Wednesday was the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) National Day of Action. A group of people rallied on the U of S campus even though I’m not sure the U of S is a certified member of the CFS which was formed in 1981 with a stated goal to represent the collective voices of Canadian students and work at the federal level for high-quality, accessible education. In 2005 the USSU voted to join the CFS but the vote was challenged and for the next few years things went back and forth and the USSU doesn’t appear to be part of the CFS today.
First went the penny in 2013 and they say now the end of the nickel could be in sight. That’s OK by me. I don’t remember the last time I carried nickels in my pocket and I don’t know if there’s anything you can buy that only costs a nickel. A study done by the federal government shows the nickel’s purchasing power has eroded 40% since the early 1990’s. A hundred years ago a nickel would buy you what a Loonie buys today. Even a buck isn’t worth much anymore.
Saskatoon Media Group started up an online information website ten years ago called Saskatoonhomepage.ca. Now, a decade later, we felt it was time for an update, a fresh new look with the same important and familiar information users are accustomed to, but also with some new and interesting segments. A name change was also in order so Saskatoonhomepage.ca has evolved into Sasknow.ca.
My cousin out in Victoria wrote an opinion piece that was printed in that city’s daily newspaper. I say city but’s that’s a misnomer considering Greater Victoria, the “Capital Regional District” consists of multiple municipalities. Last night the new Saskatoon City Council was sworn in and so his comments are timely. Here’s some of what he wrote talking about a university team trying to gauge opinions on municipal integration: “Good luck trying to budge the inert bias against any form of amalgamation in our over-governed region.
It’s October 31st; Halloween. We sure don’t get the hordes of trick or treaters like we did years ago. Perhaps it’s because most of the kids on our block have grown up. All Hallows Eve, the night before All Saints Day, was an ancient Celtic harvest festival also later celebrated by the Romans. It appears the Irish brought to North America the tradition of lighting candles inside turnips to keep spirits at bay. Jack O’ Lanterns were, as legend goes, named after a guy named Jack who had made a deal with the devil and couldn’t get into heaven. He was doomed to wander the earth with a lit-up turnip to light his way.