Saturday October 25, 2014

Drinking driver numbers raise concern


I have an urge to comment more than I will on this matter, but the news story that became public late last week concerning a Yorkton doctor and the charges against him that stem from a dispute he had with another doctor really have no bearing on whether or not Dr. Spies is a good doctor.  To me, what I read in the report was personal and doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not he’s fit to practice medicine. I know a lot of nice people who do bad work and I know a lot of not so nice people who do great work. I’m not interested in the result of this, but do wish there was an easier process for patients when it comes to situations with doctors where they feel they didn’t receive proper care. I also wonder why the public has a right to know the name of the person charged but doesn’t have a right to know who is making the charges. Note: these are not criminal charges.

Media in Winnipeg are stirring it up for a mayoral candidate, who’s wife made disparaging remarks about panhandling First Nations people.  Get this. The remark was a Facebook post from 2011. Here’s what I want to know: who has such a vendetta for a mayoral candidate that they would creep his wife’s page and dig back four years to find something?  And, why do her remarks from four years ago (she may have since changed her mind) reflect on the kind of job he will do as mayor?

I read a story over the weekend that has me wondering that maybe most Saskatchewan people throw back a few beer every time they drive. Close to 900 penalties were handed out over the span of a month (end of June until the end of July) with 352 vehicles getting seized. That’s a staggering number. Think about it. Approximately, 12 vehicles a day were seized.

Something doesn’t add up. The perp who stabbed four people at Cornwall Centre in Regina gets 36-months jail (essentially 9 months per person stabbed); while the guy who assaulted former Roughrider head coach Al Ford got 5-years.  Anyone else wonder if how prominent the victim is determines the sentence for the criminal?

The Saskatchewan Roughriders forced former back-up quarterback Drew Willy into four turnovers on Thursday night on their way to victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Willy looks like he’ll be a keeper for Winnipeg, but he’s inexperienced and it showed on Thursday as John Chick had a field day with three sacks.  Somehow, though, I think the Labour Day Game and the game that comes right after that on the following weekend will be classics. The gap has narrowed between these two teams. The Riders, for what it’s worth, are still the class of the league and I don’t see them losing more than three more the rest of the way.

At the start of the season, I said wide receiver Taj Smith would have the kind of season that could see him leading the league in receptions, as long as he could stay off the police blotter. So much for that.

Tragedy struck NASCAR over the weekend when 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr was killed on Saturday by veteran Tony Stewart, who hit Ward after Ward was involved in a crash.  Ward wasn’t injured in the mishap, but he proceeded to get out of his vehicle and attempted to confront Stewart in the middle of the track on foot. While this is an unbelievable tragedy, I’m having difficulty faulting Stewart at all here. The race track is a dangerous place when you are inside a cage behind a steering wheel, wearing fire retardant gear and a helmet. Once you get out of the vehicle and start walking on a track littered with speeding cars, the chance of something terrible happening goes way up.

Tragedy also struck the SJHL this weekend as the Estevan Bruins announced that defenseman Nick Egan passed away at the age of 21 from an apparent heart attack.  There’s something about a physically fit 21-year-old dying from a heart attack that sends shivers all through my body. It’s not right.

A radio station in Calgary has adopted a new format called QuickHitz, whereby they take popular songs and slice them up into short two minute singles. This is nothing short of crazy that they can get away with this. Imagine an art gallery taking a prize painting and snapping it into two pieces and hanging half of it up on the wall in an effort to save space and show more paintings. To me, this shouldn’t be allowed and I hope nobody listens. A better idea to me would be to take their commercial islands and make them shorter in length so we aren’t subjected to three minute islands of nondescript words.  

If you need more evidence that maybe people don’t pay as much attention as they should to radio ads, I listened to a station for three solid hours about two weeks ago (sporting event) and heard an ad for an automobile company run, repeatedly, that had an expired date of June 30th right in the script.  Shocking.  

Nice person mentions this week to Colby Sproat, Trent Cey, Kristin Weber-Karcha, and Ron George.



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