Archive for March, 2011

More about civility

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Several months ago I blogged about the first article in a series on civility being published in the Covenant Companion.

With house renovations, a trip to Europe, and the ongoing attempts to find a reasonable work/life balance, I hadn’t made a point of following the entire series.  However I finally dug through my stack of magazines and read all of the articles (some for the first time, some for the second time), and I think that all of them are worth the read.

The series includes:

1. May 2010. Civility and the Road Less Travelled, by Daniel de Roulet.  I previously posted about this article here.

2. June 2010. A Crisis of Civility, by Kurt Peterson.

3. July 2010. A Bad Day at the Office: Dealing with incivility in the workplace, by Sonia C. Solomonson.

4. August 2010. Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood: Practicing Civility in Our Daily Encounters, by Cathy Norman Peterson.

5. September 2010. Seeking Wisdom at the Public Café: Lessons on civility from the blogging community, by Scot McKnight.

6. October 2010. Rules of Engagement: Negotiating civility in the political process, by Carl Hawkinson.

7. November 2010. Rude Reality: Although we complain about the state of mass media, the truth is, incivility sells, by Quentin J. Schultze.

8. December 2010. By our Words: A critical look at the power of our speech, by C. John Weborg.

9. February 2011. With Respect to Nature: How do we apply a civic ethic to creation?, by Justin Topp.

10. March 2011. Holy Manners: Learning to be civil, compassionate, and Christ-honoring in the church, by Richard Lucco.

Unfortunately not all articles in the series seem to available for download on the Companion website.  I’m not sure if they will be posted in the coming months.  If you’re in Prince Albert I could loan you a hardcopy.

Here in Canada another federal election campaign is underway, and it’s all too easy to lose sight of civility, so this seemed like an especially good time to review these articles.

Nathan for Saskatchewanderer

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Ten candidates have been short-listed in the Saskatchewanderer competition, and I’m sure that any of them would do a fine job of travelling around our province and promoting it.  However my vote goes to Nathan Thoen, and it’s only partly because we know the family and that he’s the only candidate from Prince Albert.  No, it’s his ability to come up with lines like, “you see this province is a part of me – it literally runs through my blood like the North Saskatchewan River itself, nourishing and sustaining me in every way.”

Voting begins March 23 at the Saskatchewanderer website.  Drop by and give Nathan your vote.

UPDATE: Apparently Nathan has been disqualified because of inappropriate comments that he made in a YouTube video clip.

I realize that I am in the Saskatchewan DST minority but …

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

A couple of days ago most of North America and Europe, and many countries on other continents, moved their clocks ahead one hour. Not Saskatchewan though.  And we won’t be doing so for the foreseeable future, since there won’t be a referendum on Saskatchewan adopting Daylight Saving Time.  I guess it was a pragmatic decision, since multiple polls showed that about two thirds of Saskatchewan residents are happy with the status quo while only one third – including me – would like to see DST adopted.  I’m all for pragmatism so I’m not going to tear into the current government for breaking its promise to hold a referendum on the issue. After all why waste hundreds of thousands of tax dollars on asking a question when the answer is a foregone conclusion?

However I do admit that I’m disappointed.  Why?  Not so much because I’d rather have sunshine at 10:00 p.m. when I might still be sitting on my back deck than at 4:00 a.m. when I’m trying to sleep.  After all it is a fact that Saskatchewan ought to be in the Mountain Standard Time zone, so being in the Central Standard Time zone essentially puts us on DST year-round.


My concern relates more to how Saskatchewan relates to the rest of North America and Europe.  While changing my clocks twice a year would be a minor annoyance, trying to remember how many hours we are ahead or behind other places that I communicate with is a major annoyance.  This is especially important to businesses with clients outside of the province.

And travel.  Like the trip to Ontario several years ago when I missed a connecting flight in Winnipeg because I overlooked the fact that Manitoba had sprung an hour ahead of Saskatchewan a few days earlier.  I understand that I shouldn’t have assumed that my watch showed the correct local time even though we are both in the same time zone, and I should have looked at one of the clocks in the airport, and I should have listened to the announcements on the PA system, but if Saskatchewan had sprung ahead in unison with Manitoba, I’d have been on that plane. Luckily Air Canada put me on the next flight and my meeting wasn’t until the next morning so it didn’t ruin my trip, but it did make the DST issue personal for me. And no, I can’t let it go.