm, food and toy hampers will be distributed to less fortunate families in Saskatoon by the Secret Santa Foundation volunteers, Board and staff. Secret Santa started in 1984 to help make sure no needy child went without a new toy at Christmas by the late morning radio personality Denny Carr who passed away from cancer in 1999.
The Trends Research Institute has published what it believes will be the Top trends that will shake and shape the world in 2018. The Institute predicted the 1987 stock market crash, the dot-com bust, the panic of 2008, the bottled water trend and the organic food movement. An example of what it forecast for next year is what it calls the driverless car cliff and the electric car fantasy.
Tis the season to be jolly isn’t it? Not if you talk to the Saskatchewan and Alberta government officials involved in what seems to be a schoolyard spat about licence plates at construction sites. “You started this fight”. “No, I didn’t, you did”. “Oh yeah, well I can prove you did and what I’m doing is just in self-defence”. “No way, I can prove you did and I’m just pushing back”.