Four In The Afternoon: Diplomacy, Drinking Water and Disease

4 in the Afternoon1 HARPER DOES CHINA Today Stephen Harper kicked off his diplomatic mission to China to try and remedy the rocky relationship between the two countries. Given the large proportion of oil executives in his entourage, many see the trip as more of an effort to establish energy markets than a friendly visit.

2 BAD WATER The City of Prince Albert is under boil water orders after harmful pathogens were found in the city’s water supply. This development leaves 40, 000 residents without access to drinkable water, adding to the already mounting concerns about the city’s infrastructure.

3 BUNDLE UP! A recent announcement by Regina Qu’apelle Health Region indicates that the number chlamydia cases in Regina is on the rise. The authorities are hoping social media will help spread – no pun intended – information about the disease and its prevention.

4 HORROR IN HOMS The siege of the Syrian city of Homs carries into its fifth day today as death tolls rise in the anti-Assad protests. Many speculate the Chinese and Russian veto of UN action to intervene may be rooted in a power struggle for control over the oil rich region.

BONUS 1: BECAUSE ITS AWESOME The California Ban on gay marriage was ruled unconstitutional by a San Francisco Court of Appeals yesterday.

BONUS 2: BECAUSE ITS ALSO AWESOME The 2011 Census points to the strength of the West as the region experiences record growth. Saskatchewan is seen to have made a record turnaround, with the provincial population again tipping the one million mark.

12 thoughts on “Four In The Afternoon: Diplomacy, Drinking Water and Disease”

  1. I’d be a lot more happier – yeah – if the whole population boom thing wasn’t being exploited for partisan political gain. Personally, I couldn’t care less if Sask was growing. I mean, once it all adds up in 10 years, an extra 200,000 heads might be nice, but for now all it means are higher housing prices.

  2. So the Canadian Navy is in Lybian waters, and around the time Syria’s upheavel “starts”.
    The Libyan mission is over the fleet came home, why didn’t Canada recognize Syria as almost a duplicate Libya?

    We could have had our “UN” force hanging out in the Mediterranean Sea in Cyprus.

    The shit that is going on in Syria, is just as bad as crap that happens in most of Africa.

  3. #6: And a shining zircon of wit it was (courtesy of Thomas McGuane).
    Anonymity is abused on this blog, frequently by PD columnists who are nettled by having their writing errors pointed out. Either they make a “joke” (that’s called minimizing), or they get sanctimonious and hostile. What they should be getting is better at what they do.

  4. Barb, I don’t work for the Prairie Dog.

    Sanctimony and hostility is not restricted to the anonymous, apparently. I honestly feel sorry for you if you cannot recognize a joke as a joke, its dubious quality of humour aside.

  5. #4: Thanks!
    #9: Thanks for the link; I do get satire and and I do get jokes, including bad ones. The problem with the video is that, humour aside, it minimizes laxity of language use by making competence a disorder. It makes the problem not ineptitude but obsession.
    By the way, if you’ve read past posts and comments,you’ll have noted that I put up corrections of columnists, not of fellow commentors, and that I correct gently and without undue emphasis (see #1 and numerous other comments). Some columnists are gracious; others are not.
    #10: I have only your anonymous word for who you are, yes? And of course I recognized the “joke”, so your sorrow, while appreciated, is misplaced.

  6. Hullo Barb. We collect commentator’s IP and e-mail addresses, and I can tell you with great confidence that this Anonymous is not a prairie dog writer. He or she is, however, a person who posts here semi-regularly and leaves high-quality comments. I wish he or she would give himself/herself an awesome nickname if he or she doesn’t want to use his or her actual name, though. It’s a better conversation when everyone has names or nicknames.

    Also: Anonymity is NOT “frequently abused” by prairie dog writers. Our writers post under their own names 99.98 per cent of the time. One hundred per cent of my comments are under my name. Except for that time I was logged in as McDuckling, but I corrected that as soon as I caught it. (I occasionally need to log into another writer’s account to investigate a technical problem, and if I forget to log out, the next thing I write will appear under that name. And then I swear a lot.)

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