12…count them…12 candidates for the leadership of the federal Conservatives were in Saskatoon yesterday. We were polite enough to serve up early September-like weather to welcome them. I attended a luncheon where the format was similar to speed dating (not that I’ve ever done that). The candidates spent 5 minutes at each table telling us why they are qualified to lead their party. It was an interesting format. The candidates at least get to get up and move around every few minutes when the bell rings while I sat there getting a numb rear end.
You know all those unwanted phone calls you get from people you don’t know trying to sell you something you don’t want or worse scam you out of your hard-earned money? Well, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is saying telephone companies must help block unsolicited and illegitimate calls to their customers. The CRTC has given telecommunications providers three months to develop technical solutions to block these nuisance calls and is also encouraging these companies to offer call management features to help us filter unwanted calls.
South of the 49th parallel today is the moment of truth, and in politics as we’ve said before, a moment is all we get when it comes to truth. Reasonable, thinking Americans will be holding their collective breath waiting for the votes to be counted. Many Canadians will be doing the same thing even though it isn’t our country. The United States is our biggest trading partner and closest ally. We have a huge vested interest in how that country is governed.
This week you see many people wearing a red poppy. I have one and my only minor challenge is I sometimes wear a leather fall jacket and I’ll be darned if that pin will go through the leather. The poppy is a symbol reminding us of the significance of November 11th, 1918. It was at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in that year when the guns were finally silenced ending what is termed the Great War.
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.