And Now for Something Completely Different...

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
There has been a lot of interesting things happening lately. Here’s a brief rundown of a few things that caught my eye:

Remember my pet peeve about stinky people? Well, score one for transit drivers. A woman in Calgary was kicked off a city bus not once, but twice, for wearing too much perfume. All I can say is that if I was kicked off a public bus (in front of a crowd of people), I wouldn’t be wearing perfume again. She should have learned after the first time. Serves her right for suffocating her fellow passengers. Thanks to Barbara, who shares my disdain for the overly smelly, for the heads up on this one.

Survivor Baffin Island? Mark Burnett might finally have come to his senses. He’s seriously considering bringing his Survivor series to the Great White North. While I wouldn’t put a group of destructive cast aways on a place like Baffin Island, the idea is still a good one. Chances are there won’t be as large a viewing audience as the American series (no bikinis or sun drenched bodies) but it’s worth a shot. The question then becomes do I still want to apply? We’ll see…

San Francisco has decided to ban plastic grocery bags from all supermarkets. Congratulations to SF for taking such a huge step forward on the road to ending our dependency on oil, gas and various petroleum products. Hopefully, they will encourage people to steer clear of requesting paper bags (remember those?) and instead opt for reusable fabric bags. They could take a page our of Superstore’s book and charge people for each plastic bag the store has to provide to the customer.

A hospital in Vegreville has been essentially closed down due to a massive health scare. Seems that their sterilization room wasn’t as thurough as they thought they were. Many of the instruments were found to contain traces of “human blood and flesh on them”. It’s impossible to know exactly how many patients may then have come into contact with these instruments and possibly been infected with HIV, Hepatitis, etc. Additionally, a OB/GYN clinic in Lloydminster is experiencing something similar. The difference is that complaints were filed about the clinic in Lloyd two years ago and are only being made public now in light of the health scare from the Vegriville hospital.

Marijuana is not kosher and Jews around the world are being advised that they should avoid smoking up during the week of Passover. I thought the Kosher vs. non-Kosher debate only applied to items you ingested but then again, what do I know? Perhaps some people actually enjoy the occasional hash brownie…

7 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Wait a minute, are you saying that the marijuana plant is not harvested with a rabbi present? Hmm, who knew?

That stinky woman is now trying to raise a stink in the media by claiming that she was targetted because of the transit's work to rule campaign, not because she stinks. Sheesh, get your head out of your ass, lady!

I actually count on receiving plastic grocery bags because I reuse them, as my own garbage bags and for cleaning the cat poop. What do other people do, if they use fabric grocery bags?

Heather said...

Hey, did you see this? The sequel to 28 Days Later releases in May!!!

http://images.apple.com/movies/fox_atomic/28_weeks_later/28_weeks_later-tlra_h640w.mov

Tanya said...

Tescos gives you club card points if you take your shopping home in something other than plastic bags. I have a wicker basket thing. I don't use it much, though, but having read this, I think it's time for me to go back to it.

* (asterisk) said...

A few years ago, our supermarket used to give the customer 2p off their shopping bill for every bag reused. They don't do that anymore. I can't remember the last time we used a plastic bag from a supermarket instead of recycling our own supply. And yet it still raises amused eyebrows at the shops.

Good bus driver story, too.

And I think you definitely must apply for Survivor Canada!

Red said...

In Italy supermarkets charge you 5 cents if you want a plastic bag. Either way, for people to get the idea of recycling into their big thick skulls, you've got to hit them where it hurts and either penalize excessive use or reward recycling. SF rocks, though.

I have often though about a cold Survivor, so if it comes to pass for real, I for one will be watching!

Gardenia said...

I am terrified of getting something from unclean instruments during procedures - some medical places have the cleanliness of the Dark Ages.

Yay, for San Fransisco - may other cities follow! I feel guilty everytime I bring a plastic bag home, although I recycle them like crazy into other uses, packing materials, garbage bags, storage - etc - I know they will eventually end up polluting and/or strangling some poor creature to death...

Wandering Coyote said...

Rossland is making a move to become the first plastic bag free city in Canada, but there was an article in the local paper yesterday saying that another Canadian city has already beat us to it. It's a great idea. I try my damnedest to use my backpack and sole cloth bag. One thing annoys me here though: we cannot recylce styrofoam, yet that's how our eggs are predominately sold in our grocery store. I think if you can't recycle it, you shouldn't be able to purchase it.

Barbara: I used to do this, too. Just get your groceries in a plastic bag as needed.

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