Wacky world

Section: 
Editorial

I was watching the CBC news Saturday when I saw Carlo, who runs an Italian deli and grocery store in Regina, being interviewed.

 

I was introduced to Carlo about three weeks ago by my son-in-law, Chris, when we were in the west. It’s a small country in some ways.

 

The CBC was doing a story on VISA’s advertising campaign to get people to use their VISA card to buy small items. The campaign appears to be another way to gouge small business.

 

As Carlo said on TV, buying a $10 item with a VISA card costs the merchant 25 cents. Buying the same item with a debit card only costs the merchant 7 cents.

 

When I was in business, it was a lot less time consuming if people paid for small items with cash.

 

Do your local business person a favour, use cash or debit when buying small items.

 

VISA’s slogan smallenfreuden makes about as much sense as what they are trying to sell.

 

**

 

Dana took our four-year-old grandson into a store Saturday and he spied a big water gun which he wanted her to buy for him.

 

When she said, “No, not today,” he responded with, “I think Papa would like one for Father’s Day.”

 

It was a good try on his part, but I didn’t get a water gun and neither did he.

 

**

 

There seems to be little concern that the U.S. and Canadian governments can snoop into your internet musings, phone calls and whatever.

 

We fought a world war over basic human freedoms, but now that our governments do the snooping, the response is, “So what?”.

 

People won’t be saying that if we elect a prime minister with a nasty dictatorial bent or a strictly religious government.

 

Anyone who criticizes the government or tells an off colour joke, e-mails a picture of a woman in a short skirt, listens to the wrong kind of music, disseminates radical ideas, etc. might find himself in trouble with the thought police and end up in jail.

 

I’m glad I’ve never put the internet to much use because it could be dangerous to one’s health  – especially since the government is storing all your phone calls, e-mails, and texts and trying to find a pattern to your behaviour.

 

You never know when a sense of humour will be considered subversive – indeed it may be considered so by the current government.

 

**

 

Toronto, centre of the universe, doesn’t just have a wacky mayor. Its council is suspect too – last week it asked the provincial government to allow non-Canadian ratepayers to vote in city elections.

 

If someone who lives in Toronto is too lazy to make the effort to become a Canadian citizen, he should not be allowed to vote.

 

There was a time when people were proud to be citizens of this country. Toronto city council might not value Canadian citizenship, but most of us do.

 

Queen’s Park should tell Toronto to take a hike, that voting in this province is limited to Canadian citizens.

 

**

 

There was a great deal of excitement in the soccer world last week when The Quebec Soccer Federation (FSQ) banned the wearing of turbans on safety grounds.

 

The FSQ backed down Saturday after the International Football Federation, the body that governs the rules of the game, said head covers in Canada were fine.

 

That ban didn’t really make sense. I remember when my youngest played minor soccer, he wore a bandana around his head and I don’t believe he was the only player wearing head gear. Some people wear sweatbands. (Good way to keep the sweat out of your eyes.)

 

Dangerous?

 

Not really.

 

Right or wrong, Quebec soccer authorities were likely just trying to protect the province’s culture.