Politics can make cynics of us all. When you witness, what is transpiring with our neighbours to the south it seems as if “the greatest country in the world” has somehow, overnight, become a third world banana republic and what the consequences for the rest of the world will be are anyone’s guess.
Spring is finally here and thoughts of a fine, sunny, hot, summer, follow in its wake. The days are getting longer, the weather warmer, people are out and about after a long, odd, gray winter and the smell of barbequing is in the air. There’s an annual irritant that seems to coincide, perfectly, with the first signs of spring, and it’s not mosquitoes; I am talking about something more pernicious and annoying: loud motorcycles, (some cars, and trucks can be just as annoying).
While deciding how I might enlighten my readers this month, I didn’t need to look far; our newly minted Prime Minister (well maybe not so new any more) breaking one of his key election promises. I can recall almost verbatim him saying during the campaign, “We are committed to ensuring that the 2015 election will be the last federal election using first-past-the-post.” Fast forward to a few weeks ago: “Changing the electoral system will not be in [our] mandate,” justifying his decision by saying, that after a long consultation process, “a clear prefe
Be at war with your vices,
at peace with your neighbors,
and let every new year
find you a better man.
- Benjamin Franklin
We live in a world of disruption. ‘Disruptive technology’ is the latest buzz phrase describing how doing business in a new way makes the old way obsolete. Uber and Airbnb are good examples, where hailing a cab or renting a room has put the traditional taxi and hotel business at risk.
Many disruptive trends are made possible though the ubiquity of the internet, smart phones, and social media, and they have been responsible for new ways of doing business in most other spheres, as well, most notably warfare and politics.
If you’re the type of visitor who likes to get close and personal to what a country truly has to offer, to get off the beaten tourist path, you might do well to rent a car, or better yet, a motorcycle or scooter. Of course there may be dangers associated with such a gutsy move, not the least of which is a lack of knowledge and experience with local driving rules, habits, and customs.
Does anyone watch the Olympics anymore? Surprisingly yes, judging by television and other media ratings. In Canada the CBC reported record breaking viewership over all their varied media platforms.
And why not? The Olympics is a time to revel in the underdog, take pride in our up and coming athletes, and be awed at the athleticism of athletes at their best, some of whom get little air time outside of the Olympic bubble.
The ideal behind the European Union, that countries of varied ethnic, religious, and linguistic traditions could form an alliance, superseding their differences for the greater good, had an admiral run for the past sixty years or so but the recent Brexit referendum in Britain has put all that in jeopardy and could very well be a harbinger of the disillusion of such high minded ideas; the beginning of what could very easily be compared to the dark ages when the world became insular and the pursuit of knowledge and cultural achievements were rare.
If you have ever, or never, given a thought about becoming an organ, or blood donor, I hope this article might inspire you to do so.
On the extreme end of our health care spectrum, I recently discovered, through a life saving procedure performed on a friend of mine, there is a place where a person has no best before date, where science meets science fiction, and “quality of life” is the only thing on the minds of a dedicated team of physicians, surgeons, nurses, and support staff, working on the front lines of heart transplant surgery in London Ontario.
I can’t let another deadline pass without commenting on what is unfolding with our neighbours to the south.