1. IT’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!! Here’s Prairie Dog’s feature. More? Okay! Women world-wide are being asked to go on strike—here’s the story on CBC and in the The Washington Post, a Guardian live-blog, and a quartet of Al Jazeera stories on women in Gaza, South African grandmothers, the world’s female leaders past and present and of course the requisite global overview. Vice has a timely story on climate change and women here, and Vox has a story on U.S. President Womanhater’s resurrection of the women’s health funding ban here. Here in Canada? The Liberal federal government just announced $650 million in international funding for women’s sexual and reproductive health—something, it should be remembered, we’d never get from a Conservative government because Conservatives in 2017 are the party that panders to extremists who want to restrict women’s reproductive rights (hi Brad Trost, how’s the leadership bid coming along?). So if you want to bash Liberals (and we all do sometimes!), maybe bash ’em for not giving us a national child care program (which BTW we’d also never, ever, ever, ever see from 21st-century Canadian Conservatives who, did I mention, pander to extremists?).
2. SASK NDP FIGHTS WANTS DEEPER CUTS TO POLITICAL SALARIES, ALSO, A PLAN THAT ISN’T JUST SLASH-AND-BURN SALARIES. “We don’t want to be a rubber stamp or seen to be helping this government force a wage cut on the people,” says MLA David Forbes.
3. POACHERS KILL A WHITE RHINO IN A FRENCH ZOO Pure evil. Attacks on endangered world heritage wildlife are top-tier crimes and international incidents and, if I were the boss of things, grounds for full-scale war with South-East Asia. I might not be sane on this subject. I’m Chinese criminal court levels of “justice by firing squad” when it comes to rhino poachers.
5. A CRUMBLING HERITAGE PROPERTY BURNS Regina’s indifference to its architectural heritage warmed downtown Broad St. last night as the Travellers Building burned. Here’s some history on a once-lovely building that’s been a home for pigeons for years. If this becomes a parking lot I’m going to make it a personal mission to get embarrassing stories about Regina’s stupidity as a city into national media outlets. Fair warning, Powers-That-Be!