Carnie's Comments - CARVED Turkey

They're at it again.  The advertising experts.  They're attracting me to food with words. The latest is a sandwich shop inviting me to enjoy their new, "carved" turkey sandwich. Mmmmmm CARVED turkey.  Sounds good, doesn't it?  


I guess it sounds better than "sliced" turkey and perhaps more appetizing than "chopped" or "diced" or "pulled".  It's pork they "pull" and I'm not sure why.  Sliced pork would do just as well.


Have you noticed not many are inviting us to eat anything "deep fried" these days?  It's because we know that's not good for us.  So, they call it "crispy" or "crunchy".  That's good for us, right?


I commend the local place that serves up "fire grilled steak".  That sounds good. There's another place were you can get "braised beef".  That sounds good, too.  But, at home, we call it pot roast.


Now, if we could just come up with a more attractive name for the "beef on a bun" luncheon.  I'm not showing up for that but, if you were to call it "Slow roasted baron of beef on freshly baked, homemade buns", I might try it.

Carnie's Comments - CIVIC ELECTION

You know, on my social media feeds, there are more local people talking about Trump and Clinton than the local, municipal elections?  Interesting.


I've talked to a number of locals who are having trouble coming up with a full list of 6 city council candidates to vote for.  Some will only vote for three or four.


I know a number of people who have been urged by some to run for a spot on council. One of them who would likely win a seat says he'd like to run but he just can't envision himself sitting in meetings for four years with a few of the people he believes will win seats on city council.  Think about that.


It's also interesting to note, I spoke to one long-time local businessman who believes the roster of candidates for the two local school boards might be as strong or better than the list of 23 candidates for city council.


We go to the polls on Wednesday.

Carnie's Comments - My Sharona

It's something I think you can relate to.  I took a trip back in time while listening to The Greatest Hits of All Time this morning.


It was a song from 1979.  "My Sharona" by The Knack was #1 on the charts when I was in grade 9.  I had that record.  In fact, I won that record in a competition at Pharaoh's Palace.  It was the neighbourhood arcade up on 13th Avenue.


The kid with the most high scores for the week got a new record from the shop.  I had high scores on two pinball machines including one called "Black Knight" which was one of the first, really good multi-ball machines and I had high score on the video game called "Asteroids".  Remember that?  I was really good at Donkey Kong, too.  As I recall, I got so good at those video games, I could put in my 50 cents and play all day if I wanted to. 


And, as I reminisce about the good old days, I can't help but thinking what a waste of time and money that was!


I don't know about you but I'm getting a little tired of  this civic election campaign.


People, the candidates and local citizens, on social media and on the radio, are seemingly angry about everything.  Locals are upset with city hall.  They're pointing fingers and unleashing personal attacks on social media.  


Oh, I get it.  I understand why we're upset about the funding model for replacing our aging cast iron water pipes but we'll be voting on that.  You have the power to change it.  


I'd like to hear more about what we're doing right and what's working well.  We can build on that foundation.


We have a wonderful city with everything we need and want from world class facilities to beautiful parks and all the programming and people we need raise healthy and happy families.


I plan on voting for the candidates who I believe are running for the right reasons. There are a few of them who genuinely want to make our city even better than it already is.  The problem is, I'm not sure I can identify a full slate of 6 for city council.

Carnie's Comments - MORTGAGE RULES

I don't really get it...but I'm trying.  


New mortgage rules are, this week, taking effect in Canada.  


BNN, the Business News Network, tells us if we make a down payment of less than 20% of the home's purchase price, we'll be seeking a high ratio mortgage and will need mortgage insurance.  So, they say, we'll have to lower our expectations when it comes to how much home we can buy.


Affordability, they say, will drop by over 20% for the buyer and the experts are saying the first-time home buyer will be the biggest loser, sacrificing buying power for the greater good - financial market stability.


One of the goals of the new rules, they say, is to bring under control the foreign home buyers speculating on Canadian real estate.


It's interesting to note, on today, there are 208 houses and/or condos for sale.  And, if you can't come up with the down payment, there are 85 houses and apartments for rent.

Carnie's Comments - DYLAN WINS NOBEL PRIZE

There will be some who don't like it.  So far, they're keeping it quiet as far as I can see.


Bob Dylan was, this week, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.  He is the first songwriter to win the prestigious award.  


The 75 year old rock 'n roll legend was awarded "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".


I first made the music / poetry connection in a grade 9 English class.  The assignment was to create a poetry dossier complete with our own interpretations and commentary. What I thought was a daunting task became much easier when I decided to focus on Simon and Garfunkel - their songs - their poetry.  My teacher thought it was brilliant.


If you take some time to sit down and read the lyrics from Simon and Garfunkel and Bob Dylan, you'll get lost in time.  The words spark emotions and memories.  It's what poetry is meant to be.


Bob Dylan - the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.  Perhaps there are more to come.  The times, they are a changin'.

Carnie's Comments - WORDS

I saw a good one yesterday.  It was part of Environment Canada's weather forecast for the local area.  Under "Current Conditions", the forecaster wrote:  "Thin Clouds".  I like that.  It seems more positive than "Overcast" or "Mostly Cloudy".


It took me back 25 years when the station manager suggested we stop saying "Partly Cloudy".  His logic?  If it's partly cloudy, isn't it also party "sunny"?  

Another highly respected radio manager taught me another trick we can all use on a daily basis.  He said, instead of saying "Don't forget", say "Please remember".  "Don't" and "forget", he said, are both negative words.  "Please" and "remember" are both positive words.


This all takes me back to this past Sunday when I checked my lottery ticket.  I paid $10.00 for a Lotto 649 ticket and when I ran it under one of those lotto ticket machines, it said "$2.00 Winner". see, I might not buy another one if the machine told the truth - I was an $8.00 LOSER.

Carnie's Comments - TOSS THE PIGSKIN

Have you seen the photos?  The Saskatchewan Roughriders got special permission to practice on the lawn on Parliament Hill in Ottawa yesterday.


 Prime Minister Trudeau joined them, posed for photos and he even ran a pass pattern.  Pretty cool.


A few of my friends and I had a similar experience - not with the Prime Minister - but with a superstar.


It was about 40 years ago.  The local Kinsmen Club brought Clark Gillies back for a fundraiser.  He was 2 or 3 years into his storied NHL career and a number of his New York Islander teammates came for the dinner at the Kinsmen Arena.


The boys and I were tossing the football around on the field beside the arena when a well-dressed man came strolling out of the crowd and onto the field.  He clapped his hands.  He wanted the ball.  I threw it to him.  It was Chico Resch - star goalie - New York Islanders.  He took time to play with us and talk with us.  I'll never forget that.


Oh, by the way, the Prime Minister dropped the pass from Darian Durant.  Chico Resch caught the pass from Rob Carnie.


Thank you very much.

Carnie's Comments - GREATEST HITS

I thought of Dad this morning.  He's been gone for 12 years now but not a day goes by when I don't think of him.  He was a good guy.


I thought of him when we gave away tickets to a big show this coming weekend.  "A Night with Sinatra" is a musical tribute to "Ol' Blue Eyes".  It's on stage at the Conexus Arts Centre on Friday night.  We played a Sinatra song after we gave away the tickets.


My Dad always liked to listen to the local news, local weather and local sports on CHAB but he never really liked the music, especially when we made the switch to country for a time.


As we were planning the switch back to rock 'n roll with the "Greatest Hits of All Time" format, I let him in on the secret.  He was pleased...for a short time.


It was 3 or 4 days after the format change that I asked him if he was enjoying it.  He said it was "better" but he added, "I thought you said you'd be playing the greatest hits of all time.  I haven't heard Bing Crosby or Frank Sinatra yet."

Carnie's Comments - EDUCATION SPENDING

It's impacting the system across the country.  We got a sour taste of it this year when the Prairie South School Division cut some support staff.  Well, we have some cold, hard facts for you to digest.  They come from The Fraser Institute for Public Policy.


A fresh study found nearly 80% of all increases in public school spending in Canada over the past 10 years has gone to salaries, pensions and benefits.

The author of this report is Deani Van Pelt of the Fraser Institute, says, "Contrary to misperceptions, public education spending has increased dramatically across the country and it's important for parents and taxpayers to know that the bulk of that money has gone to teachers and other staff."

She found, in a 10 year period from 2004 to 2014, staff compensation accounted for over 78% of the increases in education spending.


The study also finds pensions costs almost doubled in those 10 years and Saskatchewan is among the provinces with the highest increases in employer contributions.  


It's something to think about next time our teachers call for raises in pay. is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.