Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Jack McIntyre ("Rose Man") passes away

Jack McIntyre, the man who came up with Pierre Trudeau's signature lapel rose, has died.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jack McIntyre and his wife as part of his volunteer efforts with Queen's University's Clinical Skills program. In the brief hour in which several members of our medical class visited him in Kingston, he told us about himself, his history, how he courted his wife by sending her a rose every week, and the story behind Trudeau's rose. His apartment was decorated with commendations and letters of congratulations from various dignitaries and politicians from across time. In his later years, he dedicated his efforts towards raising money for charitable causes, including cancer research.

He will be missed by all.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Santa is Canadian!

The National Post has written an article with some little-known facts about Santa Claus and his role with respect to the Canadian government:
- Santa is a Canadian citizen, according to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
- Santa's workshop is GST exempt.
- Because the North Pole is part of Canadian territory, Santa doesn't need to go through border clearance when he travels to deliver gifts.

No comment on whether Santa has to pay landing fees - or in BC, whether he needs to pay the carbon tax.