Canada: The Great Grey North

Canada growing old; who’s going to take care of them?
Rahman Mohamed

On May 3, 2017 Statistics Canada released the facts: Canada’s grey.  In 2016 there were more people on the ice that were losing their hair than growing it.

The comb-over generation (age 15-64) was still the largest (59%), controlling the puck, but the baldies outnumbered the babies, the seniors (65+) had a larger team than the juniors (under 15).  23.5% of males were 65+; 16.6% were under 15.  There were more oldies dying their hair (25.4%, women 65+) but fewer women than boys combing (15.3%, girls under 15).Canada population pyramid 2016

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The Freeze: A Sequel to the Big Chill

Hopefully not something that will effect a lake near you
Rahman Mohamed

3 years earlier in Canada (2014) the Conservative government under Stephen Harper produced what was known as “The Big Chill“.  In this picture, one that was a hit at the box office of Canadians and reviewed across the media landscape, the story was based on scientists who worked under the government being told “Don’t tweet, post or talk to the media about your work.  That’s an order”.

Justin Trudeau was elected as Prime Minister in November 2015; cold was entering the environment in the Great White North when he was elected, but in less than a week the “Science Frost” appeared; on November 8 CBC reported that a short story by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had premiered on screens: “Scientists’ and Government Ministers’ Lips Unsealed“. This new picture was an immediate hit.  In fact, it was so popular that a scientist’s post was reported to be going viral.  After its unexpected premier and a steady run in the box offices “The Big Chill” seemed to have run its course.

It has just been learned that what appears to a sequel to “The Big Chill” is slowly appearing on screens in the United States.  Viewers say that President of the United States of America Donald Trump is tremendous in playing the role of the evil villain, the anti-science silencer in addition to Lead Producer and Director.

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Nova’s Rays Exclusive: The Rewrite!

O Canada, welcome to the 21st century!
Rahman Mohamed

Earlier this month Nova’s Rays reported that Canadian parliament was considering changing the lyrics of O Canada.  On June 16 BBC reported Canadian MPs voted to change the Canadian anthem to make it gender neutral and was being taken to the final stage: the Senate.  Bill C-210, a Private Member’s Bill, may not be passed in its entirety before Summer Recess; it is currently on Second Reading at the Senate and is considered an “Other Bill”; the House of Commons has risen for Summer RecessSenate is scheduled to sit until tomorrow, June 30.  Canadians and tourists may be forced to sing the past historical anthem that does not reflect gender equality on Friday, Canada Day 2016.

Nova’s Rays has obtained exclusive content of the full changes of the English and French anthems of Canada planned by Parliament.  They are not limited to gender equality.   Sources say these changes will be brought on a gradual basis to prevent extreme coverage from the media and retaliation from the public.  The changes are set in a schedule to be in place before July 1, 2017, Canada’s sesquicentennial to ensure Canada has a 21st century national anthem.

Below are drafts of the new English and French Canadian anthems exclusive to Nova’s Rays.

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