A new report says top Canadian CEO’s earned 159 times the average worker’s salary last year. That worked out to more than $7 million per CEO. To be fair, that’s not just cash. It includes base salaries, bonuses, stock options, pensions and other forms of compensation. Every so often you hear rumblings from those who believe CEO’s pay should have a ceiling. That’s arguably hard to do in a free enterprise capitalist system like ours.
There’s an old saying from scripture, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. A modern version might be more like, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad”. Maybe that’s why people lie so much? A U.S. researcher said that, in a ten minute conversation, 60% of people will tell an average of three lies or untruths.
One has to be careful when talking about the subject of religion but sometimes you see things happening that really make you shake your head. A couple of days ago near York University in Toronto, two guys got into an argument over religion that ended with one of them being stabbed to death. This is not the Middle East, for Pete’s sake, this is Canada. We don’t kill someone because he isn’t of the same faith. Then I read about a man in Alberta who is taking his church leaders to court because he says he was expelled from his church due to “alleged wrongdoing involving drunkenness” .
Yesterday’s News Poll on Saskatoonhomepage.ca asked if we agree with the San Francisco 49’ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, along with other athletes, not standing for the playing of the national anthem. As of this writing, 2% of respondents answered yes, they are exercising their right to free speech and drawing attention to issues that concern all of us. 77% answered no, they are being disrespectful to their country and its flag. There are better ways to protest. The remaining 21% said it doesn’t matter what I think, what they are doing is within their rights. I voted with this latter 21%.
Anyone who pooh-poohs the suggestion that Saskatchewan has a drinking and driving problem better wake up and smell the coffee. The last reported Statistics Canada numbers showed the Canadian average for police reported impaired driving incidents per 100,000 populations to be 262. In this province the number was 683. Premier Wall rightly wants a solution to our high drinking and driving rates when the legislature convenes in the fall.