Six years ago today in 2010 on Coffeetalk I said the following: “Here’s some scary news: Sarah Palin believes she could beat Barack Obama if she runs for president in 2012. She is considering a presidential run and polls indicate many Republicans would support her. If she goes for it she may have competition from….Donald Trump. He says he’s thinking about running for president because in his words, everybody’s ripping off the United States, and he believes he would be the best person to stand up to America’s rivals. Neither of those two gives me a warm, comfortable feeling regarding the direction our southern neighbour would take if elected president”.
We haven’t even seen the official beginning of the Trump presidency and already people are talking about The Rock running for president in 2020. I guess now that an ill-mannered reality tv billionaire has been elected to the most powerful office on the planet, why not the Rock? Ronald Reagan was President from 1981-1989 after being Governor of California following a career as a B-list movie actor. Some call him the most successful actor in history.
At civic budget time the question always seems to be asked by our elected officials as to how our policing resources are being managed and how many police officers does a city this size need? This year is no exception, with the Police Chief asking to hire another 4 new patrol officers due to the growing east side neighbourhoods of Evergreen, Willowgrove and Stonebridge plus the developing new subdivisions of Aspen Ridge and Brighton.
So apparently the cost of moving the rail lines out of Saskatoon is at least $1 Billion. If that’s the case we are barking up the wrong tree if we expect the railways to pack up and move out of town on their own nickel. And suggesting taxpayers pay for it is beyond laughable. So trains will continue to chug through the city until the cows come home. A report done by the Regional Economic Development Authority says Saskatoon businesses are losing $2.5 million each year because of having to wait for trains, with two major thoroughfare crossings, 22nd Street at Avenue F and Idylwyld Drive at 25th Street, accounting for half that amount.
A National Post article says Canadian doctors are increasingly medicating children with antidepressants and antipsychotics. Nationally, antipsychotic dispensing to Canadian children and youth increased 33% over a recent four year period while the rate for antidepressants jumped 63%.