What’s the most iconic Science Fiction movie and television franchise of all time? The answer of course is Star Trek. If you were thinking Star Wars remember I said movie AND television franchise granting there have been animated Star Wars shows on tv as there have been for Star Trek. However, only Star Trek continues on both the big and smaller screens with live actors and the announcement of a new tv series starting in January 2017.
I read an interesting article on the four-year senate expense scandal. The timeline begins in 2012 when a senate committee was asked to examine a housing allowance for Senators Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy and Mac Harb who claimed their primary residences were in the provinces they represent but who appeared to actually live in or near Ottawa. This was expanded to study residence claims of all Senators who are constitutionally bound to be residents of the province they represent. The senate audit failed to turn up any questionable housing claims beyond the aforementioned trio.
13 years ago I talked about how many provinces were scrapping mandatory retirement at age 65. Baby boomers and pre-boomers grew up conditioned to believe that, as of your 65th birthday, you cleaned out your work area, handed back the keys, graciously accepted the gold watch and went home to await the pension cheques. By 2003, a half-dozen provinces and the Territories had scrapped mandatory retirement based on age. In Saskatchewan this came into effect in November, 2007 and all provinces were on board by 2009.
I was watching the opening ceremonies for the Major League Baseball All-Star game Tuesday evening and saw the Tenors sing O Canada. It was surprising, to say the least, to hear one of the group change some words. Instead of, “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the true north strong and free”, he sang, “We’re all brothers and sisters; all lives matter to the great”. He then pulled out and held up a sign that said, “All Lives Matter”. This in front of a tv audience and a packed baseball stadium in San Diego. Changing the lyrics to a national anthem is considered highly inappropriate.
Governments at all three levels are slammed constantly for things they do or don’t do that the public doesn’t believe makes sense. Sometimes though there is a ray of sunshine in an otherwise cloudy mess of uncertainty. We all watch the insanity of skyrocketing house prices in Vancouver and shake our heads in disbelief at reports of half-century old thousand square foot bungalows selling for $1.5 million on average.