Six In The Morning: Water, Mining, Pensions And Wacky Relatives

1 SURPRISE! The Canadian economy shrank in November. “Unexpectedly”, the story says. Expect that it’s going to shrink more in years to come as Canadians reign rein-in their spending thanks to ever-stagnant and/or falling wages, higher expenses thanks to government cuts and the need to save more for retirement if the Conservatives delay old age security eligibility to the age of 67. At the moment, retail spending is still increasing.

2 WAIT, BUT, BOOM… WHA? Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announces “challenges” facing the upcoming provincial budget. He was speaking to the Saskatchewan Association Of Urban Municipalities, though, so he’s probably obliged to say that to discourage Saskatchewan mayors, councillors and miscellanious miscellaneous other politicians from asking for more funding. And thus shall thy property taxes increaseth.

3 “EVERY TIME I SAY WE SHOULD BAN ABORTION, I GET YELLED AT” Social conservative Saskatoon-Dumbolt MP Brad Trost says there’s too much party discipline in Ottawa, and it’s stifling debate! Prairie dog agrees — how will voters learn just how crazy-grandpa bizarre-opinion-holding-relative-like federal politicians really are when party leaders don’t let them share their peculiar notions about hypothetical topics like, oh, repealing gay marriage, banning sexy movies, bringing back the death penalty and restricting birth control?

4 CAPPING DEBATE AFTER ONE DAY? OH, COME ON The federal Conservative government stomps debate on a bill on pooled retirement savings almost immediately after it’s introduced. I’m no expert, but this might not even be a bad idea — as an employee of a small business (I’m also an owner — it’s complicated) I wouldn’t necessarily mind another pension option — but you can’t shut down parliamentary debate after one day. And yes, I realize that the Opposition would probably use the time to hammer the government on old age security reforms rather than pooled retirement, but that’s democracy sweetheart. This is apparently the 13th time this government has shut down discussion on a bill early. They need to knock it off. It’s the job of voters to judge the Opposition’s behaviour and determine if they’re wasting time or being douchey hosepailey. Not the government.

5 FORTY MILLION LITRES OF WATER A DAY A mine development around Kronau wants to pipe a ton of water out of Katepwa lake. A guy who actually knows something about the possible environmental impacts (as opposed to bean-counters and business dudes) says we’re moving on this too fast.

6 SIDNEY CROSBY SHOULD QUIT The Globe And Mail makes a pretty good case.

BRYAN ADAMS IS COMING! He’ll play at the Brandt Centre on June 21. I have two friends who’ve met Bryan Adams. One says he’s the biggest of big jerks while the other says he’s perfectly friendly. How can I know the truth? Anyway, here’s a video.

UPDATE Whoops! That wasn’t the official video for “Run To You”! And it turns out embedding is disabled on Bryan Adams’ YouTube site. That’s okay — I’ve found another Bryan Adams video to share. This one isn’t from an official site either but we shall bravely make do with the copyright infringement in the name of Culture.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

11 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: Water, Mining, Pensions And Wacky Relatives”

  1. So Bryan Adams is going to make the longest day of the year in Regina seem that much longer, just by showing up.

  2. Bryan Adams is indeed perfectly friendly. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with him a couple of times. As for LaRose’s crack, all I’ll say is that every once in a while, cream actually rises to the top. He ALWAYS brings it live, no matter the venue or the band dynamics. Solo Acoustic, stripped down power trio, or full band, there are few on the planet that can deliver like Bryan Adams. For the record, I’m a commercial-radio-avoiding alternative music fan…but talent is talent, Stephen.

  3. reign – what a monarch does
    rein – used to control a horse, or spending
    crazy-grandpa – ageist and sexist
    douchey – here we go again

  4. I know I promised not to, and I already regret it, but where do you buy a rein or set of reins to literally control spending? Is there a tack counter at the bank? Can you use the same set of reins to control both household and government spending or do they come in different sizes depending on the budget?

  5. Re Bryan Adams: For what it’s worth, and that’s probably not much, I have “known” two versions of the man.
    One year he passed through town and the concert was sold out, and you couldn’t get an interview if you begged him, which we did.
    Another year, you couldn’t GIVE tickets away to his show and we had to beg him to stop calling.
    As Kurt Vonnegut would say: Hi Ho.

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