I can’t think of a better time than during the hustle and bustle of Black Friday to re-visit some of Murphy’s Laws because heaven knows we’re sure some apply to us especially when we’re super busy. There are many Laws attributed to good old Murphy starting with the one he’s most famous for: “If anything can go wrong, it will”. That’s backed up by: “If anything just cannot go wrong, it will anyway”.
In the 1960’s it seemed Canadians could smoke anywhere, on airplanes, in offices, classrooms, elevators, restaurants, and doctor’s offices. Even MP’s had ashtrays in the House of Commons. We had them in our on-air control rooms. Cigarettes were advertised on radio and TV. By the early 70’s, ads had been banned on the electronic media. Who remembers smoking sections on airplanes?
10 months ago in January I talked about the problems with the Phoenix pay system that included about 200 custom programs designed to handle the 80,000 different pay rules inside the federal government. The Phoenix system came out of the government’s plan to create a centralized and more efficient pay system for federal workers that started in 2009 and took 7 years to complete. Phoenix cost $310 million and was supposed to save $70 million per year after launching in February, 2016. The problem is, it didn’t work.
The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist says we need to “buckle up” because it looks like a Classic Canadian winter is shaping up due to cooler waters off the coast of South America which causes La Nina, not to be confused with El Nino which has the opposite effect of giving us warmer conditions than normal. Some parts of Canada, including the prairies, are expecting above normal levels of precipitation, meaning snow, and mostly colder than normal temperatures. La Nina winters also tend to mean changeable weather where we could be pounded by snowstorms and cold temperatures intermixed with some milder periods. This winter could also linger past its expiry date in March.
Well, I wonder what kind of week this is going to be? Close to home the long-distance races continue in this province to see who will be the new leaders of the Sask Party with that winner becoming premier, and the opposition NDP. South of the border will there be fresh revelations about sexual harassment against those who have already been accused or will there be accusations against people whose names haven’t yet been made public?