Provincially, the Liberal government redefined democracy by sitting the legislature just 39 days out of the last 569.
Federally, the Harper government redefined hypocrisy by gagging scientists and gutting environmental protection, and then claiming their approval of the Northern Gateway Spill-line was '”science-based.”
Internationally, a homophobic Russian dictator became the most powerful man in the world. And Japan introduced a new Secrets Act that says what is secret is a secret, but exposing those secrets can lead to 10 years in prison.
(Kafka, are you watching this?)
Meanwhile, the president of Uruguay drives a 1987 VW Beetle, uses the official palace as a homeless shelter, and donates about 90 per cent of his salary to local charities.
And the fine folks at Playground Builders reach into war-torn darkness and make the world a better place one joyful child at a time.
It's a weird and wonderful world. And if you don't think we can lose what we've got, you're not paying attention. Now, if only our taxes were subsidizing Playground Builders instead of Enbridge.
Van Clayton Powel