Say what you will about the government of Alberta but they are doing something that deserves applause. In an effort to end loan services that keep people in a vicious cycle of debt, they have enacted legislation that came into effect Monday lowering the interest rate on payday loans and ending hidden fees and charges. The interest rate has been lowered from $23 per $100 borrowed to $15. Payday lenders will also not be allowed to charge any fees to cash loan cheques, solicit by email or phone, or offer another loan while one is still outstanding.
The International Olympic Committee President says that water in areas where Olympic events will be held is up to World Health Organization standards. However, he seems to be the only person on the planet saying this. A 16 month study for the Associated Press found levels of bacteria and viruses so high that ingestion of just three teaspoons could lead to severe stomach and respiratory illnesses. The study showed the water off Rio’s beaches is teeming with viruses and bacteria found in raw sewage.
A couple of years ago I talked about a proposed law school at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. The university requires students to abide by a community covenant abstaining from sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman. Trinity Western launched lawsuits in Ontario and Nova Scotia where the provincial bar associations voted not to accredit graduates of the proposed law school saying the covenant violates the Charter of Rights with regards to sexual orientation.
Earlier this week the Saskatoonhomepage.ca Sports Poll question asked , “If Darian Durant is healthy, should he start at QB for the Riders ahead of Mitchell Gale this Friday (tonight) in Montreal after Gale won last week while Durant was injured”? As of this writing, 14% of respondents said they were on the fence. They think Gale could be a good future quarterback for the Riders but Durant gives them a better chance to win now. 29% voted yes, Durant is the starter.
Hands up anyone who still owns a VCR. I do. It sits beside the Blu-ray dvd player on the downstairs TV stand. I don’t remember the last time I used it. One company has continued to manufacture VCR’s until now, Japan-based Funai Electric. The company that once sold millions of units annually and still sold 750,000 units last year is believed to be the world’s last VCR manufacturer. However, they say they will cease production for good at the end of this month. Funai has been making VHS VCR’s since 1983 but the company is finding it difficult to find parts for the machines.