Ho-Hum Canadian Stories

– As the 2021 Canadian Election ho-hums along, (ho-hum as in we have to accept that something unpleasant cannot be stopped from happening), Prime Minister Trudeau may have got the hint that some voters think the election was totally unnecessary AND find his messaging unpalatable. He is being met at some campaign stops with boos, heckles, jeers and yes, even small stones lobbed his way! (Mr. Trudeau says he wasn’t hurt and compared it to the time a woman threw pumpkin seeds at him during the Hamilton mayoral race in 2018…)

– Also election related – Elections Canada has branded all their election material with the slogan “It’s Our Vote”.  Strange phrasing – did someone make a mistake and leave out the ‘Y’ from the normal slogan “It’s YOUR Vote!”


– Canadian tourists are still not allowed to drive into the United States. They can fly there, but they can’t drive there. Fortunately we have some Canadian ‘snowbirds’ in the USA (Canada Geese) to protest on behalf of their non-feathered friends.

– Last month, the Board of Governors of Toronto’s Ryerson University announced that the university would be dropping the name Ryerson. The University was named after Egerton Ryerson, who has been vilified in some circles for the role they believe he played in the creation of Residential Schools. Many scholarly publications refute these allegations. An article by Lynn McDonald in the Financial Post outlines who Ryerson was and the positive things he did for Indigenous people. This information matters little, of course, if individuals are only judged through the lens of the group they have been assigned to – white, male, colonist, racist… and so on.

– Alberta’s Municipal Elections are in October. Besides voting for Mayors and such, we get to vote on whether we want to adopt year- round Daylight Saving Time, which means we would keep summer hours all year round. I’ll vote for that.

It would be nice if we could have summer weather all year round too… of course, that would mean we would get to vote on whether we are ‘for’ climate change.

History of Daylight Saving (or Savings?) Time
Disturbingly, daylight savings time did begin in Canada. Thunder Bay, Ontario has the odious distinction of being crowned the first municipality in the world to implement daylight savings time in 1908, and we have never forgiven Ontario. Daylight savings time picked up traction during World War I when it was thought that by adjusting the clocks for the summer months would help preserve coal. It was also thought that it would encourage people to get out and about in the late hours of the summer days. By the end of the war, all of the major participants had adopted daylight savings time, and the collective madness of daylight savings time persists today in countries all the way from Australia to Uruguay.
– Ahlstrom Wright Law Firm –

So, what is ‘Ho-humming’ in your part of the world?

19 thoughts on “Ho-Hum Canadian Stories

    1. We spend part of the winter in Arizona, a state that doesn’t change times!
      I’ve seen how divisive the American federal election results were. Since the U.S. has such a highly decentralized election admin system, it seems inevitable that some people will think that the other people’s system failed in some manner! In a quick search of previous elections accusations of election fraud pop up after most elections, no matter which party wins!

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  1. My favourite comment about daylight savings time was from a Native Canadian: “It’s like cutting an inch off the top of a blanket and sewing it back on the bottom. The blanket is still the same size.” It just never made any sense to me and now that some provinces (and countries) have stopped it, it only make sense for EVERYONE to go back to “one time for all”.

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    1. The feeling that no choice was good, but you still want to be part of the democratic process of voting.
      Fortunately, in our riding the candidates that won the last election are people who we believe are doing a good job. That makes it a lot easier to cast a vote.

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  2. Ah politics! How it keeps us entertained in difficult times. Thanks for sharing your angst. And on the subject of Daylight Saving, down here in the land of Oz most of us happily enjoy DST except Queensland …being so far north it is rather impractical, though the situation of twin border towns (Coolangatta & Tweed Heads) where one half of the street is an hour out for half the year is a little odd. Good luck with the election!

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  3. Daylight saving is something that I enjoyed having when I have had it. Unfortunately, our state seems to have a mental block against it whilst the southern states of Australia have it every year in summer. As it is hot here and we don’t have that wonderful twilight – it gives us time to get outside in the evenings as you mentioned – it is a bit healthier as people tend to stay inside if it is dark as opposed to getting out in their gardens on saving time.
    But all year round? What are the implications – especially in such a cold country as Canada? Would that defeat the purpose?

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    1. This is the second time in 4 years that our government has put forth this suggestion. I haven’t followed the logic of it but apparently many areas of western Canada and the United States are thinking of doing the same thing. The times they are a changing!

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        1. We only change a few of our clocks. These days, so many things have clocks in them so we don’t bother to change them if we don’t have to!
          It takes a week of so to reset my body to the new time, but an hour is not that big a deal compared to when we were travelling back and forth when we lived overseas. I think the hour is a bigger deal for people who are still in the workforce, though and don’t have the luxury of gradually adjusting!

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