The Oxford Dictionary made “selfie” the word of the year this year, in recognition of, well, self-recognition. Thus, for a few days at least, Canada’s news feeds were able to look away from the twin headlights of Rob Ford and Nigel Wright/Mike Duffy, and glimpse the current shiny thing: our obsession with ourselves.
What technology makes possible, people make cultural. In just one year, we are told, the word “selfie” — the act of using cellphones to take arms-length pictures of ourselves to share with a largely uncaring world — has increased in usage by 17,000 per cent.
Wouldn’t you like copyright licensing power on something like that?
I don’t believe that the explosion of selfies posted on boards around the world is evidence that society is becoming yet more self-obsessed. I think we reached the psychological limits of that some time ago.
If Red Deer really gets behind the project quickly, our city population will be around 125,000 or so by the time we open up a proper aquatic centre with a competition-ready pool, to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
If we decide we’d rather pay an extra $45 million to begin the pool on the long schedule — 10 years from next year — we’ll be a city of 150,000 and probably the largest in Canada with this extreme shortage of athletic facilities.
Do they give gold medals for that?
In the meantime, all that horrible debt people complained about in the last municipal election campaign will continue to cost each city resident a whopping $4.26 a month to service.
If the federal government is footing the bill for a jobs training program, shouldn’t it be able to dictate the terms of the program?
Well, that depends if the goal is to claim credit for the money spent and to control the program, as opposed to actually doing some wider good.
Now, if you propose to pay less and split the cost three ways, can you still dictate terms?
If you’re federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney, I suppose you can. All the more so if one the partners paying for this is business. When business and federal conservative ideology align, that’s pretty much an unstoppable force.
Sinus pressure, facial pain, runny nose and headaches — the all-too-familiar symptoms of sinus congestion that go along with the common cold.
My office has been filled with a steady stream of children and adults with lingering sinus congestion — long after all other cold symptoms have disappeared.
So how do you get rid of all that mucous and congestion besides just waiting for it to go away?
The reason sinus infections are so difficult to resolve is because the blood supply to the area is limited, but that does not mean there is not a fix!
Of course Jim Flaherty’s mid-year budget report is as much a political document as it is a financial one. When the news is generally good, when has it ever been otherwise?
That doesn’t mean you should discount what Canada’s finance minister said when he made his update in front of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.
But neither does it mean the federal budget is actually on track for a budget surplus in time for the 2015 federal election.
An election, by the way, for which Flaherty announced his intention to run.