I’ve talked before about how the way we educate children has changed since I was a student. My generation was immersed in the basics, colloquially referred to as the three “R’s”, reading, writing and arithmetic. Some of us baby boomers get by quite nicely, thank you, not having been educated in the modern era where it’s hard to fail, high school math confuses everyone including some teachers, and cursive writing (longhand) is disappearing.
The older I get the more I lean towards non-commercial production of animals for consumption. What does that mean? That means not eating chickens from chicken barns, not buying beef that has been transported on semis headed for feed lots, not eating pork that has been raised in pork barns. Oh I get it. I get the economics of these entities. I get the impact they have on communities. Can you imagine Brooks, Alberta without a feed lot? Or the Saskatchewan chicken barns which supply product to KFC or the pig barns that employ entire communities.
Lest we forget, today is the 16th anniversary of 9/11. September 11, 2001 goes down in history as one of those days you remember what you were doing when you heard the news, similar to the assassination of JFK or the death of Princess Diana, or when Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon. When the first airplane hit the World Trade Centre in Manhattan I was having breakfast just before heading downtown to work at the radio station. At first I thought maybe a small plane had strayed off course.
It’s been an interesting week in the financial world. The Bank of Canada raised its policy lending rate to 1% and, of course, the big banks didn’t wait to raise their prime lending rates as of yesterday to 3.2%. Heaven forbid they see any drop in their multi-billions worth of quarterly profits. Better to have working folks hand over more of their paycheques to have a roof over their heads.
This is Country Music Week and for the second time in 5 years, the Canadian Country Music Awards are being held in Saskatoon. The nationally televised Award Show Sunday at 5 from SaskTel Centre puts the final touch on a host of activities starting today. It’s the perfect chance to get up close to Canada’s biggest country acts. Ticketed events include The CCMA Songwriters’ Series today, tomorrow and Sunday afternoon at TCU Place, the Discovery Showcase tonight at TCU Place, the CCMA Legends Show tomorrow night, at TCU Place, and tomorrow night’s highlight event, the Rockin’ Country Cabaret at Prairieland Park starting at 9 and hosted by our own 92.9 the BULL FM.