Let’s end the week on Coffeetalk by talking about coffee. Coffee has been the subject of more studies and reports than you can count. It’s good for you. It’s bad for you. Two recent studies say drinking coffee may help you live longer but the researchers covered their you-know-what’s by attaching a rider that says the studies don’t specifically show coffee is truly the reason many drinkers appear to live longer lives but rather show an association between drinking coffee and a propensity toward longevity.
The latest edition of MoneySense’s Best Places to Live gives an overview of the best places to live in Canada. This year 417 places were ranked right down to communities with as few as 9,000 people. They don’t measure intangibles that may be important to you or me but the methodology of the rankings are in 36 categories based on robust economy, high wealth and incomes, home affordability, low taxes, transit friendly, health accessibility, low crime, arts and community and nice weather.
An Ipsos poll spanning 25 countries has put Canada at the top of a list of countries and organizations viewed as having a positive influence on world affairs. Here at home lately we seem to get bogged down in what we perceive as Canada’s internal problems/challenges (you decide which word is appropriate). How inclusive are we? How racist are we?
Remember why the little moron threw a clock out the window? He wanted to see time fly, and you know what? It does! I moved to Saskatoon from Calgary to be Program Director of this company’s only radio station at the time, CJWW, on July 11, 1983, 34 years ago today. It was the first day of that year’s Saskatoon Exhibition, which has since moved to August. Saskatoon’s population in July ’83 was about 165,000. The Circle Drive Bridge had just opened on July 1st, Canada Day, and a new addition to City Hall was to be unveiled in a few days. CJWW radio was way up the AM dial at 1370 Khz and its signal didn’t travel all that far.
You know what I like? I like learning things I didn’t know, or at least remember. Last week I heard a phrase that never crops up in my conscious mind. It is “vexatious litigation”, legal action which is brought, regardless of its merits, solely to harass or subdue an adversary. Another way of putting it is legal action or proceeding initiated maliciously and without probable cause by an individual who is not acting in good faith. A layman like me would hope that this sort of thing is the exception rather than the rule. It seems that our courts are backed up enough to the point where criminals walk free because too much time has elapsed between arrest and court date.