Small Talk

September 1, 2012 - Raymond J. de Souza

Back to school. After an intensive morning of academic rigour, what to eat for lunch to keep the mind and body ready for learning? Last year began the implementation of a new nutrition policy for schools in Ontario. Didn't know that the Education Act had a "trans fat standard"? It does, and other stipulations to keep doughnuts and other deep-fried delectables away from the children. Whether the children are losing weight is doubtful, but school revenues are slimming down. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board estimates that it lost $900,000 in revenue from its cafeterias last year, and the Toronto District School Board, $1.2 million. Cafeterias across the province experienced losses of 30 per cent or more, and the take from vending machines was even more belt-cinching—more than a 60 per cent decline. The kids, it turns out, are not gobbling down the apple wedges and celery sticks in the cafeteria but are going off campus to spend their lunch money on fries and pizza. How will schools make up the revenue? Does the Education Act ban bake sales, too?

Remember the 1992 World Series when the U.S. Marine Corps colour guard marched out with the Canadian flag upside down in Atlanta? The Marine Corps, not to mention the Atlanta Braves, was mortified. At the 2012 London Olympics, extraordinary measures were taken to avoid any similar embarrassments. For the most part it worked, save for the little mix-up with the North Korean and South Korean flags. "Like with everything, this can happen as soon as you get humans involved," said Niccy Halifax, organizer of the medal ceremonies for London 2012. Indeed, the fiery angel observed as much as he watched Adam and Eve make their way out of Eden.

Speaking of Original Sin, after pre-siding over the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, Prince Harry recuperated from his exertions in Las Vegas . . .

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