The $54 Million Dollar Boondoggle – Canada’s Indigenous Women’s Inquiry, Say Goodbye To Vanilla Ice Cream, Smoking Pot Versus Drinking Wine Who will Canadians Crown The WINNER, Use The Sauna To Reduce Your Risk Of A Stroke


Cool Conversations
With George Froehlich
Thursday, May 10, 2018


Good morning :
—Oh! No. Vanilla ice cream might disappear.
—Parting ways is so hard to do or is it? After 100 years the Mormon Church has called it quits with The Boy Scouts Of America.
— Super star Ryan Reynolds goes public with some real personal details and they are a real surprise. At least I was.

George Froehlich
Editor
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NATIONAL INQUIRY ON INDIGENOUS WOMEN IS A $54 MILLION DOLLAR MESS

THE STORY

In September 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau established a national inquiry charged with examining and recommending ways and means to deal with indigenous women and girls that had been murdered and missing in Canada. The decision came after social activists demanded the government look into the problem because as many as 1,000 to almost 4,000 indigenous women had gone missing or had been murdered since the 1970s.
The announcement was met with great expectations, especially among the native communities.
But those expectations were soon dashed after the many internal problems the inquiry had to deal with.

THE SETTING

It soon became evident that the inquiry set up was in serious difficulty with key staff member suddenly quitting and there was no oversight of the inquiry, given that it was independent of the government.
Likewise deadlines for submitting reports to Ottawa were missed. But in November of 2017 the inquiry released a report and it was a disaster.
Some native groups – at that time – called for the inquiry to be shut down.
Prior to many members of Canada’s indigenous communities were upset with the inquiry staff and its approach – often citing lack of transparency about the process being a major one.
To this date no one knows or has been able to determine what the problems and issues are at the inquiry – an inquiry that is currently working with a $54 million budget.
Earlier this week, an assessment by a native group said the inquiry was failing indigenous families.
The inquiry has been subject to severe criticism by prominent native groups and yet the federal government does nothing.
The latest boondoggle is that people who testify before the inquiry and require counselling after their often harrowing and emotional testimony are supposed to be reimbursed for the counselling fees. But the process is taking forever, forcing the inquiry to apologize to those affected by the screw up.

WHAT IT MEANS

At this point it is anybody’s guess whether the inquiry will gets its two-year extension and whether the internal problems will be dealt with.

COOL CONVERSATIONS
PODCASTS

Every Monday and Thursday George Froehlich brings you interesting, unique and fascinating people that share their stories and perspectives.
Sam Hauck – Mind Of A Wine Teacher
Sam, aka The Wine Teacher, has been an educator, a home winemaker, a wine judge for too many years to remember.
And it all started off with making homemade beer with a friend.
And then it progressed to wine with the same friend.
Wine that won awards for both Sam and his friend.
Today Sam is super busy.
Even his friends remark how he often is not available – given that the world wine is a whirlwind of endless activity.
Sam has offered wine education and appreciation courses for Pacific Breeze Winery, Capilano University, Eden West Fine Foods, Coquitlam and Richmond School Districts Continuing Education departments, the VAWA, the BCAWA as well as for various private functions. In addition, he trains staff and offers cellar evaluations.
In this edition of Cool Conversations Sam talks to George Froehlich about:
What is his number one piece of advice to people who like to drink wine.
The time he did a blind taste test with a top French wine and several B.C. wines and what the outcome was.
Why is B.C. wine higher priced than those wines from the U.S. and elsewhere.
Why is red wine more expensive than white wine.
Where wine is treated like a cocktail.
Why wines taste different when drinking them by themselves, compared when drinking them with food.
Why one world expert said B.C. wines are close and will catch up to some of the best French wines in the world.
Why today some $40 B.C. wines could end up costing anywhere from $150 to $200 a bottle.
B.C. producing the most variety of grapes in the world.
Why can’t we get decent B.C. wines for $9 to $10.
The time the wine world was shocked about B.C. wines.
A fabulous B.C. wine that men did not want to drink, but once they did they were amazed.
How he and his friend made a port wine by accident and it turned out to be fabulous.
B.C.’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines are awesome.
He has offered wine education and appreciation courses for Pacific Breeze Winery, Capilano University, Eden West Fine Foods, Coquitlam and Richmond School Districts Continuing Education departments, the VAWA, the BCAWA as well as for various private functions. In addition, he trains staff and offers cellar evaluations. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter. He also blogs for My VanCity, an online magazine devoted to dining, wine tasting and lifestyle events in Vancouver.

CANADIANS GET SOME OF THE WORST WIRELESS DATA PLANS IN THE WORLD

Canadians are paying super-high prices to their telecom companies for their wireless data plans.
The study by Finnish consultants concludes Canadians are getting less for their money than just about anyone else in the world.

LIKE VANCOUVER SAN FRANCISCO HOUSE PRICES HAVE HIT THE STRATOSPHERE AND THAT HAS A STRANGE IMPACT ON COUPLES

Divorced couples in San Francisco are discovering that the high house there are having an unintended impact on their lives.
But they have to learn to live and deal with it.

FREQUENT SAUNA USE REDUCES STROKE RISKS

Science has weighed in on using the sauna and its impact on your health.
The 15-year old study concluded that using the sauna greatly reduces the chances of having a stroke.

 

MEET THE 19-YEAR OLD CHEF WHO OPENED HIS FIRST RESTAURANT IN NEW YORK

Meet Flynn McGarry.
He has been cooking professionally since age 11.
And now 19 – he just opened his first restaurant in New York.

BEWARE WINE COMPANIES – CANADIANS ARE LIKELY TO DRINK LESS WINE LATER THIS YEAR AND POT IS THE REASON

Pot will become legal in Canada this summer.
And that has the pot industry gleeful with joy.
And Canada’s wine makers should take heed.

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