I saw a list of the Top 20 Canadian cities over 100,000 populations that love to read published by Amazon. Saskatoon ranked #1, up from #3 last year. The list is compiled by tracking how many print and electronic books are sold by Amazon from May/16-May/17. Two cities that didn’t even appear on last year’s Top 20, Kingston and Kelowna, jumped up to the 2nd and 3rd spot. The #’s 1 and 2 cities in each of the last three years, Vancouver and Calgary, slipped to #5 and #4 respectively this past year.
How much money does a person need? I said need, not want. Some who have more than they’ll ever need still want more. The Top 100 celebrities raked in a total of over $5 Billion in income during the past year. Sean Combs, Diddy, topped the list at $130 million. Beyonce came in at #2 followed by author J.K Rowling, Drake, soccer phenom Ronaldo, the Weeknd, Howard Stern, Coldplay, American author James Patterson, and Basketball star LeBron James rounding out the Top 10.
It appears fewer Saskatoon residents are taking the bus. SO many strategies have been thought of and a few actually implemented over the years to increase ridership on public transit in the city but nothing seems to work. It’s almost impossible to convince enough drivers to take a bus to work or leisure activities to result in significant financial benefit to the city and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our private vehicles that account for over 85% of such emissions in Saskatoon’s transportation sector.
One of the questions that arose after last week's change to signage on bike lanes in downtown Saskatoon was whether a cyclist can get tickets just like a car, for not obeying the rules of the road. And the answer is YES. They are considered a motor vehicle and the cyclist can be charged under the Traffic Safety Act. In fact, in talking to the Saskatoon Police Service, someone on a bike received a running-a-red-light-ticket in the last few weeks.
Now in case you hadn't heard - we're getting dinged on all insurance premiums thank you very much Mr. Wall and company. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation calls charging PST on insurance premiums a cash grab and claims there are already all kinds of hidden taxes on those premiums.